never a dull moment

A one-off color palette and sleek contemporary fittings breathe new life into an old school New Mexican cocina.Julia and John Patten’s remodeled kitchen in the Albuquerque foothills is a delightful celebration of bright color and whimsy, with a mixture of materials and color that creates a festive, eclectic environment. The corner kiva fireplace is reminiscent of the kitchen’s New Mexican origin, but its rich, playful hues are anything but traditional. In fact, the painted walls suggest a contemporary Mexican flavor, while the sparkling appliances, beverage cooler, and satiny hood announce its American modernity. John Patten is one of the founding partners of Dion’s Pizza, one of Albuquerque’s favorite chains of eateries.

The terra-cotta and yellow tiles make a dramatic backdrop for the ceramic art on the backsplash, while the cobalt blue walls dramatize the wooden lintel over the subtly tapered doorway into the dining area. An original element of this made-over kitchen, the terra cotta Saltillo tiles from Mexico are a perfect color complement to the dramatic palette of the cabinets, walls, and accent tiles.