This year’s Show House is an historic eastside Spanish Pueblo Style home that belonged to the estate of Amelia Elizabeth White. With her sister, she presided over El Delirio, the centerpiece of Santa Fe social life during the 1930s. The White sisters were the daughters of a wealthy New York newspaperman who threw madcap parties, including one with a Mayan theme to inaugurate Santa Fe’s first swimming pool in their own back yard.
The current owners of the house have an affinity with Old Mexico. They live in both Santa Fe and San Miguel de Allende so their Santa Fe house is heavily influenced by Old Mexico. They’re looking forward to seeing their home transformed by a celebration of color and cultures. I’m looking forward to seeing the bright colors of turquoise, pink and yellow and regional old Mexico influenced design, re-imagined and made modern.
For Show House Santa Fe, 20 designers and eight landscaper gardeners are transforming the 8,500 square-foot home both inside and out. I’ve been assigned the garden kitchen, which includes an outdoor living room and indoor kitchen and dining area. There’s quite a dramatic atrium that Wiseman, Gale & Duncan are re-imagining, with high ceilings, lots of great skylights; and an indoor fountain they’re building.
The event always features veterans and emerging designers, including some who have worked as interns and assistants to Santa Fe’s top interior designers and are now launching their own businesses.
Show House Santa Fe 2016 kicks off on opening night with a Fiesta Gala Preview on Friday, October 7 at 6 pm, where the designers’ will debut their creations. Home Tours take place Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9 and again on the weekend October 15 and 16.
The event supports Dollars4Schools and to date has raised more than $50,000 to fund teacher classroom projects in 18 public schools in Literacy, Arts, Math, Science and Special Education programming that has so far impacted more than 2,000 Santa Fe students.
For more information, visit: http://showhousesantafe.com/