Saturday, June 24, 2017

Living Large In Small Spaces - Santa Fe Casita

This week's featured small space is an historic casita in Santa Fe, New Mexico.




Welcome to the 107th post in the series
"Living Large in Small Spaces".



Adobe homes are a style I've long admired. In fact, Dennis and I seriously considered purchasing an adobe in LaVeta, Colorado before we decided to move to Oregon. I don't see very many first-class adobes in the small home category, so when I came across this fetching 120 year-old casita in Santa Fe I was more than a little excited about the possibility of featuring it in my Living Large In Small Spaces series. I'm happy that Jennifer and her husband of over 30 years Kit have allowed me to share it with you.

The 1,027 sq ft casita is the former guest house of Sheldon Parsons, first director of the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art in 1918. The adobe was professionally renovated in 2007. It is a retreat from Jennifer and Kit's busy east coast life and also used as a vacation rental.

Rugged stone steps lead to the adobe's entrance.













The understated entry boasts a banco (built-in plastered bench) and southwestern style wooden bench.





The interior is light and airy. Creamy plaster walls are a lovely backdrop for the eclectic furnishings with their warm desert tones. 




The kiva fireplace is pure southwestern style.





Buttressed thick walls and deep window wells are characteristic of adobe homes.




The ceiling and radiant-heated brick floors add wonderful texture to the rooms.




It's refreshing to see an adobe home with a white kitchen, and with the kitchen's openness to the living room the creamy-colored rooms flow together seamlessly. Wood stained cabinetry wouldn't work as well here. 




This small home has a roomy cook's kitchen. The island warms up the space and nicely contrasts with the light cabinets. 





The bedroom has so much character.





Mexican folk art mermaids dance above the bedroom window.





The bedroom has a beautiful en suite spa bath.




Every inch of this bathroom has been utilized to the fullest.



The little niche is so charming.





The bathroom has a large tumbled marble faced shower, as well as a jacuzzi tub.





A sheltered patio and grilling area is accessed through the kitchen door.





There's a lower patio with dining for two.




Steps lead to Jennifer and Kit's favorite spot --  the gorgeous hilltop garden.






Summer/fall roses grace the staircase to the upper gate.






One of two patios in the garden, the upper patio offers hummingbird watching while relaxing to the soothing sounds of the rock fountain.





Jennifer says, "We had a vision for the backyard, which was raw earth before we installed a native garden that surprises throughout the year."


California poppies are "riotous" in June. 







Another part of the garden in August.



There are over 20 varieties of native plants, bushes and trees in the garden.




This lavender is one of five different kinds found there.




Stunning sunsets are plentiful in New Mexico. This photo was taken from the garden.




Jennifer takes a personal interest in seeing that her guests enjoy their stay. As she puts it, "I absolutely adore helping people curate a stay around their interests, especially the arts." 

Judging by the guest reviews on their web site, I'd say Jennifer and Kit have created an enchanting retreat not only for themselves, but for anyone who's lucky enough to stay in their captivating Santa Fe adobe.

For more information and reservations visit The Casita at Cerro Gordo website here.

(I received no compensation for featuring The Casita at Cerro Gordo. My only reward is sharing the joy of beautiful small spaces with you!)

Join me next Saturday for another post in the special series

 Living Large in Small Spaces

See more home tours in the 
Living Large In Small Spaces Series here.






Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cottage Life - June Cottage Garden and a Breakfast Taco

Hi Cottage Friends,

Summer has arrived in the cottage garden. Before I show you what's blooming, I want to thank you all for the positive comments you left last week on my Backyard Project post. If you haven't seen me on your own blog this week, forgive me. I'm trying to catch up. I will get there. I promise.  

The beautiful salmon-colored Oriental poppies in the cottage garden have been replaced by seed pods, which I leave on the plant for the birds. Monday morning two Oregon Yellow Finch were balancing on the stems, pecking at the pods. Just what I was hoping for. (Unfortunately, there was no time to get my camera and take a photo.)




Here's what's blooming in the garden now.


Delphinium and Salvia in foreground. The yellow flower in back is Chilean Evening Primrose.

A closer look at the Chilean Evening Primrose. The flowers open fully in late afternoon.




The orangey-red Gallardia is starting to bloom.




I've been adding red flowers to the cottage garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. It seems to be working. This is the first time I've seen this particular butterfly species in my garden. It could be a Swallowtail, although the ones I usually see are yellow and black. I tried to get a better shot, but it just wouldn't stay still for very long.  If you know the name of this butterfly, please share it. The flower is a Maltese Cross.



Other red flowers in my cottage garden include Geum




and Painted Daisy




I also have a red Geranium on the porch.




The Cranesbill and Spirea are in bloom.




On the back side of the west berm the Lamium (aka Dead Nettle) is loving life. 


If you're looking for an amazing ground cover for a shady area, this is it.

I don't spend all my time in the cottage garden. Sometimes, like this morning, you'll find me in the kitchen. Dennis usually makes his own breakfast because he likes to eat earlier than I do, and also he likes to eat the same thing every morning. I prefer to mix things up a bit. This morning I made myself a breakfast taco. 



A scrambled egg with chopped red pepper, minced garlic and chopped onion on a heated corn tortilla. Garnished with a few mixed greens and avocado, and topped with salsa and a dollop of plain yogurt. Not bad. I might have to make another one for breakfast tomorrow.

Hope you're having a great week wherever you are.