open space

Imagine the kids seated at the half-moon island, doing homework under the clear Santa Fe sun streaming in. Designed by Jon Dick of Archaeo Architects, light enters this space in unexpected ways: from floor-to-ceiling French doors opening to the patio, from the dining room through open spaces to the kitchen, from the 5x5 window over the kitchen sink, and even from above, where a circular clear skylight allows the sun, moon, and clouds to pass overhead. The environmentally safe bamboo cabinets and cherry wood floors soften what could have been a too-modern space. Designed for family living, traffic flows easily around the island to each of the prep areas, which the homeowner says makes cooking with the kids nearby not only possible but also a pleasure. “There are no hard edges to bump into,” she adds, saying that although small dinner parties are the norm for this family of five, the kitchen holds up for larger groups, as well. Even with 20 house guests who stayed through the Christmas week (the double ovens came in very handy), the kitchen excelled in its first true test, proving itself functional and easy to use.