A pared-down palette punctuates the casual dining space, where two sliding doors lead out to a motor court and offer views of the Western skyline. Floor-to-ceiling drapery softens the space acoustically and diffuses midday sun.
A natural wood ledge, custom crafted at a local mill, showcases clear glass candle hurricanes and two modern art paintings by Kevin Tolman.
Hand-woven lampakanay rope arm chairs and slipcovered side chairs cozy up to a 7-foot-long cross-legged dining table that accommodates a large gathering. A boxy pendant light with an ecru linen shade is anchored close to the pinewood ceiling so as not to compete with the dramatic view.
An artisan-glass bowl in a subtle aqua shade serves as the sole tabletop adornment. "We found that in Santa Fe in a store called Cielo," explains interior designer Linda Woodrum. "I love that bowl."
Green apples replace a traditional vase of flowers in the dining space. The fresh hue mirrors green desert vegetation just steps from the dining room doors.
Delicate watercolors by artist Elaine Holien are displayed at eye level and create an architectural element in the space. "We wanted to keep it quiet," says Woodrum of the decision to select subtle art for the wall. "They had to be interesting on their own, but they couldn't dominate or be overpowering."
Gliding patio doors trimmed in turquoise lead from the dining area to the motor court. On sunny days, the dining table is easily relocated to the courtyard for outdoor dining.
Brazilian chestnut floors extend from the walk-through pantry into the dining room. Pinewood ceilings keep the space light and bright.
Textural elements, including hand-woven grass chairs and a sisal-style rug, add visual interest in the dining room.