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House tour: A contemporary abode steeped in Spanish history
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A captivating scarf paved the way for the design of a contemporary adobe stepped in Spanish history.

When Kim Sheffield met the designers of Violante & Rochford interiors to discuss the design of her new home, the Alexander McQueen scarf she was donning became more than a sartorial statement. So taken was she with the lush aubergine, camel and blue-grey hues of the apparel that it was decided that it would serve as her house’s colour scheme.

Set in the historic district of New Mexico’s capital city, the completed building is a magnificent one-storey, three-bedroom adobe spanning 8,000 sqf with sweeping vistas of Santa Fe’s natural landscape.

Presently the main residence of the recently retired owners, this house is the fourth – after a ski home in Taos, New Mexico, a ranch in Pecos Texas, and another house in Santa Fe, on which they’ve worked with Interior Designers Michael Violente and Paul Rochford. The social couple are fond of throwing parties for extended family and friends, which see up to 100 guests at a time, so the layout of the home needed to accommodate big crowds comfortably for large scale entertaining. For this purpose, one requirement by the clients was to make the outdoor space an extension of the interiors, so that guests can move around freely on the grounds, and occupy the external property.

The formality of the sitting area in the living room is contrasted with the element of fun represented by a pool table behind the fireplace.