Two Adobe Houses

When people think of adobe, they most likely picture traditional Pueblo style ruins crumbling back into the desert floors of Arizona and New Mexico.
Adobe courtyard Where I grew up, many friends and some family lived in elegant Territorial-style adobe haciendas ― with creaky floors, period artwork, and furnishings that reflected the regional Arizona style.
dusk in the desert
Back then they just seemed like really old houses.  Today, I have a whole new appreciation for these homes, many on Historic Registers, with their five-foot thick walls, exposed beam ceilings, cool tile floors, and mesquite wood-burning fireplaces.
 Los Luceros
I love traditional architecture and every once in awhile I see something old that has been beautifully transformed into something new, or something new, skillfully designed in the old traditional style.  Here are two beautiful adobe homes that I would like to share.
Sabino Canyon and Santa Catalina Mountains
The first Adobe built in 1957 is located in the beautiful foothills of Tucson's Santa Catalina mountains. The transformation is by Studio Encanto.
Studio Encanto is an award-winning interior design firm founded in 1985 by Christy Martin who specializes in Spanish Colonial Revival, Santa Barbara Mission, Contemporary, Santa Fe and Old Ranch interiors.
Tucson Adobe 3
The bones of the house had not been disturbed and the location was perfect for a fresh take on an old style.  A large wall that once divided the living room and dining room were removed.
Tucson Adobe 2
Red quarry tile was tiled over with ungrouted travertine squares, set running bond.  All the knotty pine walls were covered in a clean, cool shade of white.
The kitchen is a calm, cool, confident mix of contemporary and traditional.
Tucson Adobe 4 Brilliant use of space to store & show-off simple white everyday dishes.
Tucson Adobe 5 The soft texture of whitewashed adobe bricks is a subtle reminder of the original "good bones."
Tucson Adobe 6
Paired with a neutral palette, this residence feels like a spa in the desert.
Tucson Adobe 7 All 3500 square feet of it!
Tucson Adobe 9
Christy Martin’s passion has served her well. In 2004 her work on Linda Ronstadt’s Tucson residence was featured in Architectural Digest, in 2005 she was featured as one of the Top 40 Designers in This Old House magazine, and in 2006 Phoenix Home and Garden honored her as “Master of the Southwest."
Christy Martin of Studio Encanto Ms. Martin currently has offices in Santa Barbara, CA, and Tucson, AZ.
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photos by Robin Stancliff
This next house sit's on twelve acres next to a tree-lined arroyo in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Ryannan Bryer de Hickman
Living a bit of a Bohemian life these days, Ryannan Bryer de Hickman and Designer-Builder husband, Jim Hickman, have called Santa Fe, New Mexico, Montecito, California, Boulder, Colorado, and the Texas Hill Country home.
Ryannan Bryer de Hickman For more than 20 years, he built custom homes in Santa Fe using the traditional Pueblo style of architecture. However, being big fans of Modern Mexican Architects, Ricardo Legorreta, and Luis Barragan, they decided to build their last two homes there in the Modern Mexican style.
Ryannan Bryer de Hickman
Hand troweled plaster tinted with pigments from Italy give a beautiful finish to the walls.
Ryannan Bryer de Hickman Clean lines, open shelving and two islands make this beautiful kitchen a pleasure to work in. Not to mention the Thermador Range and Sub-Zero Refrigerator! Take note that in both kitchens, valuable workspace and storage have been integrated deep into the thick adobe walls.
Ryannan Bryer de Hickman
Concrete sinks in the bathroom.
Ryannan Bryer de Hickman
Double adobe walls and radiant heat in the concrete floors throughout.
Ryannan Bryer de Hickman These houses are very comfortable during the cold winters and the hot summers. An added extra, probably my favorite part...this property had a small old adobe one-room house on it when they bought it. Ryannan turned it into a little art studio. Love the exposed adobe brick walls.
Ryannan Bryer de Hickman
The photographs of this beautiful home are compliments of Ryannan Bryer de Hickman.  She is a fabulous photographer whose portfolio varies from The Santa Fe New Mexican to The New York Times. 
Ryannan Bryer de Hickman She is also the author of Sotto Il Monte, a Lifestyle Blog about Food, Wine, Architecture & Interior Design, Gardening, Viticulture (winemaking...I had to look it up), Art and Travel.
click to visit Ryannan Bryer de Hickman I urge you all to visit Studio Encanto & Sotto Il Monte and have a wonderful weekend.