Another year of fabulous homes presented on the Parade of Homes! I was thrilled to present the awards for Best Design in the four price categories.
What a local Santa Fe, N.M. gem is Inn of the Five Graces! I was lucky to experience the amazing hospitality and environment of this small and very popular establishment. Decorated in the middle eastern aesthetic of its owners, the tile work alone is worth the stay.
The charming courtyard welcomes you for a leisurely afternoon snack or a sumptuous breakfast. Be sure to notice the goldfish swimming through the mosaics that line the fountain interior.
The lovely room was so inviting and comfy that there was little need to go outdoors, especially with an afternoon that threatened rain. Our shower was a masterpiece of mosaic wizardry. The birds, the colors, the flowers... all too wonderful for words.
And then there was the soaking tub, with "windows" of urns and flowers, and a real window too. I imagined that the urns were filled with the precious oils and perfumes to wash away one's cares.
Who would think to use real urns, cut in half, in a mosaic installation? The very clever and talented artist that designed this bath. This technique adds delightful dimension to the otherwise flat walls.
Here, mini vases adorn the vanity splash....and what a lovely inlaid sink! Who could dream of a better place to wash your hands and face.
Every surface of the bath is decorated with mosaics or artwork, or painted patterns on wood. For me, it is a tile lovers fairyland!
The Inn of the Five Graces is truly a world class boutique hotel that affords a one of a kind experience for those who visit. We can't wait to return!
For the 35th May in a row, Santa Fe residents weigh in on their favorite local establishments in over 100 categories. For the first time, Statements is joining the race in the category of Best Interior Home Store.
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