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  TABLE OF CONTENTS  –  Volume 2  Issue 1  –  2011
 
Ventanas Vol 2-1  
ABOUT THE COVER - The architect, builder and owners combined their creative talents and expertise to achieve this extra-ordinary living and patio space in the El Paso home of Ben and Yolanda Arriola. Note that a folding glass wall, pictured in the open position, separates the patio on the right from the great room on the left. A second smaller glass wall is open to the pool area (featured home page 62).
 
Bob Skolnick   PUBLISHER - The decision to build a new custom home is the launching of a journey that provides a family with a beautiful home tailored specifically to their lifestyle... READ MORE
 
Bob Skolnick   EDITOR - This issue of Ventanas is packed full of great ideas and beautiful photography. And yes, there are still beautiful custom homes being built, as our articles will... READ MORE
  CASAS BONITAS
     

10
  THE BUZZ - DESIGN LIBRARY
Two book reviews: "Not So Big House" and "The Nest Home Design Handbook"
 

14
  DESIGN - WORKING WITH PROFESSIONALS
Why hire professionals to help with the design and building of your new home?
 

20
  DESIGN - DEVELOPING CLARITY
The Design Process - Defining your vision and converting it to building plans.
 

26
  DESIGN - CONSIDERATIONS
Designing a home requires your dedicated involvement in the decision-making.
 

30
  DESIGN - COLOR & TEXTURE
Color is the most expressive tool for reflecting a homeowner’s personality.
 

34
  FEATURE HOME - DESIGNS BY L.L. POWER
Builder Robert Baeza and interior designer Lynda Power help owner Gwen Almodovar
build a home that reflects her personality.
 

44
  DESIGN - LIGHTING FOR EFFECT
Lighting is one element that can dramatically influence the feel of a room.
 

48
  FEATURE HOME - CONNIE HINES INTERIOR DESIGN
"The most important considerations for my home were overall livability and comfort,"
states designer/homeowner Connie Hines.
 

58
  DESIGN - CEILING FANS
These ceiling fixtures are transforming into works of art – a point of conversation.
 

62
  FEATURE HOME - CARRERA GROUP
When you discover a lakeside property in El Paso, Texas, you gotta grab it and you
gotta do something special with it!
 

74
  DESIGN - CUSTOM WOODWORKING
Renaissance Woodworks retains the artisan traditions of the old masters and included
them in today’s new home designs.
 

78
  FEATURE HOME - CGN DESIGNS / LMC DESIGN GROUP
The Margo home is inspired by the Franciscan mission architecture of Nuestra
Señora de Guadalupe in Ciudad Juárez.
 

88
  DESIGN - FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES
Furnishing a home is like breathing new life into a structured space – the final detail
that brings the vision of a home into fruition.
 

92
  FEATURE HOME - ANNE STEELE CUSTOM INTERIORS
A partially complete construction project allows Anne Steele the opportunity to
change the features and intent of certain rooms.
 

100
  DESIGN - LOCAL ART DECOR
The work of El Paso artist Lisa Matta-Brown
 

102
  DESIGN - LOCAL ART DECOR
The work of Las Cruces artist Virginia Maria Romero
 

106
  DESIGN - PRIVATE SPACES / BATHROOMS
The bathroom has been revolutionized from simply being a utilitarian space
into an oasis in the home.
     
  VIDA BUENA
     

110
  COMMUNITY - EL PASO'S ECONOMIC GROWTH
El Paso’s economy has remained strong throughout the economic downturn,
ranking in the 20 strongest metro economies.
 

114
  THE ARTS - ALEKSANDER TITOVETS
The El Paso International Museum of Art inducted Aleksander (Sasha) Titovets
into the El Paso Artists’ Hall of Fame.
 

116
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - LIPOLASER BODY SCULPTING
The Lapex BCS LipoLaser is designed to specifically address spot fat reduction,
or inch loss, and body contouring.
 

118
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - DENTAL TEETH WHITENING
Teeth whitening from bleaching sessions at the dentist's office to home-use
bleaching kits purchased at the local drugstore.
 

120
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - SUNLESS SELF TANNERS
Sunless tanning products or self-tanners, can give skin a tanned look without
exposing it to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
 

122
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - INTERNET BEAUTY BLOG
Temptalia.com is one of the internet's top ten hottest beauty blogs.
 

124
  OUT ON THE TOWN - EL PASO HISPANIC CHAMBER FIESTA
The annual 2010 Fiesta Celebration of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
 

130
  WEEKEND GETAWAY - BIG BEND COUNTRY
About 200 miles east of El Paso lies the vast and complex Big Bend Country.
 

134
  LET'S GO OUT - SUMMER AT THE SPENCER
Take a look at the new Summer season at the Spencer Theater in Ruidoso.
     
  COMIDAS SABROSAS
     

138
  ENTERTAINING AT HOME - SUMMER BARBECUE PARTY
When you set your summer party menu, there are numerous options for appetizers,
salads, entrées, asides and desserts.
 

150
  WINE & SPIRITS - WINE PICKS
Restaurateur and wine retailer, Mark Heins, shares his wine knowledge and experience.
 

152
  CUSINES OF VIETNAM - HISTORY
Steeped in a rich history, Vietnamese cooking is a reflection of its Chinese, French,
Thai and Cambodian influences.
 

154
  CUISINES OF VIETNAM - PHO SAIGON (Las Cruces)
Las Cruces finally has its own Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Saigon.
 

156
  CUSINES OF VIETNAM - PHO TRE BIEN (El Paso)
Pho Tre Bien provides good service, fresh, healthy food and a setting that reflects
a Vietnamese vacation spot.
 

158
  FEATURE RESTAURANT - THE MAGIC PAN (El Paso)
The new Magic Pan on Cincinnati Street has an atmosphere that would no doubt
be a draw for the likes of Merlin the Magician.
 

160
  FEATURE RESTAURANT - LA IGUANA (Las Cruces)
La Iguana, near the Rio Grande Theatre, has a bright and upbeat atmosphere
with just a touch of fine-dining finesse.
     
 
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