la bella vita

a young family finds quiet living in the hills of Las Cruces

Native to Las Cruces, Jeramey Pummill grew up in the construction industry, learning from his father before starting his own electrical contracting business, JP Electric. After Pummill successfully built his family a couple of custom homes, however, his wife Dominique decided to trade in a career as a registered nurse for the custom home building trade. Their company, Luxe Homes and Interiors, launched in May 2014 and built six residences in Las Cruces this past year.

Several of their projects, including an unexpectedly contemporary design with concrete finishes and black, floating cabinetry, have been featured in the Las Cruces Showcase of Homes. That home’s ultramodern build earned Luxe a reputation for thinking outside the typical Southwestern style and staying abreast of modern building innovations.

While Jeramey and Dominique’s new family home—completed last spring after a year of planning and nine months of construction—certainly appears more Mediterranean-Tuscan than modern, the young couple thoughtfully integrated contemporary living trends into its design.

The Pummills chose to build west of town, looking out over both mountain and valley views. Instead of the elaborate, multitier tower entries typical of Tuscan-style homes in the area, this home’s façade is a flat plane of rough-hewn stone—a nod to the authentic, old country villas and estates more often seen in Europe. Its beauty lies in the rustic simplicity that rings true to the inspiration the couple gathered on excursions to the Italian countryside.

The arched, knotty alder door opens, not into a grand foyer, but a charming courtyard strung with bulb lights. A stone fireplace creates a cozy ambience, and a staircase leads to a covered terrace that evokes an indoor feel except for the fresh breeze floating through its open-air design. The space pays testament to the European lifestyle that blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Here in New Mexico, Jeramey says they enjoy it nearly year-round, with the exception of those couple of winter months when it’s just too chilly.

Inside, the home is designed with family living in mind, whether that is everyday life with the couple’s energetic three-year-old daughter, Mia, or during the frequent visits from their large extended family. Deceptively formal finishes and cabinetry by local woodworker Ryan Major include a multitude of organizational tricks and kid-friendly hacks.

A tug on a drawer in one of the kitchen’s two islands reveals deep, built-in canisters for storing cooking utensils. Another nearby cabinet hides Mia’s arts and crafts supplies. In the master bath, the drawers on Dominique’s vanity open into super-organized slots for makeup bottles and hair styling tools. In Mia’s bathroom, the lowest drawers pull out into stepping stools. When she is tall enough to reach the sink on her own, they’ll convert into storage space with just the twist of a screw.

That same ease of living is echoed in the home’s layout, which Dominique describes as an intentional flow of traffic circles. In keeping with the traditional style (and Dominique’s love of hosting family gatherings for holidays) the home does have a formal dining room. Yet, with two entrances—one on each side of the kitchen—it’s not cut off from the hubbub of the main living spaces. It’s a floor plan concept that Dominique says has worked well when they’ve hosted large groups. Guest quarters in the casita, accessible from the house via the garage in bad weather, also help out when they’re hosting visitors.

But most days, Jeramey and Dominique find themselves reveling in the simple joys of quiet family time. When not in their piazza-inspired courtyard, they gather in the kitchen and throw open the Dutch door to let the breeze in and frame that million-dollar view—not the one of the mountains and the valley below (although that’s nothing to scoff at), but the view of Mia and the family dog playing on a patch of grass in a backyard that seems to roll off into the desert landscape. “It’s just a quieter type of living up here,” Jeramey notes. “It’s one of the main reasons we chose to build where we did.”

Dominique attributes at least part of their relaxed living to the rush they went through to get the home ready for the Showcase of Homes last May. That stressful moment ultimately turned into an unexpected blessing. “Everything had to be done and finished—no excuses,” she remembers. “But now we actually get to enjoy all of it. In the other homes we built for ourselves, there were always those last things we were eventually going to get around to, those final details that would make it complete. We can actually say that this home is done, and all we have to do is enjoy life in it.”

resources

Builder and Interior Design
Luxe Homes and Interiors

Audio Video
JP Electric

Cabinetry
Major Building Industries

Countertops
No Limit Granite

Ironwork
Hernandez Fencing Co.

Landscaping
Green Lizard, LLC

Stonework
Decorative Tile, LLC