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  TABLE OF CONTENTS  –  2012 Spring Issue
 
Ventanas 2012 Spring  
ABOUT THE COVER - The evening is a great time to enjoy your outdoor living area in the borderland communities. The home of Blanca and Gerardo Martinez was designed with just that in mind. Whether you take a swim, have a family grilling party or just sit in the evening warmth and enjoy your favorite beverage, our region provides for the maximum utilization of outdoor living. With gorgeous architectural and design elements both inside and out, this house is truly a stunning creation. Much planning and forethought went into creating not just a big, beautiful house, but a real home that reflects what is truly important—enjoying life with family and friends.   Cover photo by Bill Faulkner.
 
Bob Skolnick   PUBLISHER - In this edition of Ventanas, we have chosen several new and remodeled homes for you to use as resource ideas. Architectural styles range from Mexican Colonial to Santa Fe Pueblo to Contemporary... READ MORE >>
  CASAS BONITAS
     

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  THE BUZZ - BOOK REVIEWS
Two books that provide some outdoor entertainment area inspiration.
 

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  FEATURE HOME - GERARDO & BLANCA MARTINEZ
Gerardo and Blanca created a hilltop hacienda on El Paso's Westside.
 

28
  REMODELING - BATHROOMS
Deluxe shower systems can have a positive influence on your lifestyle holistically.
 

34
  FEATURE HOME - LINDA WILLER-WRITE & LONNY WRITE
Lonny and Linda worked with Bella Vista Homes to build their dream house.
 

43
  ENERGY EFFICIENCY - ENERGY LABELS
Reading energy labels properly can mean all the difference in cost and efficiency.
 

44
  ORGANIZATION - CUSTOM CLOSETS
The newest trends in personal closet organization have made their way to the borderland.
 

48
  FEATURE HOME - AN ENCHANTING CLASSIC NEW MEXICO HOME
Wayne and Kiki Suggs build custom homes that reflect the authentic past of the region.
 

58
  HOME FURNISHINGS - BAR STOOLS
Take some consideration in choosing the best bar stools for your home.
 

62
  FEATURE HOME - ICON CUSTOM BUILDER
Juanita and Carlos Garcia work closely with homeowners to build a unique residence.
 

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  ART & ACCESSORIES - ARTIST INTERVIEW
An interview with Las Cruces artist Michael Poncé.
 

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  ART & ACCESSORIES - FRAMING CHOICES
Advice on how to present and preserve your valuable artwork.
 

78
  OUTDOOR LIVING - POOLS & SPAS
Unique water elements that can take your outdoor oasis to the next level.
 

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  OUTDOOR LIVING - PATIO UMBRELLAS
Protecting you and your guests from the heat and glare of the desert sun.
 

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  OUTDOOR LIVING - OUTDOOR KITCHENS
Taking your backyard grill to a whole new level of cooking.
 

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  OUTDOOR LIVING - OUTDOOR CANVAS ART
Take outdoor decorating beyond plants and garden statues by utilizing canvas artwork.
 

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  OUTDOOR LIVING - GARDENING
Create a relaxig oasis with courtyard & container gardening.
 

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  OUTDOOR LIVING - LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Yield a successful harvest with a home vegetable garden.
     
  VIDA BUENA
     

104
  THE BUZZ - MEDIA REVIEWS
Women's health - book and website reviews.
 

106
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - WOMEN'S CORONARY CARE
The number one cause of death for American women is heart disease.
 

110
  OUT ON THE TOWN - JUNIOR LEAGUE OF EL PASO
"A Christmas Fair" is a fantastic event held over three days every November.
 

112
  HEALTH & WELLNESS - SLEEP DISORDERS
There are practices we can adopt to coax a satisfactory slumber.
 

114
  BEAUTY & STYLE - BODY SCULPTING TREATMENTS
There are now more ways than ever to shape your body the way you want it.
 

118
  BEAUTY & STYLE - ANTI-AGING FACIALS
A look at of some popular anti-aging options to see what really lives up to the hype.
 

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  BEAUTY & STYLE - DAVID YURMAN DESIGNER JEWELRY
Celebrated jewelry designer David Yurman visits El Paso.
 

126
  BEAUTY & STYLE - HOW TO SELECT A DIAMOND
As well as being a fabulous fashion statement, diamonds are also great investments.
 

128
  BEAUTY & STYLE - WOMEN'S SPRING FASHION
The bold, eye-catching styles that are currently dominating the fashion scene.
 

132
  LIVE PERFORMANCES - AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
ACL has moved to the state-of-the-art Moody Theater in downtown Austin.
 

134
  LIVE PERFORMANCES - MURDER MYSTERY WEEKEND
Weekend packages of mystery, intrigue and amateur sleuthing at the Lodge Resort and Spa.
 

138
  LIVE PERFORMANCES - CALENDAR
Live performance calendar showcasing some of the best events in the region.
 

140
  GETAWAYS - EXPLORING SOUTH TEXAS
The tip of Texas has plenty of sunny surf, historic sites and all the gulf shrimp you can eat.
 

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  GETAWAYS - CELEBRITY "CULINARY" CRUISES
Celebrity's "Savor Your Destination" cruise to the Mediterranean or the Caribbean.
     
  COMIDAS SABROSAS
     

148
  BARBECUE - TEXAS BBQ RESTAURANTS
Regardless of how they spell it, Texans are serious about their barbecue.
 

152
  CULINARY MEXICO - CAMARONES ENCHIPOTILADOS
A recipe for shrimp in hot and smoky chipotle sauce from Chef Daniel Hoyer.
 

154
  BRUNCH ON THE BORDER - THE MAGIC PAN
The Magic Pan restaurant on Cincinnati St. now offers a brunch menu on Sundays.
 

156
  BRUNCH ON THE BORDER - THE LODGE RESORT & SPA
Linger over a tasty mixture of breakfast and lunch dishes at The Lodge in Cloudcroft.
 

158
  ENTERTAINING AT HOME - SPRING BRUNCH
A spring menu including appetizers, salads, entrees, asides, dessert and cocktails.
 

172
  RESTAURANT OPENINGS - CRUST
An authentic Italian dining experience, seemingly straight from southern Italy.
 

174
  RESTAURANT OPENINGS - PACIFICA SEAFOOD & BAR
Fresh, flavorful seafood with a perfect blend of relaxing comfort and city chic.
 

176
  WORLD CUISINES - GREEK CUISINE HISTORY
Greece boasts a long history, all seasoned with influences from a myriad of cultures.
 

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  WORLD CUISINES - ZINO'S GREEK RESTAURANT
A charming Greek eatery that will transport you to the Mediterranean.
 

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  WORLD CUISINES - TIFFANY'S GREEK RESTAURANT
For real Greek cuisine in Las Cruces, this is the place you want to go.
     
 
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