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ne of the many things I love about El Paso is our weather—in particular our seasons. Just when we’ve gone through everything “summer” in our closet, fall sets in: light sweaters in the morning and evening, summer sandals are exchanged for suede open-toes and peek-a-boo

ankle boots. If you’re one of the women who feel pressured to have a light tan (often out of a

bottle), that pressure is suddenly removed and the natural leg is expected. Just as we change our

wardrobes from season to season, the change of fall color can also transition in our homes to reflect the cooler weather. The bright-colored summer pillows can be replaced with fur pillows (faux for those who choose faux, we don’t judge and neither should you), and a few blankets can be tossed around to create texture, warmth and invoke a cozy feeling. Floral arrangements can change to warmer colors as well … try placing them in wooden boxes and crates while adding a touch of fall leaves. Bundling sticks and branches together and placing them in front of the fireplace is another easy fall transition, since natural elements bring in just the right amount of seasonal change. Other simple changes, like changing candles from crisp white tapers to larger amber-colored candles wrapped in cinnamon sticks, or chaiscented candles, bring seasonal aromas into the room. Try transitioning your bedding into a darker color palette or switching out cotton bedding fabrics for velvets and heavy-textured knits … a chic designer trick to warm your room. While the evening temperatures are moving towards the cooler side, we still have some warm evenings left ahead of us, which means it is not too cold yet to stop entertaining outdoors. Consider entertaining near an outdoor fireplace to generate some warmth and make your space cozy, remembering to use fall-inspired place settings and décor. When the evening air begins to give your guests a chill, scatter warm blankets on outdoor armchairs for everyone to use. For everything there is a season, and in the El Paso region, fall is one of our nicest indoor-outdoor times of the year. I encourage you to slow down, enjoy the sunset with a nice glass of wine or a hot cup of coco, take a deep breath and remember: this is the calm before the true winter weather. The holiday season will be upon us before we know it and time will speed up again. Cheers to beautiful sunsets and sitting on the back porch as you flip through this fall issue of The City Spaces.

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daily Sunday afternoon of browsing for home décor ideas at various open houses throughout El Paso, this home as the very last stop on their tour. Upon arrival, the owners found quickly that what lied past the front exterior of the home was a complete and total unsuspecting treat that would since change everything. In fact, the day’s agenda for gathering ideas and inspiration for their existing home led the owners to instead pursue the acquisition of this incredible home, soon making it their very own. A complete remodel immediately followed the purchase of the 8,000 square-foot, four-bedroom, five-bathroom home and except for the exterior adobe walls, the entire home “came down” to undergo a

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massive renovation. The project took nearly an entire year to complete and was, clearly, worth every bit. Today, the home’s façade continues to elude the eye for the unexpected and breathtaking view that awaits beyond initial entry into the home. Upon entering the alluring space, one immediately and quite pleasantly meets with an exquisite ten-foot, Zen inspired waterfall that creates a foyer-like area that serves to divide it from both the formal dining and sitting areas in the front area of the home. Beyond that point, one quickly comes face to face with the stunning artwork that adorns the walls of these rooms, truly conversation-worthy, each and every eclectic piece telling a story of its own. As the owner goes on to elaborate on each painting, sharing details on where it was purchased, the artist behind the piece and her inspiration for bringing the piece home, it’s clear that this is one, meaningfully inspired home. What’s more, both rooms flourish with bright hues and unique furnishings, such as the vividly colored, large-scale vases and uniquely life-sized candles, that lend to the artwork; every single detail complimenting the other beautifully and bursting with color. 23


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Following these artful rooms, one enters a vast living area that begins with a pool and shuffle board table that surely spells family fun and entertaining at its best. This is only the beginning as when you move along, the home now reveals the most telling part of the renovation: the incredible, floorto-ceiling accordion windows inspired by a past Hawaiian hotel accommodation on the owners’ trip to the islands and that, when fully extended, reveal the calming, tranquil body of water resting directly behind the home. In fact, it’s considered the only natural lake in El Paso due to its natural well and, according to the owner, was once a rowing site for area boy scouts some 40 years ago, and still breeds both catfish and carp fish in its warm waters. The small deck at the foot of the beautiful lake and at the tip of the home appeals to the senses and undoubtedly, makes for one of the most relaxing spots there overlooking the water. The outdoor area also houses a sleek and stylish drop pool that gives the mesmerizing illusion of spilling into the backyard lake. The opposite and shallow end of the pool holds a couple of the contemporary Philip Stark chairs that surround the area, and sit comfortably under an enormous yet inviting umbrella that shades the wading area of the pool from right above. In fact, the entire backyard is comprised of cozy sectionals with loungers and other stylish outdoor seating, as well as an oversized hammock and chaise lounge chairs placed strategically under two large trees and that all together, make for the perfect place to enjoy the outdoor setting of this incredible home. An extension of the full-comfort enjoyment one finds when stepping into the home’s backyard is the beautifully-tiled outdoor gourmet kitchen complete with cooking area, wet bar and sitting area that’s perfect for outdoor entertaining. Add to that, the scenic pine trees adorned with their handsome and rustic pewter lamps. Noted as the owner’s favorite trees, these amazing pines span nearly 50 years at the home, lining the entire rear of the backyard and magically looming over the entire home. Then there’s the gorgeous palm trees strategically placed throughout, while large plants in stylish oversized pots lend to the lush greenery both inside the perimeter of the home’s opening to the yard and beyond. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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Back inside the home in the living area is another true conversation piece

At last, we find that the true beauty of this one of a kind home lies

that takes the form of a retractable smart TV that was once a literal billboard

not only in its stylish interior, artistic flair and unparalleled comfort, it

that the owners purchased from the Canton Triangle in China, while on

can also be found in the warm and inviting feel of a home that thrives

the hunt for the largest TV they could find. Not finding exactly what they

in happily bringing family and friends together. From weddings,

wanted, they stumbled upon a shop where the billboard was on display,

anniversaries, birthdays and more, the gracious owners have hosted

made an offer, and although told it couldn’t be done, the home’s owner

gatherings both large and small, and always with the agenda of

fashioned the large, high-quality screen into an entertainment delight. In

genuinely sharing in the comfort of their home. With the natural and

fact, the Chinese shop owner who sold the owners the giant screen came

priceless setting of this lakeside home, be

to the Sun City just to visit the home and witness the transformation firsthand. Finally, and what tends to be one of the most important areas of

prepare to be transported beyond our southwestern desert climate into a realm of scenic beauty that, truly, goes beyond words.

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place to find comfort, a place to entertain loved ones, a place to raise a family—all of these are goals that Susan and John Hjalmquist bore in mind when creating the home of their dreams. Goals that while unquantifiable, were of immense value.

The home, inspired by an unmistakably Tuscan design, exudes comfort at first sight. With the refined color palette of creams

“We wanted an open house, it was important to have it open, with tall ceilings and to have a lot of windows … we just wanted light.”

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and browns that travel throughout the home, this home rejects the make every room different mentality that many people have when attempting to put together a home. The familiarity of each room, when compared to the last, is a testament to the vision that the homeowners had when piecing together their home—an unrestricted space with the ability of being traveled through with ease. With help from Lori McCuaig from LMC Design Group, the homeowners made this vision a reality. “We wanted an open house, it was important to have it open, with tall ceilings and to have a lot of windows … we just wanted light,” said Susan. www.thecitymagazineelp.com


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An exceptional feat of the home’s design is its ability to reflect luminescence throughout, maintaining the aura of lightness that the homeowners intend to showcase. The interior’s pillars direct light to the walls, which in turn illuminate the exquisite furnishings, most of which consist of a cohesive yet tastefully eclectic mix. Along with the furniture, the homeowners have managed to gather a collection of art from their travels to display in their home. “As my boys grew up, we started traveling more and we were able to get more things for our home. Collecting art was something we had to grow,” said Susan. In a very apparent manner, the art gathered functions as an abstract travelogue that the homeowners can reminisce over. “We’ve lived in this home for fifteen years and put our heart and soul into it.” The kitchen is Susan’s favorite room in the house and it serves a very specific purpose. The space contains unique features such as a functional fireplace directly behind the stove. The kitchen is also home to a massive iron pot rack, one of the very first pieces that the homeowners included in their home. It was important that the kitchen be a central point with visual access to the rest of the home. “It is my favorite because it’s open to the family room and when raising three boys, it was important that I could always be in contact with the family.” The home boasts an outdoor loggia—a preferred place to lounge and enjoy a book pulled directly from their home library. The back yard of the home provides the spectacular ambience felt through the valley, one of which can also be enjoyed through a dip in the pool. When it comes down to the overarching purpose of their home, it is ultimately a place where comfort and entertainment meet. “Our house is about family, hospitality, friends,” said Susan. Through years of refined taste and the joy of having had a family raised in it, this home’s story is one that can only be remembered through comforting and loving memories.

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he design, layout and

the front door. Your front door is where opportunity can come knocking,

organization of our homes

but if you have shoes, jackets and other items in this area it may

have a unique impact on the

prevent you, professionally, from getting a promotion or better job.

synergy in our lives. The Chinese were first to explore this idea in what is

Hanging pictures in a straight line, with same sized frames down a

commonly known as Feng Shui. Feng Shui

long hallway is considered a poison arrow in Feng Shui or Shar Chi

means wind and water and translates to living in

energy. This can create arguments and hostility with the occupants

balance and harmony. When energy, also known as Chi in Feng Shui,

of the residence. Instead, place photos in staggered, assorted frames

becomes unbalanced or blocked it can affect our relationships, well-

to avoid conflict. The same holds true for pillars, if you find there is

being and prosperity. Here are a few decorating mistakes that can

arguing and disagreements in the home too often, try placing some

generate negativity in areas of your life.

plants at the base of the pillars to soften the energy.

Artificial plants and dried flowers represent dead, stale energy and

Displaying pictures of family members are always a wonderful way of

they are only good for collecting dust. Instead, use a live plant as they

reminding us of those we love, but keep them current. Display your

represent growth and aid in our breathing. Fresh flowers are always

child’s most recent photos, rather than one of them in grade school,

wonderful for lifting the Chi at home as well. If you do not have a

as having old photos out can hinder their growth and make moving

green thumb using silk plants or flowers are best as they once came

forward difficult when we are living in the past.

from a living silk worm. Similar to clutter, it’s important for you to keep your spaces open and Clutter is a huge block in Feng Shui as it creates stagnation and chaos

airy. Closed blinds or curtains pull down the chi and negatively impact

in our lives. Removing excess items such as knick-knacks, tchotchkes

health and/or wealth sectors. Remember, nothing grows where there

and old newspapers are a must in order for new things to flow into

is no light.

our lives. For example, your kitchen counter should have as much open space as possible. Storing items underneath the cabinets is

Finally, when choosing a color for your bedroom, use colors that are

helping in clearing the kitchen and only utilize the counter space for

earth or skin toned. Having colors such as red can be disrupting to

items that are used regularly.

sleep, and while blue is considered water, having it in the master bedroom could actually drain and wash away a relationship.

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verything [in the house] means something,” says homeowner, Gloria Dick, about her and her husband’s four-bedroom and fivebathroom home. When you’ve spent the years raising three daughters in a home, the memories are sure to be as abundant as the wall space and as priceless as the family heirlooms that sit inside. It is a space that has been filled with love, knee scrapes and the patience that comes with raising three daughters. The home itself is open. All of the large living areas throughout the home open up to the outside, creating a nice balance with nature. “It’s as open or private as you want it,” says Gloria. She goes on to describe the home as “purist.” There is natural wood and natural elements throughout the home, and the light that pours in is a rich addition to the warm feeling that has been organically created. Most of the rooms feature sofas or seats with hues of orange or brown leather. They are just as inviting as they are aesthetically pleasing in their spaces. The art that sits behind them are the specially gifted pieces from Africa given to Gloria from her in-laws. The home and the furnishings www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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inside it are an accumulation of special things from their lives. Gloria mentions that the two twin beds in a spare room were David’s when he was younger. There is also a beautiful dark-wood piano that is a family heirloom. These simple touches add a personality and individuality to each room. You could try to replicate the décor with any online store, but you won’t be able to create the same feeling that the homeowners have created. Looking through the pictures, you can see that the home has been carefully curated to fit the nature and mood of the homeowners. They have focused on it being an open and inviting area because of the entertaining that they like to do. “It’s a great entertaining house,” says Gloria. The large bar area echoes that sentiment. It has the counter space and bar stools to accommodate the family and friends that the homeowners have had over. It is also conveniently adjacent to the large dining room table. The exposed brick in this area also lends to the more rustic and natural feel of the home. Along with the bar, the home being an open space and so easily accessible to the outside, is also a great feature for entertaining. Of course, the large open kitchen doesn’t hurt either. Made entirely of wood, with countertops in a correlated hue, it is definitely a special kitchen. It was made to host and feeds many mouths. This is exactly the kind of home you can expect in El Paso, so don’t be surprised. With its great design and natural elements that bode well in our desert climate, this open house is a testament to what other homes should be in our area.

This home is currently for sale. For information contact:

Though the home is now up for sale, the

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or flipping through these pages, and finding something featured that you

really love, but don’t have the means to get, consider it a sign to fake it a

little. Treat yourself to the good life, even if it’s a little faux. If you’ve fallen in love with exposed brick walls, but your house doesn’t have that, brick wallpaper is an easy fix. Simply using paint to create a metal look somewhere in your home, or a textured wall for character, could be the solution to creating the looks you’ve fallen in love with. Maybe the wood beams you saw aren’t even wood beams (because that’s a thing you can do). Faux finishes aren’t a new thing, but we tend to forget about the possibilities they inspire. Create the looks you want and the home you’ve always dreamed of without breaking the bank or having to source things out from exotic places. Flip through and find your faux possibilities.

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Cloche Displays Y

ou want to show off that

family heirloom or your new terrarium? Put a dome on it. The perfect way to do so right now is with a glass dome. It’s simple design and glass will look great and keep your items dust-free, either on top of your coffee table, fireplace mantel or any other surface you desire. If you like DIY projects, you can even turn your glass dome into a table lamp. It looks exactly like what encases the cursed rose in “Beauty in the Beast,” but sitting in your house will shred the negative Disney reference and bring your belongings to the center of attention.

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here is something to be said about walking into a well-decorated and thought-out space. It makes the space feel complete, whole, inviting; it makes you want to stay awhile. This is what I’ve found with Salt + Honey Bakery Café. Just like the atmosphere, it’s hard to describe what exactly Salt + Honey is in just a few words. It is a bakery, a breakfast and lunch spot, a place to grab a coffee or—if you’re in the mood—a beer or wine. It is also a place to relax or get some work done. Upon walking in, you are greeted with the original white honeycombed tile of the 1922 building, a bright and welcoming atmosphere and the perfect shade of teal splashed against the walls. The original brick is also on display, giving a peak into history and a sense of the industrial look that the owner, Maggie Asfahani, was looking for. Along the bricked wall on the left-hand side, two larger tables—for bigger parties—are sandwiching a living room set consisting of a large tan leather couch (perfect for photos), a simply stated rug, a wooden coffee table and two modern chairs. It is something you have probably seen on your Pinterest or Instagram feed. This section is quite literally honeycombed off—two tall honeycomb shelves are used as dividers—one from the bar and the other from the entrance. It is a tasteful nod

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to the name of the café. “The name came first and the concept of

For the design of the café, things came together pretty easy. Since I

the honeycomb came after,” says Maggie. She divulges that this has

was lucky enough to sit with Maggie’s architect—who also happens

been a dream of hers since the young age of eleven.

to be her brother—and designer, I was able to get more insight on how the process unfolded. Rida Asfahani, owner of Roots Architecture, and

In the center of the café, the big area that your eyes are immediately

his designer, Sammy O, were very instrumental in making Maggie’s

drawn to, is the custom-made bar. This is where you can easily order

vision a reality. One thing that can’t be stressed enough, is how many

a coffee to-go and salivate over the baked goods on display, all of

people were involved and collaborated for this space.

which were baked or created by Maggie herself. “There’s a lot of components that go into [constructing a business]. “[In the name itself] I wanted something that reflected something

I think that a lot of people don’t understand how hard [it is to start a

natural, earthy, sweet,” recalls Maggie. She adds, “[I was] first

business] and how many moving parts there are, and to do something

thinking of a place for writers and artists.” Which is why the café

like this is really difficult. This is your savings, your life’s dream, a

almost got named Ink + Honey. It is also the reason that there are

complicated project, but a part of El Paso is rebuilding. This is a

plenty of outlets around, as well as a lot of places to sit.

community-building thing,” said Rida.

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Since Maggie had dreamt this for years, her passion and vision was very clear. “Maggie had a certain aesthetic that she wanted: a midcentury French café, and [we made] that more modern with the chairs and even the lights,” says Sammy on how easy it was to collaborate with Maggie. “I had an idea of what I wanted and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to have traveled a lot so I had kind of absorbed from the places that I have gone or [from] Instagram accounts with a specific aesthetic in mind. Then I would see those in real life, especially when I went to both England and Australia. [Sydney] has a very robust brunch culture, it’s very summery. It’s very LA, but even more relaxed,” says Maggie. “We actually had customers that came in from Sydney and they told us it reminded them so much of home,” Maggie adds proudly.

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The food that is served is not to be overshined by the interior design, though. From the baked goods to the lunch items, everything has a mixture of flavors that your taste buds will greedily beg for. Maggie tells me she does have a flavor profile that she tries to stick to for her recipes. “Fresh, comforting, slightly Lebanese,” responds Maggie with a laugh. “It comes from me being Lebanese but also growing up on the border, and also having traveled a lot.” Though the construction process took about a year, it has all been worth it in the end. The history of the building has been restored and now a new layer of history can start as part of the Five Points area. “If it weren’t for Christina [from Joe Vinny and Bronson’s] … she’s the one that brought the spotlight for everyone to come back. I really feel that they were the pioneers in seeing what the area was and getting people excited to come to Five Points. And the more businesses pop up, the more people will be attracted to the area and it’ll be more business it’ll be for everybody and more success for everybody,” concludes Maggie. So, find yourself surrounded by friends, or in a corner of solitude with your book or computer, and enjoy the many delicious local things that Salt + Honey has to offer. Most likely, you’ll see Maggie in the back, baking something great (and slightly Lebanese) for you to eat. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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he El Paso climate can be a healthy lawn’s worst nightmare.

The cost of watering, fertilizing, and the time consumption

of mowing, combined with the fact that it sometimes simply

doesn’t look good, can be a real turn off for homeowners looking to elevate the appeal of their home. Because of this, homeowners are turning to synthetic lawns. Nationally, synthetic grass for landscaping is growing an estimated 10% to 15% each year and is quickly gaining ground to becoming the preferred alternative method for home landscaping. Throughout the years, synthetic lawns have evolved from a shoddy imitation of its live counterpart to a viable competitor. Albeit with faults of its own, synthetic lawns are more commonly used in hot climates with negligible amounts of regular rainfall. Therefore, turf that is not in a shaded area will absorb more heat than real grass, limiting the amount of activity that natural grass is often acquired for. If a lawn serves a purely aesthetic purpose, then this should not be a worry. Environmental impact must also be considered when weighing the pros and cons of synthetic grass. There is a variety of padding options, the most common and popular being one made from the rubber of recycled tires. This process keeps the tires out of landfills. Research of long-term effects of this process is limited, so the effects of this kind of filling are widely unknown. Alternatives to this style of padding is available, however. Nevertheless, synthetic lawns require no insecticides or herbicides, and there is appeal in the resourceful method of recycling as well as the amount of water that is conserved. Synthetic lawns, although requiring much less regular maintenance than real grass, still requires attention in order to maintain its appearance year-round. Unlike real grass, synthetic lawns, because of the lack of

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soil, do not break down natural debris such as fallen foliage and the regular pet activity. In order to maintain an appropriate level of sanitation, you will still need to pick up or hose down the lawn to remove debris in order to avoid health hazards. Some synthetic lawn services, however, have adapted to pet’s needs and include drainage systems in their turfs, allowing fluids to seep through to the soil underneath. At first glance, the price of synthetic grass may appear steep, even when not including the cost of grass removal and ground preparation. However, when taking into account its longevity and hyper-realistic appearance, it soon begins saving the hundreds of dollars that you would otherwise be spending up to 25 years. The synthetic grass also comes in a variety of shades, lengths and densities, so the options are abundant if you’re worried about a limited choice. Synthetic lawns’ rising popularity in home landscaping can make sense for a lot of people looking for an alternative way to decorate their home. With this information laid out, a decision for whether fake grass can be a real solution and good fit for you and your lifestyle should become easier to make. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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urn your living space into something that makes your

A bold ceiling will drastically change your space. Depending

guests look up. We often get so involved with decorating

on your personal home décor style, there are so many ways

space that’s eye-level, we forget about the space above

for you to turn your drab ceiling into something fab. From

us. Let’s all shake off the notion of popcorn ceilings or

honeycomb mirrors, faux medallions, wooden beams, eye-

the idea that ceilings should only house a ceiling fan and

catching colors and everything in between, ceilings are

light. That is so last season. If you walk into a 7th century

reclaiming their space in a room. Even choosing statement

church, looking up at the painted or architectural art is a

light fixtures will amp up the feel of your ceilings. Whatever

common thing. Make your space the equivalent of that—

your style, go ahead and see why ceilings will no longer be

maybe just a little more humble and a lot less holy.

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s El Paso’s morning sun projects yellow light over the Franklin Mountains, a blinding glare reflects off our city streets. There’s hustle and bustle as kids make their way to school and adults race to work. But beyond the busy bodies, our desert plants are waking up and stretching to grasp that gleaming light. With their strong presence, cacti have become a staple in southwest landscape and in-home design. For anyone looking to add seasonal color to a naked room, a lonely windowsill or to dress up an office space—but can’t keep up with maintaining large outside plants— The Potted Cactus is your answer. Inspired by a book by Debra Lee Baldwin, Armando Landin learned about the nomenclature, origin and care of plants. He began doing research and decided to start selling the plants as a hobby, when he noticed the success of his sales he decided to expand and prioritize this business. Launched earlier this year, The Potted Cactus is providing El Pasoan’s the opportunity to make a point with their prickly plants. Through wanting to share his love for El Paso’s desert, cacti and succulents, Armando made his dream come true and is sharing it with the community. Planted, grown and maintained in Armando’s backyard greenhouse, The Potted Cactus ensures high quality cacti and succulents for sale. El Pasoans can choose from a diverse selection of haworthia and euphorbia succulents, crassula, aloe and more. The plants are raised in the greenhouse from seedlings and are later given a home in the unique planters that Armando finds and customizes to each plants needs. “Many of the succulents that we have naturally grow baby plants next to the parent plant. So we periodically pluck the babies out and give them their own pots until they are properly rooted,” explains Armando. For very small plants, Armando lets them grow in his home with shelving and lighting and later moves them into the greenhouse when they are older and ready. In accomplishing, as what Armando defines as an “eclectic style” for each potted plant, Armando takes on a detailed process to assure the plant is adjusting to its home. First, Armando uses a hand-mixed soil that is specifically made for succulents and cacti. He then hunts for all of the pots for each plant. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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From surprise finds at mainstream retailers and local shops, to rummaging through vintage and secondhand stores, we find perfect containers practically anywhere. And we see any container as a possible pot for a succulent, not just those made specifically for plants.

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“From surprise finds at mainstream retailers and local shops, to rummaging through vintage and secondhand stores, we find perfect containers practically anywhere. And we see any container as a possible pot for a succulent, not just those made specifically for plants.” After selecting the pots, Armando drills drainage holes into those that do not already have one so that the plants have more room for healthy roots and soil. He also adds a

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top dressing to protect the soil from drying. Lastly, Armando says he’ll watch the plant for a few weeks to make sure it is adapting to its new home before being sold. By the time the plants have gone through that process, Armando loads them up and takes them to El Paso’s Downtown Artist and Farmers Market where The Potted Cactus sells every Saturday. Armando hopes El Pasoans achieve that vision they have when

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choosing their very own potted plant. “Usually, someone has a specific spot in mind when he or she picks out the pot and our wish is that when they get home, they’re smiling when they put it in place.” Eventually, Armando aspires to grow The Potted Cactus just as he’s grown the plants.

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he time for “summer bods” are long gone, it’s time

to get some fluff on you and enjoy this colder weather. Don’t hesitate to grab that extra slice of pie or that extra cup of hot chocolate because cozy living and eating good is the name of the game when it comes to fall. Nothing beats a braided brioche filled with spiced pear and tangy goat cheese. All coming together with almond paste, it’s a homage to the most festive season of all. Pear tends to lose some of its natural flavor when cooked, so we’re bringing it back to life with a perfect balance of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom. Definitely the flavors you want in your roster when cooking for the fall season.

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Spiced Pear & Goat Cheese Braided Brioche

Directions:

Makes 2

Melt butter in a medium sauce pan. Once foaming, add sugar and pears. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Add flour, spices, salt, water and

Ingredients:

lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until thick, roughly 5-6 minutes.

1 1/2 cups warm water (below 100F)

1 tablespoon yeast

8 eggs

1/2 cup honey

1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 tablespoon salt

7 1/2 cups flour

Remove from pan and set aside. *Additional Ingredients*

2 tablespoons goat cheese 4 tablespoons almond paste

Directions: Using the bowl from a countertop mixer, combine water and yeast.

Directions:

Once mixed, add eggs, honey, butter and salt. Mix in flour with a

On a lightly floured countertop, tear off half of the dough and roll into

paddle attachment on low/medium speed until dry ingredients are

a ball. Stretch dough on all four sides, rotating the ball a quarter turn

incorporated. Dough may still contain some lumps. Cover bowl with

as you go. Add flour as needed.

a towel and allow to rest at room temperature for two hours. Transfer to fridge for three hours, still covered.

Roll dough into 1/8-inch-thick rectangle and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Once rolled out, spread out a thin layer of

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the almond paste down the middle of the dough, lengthwise. Top with half of the spiced pear filling, and lastly with crumbled goat cheese.

Ingredients: 5 pears, peeled, cored, cubed

5 tablespoons butter

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup water

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1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

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mmersing yourself in Lake Powell’s incredible landscape is the

Don’t miss the Glen Canyon Dam Overlook. It’s worth the short drive

perfect way to spend quality time with your family and have a

to Scenic View Road. Begin your descent down a flight of stone steps

ton of fun!

to the canyon rim for a wide-angle view of the Colorado River, the second largest dam in the United States.

If camping appeals to you, there are 139 full hook-up sites at “Wahweap,” along with fire grills, tables, restrooms, indoor showers,

Antelope Canyon or “tse’bighanlini” and Lower Antelope Canyon or

laundry, a store, a dump station, potable water, a beach, picnic area

“hasdestwazi,” earn a central place in the Navajo culture. These slot

and a nearby amphitheater. Bring the family pet (on a leash)— this

canyons, carved by water, are literally beyond description. Only your

location accommodates RV’s up to 70 feet long and offers more

eyes and your camera can capture the unique color, waves and shapes

camping nearby at “Bullfrog” and “Hall’s Crossing.”

that twist and turn into narrow passages. Because the Canyons are on Navajo Land, a Navajo guide will accompany and enlighten you. The

Primitive Lone Rock Beach features outdoor showers, microflush

Upper Canyon offers an easier trail, but hiking shoes are essential.

vault toilets and a RV dump. Drive into the lake and camp on the beach (beware of soft sand) and enjoy an off-road vehicle play area.

Alternate hikes include Rainbow Bridge, Page Loop, Rim View,

For information, call the Carl Hayden Visitor Center—reserve early or

Canyon “X” and Hanging Garden Trail.

you will be disappointed. Cruises offer a totally different perspective of Lake Powell. There Of course, there are dozens of hotels too. Once you’ve settled in—

are several to choose from at two major marinas, including a three-

there’s no limit to local activities.

hour ride into the Navajo and Antelope Canyons. You can also rent a houseboat, jet skis, kayaks and canoes—swim, snorkel or dive in the

I recommend a sunset hike to Horseshoe Bend. Join hundreds of

deep, cool waters. Cell phone coverage is spotty, so prepare with

folks who park their cars along Highway 89 to walk five miles through

appropriate gear before tackling this vast paradise.

the desert (pathway is moderately steep). Go 45 minutes before the sky, rocks, canyon and river are kissed with the warm tones of the

Complete your journey with some supernatural star gazing. Dark

setting sun. Get as close to the edge as you dare to see breath-taking

skies over Glen Canyon will reveal the Milky Way’s silver rainbow

views of this gorge and mammoth rock formation. Choose smart

and thousands of sparkling stars. It’s the ultimate finale to nature’s

shoes and take water—do NOT try this hike on a hot afternoon.

perfect spectacle.

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Chunky Knit Throws Whether you use it to keep warm or to accent the living room sofa, chunky knit throws are back this season as one of the most sought-after ways to get cozy this fall. Etsy is ready for the throw obsession with overflowing handmade, chunky knit options. They range from smaller and lightweight to giant and puffy, in all the trending fall colors like ivory, grey and pumpkin orange.

A Touch of Nature Indoor plants are continuing to be super popular, even as the weather gets cooler. Worried you have a brown thumb? Fear no more, there are plenty of easy-tomaintain indoor plants so you too can have yourself a hipster-chic abode. Try Aloe Vera, which only needs to

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Woven Wall Art

Plant a waxy plant known for its

Woven wall hangings are the new kind of

ability to survive with little attention

decorative art that is adorning the walls of

(and looks dazzling in colorful pots),

many homes this season. While cotton

or a Cast Iron Plant, a more dramatic

and wool weaved just like a blanket bring

looking, and highly forgiving plant, that

a warm feeling to the room, the hanging

can survive in most environments and

tassels, dyes and beautiful beading make it

temperature changes.

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Matching Dishes

Single color dishware is out. On the shelves

of most home stores these days, if the plate

has gold triangles the “matching” cups may have gold circles. Mixing up the style and design, while sticking to a color scheme, is popular right now.

Tapestries Are Out Say it ain’t so! As someone has been meaning to get a wall tapestry, to find out that this bohemian trend is on its way out is a little disappointing.

White Walls Even though the seasons are changing into a colorful flurry outside, that doesn’t mean your walls need to sit it out. Rather than sticking to the white walls, that will just drop the temperature in your house further, paint your walls to reflect the change in yourself and embrace the warm, rich shades of brown, black, green and/or blush. Nothing brings life into a home like color.

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FALL SPACES 2017 Advertiser INDEX

A-1 Kitchens by Sierra.......................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 4

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate..................................................................................................... Pg. 1 and Back Cover

Casa Buenavista............................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 16,17

Definitive Homes................................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 52

Designs by LL Power......................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 85

Hotel Indigo........................................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 76

KTSM News Channel 9...................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 31

Mattress Firm..................................................................................................................................................Inside Front Cover

Southwest University Park................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 7

Spectrum............................................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 11

Walgreens................................................................................................................................................................... Pgs. 14,15

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