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  TABLE OF CONTENTS  –  Volume 2  Issue 2  –  2011
 
Ventanas Vol 2-2  
ABOUT THE COVER - The spacious kitchen of Jack and Joy Winton in El Paso includes options that can be designed into the floor plan of any home with a focus on entertaining family, friends and business associates. Custom designed cabinetry to maximize storage and accessibility, double islands in addition to the breakfast bar, an assembly area that doubles as an area for feeding the children, industrial-size stove top, three sinks…these are all considerations for a new or remodeled home. As a central place where people tend to congregate, warmth is added to the configuration by utilizing a fireplace, leaded glass windows and an arched entry and nicho. Cover photo by Bill Faulkner.
 
Bob Skolnick   PUBLISHER - In today’s economy, many are choosing to invest in their current home and modernize the key living areas. Typically, kitchen and bathrooms are the first rooms considered for a home makeover... READ MORE >>
  CASAS BONITAS
     

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  THE BUZZ - MEDIA REVIEWS
Remodeling and design ideas - book, IPad app and website reviews.
 

16
  REMODELING - A KITCHEN REVISION
Transform the focal point of the home into a space that is harmonious and uniquely yours.
 

24
  FEATURE HOME - TIFFANI & KEITH JOHNSON
Doctors Keith and Tiffani Johnson's extra ordinary home in the Franklin Mountains of El Paso.
 

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  REMODELING - A LAVATORY UPGRADE
A bathroom remodel is one of the best home improvement investments one can make.
 

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  FEATURE HOME - FRANCES & ALAN ERICKSON
Having renovated homes for 24 years, the Ericksons designed and built their own labor of love.
 

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  REMODELING - CABINETRY COUTURE
Spruce up your décor without putting a dent in your wallet, with designer cabinetry hardware.
 

54
  FEATURE HOME - JOY & JACK WINTON
A successful builder and developer for a span of 40 years builds a new home for themselves.
 

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  REMODELING - BENEFITS OF WALL FINISHES
Wall finishes add that final je ne sais quoi to the scenery of your home.
 

70
  FEATURE HOME - A MCGINLEY REMODEL & ADDITION
McGinley Construction remodels a 1927 home multiple times over the years.
 

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  REMODELING - HAL MARCUS GALLERY
Hal Marcus opens his new art gallery just five blocks from his previous location.
 

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  REMODELING - LUIS NAVARRO - FINE ART
The diversity of his artwork represents his own personal distinctiveness.
 

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  FEATURE HOME - JUANITA & CARLOS GARCIA
Juanita and Carlos Garcia of ICON Custom Builder decided to modernized their home.
 

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  REMODELING - DESIGN STAR: WAYNE HILTON
A New Mexico interior designer gets a taste of Hollywood by way of HGTV.
 

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  OUTDOOR LIVING - POOLS FOR IRREGULAR LOTS
The placement of a pool or spa can be challenging on hillside sites.
 

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  OUTDOOR LIVING - POSH PATIO FURNITURE
Patio furniture that is as stylish and comfortable as what you would put in your living room.
 

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  OUTDOOR LIVING - GRILLING IN STYLE
Upgrade the rusted barbeque grill and cumbersome ice cooler to a complete outdoor kitchen.
 

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  OUTDOOR LIVING - CONTAINER GARDENS
Basic elements of design can easily be applied to create exciting, eye-catching displays.
 

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  OUTDOOR LIVING - PALM TREES: STILL AN OPTION
There are plenty of varieties that are suitable for our climate or even colder temperatures.
     
  VIDA BUENA
     

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  THE BUZZ - MEDIA REVIEWS
Women's health and beauty - book and website reviews.
 

124
  THE ARTS - EL PASO PRO-MUSICA SUMMER SOIREE
An annual fundraiser hosted by the El Paso Pro-Musica Guild.
 

126
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - THE BENEFITS OF BERRIES
Claims of lower cholesterol, minimizing cancer, helping bones and strengthening the heart.
 

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  HEALTH & WELLNESS - HOT STONE MASSAGE
Hot Stone massage can melt away the pervading burdens of life and reinvigorate the body.
 

130
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - HEALTHY WOMAN EXPO & DINNER
MountainView Regional Medical Center celebrates their Healthy Woman program.
 

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  BEAUTY & STYLE - PREVENTING VARICOSE VEINS
Varicose veins are often treated with lifestyle changes and medical treatments.
 

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  BEAUTY & STYLE - FALL FASHION IDEAS
There’s never a better time to update your wardrobe than as the seasons change.
 

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  BEAUTY & STYLE - A SPECIAL MOM MAKEOVER
A special Mother's Day makeover for a special military mom.
 

140
  OUT ON THE TOWN - SUMMER NIGHTS IN EL PASO
Great weather and a fabulous patio/pool area are the right ingredients for a family get together.
 

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  OUT ON THE TOWN - VOGUE'S FASHION'S NIGHT OUT
El Paso’s most stylish were out on the town to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out.
 

147
  LET’S GO OUT - BROADWAY IN EL PASO
Broadway in El Paso is better than ever and includes eight different shows.
 

150
  LET’S GO OUT - LINCOLN COUNTY COWBOY SYMPOSIUM
Called the “best cowboy cultural event” by the National Cowboy Symposium.
 

154
  LET’S GO OUT - PERFORMANCES & FESTIVALS
Live performance calendar showcasing some of the best events in the region.
 

156
  GETAWAYS - EXPLORING THE TEXAS COAST
Explore a stretch of gulf coast from Galveston, Texas to Lake Charles, Louisiana.
 

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  GETAWAYS - SAN DIEGO'S OLD TOWN
Old Town San Diego offers an idealistic experience of the birthplace of California.
     
  COMIDAS SABROSAS
     

164
  THE BUZZ - MEDIA REVIEWS
Feeding the Hungry Tailgater - book and blog reviews.
 

166
  BARBECUE - TEXAS BBQ RESTAURANTS
Texas may not have the patent on barbecue, but it is certainly considered a state tradition.
 

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  CULINARY MEXICO - BAJA STYLE FISH TACOS
This wonderful fish taco recipe comes from Daniel Hoyer’s Culinary Mexico cookbook.
 

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  BRUNCH ON THE BORDER - ARDOVINO'S DESERT CROSSING
A unique brunch that reflects the mingling of Mexican, Southwestern and Italian cultures.
 

174
  BRUNCH ON THE BORDER - DE LA VEGA'S PECAN GRILL
Providing great locally-inspired food in a fun, classy environment.
 

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  ENTERTAINING AT HOME - TAILGATING MEETS OKTOBERFEST
Reserve an upcoming football game day for a traditional German Oktoberfest menu.
 

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  OUT ON THE TOWN - LODGE RESORT & SPA
The centennial celebration at the Lodge Resort & Spa at Cloudcroft.
 

194
  WORLD CUISINES - MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE HISTORY
The Middle East is a geographic crossroads and a hub of culinary exchange.
 

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  WORLD CUISINES - INTERNATIONAL DELIGHTS CAFE
A delightful fusion of Mediterranean foods and European-style coffeehouses.
 

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  WORLD CUISINES - JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL FOOD & GRILL
A culinary passport through the Mediterranean Sea to the Arabian Peninsula.
     
 
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