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24 On the cover: Authentic Tuscan touches abound both inside and on the bold faÇade of a West El Paso home, which captures breathtaking views of the Franklin Mountains. Read about it on page 34. Photograph by Brian Wancho.

24 California meets New Mexico

Old Hollywood glamour and classic Pueblo style come together elegantly in a Las Cruces remodel.

34 design precision

An El Paso home captures amazing views and accommodates extended family.

46 home sweet (dream) home

A brand new, traditional-style home is the product of vision, careful planning, and teamwork.

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Design Studio

A sleek, contemporary kitchen remodel in Las Cruces; Steve Thomas’s list of important steps for winterizing your home; powder rooms that make a big design impact; and a roundup of chic, functional accessories for a beautiful bathroom.

Moll Anderson uses pillows to make a stylish statement; custom upholstery adds a personalized touch to interiors; and the enduring popularity of Pueblo-style architecture and Southwestern design.

Texas Antique Week is a mecca for junk and treasure seekers; local, senior-centered fitness programs; and El Paso blowout bars that offer speedy pampering.


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The beginning of Broadway in El Paso and this fall’s hottest live entertainment.

Standout local burger joints; artisanal hard ciders; and seasonal cocktails infused with the flavors of autumn.

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his issue of Su Casa El Paso & Southern New Mexico captures the many possibilities we might choose to tackle while upgrading the look, use, and aesthetic joy of our homes. Any time we engage in a home project—even a purely cosmetic one—there’s a risk. We’re changing something we know to something we believe will be better. But the kicker is, we don’t really know until the investment has been made. Like any enterprise, you’ve got to take a leap of faith to reap the rewards. This is precisely why using established designers and builders can help to mitigate your risk. While this new build or redesign may be your first effort, it’s probably not theirs. Rely on these professional guides! In one house in this issue, the homeowners took a major plunge, knocking down walls and reconfiguring the entire home to meet their current needs. Lately, I’ve been considering taking the same plunge with regard to a family home that was excellent in the early ’60s, but needs help to function in this century. I’m inspired by the risk this family took—and gratified to see the amazing results. Other risks are far less scary. It’s amazing how far little things can go to make dramatic changes. A few cans of paint can completely transform a room. Beautiful pillows with appropriate color fabrics can be added to bring in a sense of design, a splash of color, and a cushion for comfort. (A restaurateur friend once pointed out to me that pillows also absorb sound beautifully when you need to subdue a noisy environment.) Other less risky options include reupholstering furniture, which adds new fabric, pattern, and color to a room. Cabinets can be refaced, for a fresh feel at a fraction of the cost. And finally, a well-designed powder room with a punchy design goes a long way in making a design statement at minimal expense. Homes make such good canvases. As homeowners (and artists) we can create residences that fit our desires.

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Russell and Diana Allen's redesigned kitchen revolves around a 13-foot-long island in a rich, red hue that brings warmth to the room. Contemporarystyle stools surround the island for casual dining and complement the white, Cambria quartz countertops. 6

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This modern glass hood is a showpiece in the kitchen, with sleek, curved design and a stainless steel base.

gutsy remodeling choices pay off handsomely in a Las Cruces kitchen

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y the time Russell and Diana Allen acquired their current Las Cruces home, it had been in Russell’s family for 27 years. “It was originally built in 1975, and my parents bought the home in 1988,” Russell remembers. As the home was passed from Russell’s parents to his brother, a few cosmetic updates—paint, tile, and such—were made over the years, but as Russell explains, “They never got into the structural stuff. Then we came in, knocked the kitchen area down to just concrete, and really made it usable.” Hoping to adapt the home for their brood of boys—three are away at college but visit frequently, and one high schooler is still in residence—the Allens completely gutted the kitchen, did away with the formal dining room, and opened up the main living areas. “It went from a very closed-in, tight space, to an open, airy, and family-friendly layout,” says designer Rachel Harrison of Shopgirls Interiors, who helped on the project. “It’s an older home, but they really put a fresh, contemporary feeling into it.” The remodel also served to make the kitchen more functional. “Really it was just a matter of getting back to cooking,” explains Diana. “Life was so busy, and going in a thousand different directions with four boys, that it was really difficult to actually cook anything.” One of the project’s main goals was making room for holiday gatherings of 30-plus guests. Removing the formal dining room could have been seen as a risky SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Below: With minimalist lines and contemporary hardware, Putnam-style cabinetry in the island offers ample storage.

Right: An unusual triangular seating arrangement in the breakfast nook helps accommodate big family gatherings. A panorama of the Great Wall of China by photographer Peter Lik is showcased with art lighting.

move, but the Allens had much bigger visions for that space, literally. The new kitchen is dominated by a massive island that doubles as a dining table for eight. The island is also home to tons of extra, undercabinet storage and a range with a 24-inch griddle where Russell envisions putting on Teppanyaki-style cooking displays. There’s also a small, informal dining space adjacent to the kitchen with bench seating for six, as well as room for overflow seating in the newly expanded recreation room.

“We have zero wasted space now. Every bit of it is used.”—Russell Allen To complement the modern seating arrangements, the Allens opted for cleanlined, contemporary-styled finishes. Sher-Wood Cabinetry installed wall and base cabinets in a rich brown suede finish and topped them with Cambria quartz countertops. For the island and built-in buffet, Harrison steered the homeowners toward Putnam-style cabinetry in a bold cardinal red. Diana says opting for two different shades of cabinetry was a bit nerve-racking, right up until the moment the cabinets were actually installed, but sure enough, it all came together seamlessly. “If you’ve ever seen Russell out at functions around town, he dresses with a certain flair,” Harrison says. “I knew he and Diana weren’t afraid of color, so it was fun to be able to bring that extra splash of color in.” The aesthetics came together flawlessly, but the real goal was overall functionality. The Allens added a walk-in pantry, double ovens, and a convection oven that can also serve as a third oven or a warming drawer. “So much of what people do today is all pretty, but people just look at it and don’t use it. That didn’t make sense to us,” says Russell. “We have zero wasted space now. Every bit of it is used.” So far the Allens have only had the opportunity to host one graduation party, but the owners agree they were pleased with the comfort and flow of the revamped room. “We haven’t been here all that long, but the anticipation is that we will entertain more and make this the gathering spot,” Diana says. “Our oldest son just graduated from culinary school, so we’re hoping he’s going to bring his skill in here. And at this point in life I want to get back to cooking. There wasn’t much going on in the kitchen before, but I’m excited to cook here now.”

resources Above: The new kitchen is as functional as it is stylish. A walk-in pantry offers plenty of space for no-clutter food storage, while a textured glass door adds a contemporary twist. 8

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Old Man Winter

don’t let cold weather sneak up on you—or your home Brave the elements. Winter is a time of rain, wind, and snow, so clean your gutters, downspouts, and canales, and make sure the water that’s flowing off the roof is flowing away from the house. Check the condition of the roof while you’re up there! Draft dodging. Air leaking through poorly weatherstripped windows and doors can make the house drafty and uncomfortable and push up those heating bills. There are all kinds of weatherstripping options available at your local home center. One of the most durable and versatile is spring bronze weatherstripping. You have to cut it with metal snips and tack it into place using brads, but it lasts forever and seals old windows and doors quite well. The work is meditative, and you can do one window or door at a time.

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Protect your pipes. I like to remove hoses and drain all my exterior hose bibs (faucets). A snap freeze could rupture the pipe in the wall. (I’m speaking from unpleasant experience here.) If you have underground pipes running to faucets in your garden, blow those out with compressed air.

ometime in late fall, right around the time the aspens in the high country are turning golden and there is a dusting of snow on the mountains, you realize that Old Man Winter is inevitably on his way. So in addition to dusting off your skis and pulling out your winter clothing, it’s time to start thinking about prepping your house for winter. Here’s my list, roughly in order of importance.

Bring on the heat. Boilers and furnaces need periodic maintenance the same way your car does. Your heating system’s manual (or the manufacturer’s website) would be the first place to look for recommended periodic maintenance. Granted, the newer units don’t need much, but at minimum I’d fire up the system to make sure rooms come up to temperature and the thermostats then regulate the temperature. In the case of a hydronic system (hot water baseboards or radiant floor heat), make sure all the circulator pumps are working and check for any visible leaks around fittings. Also make sure the boiler has an adequate supply of fresh air and that the exhaust stack is not blocked. If the unit does need attention, better to get your HVAC guy over before the first big chill. 10

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Fires in fireplaces, please. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, clean the chimney. Creosote buildup in the flue can start a fire and burn your house down! Also, now’s a good time to lay in some firewood. Stabilize till spring. Ethanol is now universally used in gasoline. It is hydrophilic, meaning it attracts water. So part of my routine is to run all the yard machines—lawn mower, string trimmer, log splitter etc.—completely dry and then put a small amount of engineered fuel (available at home centers) in the tanks and restart them. Engineered fuel is available in two- and four-stroke versions. At $5 a quart it’s expensive, but the loss of downtime in the spring is worth it. Even during the warm season I stabilize all the gas I use in my yard machines with marine grade fuel stabilizer. Go LED. Finally, winter is dark, and of course we burn our lights for a much longer period each day. Consider swapping your incandescent light bulbs for LEDs. The color temperature of LEDs is very good now, and in many areas the cost of the bulbs is subsidized. I just bought a stack of them for a buck each! LEDs use a tenth of the power of standard incandescents for the same light output, so you can have a bright home, guilt-free! Plus they generate very little heat, which lowers AC loads in the summer. Steve Thomas is a home renovation expert and the former host of This Old House and Renovation Nation. Check your heating system’s manual for recommended maintenance, and don’t wait until temperatures really drop to test boilers (shown here), radiant floor heating, and baseboards.

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by Cassie McClure


powder rooms make a big design impact

Ann Sacks

A custom glass tile mural and a marbletopped vanity are key players in a light-filled powder room.


Bill Faulkner

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This powder room features elegant globe sconces that emit a soft glow.

ears ago, a quaint way to ask directions to the restroom would be to mention that you needed to powder your nose. Your host would smile, and likely point down toward the hall. The modern incarnation of the powder room is still functional—a bathroom for guests and family alike—but a vehicle through which creative homeowners can express their style and personality on a smaller canvas. One of the main considerations for powder rooms is to have a guest-friendly space where visitors can use facilities near the main gathering areas of a home. “Normally you want to put a powder room in a location that’s central to a space where you have guests, so that people aren’t having to wander around your private spaces looking for a bathroom,” says interior designer Debbie Salome of Design and Construction by Debbie Salome. But Salome notes that powder rooms are much more than just convenient spaces; they’re fun spaces to decorate, too. In today’s residences, homeowners have taken to creating powder rooms with eye-catching accents, big colors, and punchy design that may not otherwise work in a full or three-quarter bath. “I usually encourage homeowners to keep within the style of their home when choosing finishes, but I still like to give the powder room some of that wow factor with different items so that it stands out more,” Salome adds. Powder rooms do have their challenges; a tight fit is typically one. Compounding that, since these small rooms generally don’t have windows, it’s sometimes a challenge to overcome a closet feel. However, interior designer Mayela Perez of Dekora says that a couple of key choices will make the room feel inviting rather than cramped.

Homeowners have taken to creating powder rooms with eye-catching accents, big colors, and punchy design that may not otherwise work in a full or three-quarter bath. “Illumination is very important,” says Perez. “Lighting needs to be soft so that guests will feel comfortable, and since it’s not a place where people will be applying full makeup, you don’t need the harsh lights.” Perez also recommends making the best use of an accent wall—that is, a wall covered in bold wallpaper, a vibrant paint color, or intricate, hand-painted stenciling—and a mirror. “The wall captures attention when you walk in and gives a different visual focus,” she adds. Accessories, too, are a way to play with contrast in the room. “Consider using complementary colors: light-colored sinks with granite countertops, for example, but then play with a dark satin faucet fixture as a contrast,” says Perez. Left: A Southwestern-inspired space draws on vibrant colors and vivid Talavera tile to make a statement.


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Above: This formal powder room combines a patterned mirror and decorative sconces with a bronze-tinted vanity.

Make the best use of an accent wall—that is, a wall covered in bold wallpaper, a vibrant paint color, or intricate, hand-painted stenciling —and a mirror, recommends Mayela Perez. Like Salome, Perez recommends keeping— at least loosely—to the home’s overall style in the powder room because the space still is an extension of that flow. “Design-wise, we’ve become more minimalist,” says Perez. “Where there used to be many photos and knickknacks when you walked into a home, people now prefer clean lines. Small bathrooms at the entrance also became a part of that.” No doubt about it, the powder room is small but mighty—the perfect way to pack a lot of personality into a compact space.

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by Danielle Urbina

fun, functional, and fab stylish and practical accessories for a beautiful bathroom

Marazzi Catwalk Tile Marazzi’s Catwalk tile combines elongated strips of easy-to-clean glass in random widths and lengths to evoke a sense of movement on bathroom wallscapes. Seen here in Blue Ballet, the tile comes in a variety of gradient colors that will transform your bathroom with polish and character. Price upon request, Casa Mexicana Tile,

Sure, you still need the basics, but adding in a few extras makes a bathroom or powder room a gorgeous addition to your home. From sleek, chrome fixtures and luxurious lighting to eyecatching tile and tech-savvy accessories, there’s plenty of luxe to choose from. Whether you’re just updating the details or considering a complete overhaul, these practical products will bathe your bathroom in style while still remaining friendly to function and everyday use.

Minka-Lavery Uptown Edison Four Light Bath Fixture Great vanity lighting helps you put your best face forward. For bathrooms with a contemporary or transitional aesthetic, this fixture illuminates the room and hints at antique style with glowing filament bulbs. The fixture comes in a plated pewter finish and is also available in a two-light version. $242, Designer’s Mart,

Moen Align Chrome One-Handle Vessel Bathroom Faucet Outfitting the vanity with an eye-catching sink is a priority when building new or remodeling, but choosing the hardware to go along with it is equally important. Minimalist designs are popular because they complement a variety of design aesthetics effortlessly. Moen’s clean-lined Align faucet features an easy-touse single lever, a chrome finish, and a high arc ideal for vessel sinks. $304, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery, 14

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Kohler Moxie Showerhead Whether you’re starting the morning off on a good note or washing away the stress of a long day, this cleverly designed showerhead features 60 angled nozzles that deliver a relaxing, rain-like spray while still saving water. But the Moxie is best known for its musical capabilities—a removable, wireless speaker in the center of the showerhead plays up to seven hours of tunes from Bluetooth-enabled devices—perfect for those of us guilty of belting out in the shower. $166–$250, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Gallery,

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Moll’s Tips: “Protect your outdoor cushions (above) from the damage of sunscreen and suntan oil by making slipcovers with terry cloth and Velcro fasteners. After a day of fun in the sun, remove the covers and toss them in the washer for easy cleanup. Zippers on cushions are must-haves so they can be laundered, and they also allow you to opt for down inserts for comfort outside. Keep outdoor pillows clean and looking good by storing them in bins when they are not being used.”

by Moll Anderson

pillow power


color, texture, and fun— what’s not to love?

Above: In this casita, the tasseled bolster pillow takes center stage in the bedroom, delivering a bold color statement. I loved it so much that I created an artful “pillowscape” on the chair by mixing up sizes, fabrics, and textures to complement the bolster’s bright, vibrant hue. 16

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The right pillow in the right room can really elevate that space to new heights. I’ve also been inspired at various times by a dishtowel, a scarf, and an old table runner, so much so that each of these items actually became pillow fronts and the inspiration for many of my spaces. If

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illows, oh how I love them! Small ones, large ones, oblong ones, square ones, oddly shaped— and most importantly, colorful ones! It’s all about topping off your sofa, chair, chaise, or bed with fabulous accent pillows—indoors and out. When designing a room from scratch, it’s often easiest to choose the fabric for pillows at the same time you are selecting your furnishings. The colors and fabrics you choose will depend on your furniture selections and your room’s décor. I suggest choosing colors, textures, and fabrics that complement or contrast with your furniture or with statement pieces in your room—perhaps a dominant piece of art. The right pillow in the right room can really elevate that space to new heights.

Above: Check out this Crate & Barrel pillow I fell in love with! I threw it on an Adirondack chair, and all of a sudden it went from a fun pillow in a chair to a pillow party for one. Painting the chair in the same tone of gray in the pillow and then matching the yellow stripe down the center of the chair really packed a punch of excitement.

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you find yourself in love with something like a beautiful, colorful scarf, why not make it into a pillow? If it has the right vibe, color, and look you desire, then by all means go for it. Pillows do not have to be expensive; many affordable pillows are available at great home stores. If you’re in a hurry and need a quick fix for an upcoming weekend soirée, there are many places to choose from. Take it from me: Never underestimate the power of the pillow!

Moll Anderson Life stylist and philanthropist Moll Anderson is an Emmy Award–winning television personality and the best-selling author of four books, including The Seductive Home.

Design Studio

by Jessica Salopek

style, recovered custom upholstery creates a room tailored to you From mohair and leather to wool and linen, fabric suppliers offer a wide variety of colors, patterns, and textiles that are both pretty and durable.

Courtesy Fabricut

Right: A geometric print on the dining room chairs gives the space a personalized touch while still keeping with the neutral palette of the room. 18

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Bill Faulkner

Outfitting older and outdated furniture in bold fabrics re-energizes pieces like sofas and accent chairs with high-end style.


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reating a dream space is not about what you like; it’s about what you love. Hand-selecting upholsteries and fabrics creates a whole new level of personalization. “Fabrics are such a crucial element in the overall design of a space,” says interior designer Sherry Franzoy, owner of Decorating Den Interiors. “Fabrics and upholsteries have to blend seamlessly with the rest of the surroundings—starting with flooring. A lot of people don’t realize that a space is often essentially designed around the flooring.” Opting for custom upholstery isn’t necessarily a less expensive option, but it can create a priceless element in the room. Homeowners generally go this route because they either have new furniture that they want to tailor to the room and put their own stamp on, or they have a meaningful, older piece that they want to restore or modernize. “People ask me all the time, ‘Is this piece worth reupholstering?’ and I tell them, if the piece and the frame is still sturdy, and if it fits your body as well as your room, then it’s worth reupholstering. Or, if a piece has been passed down and has sentimental value then it’s almost always worth keeping around,” Franzoy notes.

Above: Las Cruces designer Sherry Franzoy covered a stately chair in scarlet velvet.

Solids or prints? Neutrals or pops of color? The trick is to find a happy mix of modern and fresh that will also stand the test of time. Choosing the right covering starts with life (pets and kids are the two biggies) and ends with style. Jose Terrones, owner of El Paso Quality Upholstery, has been in the business for 35 years. He says seeing a client’s home firsthand goes a long way in getting just the right fabric. “Something may look good in the sample book or in the store, but when I get to their home I can immediately tell it’s not going to work for them,” he explains. “Maybe they have young kids and it’s going to get damaged right away, or they might already have a lot going on in the room and the pattern they chose is too busy. Maybe that color just doesn’t look the same up against their wall as it did in the store.” Solids or prints? Neutrals or pops of color? The trick is to find a happy mix of modern and fresh that will also stand the test of time. “Everything in design is about balance, proportion, and scale,” says Franzoy. “You don’t want to put a small print on a large piece and throw everything out of balance. Realize that furniture isn’t necessarily the focal point in a room; that’s usually a wall element. I actually use a lot of solids, especially on large pieces, like the sofa. Then, you can throw in patterns on chairs and throw pillows. I’ve even used fabric around mirrors or picture frames.” Jaime Solares at American Fabrics in El Paso agrees that solids are the more popular choice, but in fabrics like chenille and microsuede, which offer up a little bit of texture and depth. “We sell a lot of dark colors, like chocolatey brown,” he notes, “but you can go with a solid and then personalize pillows, or curtains, or even furniture with tassels or trim.” While traditional and Southwestern styles are still on point in this region, contemporary design is making a statement these days. Franzoy says not to discount leather when looking SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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Above: Squares of patterns and solids. Below: A nudge beyond neutral, warm tones and classic patterns—like paisley and houndstooth—are chic without being over-the-top.

at upholstery options; it’s a good way to ease a home’s current style into a more modern vibe. To keep it fresh, look for leathers (or even faux leathers) in taupe and cream hues, and use them on simple, clean-lined pieces. “I’m seeing a lot of leather area rugs right now, too,” she adds. The bottom line when it comes to selecting fabric: there’s no reason to not get exactly what you want. “It’s unbelievable how many types and colors of upholstery are out there. And they can be used on pretty much anything,” Terrones notes. “Figure out what is going to work for your family and for your room so you don’t end up hating a fabric you thought you loved. I want to help my customers to create that piece that they’re going to keep around forever.”

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Pueblo-style architecture and design is artisanally and historically Southwestern Right: Rustic, weathered doors lead the way toward this Old West-inspired New Mexico home.

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A dreamy nook in this Las Cruces home exudes Pueblo style with smooth adobe walls and authentic vigas and latillas. 22

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ueblo-style architecture draws its inspiration from the Pueblo Indians who, centuries ago, built their villages (pueblos) from mud and stone, and carved dwellings into cliff sides. Though more refined in design and with concrete, mortar, and stucco incorporated, today’s Pueblo-style homes often still utilize the same basic materials used by the ancient Puebloans: adobe (sun-dried mud), stone, and wood. At the turn of the 20th century, architects from areas rich in Spanish history—primarily the American Southwest and Florida—began reflecting regional history in their architectural designs. Depending on each region’s particular Spanish past, different interpretations emerged: Mission, Spanish Colonial, Pueblo, Territorial, and Monterey. The emergent style in New Mexico was definitively Pueblo with a touch of what is loosely termed “Southwestern”—typically a decorative element celebrating regional icons like mauve pottery and howling coyotes. On the construction side of things, Pueblostyle homes are constructed from either adobe bricks (so simple a concept you could make your own) or rammed earth, with rammed earth being particularly popular in this region. Pat Bellestri-Martinez, owner of Soledad Canyon Earth Builders in Las Cruces, calls rammed earth “a cousin to adobe construction.” Over the past 30 years, about 75 percent of Soledad Canyon’s homes have been made from rammed earth. “Rammed earth is sort of instant rock,” BellestriMartinez explains. “The homes are built entirely on-site, using basic elements of earth, water, and a little cement. When created naturally, sedimentary rock forms over thousands and millions of years. A rammed earth wall can be created in hours.” Pueblo homes are generally low-profile structures topped with flat roofs. “Typical design elements of this style of home are a lot of

arches and nichos, as well as many rounded elements and soft curves that really go with that adobe-style look,” says Gary Rogers of Planet Development in Las Cruces. You’ll also notice small, deep-set windows associated with this style, as well as exterior hues in natural earth tones that harmonize with desert surroundings. Particularly with true adobe homes, thick exterior walls stay cool in the day and warm at night, a testament to energy efficiency. Pueblo-style architecture, it would seem, was green long before green was a thing. Other quintessentially Pueblo-style details—intricately carved doors, corbels, latillas, vigas, beams, and kiva fireplaces—also add Southwestern flair, lending authenticity without being over the top. What’s interesting about New Mexico–style homes is that, despite their overwhelming sameness in terms of exterior color (brown) and architecture (flat-roofed), when it comes to interior décor, bold, old Mexico colors are often the name of the game. Brilliant golds, turquoises, and fuchsias are commonly found not just on walls, but painted on furniture and cabinetry and on Talavera and other hand-painted tiles. It is this culturally centered décor and bold palette that appeals to homeowners in the Southwest, notes Rogers: “It’s such a warm, inviting style that gives off a homey feeling to homeowners and their guests.”

Above: A vibrant palette of greens, yellows, and blues dominates this old Mexico–style kitchen.

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Set in a historic neighborhood in Las Cruces, this remodeled home gives off a peaceful ambience with the addition of shady trees and lush gardens. A charming gate opens into the courtyard and entryway, which is held up by rough-hewn beams that keep the home’s architecture rooted in traditional Pueblo style. 24

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old Hollywood glamour and classic Pueblo style inspire the chic transformation of a historic Las Cruces home


very builder and designer eventually comes across that one project that is just too intriguing to pass up. For Kiki and Wayne Suggs, that job came in the form of a historic Las Cruces home. As the creative minds behind Classic New Mexico Homes, the Suggses specialize in custom builds accentuated by authentic Pueblo Revival elements. Kiki is known for adding extra touches of character with reclaimed and salvaged items. While their classic style and eye for detail are certainly evident in this charming home, followers of their work might notice that it has a slightly different vibe from their typical projects. “It’s still a Pueblo-style home, but it was built in 1929, so the features are a little different,” Kiki explains. Though the Suggses do not typically take on remodel projects, they made a special exception in this case. The homeowner, Chris, originally hired them to add on a guest casita, with plans to revive the main home herself. She started with the kitchen, but when it just wasn’t coming together the Below: A dusty blue panel in the rock wall fits right in with the home’s exterior style. Cross-like cutouts in the metal offer a peek into the home’s “secret garden.”



Once cloaked in deep red walls, the kitchen now boasts a more refined look with snowy white cabinetry and appliances. A custombuilt, farmhouse-style island creates a convenient central prep space.

A gleaming subway tile backsplash, dramatic black soapstone countertops, and a refurbished chandelier handed down from the homeowner’s grandmother round out the kitchen’s character. 26

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way she’d hoped, she asked Wayne and Kiki for advice. “We were already working on-site, so we thought we may as well help out, and then it just kind of snowballed into a full overhaul of the house,” Kiki remembers. “It was hard to turn down because this is a style we really love. We like homes that are a little more timeless.” Chris, who originally hails from California, says she envisioned old Hollywood glamour combined with some Pueblo-style elements to stay true to the area and the home’s original design. She already had a solid grouping of furniture and décor items for Kiki to build on. “It’s a really special property, and Chris has extremely good taste, in my opinion,” Kiki says. “Like me, she’s drawn to that rustic elegance of shiny stuff, mixed in with distressed elements. I knew we would work well together, and we did. We had a blast putting it all together.” They began by opening up the archways to create a more open flow between the kitchen, dining, and living areas. They replaced all the existing single-pane windows that were rotting away, and added several more win-

A cozy fireplace—original to the home—gives the living room some New Mexican flair, while a gleaming mirror and light fixtures add to the glamorous, old Hollywood style.

dows throughout the home to let in extra light. Each of the interior slab doors was replaced with fivepanel doors, but Kiki managed to reclaim the original hardware to use on the new doors. The sunken laundry room floor was raised and topped with brick tile, while the other original wood flooring throughout the home was refinished and polished. In the kitchen, the walls went from a confining burgundy hue to bright white. The Suggses’ secret weapon, woodworker Greg Duff, updated the cabinetry with new door fronts. He also custom-built a vintage style dish hutch and a wood-topped island. A gleaming subway tile backsplash, dramatic black soapstone countertops, and a refurbished chandelier handed down from the homeowner’s grandmother round out the room’s character.

Above: The light-filled dining room adjacent to the kitchen provides a casual dining space complete with varied seating. French doors open out to the home’s back patio. Left: When it came to décor, homeowner Chris kept things elegantly minimal by combining meaningful pieces with one or two matching accents.



Right: In the master bath, homebuilder and designer Kiki Suggs hand-stenciled delicate patterns onto the coffered ceiling.

Above: A white, clawfoot tub complete with vintage-style fixtures adds oldfashioned appeal to the master bath. In the master bedroom (top), charmingly mismatched furniture plays well with the room’s airy, laid-back vibe. Matching light fixtures, greenery, and similar paint colors downplay the contrast. 28

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One of the most dramatic changes in the home took place in the master bath. The oddly placed shower stall was replaced with a freestanding bathtub, and the existing master closet was usurped to give the room extra space. (A large walk-in was added to the suite to make amends.) Duff replaced the pedestal sink with a marbletopped vanity, and Kiki contributed an old medicine cabinet from her own collection of antique finds. Kiki also brought in an Italian-framed mirror—from MVS Studios in Downtown Las Cruces—with subtle hints of green. She used it as color inspiration while hand stenciling the ceiling design and ordering handmade inlay for the backsplash in what she thought was the same hue. When it showed up in a much too deep forest green, she painted it white, distressed it, and resealed it to make it work in the space—“and I love the way it turned out better than the original idea,” she adds.

“I’ve always loved the 1920s homes in California. Classic New Mexico Homes managed to bring out that elegance—and throw in those rustic Pueblo touches.” —Chris, homeowner The home’s outdoor spaces also received a major overhaul. New front-facing stucco walls created a charming gated entryway, while a tall stone wall along the entire west side of the home created what Kiki calls “a secret garden—where Chris can drink coffee in the morning.” The new guest casita in the back effectively walled in the home’s backyard, creating a large, open courtyard. A dilapidated porch was removed, the space anchored with an in-ground swimming pool, and then the Suggses added their special touches—an outdoor shower, a tile mural, and a kiva fireplace on the casita’s patio. Although it’s a completely new addition to the house, the casita is Classic New Mexico Homes’ old-world style at its best. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


All of the doors were salvaged from old homes on the East Coast. The kitchen cabinets were distressed to appear aged, and cottonwood vigas from the torn down back porch were repurposed in the ceiling, solidifying the illusion that it was built at the same time as the main house. And since Chris asked Kiki for “the complete package,” she rounded out the casita’s décor with a framed Henriette Wyeth proof that she picked up at the Hurd-La Rinconada Gallery in San Patricio, New Mexico. “I asked Wayne and Kiki for a little piece of paradise, and they completely exceeded my 30

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Below: The covered outdoor living room encloses the backyard and lends an added space for entertaining and hosting visitors. A built-in kiva fireplace warms the area, making it usable even during cooler months.

Above: Formerly one large space with a run-down porch, the backyard was re-created to include an in-ground pool and elevated spa surrounded by verdant trees and shrubs. Opposite: The outdoor areas feature familiar Pueblo and Southwestern style elements— earthy planters, a bright, tiled mural, and a Santo.



Above: A private, comfortable patio and garden outside of the kitchen is the perfect place for Chris to relax outdoors.

expectations,” says the more-than-pleased homeowner. “I’ve always loved the 1920s homes in California. Classic New Mexico Homes managed to bring out that elegance—and throw in those rustic Pueblo touches. It’s such a lovely mix, and they do it so well.”

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by Tiffany Etterling and Amy Gross photographs by Brian Wancho


hen it comes down to it, most architectural designers will tell you they really earn their keep by capturing views. For homeowners Dell and Lisa, this was a big deal, and indeed, their home, located in the Franklin Hills area of El Paso, offers amazing Westside views of the Franklin Mountains that extend toward the upper valley and north toward Las Cruces. The orientation of the home is optimized so that the couple enjoys the best possible vantage point of the sunrise, sunset, and even the twinkling lights of cars as they pass over Transmountain Drive at night. These vistas didn’t come about by accident, however. Scottsdale, Arizona, designers Tim and Jodi Johnson of Imagine That Design were committed to siting Dell and Lisa’s home in the best possible way to maximize the landscape. So committed, in fact, that Tim camped out overnight on the proposed home site.

The owners enjoy the best possible vantage point of the sunrise, sunset, and even the twinkling lights of cars as they pass over Transmountain Drive at night.

Clad in tawny gold stucco and natural stone, Dell and Lisa’s El Paso home incorporates other classic Tuscan elements: wrought iron accents, heavy wood, a clay tile roof, and gentle curves and arches.

“Tim came up and actually stayed on the lot to watch the sunset and the sunrise,” Dell explains. “He did it again in the spring and then again in the fall to make sure he had the windows and the sections of the home where he wanted it. He’s an artist.” Dell is a native El Pasoan, and Lisa has lived here for 18 years. Their home was designed as a retirement home, though



Left: Undoubtedly Lisa’s favorite part of the home, the kitchen features a huge island and a cooking area complete with a stainless steel Thermador range and steam oven.

“There’s enough cook space and prep area so that it works great when I have all [five] girls here at once.” —Lisa, homeowner


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Left: Wrapped in textured wall finishes and rich, wooden cabinetry, the kitchen exudes warmth and an oldworld feel. Rustic stone walls, a grand custom hood, and a framed, ornamental backsplash are authentically Tuscan.

Below: The ability to seat a crowd all year round, not just during holidays, was paramount to the owners, who have a large, extended family living close. The dining room table seats eight in regal comfort.

retirement is still a ways off for the couple. “I grew up on a farm and ranch, so I really like being away from civilization,” says Lisa. “I love being on the mountain, knowing we aren’t going to have any development behind us and that nothing will interrupt the view.” The wraparound patio and infinity pool certainly capture the impressive vistas, but they’re just as easily seen from inside the house, where all but one room, the homeowners claim, is positioned to showcase a lovely scene through a picture window. Additionally, Imagine That Design took special care to ensure that features inside and outside the house wouldn’t obstruct views. A disappearing glass wall in the great room provides a seamless transition between indoors and out, and even the luxurious soaking tub in the master bathroom is oriented for privacy and a gorgeous view. Despite the obvious draw of the outlying scenery, it would be incorrect to assume that Lisa and Dell spend all their time merely gazing admiringly through windows. This home was designed to be lived in and enjoyed, and indeed it is. At just around 5,200 square feet, it comprises three bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, an exercise room, SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Right: Tucked away in a stately corner of the great room, this baby grand piano is a family heirloom passed down to Dell and Lisa.


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a man cave, a great room, and a kitchen perfect for entertaining. Working with interior designer Lynda Power of Designs by L.L. Power & Associates, Dell and Lisa put a lot of thought into designing a home that was family-friendly and ready for large groups. Really large groups. “We have seven adult children between us—plus grandkids,” Dell explains. The home easily accommodates the big extended family that’s often visiting—and the outdoor areas are just as functional. “One thing Dell wanted was special little intimate areas around the backyard with different views, not just one big gathering place,” explains Power. The kitchen is another area where functionality complements great design features. “We have five girls. So when we are cooking, we have a passel of females in this kitchen,” says Lisa. “There’s enough cook space and prep area so that it works great when I have all the girls here at once.” Two pass-through windows open to the back patio: one to send food out and another to return dirty dishes. Lisa loves her range, which has a steam oven feature. “That steam oven has turned out to be the coolest thing ever,” she raves. “In 14 minutes you can cook a pound of asparagus, and it’s steamed, so it’s far healthier. You’re not getting rid of all the nutrients in the vegetables. I use it all the time.” To accommodate large family gatherings, the homeowners opted for

Opposite, left: With views of the Franklin Mountains in plain sight, the handsome great room is a cozy place to relax and gather as a family. A towering stone fireplace creates drama and accentuates the high ceilings. Right: “This is the man cave, and we’re not allowed in,” jokes Lisa. Dell’s private space and TV room includes plush leather furnishings, a mini kitchen, a fireplace, and picturesque windows complete with remotecontrolled, lightblocking shades.



Above: Eschewing his-and-hers sinks allowed for more counter space and a built-in nook for Lisa’s vanity seat. Warm, old world–style sconces attached to the arched mirror create a sophisticated focal point.

an uncommon residential walk-in refrigerator. “We couldn’t find anyone who had done one, and I didn’t want an ugly commercial refrigerator,” says Lisa. In the end, she and Power did their research and executed a beautiful design. The icing on that project is the refrigerator door, a converted external door by Victory Metal Works out of Phoenix. Dell and Lisa are pretty thrilled about the various high-tech features of their home, including the remote-controlled window shades, and the 70 solar panels installed on the roof that generate enough electricity to just about cover the entire monthly electric bill. The homeowners maintain control over security, temperature, and music throughout the home using Clare controls designed and installed in every room of the house. Lisa credits Power with executing the final touches that made their house a home. Power oversaw installation of light40

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Right: At once sumptuous and fun, a bedroom cleverly mixes bold patterns, colors, and animal prints in the bedding, drapery, and accent chair.

Left: A wellappointed master bath is everything. This one includes a walk-in shower, a jetted soaking tub, and an overhead TV.



ing, flooring, and window coverings. A leatherlike faux finish was added throughout the house to give it the soft, Tuscan feel the owners desired. Brand new Italian-style furnishings completed the project.

The home easily accommodates the big extended family that’s often visiting—and the outdoor areas are just as functional. “They didn’t want to bring anything from their previous home; they wanted to start all over and start fresh because everything was blended in their old home,” explains Power. To achieve the Tuscan look, Power took the couple to the World Trade Center in Dallas to select furniture. “It was a little family adventure,” says Lisa. “We went to one of the showrooms and managed to find everything in that one showroom.


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Left: Just steps from the mountains and valley, the home’s backyard is a gorgeous retreat complete with several seating areas, fire features, and an infinity pool with a glass bead finish.

Below: One of Dell’s suggested gathering spots for the wraparound back porch was the outdoor kitchen, where he enjoys grilling out nearly year-round.



Above: A brick-lined driveway and arched, gated entryway beckon toward the home’s handsome front exterior.

Without someone like Lynda, we wouldn’t have been able to get that done. She knew exactly where to go and who to talk to, and that made it so much easier.”

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home sweet (dream) home an inspired custom residence is the product of vision, careful planning, and teamwork


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by Danielle Urbina

photographs by Jesse Ramirez


or Julian and Levi, home has always been whatever city their jobs assigned them. As members of the United States Armed Forces—Julian currently an active duty soldier in the Army, and Levi formerly in the Navy—the two were used to moving from place to place. But there was something about El Paso—Levi’s hometown, as well as the city where they met—that had them hoping they would return someday. “In 2012, we had to move to Washington, D.C., and our dreams of building a new home in El Paso were put on hold,” says Julian. “We were supposed to stay only for two years but ended up being there for three. We weren’t sure where we would go after, but we hoped it would be back to El Paso.” El Paso’s recent growth and revitalization, plus the number of family and friends residing in the area, made the thought of returning to the Sun City that much more appealing. So when Julian’s job moved him back in 2015 and Levi later joined him in the spring of 2016, the two were ready and excited to pick up where they left off when it came to choosing the perfect home.



Previous page: “Our home is soft but solid, simple but elegant,” says Julian of his new East El Paso home. The transitional-style abode blends comfort and contemporary finishes with understated colors for a look that’s streamlined and sophisticated. Wire fox terriers Gurty and Stewy would seem to agree.

The formal dining room embodies great design, from gorgeous coffered ceilings to subtle box molding on the walls. A modern, open-front wooden hutch stores the homeowners’ china for easy access when entertaining.


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Subtle metallic finishes on the glass coffee table, the chandelier, and the floor lamps energize the formal living room. The homeowners played with hard angles, curves, and rounded geometries to create visual interest.

While touring homes around the area and attending the El Paso Association of Builders Parade of Homes, it became clear that they needed to build new. “We would wander through new homes and do what everyone does—ooh and ahh, then critique the heck out it with the ‘what I would have done,’” laughs Julian. “So we decided to build new because a lot of the things we wanted wouldn’t be found in a previously owned home. We would have to renovate to get it the way that we wanted it.”

The home takes influence from classic American, Craftsman, and French-style homes—with a hint of El Paso style, too. Julian and Levi were most often impressed with the style and design aesthetics of El Paso homebuilder Bella Vista Custom Homes, and they immediately took to planning with owner Edgar Garcia and his wife Maribel. The couple’s confidence in their building team increased when the Garcias made it a point to get to know Julian and Levi on a personal level. “Maribel took the time to learn about who we are; she could see the home before we could,” says Julian. “She and Edgar showed us that they’re a family business rooted in quality and the homeowner experience. They were vested in us, and we in them.” Because Julian and Levi spent so much time thinking about what they really wanted in their dream home, a lot of planning went into the project. And a lot of Post-It notes. “We would talk while Levi was cooking, and I would doodle on a napkin or a Post-It note or the back of a power bill,” says Julian. “We came up with a lot of sketches of what our dream home would look like.” Their goal was to avoid the heavy wood and neutral tones of Tuscan and Mediter-

Above: Putting every inch of space to use, Julian and Levi installed a built-in bar in the great room with contrasting white cabinetry, wine storage, and a compact refrigerator. SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


Left: Paneled cabinetry with unembellished hardware and bold, clean lines in the light fixtures come together to bring the kitchen to life. A combination of matte and shiny finishes help the room pop.

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ranean style so familiar to this area, and instead aim for a lighter, more timeless and classic transitional style, with an open floor plan for the main living areas. This involved careful attention to details, especially when it came to choosing finishes. “We were both very involved with the selection of finishes,” says Julian. “Luckily we both knew what we didn’t want, so when it came down to finally picking, we were both pretty much on par.” The end result of their careful planning is a 3,200-square-foot home in El Paso’s far east side that Julian says takes influence from classic American, Craftsman, and French-style homes—with a hint of El Paso style, too. That El Paso twist is obvious on the exterior of the home, which combines architecturally clean lines with stacked stone accents and a Spanish-style, clay tile roof.

A center island in the kitchen features speckled granite and a hammered, copper sink for a look that strikes a balance between traditional and contemporary.



Comfortable chairs, plush bedding, and throw pillows pull in just the right amount of color and pattern in the master bedroom.


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From the layout to the overall design and finishing touches, Julian and Levi’s brand new home is a product of their own dreams, hard work, and planning. Surprises await indoors, as the transitional style is in stark contrast to the home’s exterior. Heavy doors with scrolling iron patterns open into the entryway as well as the formal living and dining rooms (two of Levi’s must-haves), both of which hint at the refined gray and white palette throughout the rest of the home. Carefully selected light fixtures hang from coffered ceilings in both rooms, while floor tiles with decorative mosaic borders pop against ash-gray walls. In the center of the home, the kitchen and living room come together effortlessly in one large open space. Granite with flecks of gray, black, and white tops the counter space in the kitchen and complements bright white cabinetry and a backsplash composed of gleaming subway tiles and a geometric-patterned mosaic above the stove. To his surprise, Julian’s favorite part of the home is in this space—a breakfast nook steps away from the kitchen. “It started off with just a rustic table, then we added a formal skirted chair, then a rustic console and iron décor,” he says. “We topped it off with a clean A luxurious porcelain tub makes a splash in the master bath, Levi’s personal retreat. An understated mini chandelier adds a soft, relaxing glow to the space.



and simple, yet formal setting. It was a room that transformed itself; we kind of let a personality grow from it.” Hallways to the left and right of the main living area privately enclose a home office, guest bedrooms, and the master suite, where Julian and Levi allowed themselves to use a little more color, opting for rich tones in the bedroom furniture and a palette of buttery yellow and soft blue for bedding, chairs, and accessories. As an escape after a long day, Levi often retreats to his favorite part of the home, the master bath, where relaxation begins with a freestanding soaking tub and a glassenclosed steam shower. A long, marbletopped vanity features double sinks, two oversized mirrors, and plenty of cabinetry for storage and organization. From the layout to the overall design and finishing touches, Julian and Levi’s brand new home is a product of their dreams combined with hard work and planning—a real-life replica of all the sketches they made on the backs of napkins over the years. They couldn’t be happier with it. “We had a vision of what we wanted but had no idea what it would actually end up looking like,” says Julian. “Bella Vista did that; they showed us what our ideas truly looked like. I have to say, it’s much more than we ever could have dreamed of.” 54

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Above: Decorative stacked stone and clay roof tiles on the façade give the exterior a touch of rusticity. Opposite, inset: The backyard is about comfort, with two separate lounging areas, an outdoor kitchen, and a spacious lawn.

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Vida Buena

Experienced “junkers” bring a variety of vehicles— pickups, semis, vans, and even Airstreams—to display goods and transport treasures home.

Treasures at Round Top range from the sublime to the ridiculous, with valuable antiques juxtaposed with miscellaneous collectibles.

put some junk in your trunk during Texas Antique Week by Kim AmRhein


photographs by Byron Faulkner

lags are flying, the sun glinting off old signs and sparkly handmade chandeliers. Booths are teeming with people of all ages, sexes, and incomes. People come pushing strollers, in motorized wheelchairs, and pulling carts and wagons. This is the mother of all flea markets, with treasure as far as the eye can see. Although the collective is called “Round Top,” the phenomenon known as Texas Antique Week actually includes six other little towns located halfway between Austin and Houston: Warrenton, Burton, Carmine, Oldenburg, Fayetteville, and Shelby. These are typical small Texas towns (Round Top has a population of 93) with picturesque rustic barns, rolling green fields, and neatly kept farm and ranch houses. But twice a year—once in the spring when the bluebonnets are blooming, and once in the fall when the Texas heat is still brutal— these bucolic little hamlets are turned upside down, invaded by hordes of people seeking antique nirvana. As the saying goes, “If you can’t find it at Round Top, it can’t be found.” Think Sanford & Son on steroids. Your grandpa’s barn filled with implements, mason jars, old metal Conoco signs—times a thousand. Round Top is junk heaven.


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“We usually make two trips during the show and bring back a 26-foot truck each time,” says Jerry Barron of The Raven Fine Consignments, based in Santa Fe. “You never know what you might find among the piles of chipped glassware. Once we found an ancient Louis Vuitton trunk full of vintage Fortuny drapes, tucked under a folding card table. But more commonly we rely on dealers we’ve befriended over the years.”

Regulars know how to simply pick a place, dive in, and hope for the best. Bargaining skills and a smile at the ready won’t hurt, either.

Need a bust of The Bard? From vintage collectibles (above left and right) to new, handmade boutique items (left), there’s something for every taste at Round Top.

With vintage finds stretching over 11 miles, it is physically impossible to see everything. Regulars know to simply pick a place and dive in. A good pair of walking shoes, a hat, and plenty of water will help you make it through the day; bargaining skills and a smile at the ready won’t hurt, either. Go early to beat traffic; two-lane Highway 237 can get backed up, and you will see local law enforcement—on horseback—moving everyone along. The booths are varied and full of wonderful junk (junque?) to sift through, from jewelry, handmade items, and china to glassware, books, clothing, and furniture. Booths boasting unusual names (“Dead People’s Stuff”) work hard to distinguish themselves from the crowd. Clutter and the Chicken Ranch are right on

Visitors cool off with icecold drinks made in the converted VW known as The Coffee Bug.



Highway 237, as are Granny McCormick’s Yard and Zapp Hall. The Junk Gypsy’s world headquarters is on the edge of town. The booth run by a retired railroad engineer is a train lover’s dream. Most of the booths and markets are free, but the big shows like Marburger Farm and the Big Red Barn charge an entrance fee. These offer true antiques, not the junk or boutique, handmade items you’ll find in the fields—along with the corresponding price tags. Food vendors abound, but restaurants are scarce. Still, it is sacrilege to visit Round Top without eating pie at Royers Round Top Café; make your reservations before you leave home, or you won’t get in. JW’s Steakhouse in Carmine has delicious food at a reasonable price, while Fayetteville has Joe’s Place, a hidden gem on the square with a beautiful Old West–type long bar serving tasty cocktails. The Coffee Bug is a converted VW from which the owner/barista cranks out ice-cold lattes to help you beat the heat. Lodging choices are also slim (mostly B&Bs) and must be made months in advance. The upcoming Spring show runs from March 27 through April 1, 2017, but start planning now. A tip if you go: The big antique venues like Marburger and the Big Red Barn are not open the first weekend of the show, which makes for a less crowded adventure for the first-time junker. Dig in, and have fun.

One man’s junk is truly another man’s treasure in Round Top, where you quickly learn that people collect some pretty crazy stuff. If vintage isn’t your thing, there are plenty of new, handmade items on hand as well.


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by Cassie McClure

Local fitness programs—like Silver Sneakers in El Paso and Las Cruces—offer water-based aerobics classes that focus on safe resistance and strength training.

Yoga is great for older adults because it keeps both body and mind healthy by promoting physical flexibility and a positive mentality.

greet every participant by name, and many have been coming consistently for years,” she says. Another option for seniors is Golden Age Fitness at the University of Texas at El Paso. “We not only work with individuals to improve their strength and daily living, but we also give them a chance to come out and exercise comfortably in an environment catered to them, where people of the same age can become friends. This helps prevent social isolation, which is a major risk factor for depression,” says Dr. Sandor Dorgo, director of the program. “As we age we are more susceptible to things like muscle and bone loss or chronic diseases which may hinder our day-to-day lives,” Dorgo adds. While the program focuses more on functional strength training rather than traditional

fitness for life getting active and staying strong—at any age


obility is key when it comes to successful aging, and just like in the active days of youth, exercise is important for seniors, too. Locally, many fitness centers have developed specialized senior fitness classes to get older adults moving, stretching, and lifting, all with the help of professionals well versed in the way bodies work at every stage of life. In El Paso and Las Cruces, several gym facilities, health clubs, and nonprofit centers offer a program called Silver Sneakers, which focuses on fitness modifications that allow people at any age to join along. The 60-minute classes are titled “On Land” (regular gym exercises) and “On Water” (swim classes). In the gym, workouts range from heart-healthy cardio classes and upper body conditioning to chair-supported yoga that focuses on seated and standing poses to help promote balance and flexibility. During swim classes, participants use splash boards and foam pool noodles in shallow water to increase intensity and movement while doing aerobic exercise and resistance training. At the YMCA of El Paso, older adults coordinator Kathy Sarver agrees that the social aspect of Silver Sneakers is an additional draw for attendees. “We


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training, should a participant not be able to do the full workout, all they need to do is request help. “What works for one individual may not work for another. As program supervisors it’s our job to come up with the modification for a specific exercise,” says Dorgo. “During our sessions we incorporate all muscle groups so that strength improvements are transferred to real life activities.”

In the gym, senior workouts might include heart-healthy cardio classes or chairsupported yoga that focuses on seated and standing poses to help promote balance and flexibility. Ana H. Macias, a participant in the program, recalls a real life scenario that was aided by her time in the program. “I was trying to reach high for a cup from my 30-year-old china set,” she says. “The cup accidentally slipped from my hands and started falling toward the kitchen floor. In a split second, I envisioned the reflex exercise with the high-bounce reaction ball and reacted so quickly that I caught it! That would not have happened before.” Programs like Silver Sneakers and Golden

Age Fitness prove that maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle is an ongoing commitment through every stage of life. Clearly, when it comes to exercise, ability, and mobility, age is merely a number. Left: According to doctors, lifting weights and maintaining muscle strength is important at every age. Trainers at Golden Age Fitness help participants to focus on functional, everyday strength training.

resources Golden Age Fitness Healthways Silver Sneakers Fitness YMCA of El Paso SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


by Danielle Urbina

Vida Buena

Blowout bars keep it simple, and in addition to blowouts, offer quick services like braiding and styling.


Above: Whether it’s for a girls night out or a wedding party, local blowout bars host fun, private parties for a few hours of pampering and relaxation.

on the go

Left: Dry Blow Dry Bar’s West El Paso location features chic, contemporary décor and a comfortable, inviting atmosphere.

blowout bars offer fabulous hair and speedy pampering


Courtesy Dry Blow Dry Bar

Above: Heading to a party or a dinner date? Additional makeup application services make blowout bars a one-stop shop for special events.


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any women love the salon-inspired power of freshly styled hair—though for most, it only happens every few months when the time comes to get hair trimmed or color touched up. Life gets busy, but as with most things in today’s world, there’s a quick remedy for just about everything. When it comes to lifting the spirits and hair that could use a little oomph, it turns out there’s a quick remedy for both. Beginning in early 2010, blowout bars started popping up around the country, offering busy clients blowout and styling services that get them in and out of the salon quickly, but with fabulous hair and a fresh outlook on the day. “At a blowout bar, we wash your hair, blow it out, then style it—and you’re done within an hour,” says Brittany Bitkowski, a manager at Dry Blow Dry Bar in El Paso. “We get a lot of businesswomen or busy moms who come in and don’t have a lot of extra time, but they still like to have their hair done.” At “Dry,” the purpose is to keep things simple. Their menu offers a traditional blowout, style options like hair straightening and curling, and up-dos and makeup application from professional makeup artists. The salon also offers group services and private parties for weddings and any other special event.

Tousled, another blowout-centered El Paso salon, offers quick beauty services ranging from blowouts and hairstyles to deep conditioning treatments, head massages, and airbrush makeup application.

“Coming in to relax with a glass of wine or a mimosa while getting your blowout done is an escape.” —Brittany Bitkowski If ever there was a helpful life hack, a quick, in-and-out blowout is one. As most women know, a great hair day is a great day, period, and salon stylists recognize that, for women busy with work and everyday life, a little self-pampering goes a long way. As Bitkowski notes, “Coming in to relax with a glass of wine or a mimosa while getting your blowout done is an escape.”

resources Dry Blow Dry Bar Tousled



October through December


Under the direction of conductor Bohuslav Rattay, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra brings a whole new meaning to classical rock with their prodution of Take It To The Limit, a tribute to the music of American rock band The Eagles. The show promises to have the audience rocking to classic Eagles hits like “Hotel California,” “Boys of Summer,” “Witchy Woman,” and others.


Keith Urban’s roots aren’t often associated with country music—but the New Zealand–born, Australia-raised country musician has proved that country music definitely transcends borders and has taken the country world by storm by producing hit after chart topping hit. Urban brings his energetic live concert to the Southwest this season as part of his ripCORD World Tour.


One of country’s newest performers, Eldredge picked up a guitar and began stringing melodies together after graduating from college. Since then, the singer-songwriter has joined forces with some of Nashville’s most well-known musicians and producers and now has several hit singles under his belt, including “Don’t Ya,” “Beat of the Music,” and “Mean to Me.”


Broadway season is back in El Paso, and it all kicks off with Mama Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of Swedish pop group ABBA. As part of its farewell tour, the production hits the stage at the Plaza Theatre with vibrant choreography and storytelling songs including, “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” and “Money, Money, Money.”


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In what has become one of today’s most iconic Christmas stories, ELF the Musical follows the ever-so-jolly Buddy, an orphan child who grows up among elves in the North Pole. Buddy the elf embarks on a journey to New York to find his birth father and along the way unveils the true spirit of Christmas to those around him. ELF the Musical spreads Christmas cheer with song, dance, and magical sets.


Hailed as “The Rockstars of Bluegrass,” Dailey & Vincent are among the best in the country when it comes to bluegrass string bands. Together they have earned a list of achievements, including three Grammy Award nominations, 12 International Bluegrass Music Awards, and several top rankings on the Billboard Bluegrass charts. JOHNNY ROGERS (BUDDY & BEYOND) NOVEMBER 18, 7:00 PM, SPENCER THEATER, RUIDOSO

Performer Johnny Rogers is in the business of bringing yesterday’s rock ‘n’ roll back to life with his musical tributes to Buddy Holly and other legends. Together with his band, Rogers gives audiences an unforgettable portrayal of Buddy Holly’s music, which influenced the sounds of Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other superstars. JOHN CLEESE AND ERIC IDLE: TOGETHER AGAIN AT LAST… FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME NOVEMBER 26, 8:00 PM PLAZA THEATRE, EL PASO

As founding members of Monty Python, John Cleese and Eric Idle are known worldwide for being among the greatest in modern comedy. In a second run of their new, North American Tour, Together Again At Last… For The Very First Time, Cleese and Idle blend scripted and improvised material with storytelling and hilarious musical numbers for a show unlike any other.



Just in time for the holidays, join the Dali’ Ballet Company for a delightful night of dance. The ballet company’s production of The Nutcracker brings this Christmas classic to life with dancing nutcrackers and dazzling sugarplum fairies. The production features dozens of graceful ballerinas, spectacular Victorian sets, and a magical Christmas tree that grows 40 feet tall.




by James Selby

cider houses rule!

artisanal hard ciders make a delicious comeback

Right: J.K. Farmhouse’s aptly named Scrumpy cider (“scrumpy” is an old English term for farmhouse) is made in small batches.

Ace Cider

Across the Atlantic, a farm near Edinburgh, Scotland, produces Thistly Cross (thistlycrosscider., a new craft cider using heritage fruit. Thistly Cross Traditional is quenchingly dry, zesty, ever-so-effervescent, and a fine partner for seafood dishes like étouffée or lobster rolls. We naturally tend to link ciders with the harvests of autumn, but in truth they satisfy year-round in endless styles, from a pure and simple forwardness to a delicacy similar to sparkling wine. Low in alcohol, they make an effortless aperitif, a light accompaniment with lunch, and can even tame spicy ethnic dishes. As you plan your holiday entertaining, consider charming guests, enlivening parties, and gracing your tables with the easy pleasure of hard ciders. Right: Semisweet and slightly acidic, Ace Perry cider pairs as well with barbecue as it does with Asian cusine.

Left: Thistly Cross craft ciders are produced in Scotland using heritage fruit.

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Courtesy J.K.’s Farmhouse Ciders


saac Newton wasn’t the only one to sit under an apple tree and have a good idea. Fans of hard cider, that most refreshing alcoholic beverage, should raise a glass to its earliest producers: ancient Greeks, Romans, Normans, and the experts of fermentation, European monasteries. In the 18th century, cider became the solace of colonial North America. Later, thanks to the real-life John “Appleseed” Chapman, it flourished in the new frontier, only to decline in the 19th century in favor of beer. Artisanal ciders, imported and domestic, are currently enjoying a resurgence in restaurants, wine shops, and stores all across the United States. J.K.’s Farmhouse Ciders ( are small-batch and have been made on the family’s farm in Flushing, Michigan, since 1850. J.K.’s flagship Scrumpy, an old English term for farmhouse, contains organic apples, wild yeast, and nothing else. With an aroma of freshly peeled apple, its crisp, lightly sweet flavor is a natural at brunch with fresh fruit, apple-smoked bacon, and pancakes with maple syrup. California Cider Company in Sonoma County makes Ace Ciders ( Ace Perry is a winning blend of apple and pear juices that creates a tangy and semisweet beverage with an acidic finish not unlike a Riesling. It pairs prettily with Asian cuisine, a plate of barbecue, and entrée salads.

James Selby

“He that drinks his Cyder alone, let him catch his Horse alone.” —Benjamin Franklin

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James Selby has directed wine programs in New York, Portland, and Santa Fe, where he lives and works as a wine consultant and writer.

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by Stephanie Rodriguez photographs by Nohemy Gonzalez

heaven on a bun local burger joints put pride into their patties

Above: Frisco Burger Inn’s Cheeseburger Special with a sliced hotdog, cheeseburger patty, avocado, chili beans, and grilled onions. Left: The aptly named Heartbreaker amasses four layers of ground beef patties, American cheese, and two layers of bacon.

Over the years, Frisco’s menu has been grown with suggestions made by regular customers, like the Patty Melt and the Cheeseburger Special, a sliced hot dog over a cheeseburger patty topped with avocado and chili beans. “Whatever my customers want, I give them,” Lepasti says. Take a road trip toward Las Cruces and you’ll find Peppers Café, located within the Double Eagle restaurant in Old Mesilla. Originally a private residence, the Double Eagle became a fine dining restaurant in 1972. Following its success, Peppers Café opened in 1985 as the Double Eagle’s more casual counterpart, serving up traditional New Mexican cuisine, delicious burgers, and the “world’s largest green chile cheeseburger.”


burger and fries: that basic but most delicious American staple. Almost every restaurant has a variation of the dish, but it takes a special kind of place to turn this simple meal into a mouthwatering delight. Two local standouts have elevated the simple burger to an art form. Frisco Burger Inn has been a fixture in the Sun City for the last 20 years. Owner MiYong Lepasti is no stranger to the restaurant business—she grew up watching her parents run a restaurant in her native Korea. After moving to El Paso with her husband, formerly in the United States military, Lepasti opened a restaurant of her own as a means to provide for her family. While Lepasti didn’t initially intend for the restaurant to become a burger joint, her burgers were so popular that she finally decided to capitalize on them. The restaurant eventually became Frisco Burger Inn and evolved into one of El Paso’s favorites. There’s a good reason why Frisco Burger Inn has won numerous awards for the best burger in different competitions throughout the city. Their burgers are made the old-fashioned way, with a juicy patty cooked on a griddle, complete with tangy mustard, American cheese, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and grilled onions, all placed between a buttery bun. If you’re a fan of the spicy stuff, Frisco’s homemade green chile sauce is just as iconic as the burgers themselves. Looking back, Lepasti remembers worrying about whether the restaurant would make it, acknowledging a very slow start. She learned and picked things up as the years progressed and thanks her staff and customers for her success. “They care about me and encourage me. That’s why I’m here,” she says. She has developed a special bond with her customers and considers them family. “They encourage me, motivate me. I try harder because I don’t want to let them down.”


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At Peppers Café, “the world’s largest green chile cheeseburger” is made up of one and a half pounds of ground beef, plus green chile, queso fresco, and pico de gallo. The giant burger is based on the restaurant’s awardwinning green chile cheeseburger, made with spicy, roasted Mesilla Valley green chile. “The only thing we could do to make it better would be to make it bigger,” says General Manager Jerry Harrell. So they did. Below: In addition to being known for their mouthwatering burgers, Frisco’s ‘50s classic diner décor is another part of the restaurant’s experience.

Above: Peppers Café in Las Cruces features a casual dining area complete with fanned palm trees and trickling water features.

And it’s not for the faint of heart—or stomach. One and a half pounds of ground beef, plus green chile, queso fresco, and pico de gallo are stacked on a yeast roll bun baked in-house and specially designed to accommodate its impressive size. When it comes to the hamburger patty itself, the restaurant is very proud of its beef. “It is 100 percent all-natural, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, and it’s as close to organic as a cow can get,” says Executive Chef Luke Roberts. The cooks handle the meat as little as possible, which seals in flavor and tenderness. Peppers also serves a variety of regular-sized burgers including the bleu cheese jalapeno burger and chile relleno burger, both popular with customers. One thing is certain: in the Southwest, you don’t have to go far to find a delicious burger, created by chefs who take pride in producing their own spin on this all-American favorite.

Above: Think you could eat one? Peppers Café’s “world’s largest green chile cheeseburger” is considered a must-have by locals.

resources Frisco Burger Inn Peppers Café SUCASAMAGAZINE.COM


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by Danielle Urbina

fall in love …with delicious cocktails infused with the flavors of autumn

Caramel Spiced Tea


t seems we impatiently wait all year long for fall flavors to finally make their way cozily back into our favorite dishes and beverages. There’s something about the tastes of autumn—decadent pumpkin, spicy cinnamon, and sweet, seasonal fruits—that make this time of year so enjoyable. As the leaves change and the weather cools, jump into autumn with unique cocktails that highlight the crisp flavors of the season.

Pears Garden Chai tea is a centuries-old spiced milk tea from India that has become popular for tea lovers all over the world. The spices used to make chai—cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper—naturally lend themselves to sweeter flavors, like vanilla and caramel. This indulgent cocktail is spicy with an added kick from caramel vodka for a sweet and seasonal version of this traditional tea.

One of the best parts of autumn is all the wonderful seasonal fruit that makes its way from the farm to the kitchen—pears, apples, cranberries. All marry so well with seasonal recipes, especially pears, which embody a mellow flavor with a fruity aftertaste, making them the perfect accompaniment to crisp cocktails. Cheers to fall with this festive combination of pear and cranberry, all shaken up in a spirited cocktail.

Makes 1 cocktail 1 1/2 oz Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka 2 oz strong chai tea (unsweetened) 1 oz milk or half and half 1/2 oz simple syrup In a shaker, combine all ingredients with ice. Shake and pour into a double rocks glass.

Makes 1 cocktail 4 parts Absolut Pears Vodka 2 parts cranberry juice 2 parts lemon juice 2 parts simply syrup 1 part Crème de Cassis 1 slice pear Fill shaker with ice cubes and add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with sliced pear.


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Sauza Harvest This cocktail is absolutely autumn in a glass. Rich ingredients—fragrant pumpkin puree and natural maple syrup—come together to create a flavorful fall treat, elevated by the smooth flavor of tequila. The combination of all three make this drink a bold concoction that looks as great as it tastes.

Makes 1 cocktail 2 parts Sauza Signature Blue Silver Tequila 1 spoonful pumpkin puree 1 part maple syrup Rim a margarita glass with brown sugar. Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker, shake, and strain into the glass. Garnish with star anise.

resources WB Liquors & Wine






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