Balancing Act

"Per clients’ request, we gave this more traditionally styled home and interior a twist of contemporary and the result is a playful tension."


An existing collection of exquisite antiques and traditional styling meets contemporary art and of-the-moment textures, resulting in a warm and seamless experience evoking old world and new in this Betty Stewart style eastside Santa Fe home. Granny Smith apples + Red Zebra stripes + 19C Italian armoire + Rough-hewn tree trunks = one killer look for a couple who wanted more than the typical freshening-up. Hand wrought iron, hand knotted rugs, and hand-cured cowhide offset beautifully textured fabrics and any chance of undesired formality. Small changes—art, color, texture, and flow—deliver profound results in the hands of a talented designer, for the shared tale of this home’s life.

Project Contributors: HVL Interiors, Wendy McEahern Photography