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sneak peek: cara of ore studios

by Amy Azzarito


just a year and a half ago, cara scarola, her husband ahlum and their son ryder moved into this home in santa fe, new mexico. then just last year, cara formed a partnership with andy beers, a former interior architecture classmates. as ore studios, the duo provide design services to clients all over the country – and with andy in providence, ri and cara in santa fe – they’ve just about got the country covered! each ore studios project works to convey the personal aethetic of the homeowners. i love how fun and bright this home is – perfect for a family!
{thanks cara, ahlum & ryder!} {special thanks to andy beers for the photographs} amy

[My husband, Ahlum, and I moved into this house about a year and a half ago with our son, Ryder.  Architecturally speaking, it is a relatively generic house that was built sometime during the 1950s.  The ultimate goal in remodeling the house was to create an inviting, family-friendly space with a sense of style and character.  I like both classic and modern furniture, and wanted to blend multiple styles seamlessly by using a tight palette of warm and cool colors.  The house as a whole makes sense without feeling too matched or decorated.]


[photo above: This vintage chair was recovered in a beautiful wool houndstooth from Place.  The yellow dresser was purchased secondhand – the finish was ruined so we painted it a beautiful shade of ochre to contrast with the walls and applied a glossy coat of red to the original hardware.  The black and white photo is one of mine – I had it printed on a piece of nylon fabric and then hung it on the wall using galvanized piping from the local hardware store.]


[photo above: Our family spends a lot of time in this room.  The finishes are natural and durable- the perfect combination to withstand a very active three-year-old. The sofa is covered in a charcoal flannel, and the ottoman and drapery fabric is from Romo, a line we really love.  The collection of artwork in this room includes a painting by Janet Lippincott, a drawing by Sue Coe, and a couple of my own pieces.]


[photo above: The bedside tables are local unfinished mesquite slabs with a live edge – scraps that we acquired from a colleague. We had them fabricated to fit the room.  The headboard is upholstered in Galbraith & Paul fabric.  The oak floors in the bedrooms were in bad shape when the house was purchased, so we decided to give them a couple of coats of white paint (we were able to refinish them to their natural state in the remainder of the house).]

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[photo above: We completely gutted both bathrooms before moving into the house – they were full of pink – pink tile, pink sinks, pink toilets, and pink tubs!  The floor tile is by Ann Sacks from the Savoy Collection.]


[photo above: At Ore we love kid’s rooms that are fun but also have the potential to transition easily to the next stage. The furniture in my son’s room is a mixture of pieces that work right now (a bed from Oeuf that was once his crib and a little table from Room & Board), and things that will still work when he’s older (the orange hutch).  The carpet is from FLOR.]


[photo above: When outfitting our home office, I couldn’t decide on a desk to buy.  We ultimately decided to construct one out of galvanized piping and apple-ply, which allows us to maximize the usable space in the room.}

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