A se­lec­tion from three Santa Fe stores

Home - Santa Fe Real Estate Guide - - SANTA FEREÁL THEREVERSEMORTGAGE - By Paul Wei­de­man

t’s not dif­fi­cult to find a gift for your home (and you) at Pan­dora’s. It’s one of the stores that moved to DeVar­gas Cen­ter with the clos­ing of the San­busco Market Cen­ter, and it’s do­ing very well in a larger space, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Kris­ten Cas­sidy-Zamora. She said the mall man­age­ment— that means Katy Fitzger­ald, se­nior project man­ager for owner Fidelis Re­alty Part­ners— has been “phe­nom­e­nal.”

That as­sess­ment was echoed by store owner Bar­bara Leni­han, who launched Pan­dora’s 17 years ago. “In the be­gin­ning, sev­eral peo­ple that were mov­ing from San­busco said she’s too good to be true, but she did it all,” Leni­han said. “I love Katy.”

The stylish Pan­dora’s busi­ness of­fers items that run the price gamut from $20 for one of the lovely flat, hand-painted can­dles from Lithua­nia or the col­or­ful, de­tailed or­na­ments made by lo­cal artist Kath­leen O’Neill to the chain-stitched cov­er­lets by Mis­soni Home for over $2,000. There are also hand-painted can­dles from Africa and soaps by Na­ture’s Em­po­ri­umChero­kee Soap Co. in Taos.

“We work with Libeco in Bel­gium, which is one of the best linen mills in the world,” said Cas­sidy-Zamora dur­ing a re­cent tour of the shop. “They do linen and wool throws. Gre­tel Un­der­wood from here in Santa Fe has hand­wo­ven pil­lows and scarves. Gre­tel does scarves and run­ners and cus­tom work. If she has the col­ors that you pick in stock, we can get it in a week.”

I asked about a beau­ti­ful bed­spread. “That’s mud cloth from Africa that our seam­stress pieced to make a cov­er­let, and the wo­ven wool in the cen­ter is made by a women’s co­op­er­a­tive in Uruguay that Bar­bara’s daugh­ter-in-law brought to us. We­work­with a shop in Hanoi, Viet­nam, that does hand-dyed, hand-quilted silk and with a women’s coop for In­dian cot­ton night­gowns.”

She said Pan­dora’s pro­vides some of the best bed­ding in the world, not only from Mis­soni but Home Trea­sures, “which is all Ital­ian fab­ric as­sem­bled in Houston to or­der,” as well as Sferra, Pea­cock Al­ley, Coyuchi, Yves Delorme, and Yala. She and Leni­han both raved about the silk vel­vet— bed­ding, pil­lows, rugs, and scarves— by Kevin O’Brien, Philadel­phia. “It’s all hand­dyed and hand-painted,” the store man­ager said. “He does silkscreen trans­fer of his work, then does laser and acid to do the de­voré [re­lief] pat­terns.

“We do re­ally well with our cov­er­lets. We work with a gen­tle­man who brings us items from a fam­ily-run com­pany in Kash­mir: em­broi­dered, chain-stiched silk and wool. And we work with a fam­ily of weavers in Oax­aca, Mex­ico, on cov­er­lets and pil­lows and rugs for us, all hand­wo­ven and hand­dyed.”

There are also scented, paraben-free can­dles, Turk­ish tow­els from a women’s coop in Turkey, hand­wo­ven pil­lows fromUzbek­istan, and linens from Libeco of Bel­gium. Visit the store or see pan­do­ras­santafe.com.

Gifts in the high-tech realm abound at Con­stel­la­tion Home Elec­tron­ics, 215 North Guadalupe Street. One of the­more af­ford­able is the Ring door­bell, which has a cam­era to give you a heads-up on who’s there.

Small, ef­fi­cient sur­veil­lance cam­eras are big, too. “A lot of folks are do­ing sur­veil­lance cam­eras out­doors and both Ring and Nest make some cool ones,” said show­room man­ager Jaime Lotero. They start at $150 for a sin­gle cam­era. They’re wire­less and mo­tion-sen­si­tive. “You can ad­just the sen­si­tiv­ity, and it can ei­ther send you a text or an email and you can click and look, which is very nice. The Arlo is an out­door sys­tem. It runs on bat­ter­ies and they last very well, be­cause they shut off when there’s noth­ing hap­pen­ing. It’s a sim­ple way to do sur­veil­lance. We also do very large sys­tems where peo­ple­want to be able to record and have it avail­able to view later.”

So what’s hot in mu­sic or TV tech­nol­ogy right now? “Just the sim­plic­ity of Net­flix and Hulu and Ama­zon,” Lotero said. “Stream­ing shows is the way to go. You have the Ama­zon stick, the Roku stick, or Ap­ple TV, but most of the new tele­vi­sions have those apps built in, so it makes it very easy for a client. Some of the new stream­ing sites like YouTube TVand also Sling do a sim­i­lar thing, al­low­ing you to cut the cord from­ca­ble andDirecTVand get you the stream­ing.”

Con­stel­la­tion car­ries ex­cel­lent TVs by Sony and Sam­sung. “A 55-inch used to be con­sid­ered a large TV and now it re­ally is the 65, and ev­ery­one comes in for that

PHO­TOS BY PAUL WEI­DE­MAN

At Pan­dora’s, pil­lows by Margo Selby, London

Cov­er­let of African mud cloth and, at foot, wo­ven wool from a women’s co­op­er­a­tive in Uruguay [Pan­dora’s]

De­light­ful felted-wool fig­ures from Kyr­gyzs­tan [Pan­dora’s]

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