O ' K E E F F E abode
Georgia's distinct-yet-understated personal style, as well as her minimalist, mid-century studio and homes in the southwest, will always fascinate and inspire me. While searching for a higher resolution image of the photo below (courtesy of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe) I came across a great blog post on her Abiquiu home, which was in complete disrepair (had gone to rack and ruin! when she purchased it in 1945. The subsequent photos and words are from the July, 1981 issue of Architectural Digest and the blog Lunch & Latte.
"When O'Keeffe bought the Abiquiu house in 1945 it was in ruins and not a single room was inhabitable (she first saw it in 1930 and made many attempts to buy it). O’Keeffe supervised the restoration of the house, which took four years, and it was her friend Maria Chabot who carried it out. To preserve the original house, existing structures were used to build new adobe walls (mud dried in the sun, mixed with straw) and stucco was used over the adobe, as rain will eventually wash it away. The only alteration she made was opening up some of the walls to have a view of the valley and mountains, the inspiration for her landscape paintings." Lunch & Latte