art meets craft
A charming Santa Fe kitchen blends color, art, and eclectic style to form a uniquely New Mexican adobe abode.

Colorful Mexican tile and salt cedar cabinets define this festive cocina, while yellow walls keep the room cheerful, even on the occasional cloudy day in New Mexico. Artist Joan Brink, who lives in the home with her husband, Joel, says the inspiration for the kitchen comes from the haciendas in the Yucatan, as well as from the sculptural form of the adobe room itself. Outside the kitchen, original artwork by daughter Laura Brink graces the stairwell. Joan hand-painted the nearby archway’s black-and-white design, which was inspired by a piece of pottery. A vase of flowers rests on an antique marble-topped table purchased in New Orleans.

Artistic touches abound in the dining area. The kiva fireplace was originally white, but Joan painted it blue to make it stand out. One of her hand-woven baskets serves as a centerpiece, and Laura Brink’s oil painting “A Day in the Life” hangs behind the dining table.

Organic forms add beauty and whimsy to the space, from the vase of colorful flowers to the lilies on display in the wrought-iron chandelier and the red chile pepper lights that border the ceiling.

Above the sink, folk art depicting the Virgin of Guadalupe isn’t quite what it seems—although it is a hanging piece of art, the image is painted on a glass window, with the white window frame serving as the frame for the painting.

A Guatemalan folk art angel statuette and chile ristras anchor a striking tableau. The vibrant dried marigolds at the angel’s feet are saved from Day of the Dead parties.

The bright blue color in the archway design carries over to the fireplace, creating visual cohesiveness as you enter the dining area from the kitchen. Joan hand-painted the arch, creating her own version of the geometrical artwork featured in a book about women artists from South Africa.

The home’s former owner fashioned the ceiling in the eating area from an old cedar fence. Eclectic in fine New Mexican tradition, around the corner through the archway a wrought-iron drying rack from Jamaica hangs above a lamp purchased in Florence, Italy.