An Eclectic Adobe Home in Santa Fe Is a Master Class in Mixing Patterns


An Eclectic Adobe Home in Santa Fe Is a Master Class in Mixing Patterns

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Homeowners: Donna and Bruce, and grown kids, Madison and Avery who love Santa Fe and stop in frequently for visits. Also a pitbull named Carlos.
Designers: Matt and Heather French of French & French Interiors
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

What we loved most about this client house was the traditional adobe style. This home is so incredibly charming, layered, playful, and considered. From the traditional vigas to the cozy portals and courtyards, it’s the quintessential Santa Fe property. We’re known for our folky eclectic style, which Bruce and Donna embraced right from the start and really wanted to shine in their home. 

We chose folk-inspired textiles, mixed with traditional Navajo rugs to really embrace the feeling of the architecture. We then added in a bit of… everything! From numerous bespoke pieces, to found Guatemalan tresteros, equipale chairs, and a Gustavian entry hutch, it all makes the home feel interesting and dynamic. Being from Santa Fe, we are a mash up of lots of different impressions and experiences and I believe all homes should incorporate all of these influences in an exciting way. Our clients were all in, even their son and his girlfriend who were design students got involved! The eclecticism of our clients, our city, and this home allowed us to place different pieces side-by-side in an unexpected meeting of styles.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Designers’ Style: Folk eclectic 

Favorite Element: The use of color and pattern mixed with traditional Navajo rugs.

Biggest Challenge: Space planning was our biggest challenge. This traditional adobe has tiny rooms, so making sure every detail would work was our biggest priority!

Proudest DIY: We love the folk-inspired dining wall painting!

Biggest Indulgence: The fabrics are all incredibly beautiful. From Pierre Frey to Schumacher… every fabric was highly considered.  

Best Advice: Over the course of a lifetime, one gathers so many views, experiences, and objects. A home should make it possible to take in all of these things so it deeply reflects the people who live in it.



  • Paint — Simply White by Benjamin Moore


  • Gustavian hutch — Antique


  • Sofa — Bernhardt 
  • Chairs — Highland House
  • Custom pink ottomans — Fabric, Sister parish
  • Custom ottoman (blue) — Fabric, Pierre Frey
  • The floor lamp — Visual Comfort
  • Drapery — Fabric, Sister Parish Elenora Yellow
  • Poufs — Fabric, Sister Parish burmese petal pink
  • Ottomon — Fabric, Pierre Frey country horizon fabric and leather, Samuel and sons piping in tomato
  • Small Pillows — Fabric, Schumacher Nolita Embroidery in Yellow
  • Skirted red/floral side chairs — Ballard
  • Round table — Antique


  • Dining room chairs — Called Equiple chairs and are from Mexico
  • Dining table — Antique
  • Bench at the table — Highland House Hall Settee 


  • Bed skirt — James Malone Isolde 32 Famara
  • Headboard — Pierre Frey Mississippi Black
  • Side Tables — Regina Andrew Liam Drink Table
  • Dresser — Noir Jones 3 Drawer
  • Lumbar Pillow — Pierre Frey Indiana Botanica
  • Pillows — Schumacher pavone velvet in carbon
  • Headboard — ​Fabric, Manuel Canovas


  • Headboard — Manuel Canovas Kazan Prairie
  • Bedskirt — Christopher Farr Cloth in Lost and Found Green
  • Bedding — John Robshaw & Hoff Miller (lysdrap)
  • Yellow pillows — Zak + Fox Amitan/Shar
  • Pink Lumbar Pillow — Pierre Frey Dora Fuchsia
  • Side Chair — Fabric, Pierre Frey Mississippi Goyave
  • Dresser — Noir Ascona Small Chest
  • Desk — Antique
  • Rug — Shiprock Santa Fe – Navajo wool


  • Swivel chairs — Fabric, MGBW in Hipster Tuxedo
  • Pillows on the swivel chairs — Fabric, John Brooks
  • Pouf — Fabric, Schumacher Pavone Velvet in Garnet 
  • Pillows on the sofa — Egg and Dart in tamara vin rouge
  • Coffee Table —  Antique 
  • Painted chest — Antique 
  • Backless sofa — MGBW Design painted wall was painted by Matt –  paint from BioShield