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  TABLE OF CONTENTS  –  Volume 1  Issue 1  –  2010
 
Ventanas Vol 1-1  
ABOUT THE COVER - Creating that perfect outdoor setting for personal relaxation and for entertaining guests is important in the Southwest, where the weather is conducive to year-round enjoyment. The backyard setting of Martha and Don Dickason’s El Paso home sets the standard for our region. We thank Bill Faulkner Studios, Nash Patio & Garden, Paradise Pools, Table Occasions, Eventures and Hawaiian Pool Service.
 
Bob Skolnick   PUBLISHER - Communities can embrace their common ground while maintaining personalities that make El Paso and Las Cruces unique unto themselves... READ MORE
 
Joe Burgess   EDITOR - The Casas Bonitas (beautiful homes) section of the new Ventanas publication provides an excellent first step for those considering remodeling their home... READ MORE
  CASAS BONITAS
     

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  THE BUZZ - DESIGN LIBRARY
Two book reviews: Outside the Not So Big House & Sean Conway's Cultivating Life.
Plus the best of home improvement on the internet.
 

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  REMODELING - INTRODUCTION & PLANNING
Many people are making the decision to stay in their home and remodel it rather than
purchase a new home. Here are tips on how to survive the process.
 

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  REMODELING - ENERGY UPGRADES
Making your current home more energy efficient or designing a new home with
energy-saving features saves you money in the long run and increases resale value.
 

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  FEATURE HOME - EDWINA HYSLOP BURNS
Interior Design Consultant Edwina Hyslop Burns transformed a cold and modernistic
El Paso Home into a welcoming space for living and entertaining.
 

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  REMODELING - SELECTING A REMODELER
It is important to emphasize that a professional remodeler requires a unique set of skills,
in some instances different than a custom or production homebuilder.
 

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  REMODELING - THE PROFESSIONALS
We present seven regional remodeling contractors who are experienced and protect
your interests by adhering to nationally-accepted building practices.
 

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  REMODELING - FRONT EXTERIOR
Improve the outward appearance of your home. Doors, windows, walkways and wall
coverings are a few of the possibilities for changing the character of your home.
 

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  REMODELING - KITCHEN
Lifestyle will affect your kitchen remodeling decisions. Appliances, countertops,
cabinetry and lighting will all be major influences on the magnitude of the project.
 

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  REMODELING - BATHROOM
Lights, sound, multiple nozzles and automatic controls create a shower “experience,”
and there is an amazing array of sink styles and toilet options available.
 

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  FEATURE HOME - CLIFF SCHLOTHAUER
Salvaging a 1907 landmark home in Las Cruces, owner Cliff Schlothauer worked
with remodeler Kevin McGinley to create a warm and environmentally-friendly abode.
 

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  REMODELING - SPARE ROOM / GARAGE
Convert that extra bedroom or garage into a home theater, home office, hobby room,
laundry center or a workshop with organized storage.
 

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  FEATURE HOME - BRYAN DUNCAN
Utilizing numerous species of wood, builder Brian Duncan teamed with El Paso
Wood Products to create an open, yet very warm living space in El Paso.
 

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  REMODELING - ROOM ADDITIONS
There are considerations such as property setbacks, foot traffic patterns, piping &
electricity runs, heating & cooling capacities, roof designs and wall structures.
 

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  REMODELING - INDOOR FIREPLACE
There are numerous styles to choose from, ranging from traditional to contemporary.
Properly planned, they will contribute to the warmth and aesthetics of your home.
 

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  FEATURE HOME - KEN EASTLACK & ELAINE CHILDS
Owners Ken Eastlack and Elaine Childs transformed their drab house into a
well-landscaped, colorful abode with a very distinct Mexican flair.
 

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  REMODELING - PATIO & YARD
Many people today are creating an “escape” in their backyards. Outdoor kitchens,
covered patios or even a well-placed porch can improve your sanity level.
 

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  REMODELING - POOL & SPA
Building a pool and spa is a big investment. It will significantly increase the value of
your home but be prepared for an increase in tax, insurance and energy costs.
 

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  REMODELING - OUTDOOR FIREPLACE
Adding a fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor space is relatively easy and inexpensive.
Increase light and ambience in your backyard to create an outdoor paradise.
 

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  REMODELING - LANDSCAPE
Think of your outdoor area as a room that you are decorating with elements. What
visual image do you want once the landscape is mature.
 

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  GARDENING RESOURCES
Book review of Best Plants for New Mexico Gardens and Landscapes and our
recommendations for the best gardning centers in the region.
 

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  FEATURE HOME - LORENA & JUAN RODRIGUEZ
Landscape designer Juan Carlos and his wife Lorena exhibited their talent and expertise
by creating a virtual paradise in their own El Paso back yard.
 

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  REMODELING - OUTDOOR ACCENTS
Patio shade can be achieved through a retractable shade awning or a wood patio cover.
Accent lighting adds design appeal to any outdoor area.
 

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  OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING
Outdoor grilling has come a long way since the "ole" charcoal barbecue. A variety of
patio furniture options can add color and comfort to your outdoor space.
 

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  FEATURE HOME - MARTHA & DONALD DICKASON
The Dickasons decided to transform their spacious back yard into a resort-like garden
and oversized pool for family enjoyment and relaxation after a stressful day.
     
  VIDA FRONTERIZA
     

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  THE BUZZ - WEB & BOOK REVIEWS
Having these trusted sites bookmarked will keep you informed and entertained.
Book review of A Warm Welcome - How to be a Gracious Host to Friends and Family.
 

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  ACADEMIC ARCHITECTURE - UTEP
With gently sloping walls, high inset windows, projecting roof eaves and dark bands
of brick with mosaic tile mandalas,UTEP is home to Bhutanese architecture.
 

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  ACADEMIC ARCHITECTURE - NMSU
The Center for the Arts planned for the campus of NMSU will attract students and
businesses alike with details in the design and construction of the new building.
 

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  PERFORMING ARTS - GILBERT & SULLIVAN
Dr. George Jarden took a passion and created an original one man show. Ten shows
at the Rio Grande Theatre focused on Gilbert and Sullivan.
 

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  PEOPLE - JIM POFAHL'S NYC MARATHON
El Paso/Las Cruces builder Jim Pohfal runs the 40th annual New York City
Marathon with more than 40,000 other participants.
 

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  HEALTH & WELLNESS - SWIMMING
Swimming is a great way to maintain health and exercise. Learn about the various
levels of swimming, how to prepare for swimming and the benefits of swimming.
 

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  BEAUTY - MINERAL MAKE-UP & ADULT ACNE
Know what types of mineral make-up are out there and what to look for.
Dealing with adult acne is more common than you think.
 

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  PARENTING - DEALING WITH A BULLY
Bullying is a serious problem among today’s youth and it is only getting worse.
Find out what to look for in a bully and how to help someone who is being bullied.
 

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  OUT ON THE TOWN - MARCH OF DIMES
March of Dimes celebrated their second annual High Heels for High Hopes with
more participates, more fun and more money for the March of Dimes.
 

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  GREAT FINDS
Vibram FiveFingers, a neoprene sock-like foot covering, is an alternative to going barefoot.
Using a variety of items, Manick Metals makes one-of-a-kind jewelry with personality.
     
  COMIDAS SABROSAS
     

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  THE BUZZ - WEB & BOOK REVIEWS
Book review of Simple Stunning Parties at Home. Three interesting web sites
about cooking and entertaining.
 

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  WEEKEND GETAWAY - TUCSON ROAD TRIP
Tucson, Arizona offers great weather, unique places to stay and a rich history.
Hit the road to Tucson to find a little bit of wonderful right next door.
 

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  LET'S GO OUT - LOCAL THEATRES
The Las Cruces and El Paso areas offer great venues for shows. Learn more about
the Rio Grande, Plaza and Spencer Theaters and the history that makes each unique.
 

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  OUT ON THE TOWN - HOT SAUCE COOK-OFF
The Holy Jolokia Hot Sauce Cook-Off, a partnership between NMSU’s School of Hotel,
Restaurant and Tourism Management and the Chile Pepper Institute.
 

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  OUT ON THE TOWN - SIGNATURE CHEF'S AUCTION
The El Paso March of Dimes held their Fifth Annual Signature Chef’s Auction to benefit
birth defects and infant mortality.
 

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  COOK'S MARKETPLACE - EDIBLE FLOWERS
Edible flowers are becoming more and more popular. Find out the best way to compliment
dishes with edible flowers and how to wow as an entertainer with the flora.
 

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  ENTERTAINING AT HOME - CASUAL SUMMER MENU
When planning your menu, summer is time for fresh vegetables and fruits. Our menu
for this edition of Comidas Sabrosas is a full spectrum of both.
 

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  WINE & SPIRITS
Bobby Lee Lawrence (1937-2010) pairs his favorite wine picks with our summer menu.
Arturo “Tury” Duarte Jr. resurrects the 1940s "Rafaga," a classic Mexican cocktail.
 

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  CUISINES OF THAILAND - INFLUENCES
Situated in Asia with China to the north and Muslim Malaysia to the south, Thailand
offers a cuisine that can also be attributed to contributions from European travelers.
 

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  THAI CUISINE - TARA THAI (El Paso)
Tara Thai, located on Mesa Street in the heart of the El Paso's Cincinnati, was voted
one of the best El Paso restaurants. Vivid colors and traditional Thai food.
 

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  THAI CUISINE - THAI DELIGHT (Las Cruces)
Thai Delight opened in June 2008 under the western face of the Organ Mountains.
The restaurant offers casual dining in a décor of Thailand and rustic New Mexico.
 

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  GREAT BARBECUE - THE STATE LINE
The State Line has provided authentic barbecue in El Paso for 33 years. The Side
Door Liquor Store provides a large variety of liquors and more than 200 craft beers.
     
 
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