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  TABLE OF CONTENTS  –  2012 Summer Issue
 
Ventanas 2012 Summer  
ABOUT THE COVER - This beautiful Santa Fe style home on El Paso's Westside is enhanced by the verdant landscape designs of Mark Nash who used trees and lots of green shrubs and plants to create a desert oasis that the owners can enjoy all year round. View our landscaping article starting on page 92 for more images of this home's gorgeous surroundings and to get ideas from Mark on creating your own lush landscape.   Cover photo by Bill Faulkner.
 
Bob SkolnickPUBLISHER - One of the great benefits of living in this region is the spectacular mountain and west mesa views from many of our homes. We orient our homes on their lots to take the best advantage of these views. We place our windows to capture them from our master bedrooms, our great rooms and our kitchens. We consider views when we are planning our outdoor living areas, the fireplaces and pits and the placement of our pools and spas...   READ MORE >>
  CASAS BONITAS
     

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  GRAND OPENING - A-1 KITCHENS BY SIERRA
A-1 Kitchens by Sierra opens a new showroom in El Paso.
 

16
  GRAND OPENING - BUILDERS SOURCE APPLIANCE GALLERY
Builders Source Appliance Gallery adds a new El Paso showroom.
 

18
  FEATURE HOME - HANK & AMPARO HERNANDEZ
Hank and Amparo Hernandez turned to a team of professionals to build their new home.
 

28
  KITCHEN COOKTOPS
Selecting a cooktop or rangetop for your kitchen build or remodel.
 

32
  FEATURE HOME - G.L. GREEN
Enter the good life. GL Green and Associates set the standard for ideal living.
 

41
  ENERGY EFFICIENCY - LED LIGHTING
Three things you should know before installing LED lighting.
 

42
  ELECTRIC FIREPLACES
Electric fireplaces set the mood with just the push of a button.
 

46
  FEATURE HOME - MARK & GAYLE NASH
Alfresco living with Mark and Gayle Nash. Bring the outdoors in and vice versa.
 

58
  WINDOW TREATMENTS
Custom window coverings. Three local experts talk functionality and style.
 

62
  ART & ACCESSORIES
The true beauty of encaustic artwork. Artists John Schaeffer and Sherry Ikeda.
 

66
  FEATURE HOME - STEPHENNE RHODES
The visionary solar and geothermal energy home of Stephenne Rhodes.
 

72
  WINE REFRIGERATORS
One of the most affordable and efficient means of wine storing and aging.
 

76
  OUTDOOR LIVING - POOLS & SPAS
Pool projects that take advantage of some spectacular views.
 

84
  OUTDOOR LIVING - FIRE PITS
With an outdoor fire pit, you have the opportunity for 360 degrees of enjoyment.
 

88
  OUTDOOR LIVING - OUTDOOR KITCHENS
Kettles and Kamados - the accessories every charcoal aficionado should have.
 

92
  OUTDOOR LIVING - LANDSCAPING
Mark Nash creates a desert oasis full of trees and green foliage.
     
  VIDA BUENA
     

98
  OUT ON THE TOWN - EL PASO PRO-MUSICA GUILD
El Paso Pro-Musica Guild's 31st Annual Soiree.
 

100
  OUT ON THE TOWN - SUNLAND DERBY GALA
The Sunland Derby Gala brings in Joe Montana in support of United Blood Services.
 

102
  BEAUTY - AGELESS EYES
Four simple tips can help you keep your eyes in tip top shape.
 

104
  RELAXATION - PRENATAL MASSAGE
Implementing therapeutic massage therapy into your prenatal care.
 

108
  LIVE PERFORMANCES - BLUES IN THE BORDERLAND
Blues events and concerts are happening all year round in the region.
 

114
  LIVE PERFORMANCES - BRI BAGWELL
Country Music's Bri Bagwell premieres her music video at the Rio Grande Theatre.
 

116
  LIVE PERFORMANCES - CALENDAR
Live performance calendar showcasing some of the best events in the region.
 

118
  OUT ON THE TOWN - ARDOVINO'S DESERT CROSSING
100th anniversary dinner commemorating the Titanic's infamous last voyage.
 

120
  GETAWAYS - AUSTIN, TEXAS
Some of Austin's more unique and perhaps funky attributes and area attractions.
 

124
  GETAWAYS - MEXICO VACATION
Funjet luxury vacation package to the Mexican Riviera.
     
  COMIDAS SABROSAS
     

128
  BARBECUE - CENTRAL TEXAS
From restaurants to tailgate parties, barbecuing has become an art form.
 

132
  BRUNCH ON THE BORDER - DOUBLE EAGLE
The Double Eagle in Old Mesilla serves up a Sunday brunch buffet.
 

134
  ENTERTAINING AT HOME - ITALIAN PATIO BUFFET
This Italian menu includes: antipasti, salads, pizzas, pastas and desserts.
 

146
  RESTAURANT OPENING - OPUS WORLD BISTRO
Chef Michael Ross' new restaurant doesn't just focus on one particular cuisine.
 

148
  WORLD CUISINE - ARGENTINA
Argentinean cuisine is nfluenced by native South American tribes and European immigrants.
 

150
  WORLD CUISINE - GARUFA
Garufa has a following amongst those who enjoy authentic Argentinean dining.
 

151
  WORLD CUSINE - CUARTITO AZUL
A delightful Argentinean eatery serving traditional, fresh and homemade dishes.
     
 
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