Black and white is a theme for de­sign­ers

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5200 OLD SANTA FE TRAIL IS AN AMAZ­ING 36ACRE PROP­ERTY with a gor­geous, sub­stan­tial home and stun­ning land­scap­ing and eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties. For two week­ends in Oc­to­ber, the pub­lic can see the place thought­fully and beau­ti­fully en­hanced by more than two dozen of Santa Fe’s top in­te­rior de­sign­ers. It’s the 2017 ShowHouse Santa Fe, an event that ben­e­fits Dol­lars4schools.org, which was cre­ated in sup­port of the lo­cal schools in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. Now in it’s fifth year, ShowHouse Santa Fe, a non­profit en­tity, has given close to $100,000 to schools pro­grams in the city of Santa Fe. The 2015 event raised net pro­ceeds of over $30,000 for Dol­lars4schools.org.

It kicks off with the ShowHouse Gala Pre­view ($125) 6-9 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 6, with guest of honor Mayor Javier Gon­za­les, food, en­ter­tain­ment, and shopping. Then, on Satur­days and Sun­days, Oct. 7, 8, 14, and 15, self-guided home tours ($30) are avail­able be­tween 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For this event, de­sign­ers have added their touches around the 2017 ShowHouse theme, “West of Con­tem­po­rary: A Jour­ney in Black & White.”

“It’s a lit­tle not Santa Fe, that we’re do­ing black and white,” said Jennifer Ash­ton. “And it re­ally forces the de­signer to be a lit­tle more el­e­gant,” added David Nay­lor. The two, own­ers of Jennifer Ash­ton In­te­ri­ors and David Nay­lor In­te­ri­ors, re­spec­tively, are the co­founders of the ShowHouse event. “We do a theme so there will be some co­he­sion,” Nay­lor con­tin­ued. “We like them to go off the theme, but hav­ing some ref­er­ence to it.”

In ShowHouse, each design com­pany works on one room or out­door space. Nay­lor and de­signer Melinda Brown­ing are fo­cus­ing onThe Eat-In Kitchen. Ash­ton hasThe Din­ing Room. “This is kind of about tak­ing this black-and-white theme and in­cor­po­rat­ing that in a way that is my ex­pres­sion,” she said. “ShowHouse is about de­sign­ers each year be­ing able to ex­press them­selves, and it’s not client-driven. The art of that ex­pres­sion is why we get de­sign­ers back. We love that.

“Forme, it’s whatwill I show that’s un­ex­pected? Be­cause peo­ple are com­ing for our ideas.”

Some of the de­sign­ers worked in tile and fin­ishes at last year’s ShowHouse. This time, it’s all about decor only. “We didn’t have to touch the house; it’s just beau­ti­ful.”

The orig­i­nal part of the house dates to the 1940s. A series of ad­di­tions, in­clud­ing byWolf Corp. and Build­ing Ad­ven­tures, has re­sulted in a dwelling that to­tals about 10,000 square feet— but it never feels os­ten­ta­tious. The grand es­tate on Old Santa Fe Trail is listed by Chris­tine McDon­ald, Santa Fe Prop­er­ties, for $9.75 mil­lion.

Dur­ing a late-Septem­ber walk­through, Elisa Ma­comber (who has Showhomes Santa Fe with her hus­band, Bran­don) was work­ing in The Hobby Room. Nearby, Man­dana Nowroozian, Nowroozian De­signs, was fas­tid­i­ously wrap­ping books in black and white pa­per. “I’m blessed with big book­shelves. I’m do­ing black and white and I’m try­ing to do an om­bré,” she said about her as­signed space, The Writer’s Den.

“What’s cool is that Man­dana is a new de­signer launch­ing, so she’ll have just a great vehicle,” Ash­ton said. “We’re all about pro­mot­ing the old and the new in the in­te­rior-design world here, so when a young de­signer wants to launch and take a space, it’s mean­ing­ful. That’s how I started. I won­dered, Howdo peo­ple see my work? I need a space where the pub­lic can come and I can in­ter­act and show what I’m about. That’swhy we all do this ev­ery year. It’s op­por­tu­nity, it’s creative, and we’re giving back.”

The other mem­bers of the 2017 ShowHouse Santa Fe design squad are Jeff Fen­ton, Chris Martinez, Tr­ish Spencer, and Amy Leary of Re­side Home; Heather andMatt French, French & French In­te­ri­ors; Edy Keeler, Core Value In­te­ri­ors; Emily Henry In­te­ri­ors; Glo­ria Moss, Moss Out­door; Le­via O’Neill, Lov & Co. Design Stu­dio; Erica Ortiz Berke, Neu Bleu In­te­ri­ors; Mary D. Pat­ten and KimMcIn­tosh, Santa Fe Home Fur­nish­ings; Jes­sica Sav­age, Sav­age De­signs; Megan Smith, Robin Smith, and Ja­nen Korth, Smith Design, LLC; Patti Stivers and Vir­ginia Smith, Stivers & Smith; Troy Tryon and Il­yse Men­del, Santa FeMer­can­tile & In­te­rior Design; and Mar­tyWilkin­son, Me­ta­mor­pho­sis Stag­ing and Design; with land­scape design by Solange Serquis, Serquis & As­so­ciates.

For trans­porta­tion and park­ing in­for­ma­tion and ShowHouse tick­ets, see www.show­hous­esantafe.com or con­tact David Nay­lor at 505-988-3170 or Jennifer Ash­ton at 505913-0104.— PaulWei­de­man

PHO­TOS BY PAUL WEI­DE­MAN

A view from the drive­way lead­ing to a house burst­ing with in­te­rior de­sign­ers’ ideas

Jennifer Ash­ton and David Nay­lor

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