Home a show­case for in­te­rior de­sign­ers

Home - Santa Fe Real Estate Guide - - THEMASTERGARDENERS - By Craig Smith

ucked away in Santa Fe’s quiet East­side is a trea­sure trove of a house. The large, multi-level struc­ture is no­table for a num­ber of high points, in­clud­ing a 90-year his­tory, many in­spired ad­di­tions and ren­o­va­tions over the years, and a for­mer res­i­dent list that reads like aWho’sWho of well-known New Mex­i­cans— in­clud­ing Ray­mond Jon­son, who co­founded the Tran­scen­den­tal Paint­ing Group with Emil Bist­tram.

Even more im­por­tantly, the res­i­dence at 820 Camino Ata­laya is the gem ex­hibit of ShowHouse Santa Fe 2016, the project of a bril­liant group of Santa Fe de­sign spe­cial­ists. The re­cently ex­panded and freshly dec­o­rated home is on dis­play in Oc­to­ber as a fund-raiser for the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Dol­lars4S­chools, which pro­vides valu­able sup­port for stu­dents in 18 Santa Fe-area schools. Last year’s Show House project raised more than $30,000 for Dol­lars4S­chools, and ben­e­fited some 8,000 stu­dents in the ar­eas of both ba­sic needs and var­ied class­room pro­grams.

There are more than 30 de­sign and con­tract­ing spe­cial­ists in­volved in ShowHouse 2016, as well as artists-in-res­i­dence Carol An­thony, Karen Earle Browne, Cindy Peck, and Abi­gail Ryan. The co-founders of ShowHouse Santa Fe are de­sign­ers Jen­nifer Ash­ton of Jen­nifer Ash­ton In­te­ri­ors and David Nay­lor of David Nay­lor In­te­ri­ors.

“This (house) came to us in the dead of win­ter from our last year’s Real­tor spon­sor,” Nay­lor said of the de­ci­sion to take on the Ata­laya prop­erty as this year’s project. “They loved what we did on last year’s house and they said, we think we have a house for you. We saw the charm in this and it was easy.

“We’re work­ing like we work for a client,” Nay­lor said. “This year we have Carol An­thony as an artist in res­i­dence. So she’ll be do­ing a wall mu­ral and stag­ing a stu­dio (area) with her work.”

Ash­ton added, “It’s the first year the de­sign­ers got a lit­tle more say on fin­ishes. Typ­i­cally, we dec­o­rate the house and the de­sign­ers fin­ish up the spa­ces.

“It’s a huge la­bor of love,” she said. “We all take our space and ar­tic­u­late our own ex­pres­sions as de­sign­ers, but we know it’s on our dime. Our theme is, ‘Every­thing Old Mex­ico Is New Mex­ico Again.’ The de­sign­ers honor that in their own way. The own­ers have been fab­u­lous to work with.”

In fact, cur­rent own­ers Bar­bara and John Clum pur­chased the house, which dates from 1923-26, in 1976. At the time it was a three-bed­room res­i­dence with a small guest house. Orig­i­nally it was part of the es­tate of sis­ters Martha RootWhite and Amelia El­iz­a­bethWhite. Scions of a wealthy East Coast fam­ily, the sis­ters worked as Army nurses dur­ingWorldWar I in Europe, then came to Santa Fe. Here they built the sprawl­ing es­tate known as “El Delirio” (” The Mad­ness”) where they en­ter­tained an im­mense cir­cle of dis­tin­guished friends, and gained renown among dog fanciers rais­ing gen­er­a­tions of wolfhounds and Afghan hounds. Much of that large prop­erty now forms the cam­pus of the School for Ad­vanced Re­search, as well as the city’s Amelia E. White Park.

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