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n an unassuming street in El Paso, somewhere

Led inside the house, the two homeowners welcomed me into their

where the famous star is close by on the

space. It is a space that has literally been created, from the ground

mountain, a humble castle, if you will,

up and inside and out, by the two of them. Once we get to talking,

stands enclosed by repurposed material. It

the stories pour out and take interesting form around the home. It

is foreshadowing what is just beyond the

is authentic in every sense of the word. The two homeowners are

front gate, made private from its neighbors,

creative, artistic on many levels, builders and extremely intuitive to

yet provoking something in the community—a

the design of their home.

call for more people to come and live on the hill. It is the domicile of visionaries—two artistic souls creating the perfect space that is

And it is a home in every sense in the word. “We live in this house.

personalized for them, by them.

It’s our home, it’s our space, it’s the environment that we enjoy and we love that,” one says to me.

When you open the front gate, you walk across a 40-foot bridge that leads you to the front door of the residence. Underneath,

The problem with new houses is that they lack anecdotes, a certain

the landscape is perfectly manicured, a theme that encompasses

sense of history and comfort and it’s the same for new furniture.

the entire house. The brick, hand-placed strategically by the two

Furniture manufactured in mass quantities, houses built out of cookie-

homeowners, is brick from the old mirror building that once stood in

cutter molds, all lack a unique and personal touch that is created by

downtown. “We were allowed to get as much brick as we wanted

an individual person.

in a 24 hour period,” one of the homeowners informs me. Mixed inside the design, if you look closely, are also terracotta moldings

“The views are what makes the lot,” I’m told. The floor plan is tilted

from that same building.

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The table setting is seven decades displayed as a dining set. There

vellum that has an areal view of El Paso stretching all around it. “You

are drinking glasses from the late ‘40s, pieces from the ‘60s and other

see these things and then ask, ‘What can I do with it?’” one of the

contemporary pieces that have been collected over time by each

homeowners says, describing how many of these creations manifest.

homeowner. Again, this theme is represented and held throughout the home. It is a mosaic, a gathering of different time periods.

Nothing gets thrown away and everything has a purpose. Artwork

“Everything is found, made or vintage,” I am informed as I got the

that hangs on the walls were not bought, but created. A pool in the

tour around the house.

backyard was a huge construction dumpster in a past life. Wine bottles are candles and drinking glasses. Old wood is transformed

The room to the right of the kitchen opens up with barn doors—doors,

into benches and seats. Thrift store finds are restored to fit their

I learned, that were from the original Hilton hotel downtown. It is a

house and style.

comfortable room, a room in which is used to relax after a long day of work and creating. A heavy corduroy fabric that was found and pulled

The house may have been built in 2013, but it is an old-soul with

out of a dumpster is on the wall to control the acoustics in the room.

many rich and detailed stories of the past. It is proof that you can take

A T-Square from the architecture firm hangs as a memento above

found material and turn it into something incredible and beautiful—

the door frame and more are seen throughout the room that date all

like a house.

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very home, whether it be a new design from

custom furnishing, and lighting for other manufacturers, is a hallmark

the ground up, or a renovation using some

of his versatility, for not only creating the space, but furnishing to

part of the existing home, is always a challenge. Each

exact specifications perfectly envisioned for that individual client.

has its own set of challenges and rewards. In the case of this featured estate, which because of its

“If it’s been done before, someone must like it. Then again, I’m not

size and design complexity, we will be featuring

designing for them, I’m designing for my client,” says Waters.

in several upcoming issues of The City Spaces,

the challenge was heightened since the control

This estate, in a wonderful part of the upper valley, started out as a

of all aspects of the design from architecture, interior,

non-descript, coco brown, slump stone ranch typical of the 1970s.

furnishing and landscaping, were vested in the hands of Don B.

These homes were usually composed of too many rooms, very low

Waters of the Waters Design Group based in El Paso and Austin. You might recall that Waters, regarded as the dean of interior designers

ceilings, and lacked comfort and style. Waters calls such homes “Tupperware homes.” “Though they don’t have a lot of style, they serve a purpose,” he says with a grin.

in the Southwest, grew up locally and was instrumental in many of the iconic projects in our wonderful city. We refer to him being the interior

Waters says every project must contain a mission statement.

designer in charge of the Plaza Theater Performing Arts Center, as well

This must include the following precepts: comfort, functionality,

as the historic restoration of the old Foundation Room atop the Cortez

exceptional design and sustainability. He starts with a theme or design

building. Waters’ numerous other commercial projects, ranging from

concept. In this particular home, Waters used the Qatart Al-hamra, a

restaurants to bars to other homes and estates, are well regarded

13th century palace and fortress complex located in Spain, and the

as some of the finest interior projects in the Southwest. Over the

Dutch German hunting estancias in the Patagonia region in Argentina,

span of 40 years, Don’s work locally, nationally and internationally, has

to formulate his architectural design concept. This philosophy fits in

earned him a well-regarded place in the design community as one of

with Waters’ concepts of reimagining projects with a keen reverence

the most creative and exceptional professionals in the industry. His

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Although the core of the original structure was retained, four exterior

talents of Ray Limas of Artistic Entryways based in Sunland Park,

side walls were removed to make way for the large addition, allowing

New Mexico. The entry stone is Antique Dalle de Bourgogne, French

the original estate to be tripled in size. It was like cutting the rind off

limestone reclaimed from a dilapidated Château and farmhouse in

a hunk of Abbaye de Tamié, a French cheese made by the monks at

Bourgogne, France, dating from the 18th century. The handcrafted

the Trappist Abbey of Tamié since the 12th century. Remove the rind

arched entry door, with movable side light panels, is one of a kind.

and you are left with a balanced and useful delight. Such was the idea behind this undertaking; remove what was not working and use that

Also one of a kind is the impressive full-size Spanish balcony that

core to enhance the new.

was designed after Waters and the homeowners spent a weekend in Santa Barbara and Mendocino reviewing the historical properties of

Waters frequently quotes the famed French architect designer, Le

Northern California. It is a fusion of six elements that he combined to

Corbusier, who said famously, “God is in the detail.” And as we

create a unique component well suited for the project.

view the home over several issues, we will seek to provide both a contextual overview of that statement.

“[The homeowner said] ‘yeah, I could have just taken a picture and said make this. But heck, what’s the fun in that?’” says Waters and

When you start at the front gated entry to the home, the first thing

adds, “and more importantly, [there’s a factor of] ‘oh yeah, I’ve seen

seen is the impressive old wooden gate that Waters reclaimed from

one like it before.’”

one of the fortress walls of an ancient city in Thailand. Originally, these doors were much larger and had to be completely retrofitted

The balcony was executed with Roberto Davidoff of San Geronimo

and repurposed for a more modern use. These doors are just one of

Forge, the foremost iron artist in the Southwest. Above the balcony,

three doors from the ancient city that have found new life, hopefully

three old wooden doors are seen. Two of the doors were purchased

another 400 years of use. They were remade under the exceptional

by the owner on a trip to Morocco. Even though these are not

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working doors to the balcony, they still needed to be properly sized for proportionality since they started out smaller than modern doors (since people were shorter 200 years ago, especially in that region of the world). You will also notice that there are three doors on the balcony. Waters called on his good friend, Rolando Lujan, who not only enlarged the size of the doors, but also re-carved another one to complete the triptych, and then aged the door to match the originals. Waters says of Lujan, “There is no finer practitioner of “Les Arts Décoratifs” and his talents were instrumental thought the installation.” This is a perfect time to mention that Waters is adamant about the contributions and collaborations that make Waters’ design vision come to fruition.

Upon gaining entry of the vestibule, you see that it is capped by a rectangular trussed vaulted ceiling. Waters used the Vasa, a Swedish warship that was built in 1623, as a guide to the aging that Lujan applied to the beams. “I fell in love with the wood tone and construction of the Vasa and wanted the entry to reflect the grace, yet power, of that ill-fated ship to give anchor to the residence,” says Waters.

Looking to the left, you see a long, uncommonly shaped, alter table. This table was custom designed by Waters, utilizing an earlier Spanish rectory alter from the 17th century. This was hand-carved by The William Wesley Company, out of Dallas, and the finish is aged espresso with burnished gold and platinum wash. Above shows a hand-made iron candelabra with an old reclaimed Mexican Retablo featuring carved saints and angles. The owners are catholic and you see, throughout the home, their commitment to their faith in subtle ways. Also to the left, is an original painting by local artist, Robert Carlson. To light up the entry, Moroccan light sconces and an entry chandelier hang, both from Fine Art Lamps, which highlight with large drops of colored sea glass and coordinating bobèches. The carpet is a Persian Tabriz of vibrant palette. Upon entering the main living area, the eyes are drawn to the soaring bank of bookcases that span the entire right side of the room, anchored by the large custom fireplace with over mantel. The finish of the bookcases is a combination of hand- applied and scraped gesso, hardened with a bonding agent for durability, then hand- painted and aged per designer’s instructions. As you can see from the photos, the before and after are truly remarkable. The facade flat stone in the Chardonnay finish was added to enjoin the continuity of space between the fireplace and cases. Architectural elements, interior wise, are added not only for structure, but www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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to provide the conduit of design purpose through the project. These stones, however, are only decorative in nature. All of the objects on the bookcases are part of the owner’s collection of items purchased during their many trips and each one holds a special memory to them and by highlighting them we bring each memory to life again. Leaving the living area, we journey through two impressive carved doors Waters reclaimed from a place in Rajasthan, India. Waters reminds us that these doors, and the library you will see, were part of the first renovation that Waters did when the owner purchased the home. The stained glass transom over the double door was designed to complement the antique doors and to provide a light source from the adjoining space. Waters hand-assembled it from bits and pieces of old wooden frames and objects he salvaged from the importer of the doors. “The guy thought I was a bit nuts when I said, ‘Hey, can I buy this scrap and broken trim from you?’” recalls Waters. The wooden horses in the frames were originally part of carved bookends Waters found in a thrift store in Forney, Texas. The library cases were designed combining the best elements of Russian Empire fused with the German Biedermeier. It’s modern yet classical and can be compressed on a smaller scale and still retain its grandeur. The ceiling is wallpaper, not tin, as most people think, 44

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BUILDER: COLE THOMAS HOMES CONSTRUCTION DRAFTSMAN: GQ DESIGN CONSULTANTS CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANTS TO WATERS DESIGN GROUP: EDDIE PEDREGON AND EDUARDO JASON ARTISAN FLOORING MASON: ROBERT PORRAS FRONT ENTRY DOOR: SOLARA IRONWORKS WINDOWS: PELLA WINDOWS AND DOORS EL PASO DECORATIVE PAINTING ARTISAN: ROLANDO LUJAN ENTRY CHANDELIER AND SCONCES: FINE ART LAMPS ELECTRICIAN ON ESTATE: THREE FEATHERS ELECTRIC CO. LANDSCAPING: NASH GARDENS LARGE RECLAIMED DOORS AND GATES: ARTISTIC ENTRYWAYS CUSTOM IRON BALCONY: ROBERTO DAVIDOFF STUCCO: MIGUEL HERRERA CUSTOM FURNISHINGS: DON WATERS ATELIER


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done in the studios of Josephine Zapata resembling the patterns

After completion, the estate is close to three times the original home,

of Lincrusta and Anaglypta. The furnishings, for the most part, are

yet maintains an intimacy of purpose perfectly suited for the owners.

original designs by the designer and the art collection, selected by the

The owners are a very private and wonderfully tasteful couple who’s

client. The room features an antique bibliotec from the 1800 sourced

love of family and numerous friends constantly reminded Waters

by the designer and all of the duck decoys featured in the room are

that everything needed to be done totally with their needs and

from the owner’s private collection.

lifestyle at the forefront.

“I don’t designs things that I’m going to live in. That’s not my role. Ego

Stay tuned for the next phase of this amazing four-part transformation

be dammed, it’s all about them,” says Waters of his clients.

in the winter issue of The City Spaces.

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By: VERONICA NEVAREZ

Photography by: DAVID PARISH Styled by: PAM NORTH

A Tuscan Treasure

A

A Jewel of a Home

s most home owners know all too well, a home’s personality,

Holick, once former President of the El Paso Gas Company and a man

inside and out, is and remains a continual work in progress.

who was widely admired by our city’s residents. It was only after

Once the inspiration for a home is drawn upon, the inner

Holick’s passing, that the home became available. Eventually, Ace and

and outer details, palette of colors, chosen fabrics and

Michelle Lowery stepped in and purchased the home three years ago,

textures take gradual shape, allowing the overall motif to come to

embarking on a huge remodeling project that would prove successful

life … sometimes suddenly, usually gradually, but often on a constant

and worthwhile. The home, as Mrs. Lowery explains, “sat for a while”

basis. In the case of the beautiful Tuscan-inspired home depicted

until the following year in March of 2013 when the massive remodel

here, which was originally built in 1973, that progression began with

was put into motion. What followed from the project is a slight, yet

a complete transformation of the earlier home that was swift at first,

significant, preservation of the original footprint of the home, including

but has since ebbed and flowed with delicate touches made here and

some of the original wood beam ceilings in the foyer and other rooms

there, and that stem from the owners’ keen eye for the elegant Italian

throughout the home. The remodel, which took approximately one

Mediterranean. And even after the almost complete and total gutting

year to complete, initially reduced the original structure to just the

of the original home, an interesting history still permeates the walls

slabs and studs, but also added square footage to the already sizeable

and carries a rich past that includes some rare and unique renderings

home, including the patio which was later doubled in size and, today,

of Pancho Villa, dictated by the home’s original and only other owner

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Truth be told, the entire home is breathtaking and offers some very

is also one of the relics of the home tied to Pancho Villa through the

unique areas inside and out that are certainly conversation pieces at

original owner’s apparent connections with the legendary, Mexican

the regular parties the couple is known to enjoy hosting for friends and

revolutionary leader. And adorning the wall above the historic fireplace

colleagues alike. The outdoor shower in particular is one such area that

is a painting that was done especially for the family by local artist,

is all but common. Nestled in a private area directly outside and behind

Nicacio, per the request of “Doug” from El Paso’s Art Masters who

the master suite, the beautifully-tiled shower is housed in a space that

knows the artist, and which depicts the front door of the home with

is secluded enough for one to enjoy an outdoor shower right in the

the actual address finely scrolled across the top. Other noteworthy

open, without fear of being seen. In fact, one immediately gets the

details include a barrel ceiling lining the entire hallway on one side

sense of the relaxation and comfort that most certainly comes from the

of the home, newly designed as part of the remodeling effort, while

intimate outdoor experience. Also of special importance is the dining

some of the bathrooms, similarly, feature elegantly arched showers

room that sits directly beneath a rare, rustic and charming cupola,

that add unique yet subtle curves to those rooms. There’s even a

which projects a large, handsome wrought iron chandelier that adorns

secret door, or maybe two, within the home, which adds further allure

the alluring space, and which allows natural sunlight to stream in on a

and mystique to the home.

sunny day, or the soothing moonlight on any given evening. From the beautiful travertine tile imported from Turkey and Mexico, showcased

Crediting custom home builder, Cole Thomas Homes, as well as Mark

throughout both the exterior and interior of the home, the attention to

Kowalski for the exquisite cabinetry, the home is truly a work of art.

detail is abundantly clear. And although she “loves all styles” of décor,

At roughly 6,000 square feet of magnificent home, the Lowreys have

Mrs. Lowery was intent on accomplishing an aesthetic that was both

made a striking abode for themselves and their children, that both

“timeless” and in line with a “cozy, livable home.”

inspires and captivates. A warm and welcoming Tuscan ambiance throughout, this is a home that undoubtedly transports each and

The home is warm and inviting, and the gorgeous cantera fireplace that

every one of its guests from an experience that is reminiscent of a

was imported from Jalisco, MX is no exception. Its stunning mantel

true Italian villa.

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FACELIFT | By: JAMIE TRUBOWITSCH |

With barely-changing seasons in the

Southwest, we’re dependent on décor to create a sensation of autumn. Even though Hobby Lobby pulls out the fall decorations in July, avoid picking up the usual items; decorating for Autumn doesn’t need to involve a haunted Halloween color scheme or a cornucopia of turkey day trimmings. Instead, fall into a habit of using sophisticated décor that will look chic all season long.

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PUMPKIN SPICE

Hold the latte - give your dĂŠcor some border flair and contrast white pumpkins with red-hot chili peppers.

GOLD LEAF

A modern metallic centerpiece with matching tableware branches away from the traditional representation of fall leaves.

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GOURDS & GREENS

Keep things simple with a centerpiece made of leafy greens and light-colored gourds in a variety of shapes and sizes.

BLUE OCTOBER Make a statement redefining typical fall

colors - Stage a monochromatic still life

STARKLY SCANDINAVIAN

in a bold non-traditional color palette.

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Borrow some Scandinavian style for a striking minimalist arrangement of natural elements and glass jars.

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Go above and beyond the average bouquet with an arrangement of seasonal fruits and flowers in shades reminiscent of the turning foliage.

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n the northeast corner of Texas Avenue and Stanton Street, stands what was, for a short period of time, the

the once stately structure were locked for the last time and the future of Bassett Tower was of questionable certainty.

tallest building in downtown El Paso—The O.T. Bassett

Tower. A stunning example of art deco styling with gothic

Fortunately for El Paso, a young entrepreneur, businessman and

details, the skyscraper was built by Charles N. Bassett, a

visionary by the name of Lane Gaddy, took interest in the sleeping

prominent local businessman, who named it in honor of his late

skyscraper. Gaddy formed the investment group of Bassett

father, Oscar Thomas Bassett.

Partners EP to spearhead a massive renovation to transform the historically significant building into a new Starwood Aloft Hotel.

The elder Bassett was most notably remembered as the owner

Completion of the upscale hotel is anticipated for sometime

of the Texas and Pacific Railway, as well as being one of the

near mid 2017.

founders of El Paso’s first bank, The State National, established in the late 1880s.

While El Paso awaits the transformation of turning Bassett Tower into the new hotel, we offer our readers this rare opportunity to

Architect Henry C. Trost, of the firm Trost and Trost, was

view the tower from a different perspective, to see what our

commissioned to design the impressive 15 story structure,

photographer, Brian Wancho, and I saw ... which was beauty in

with setbacks at the 10th and 13th floors. The design of Bassett

decay. We were given the keys to the empty building this past

Tower has often been likened to that of the famed Chrysler

spring and had the chance to roam the 15 story structure at our

Building in New York City.

leisure. To the two of us, the tower felt hollow yet still somehow full of a certain charm.

Construction of the tower began in 1929 by R. E. McKee, for an estimated cost of $500,000. A mere 13 months later, two

As we walked each of the 15 floors, we were looking for

hundred offices were completed and arranged into suites so they

intriguing moments caught in time. What we found were the

could be grouped together as desired by the new occupants. The

simplest of compositions ... a golden stream of sunlight as it

gamut of high profile companies that took up residence ranged

danced across an abandoned office floor, faded shards of broken

from law firms and insurance companies, to brokerages and fine

glass, and the patina of curdled paint. Oddly enough, the tower

jewelers. Eight commercial spaces occupied the original design

did not disappoint. There is a particular beauty to these things

of the ground floor which, in its heyday, were teaming with a

when captured at the right moment.

colorful array of retailers and bustling restaurants. Although Bassett Tower has stood vacant for many years, it’s Over a period of decades however, Bassett Tower fell into a

still an impressive structure full of allure from decades’ past, yet

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| By: JAMIE TRUBOWITSCH |

e take decor and drinks pretty seriously here, so we can’t stop an unfinished bottle with

just any plain cork. You might have had your eye on some beautiful- though pricey- designer

gem-topped stoppers, but have you considered designing your own? Customizing your

own bottle stoppers with a hand-selected crystal, geode, or gemstone will immediately beautify your booze- without breaking the bank. Gems always pair perfectly with gold, so consider painting your corks with liquid gilding for an extra glimmer. It is quick, easy, and surprisingly inexpensive to create a tip-top bottle stop that’ll save you from getting too tipsy and makes the perfect hostess gift. Be prepared to break out the bubbly - you can save the rest in style with a sparkling stopper. Materials: • Corks (that will fit desired bottles) • Gilded gold enamel (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Liquid Gilding in Gold) • Small paintbrush • Geodes, crystals, or rocks of choice • Super glue (I used Gorilla Super Glue) Instructions: 1. If choosing to decorate your cork, shake the enamel well prior to painting and apply 2 coats to cork- you can cover it completely, just paint the top, or use tape as a stencil to get creative; allow cork to fully dry. 2. Apply a few drops of super glue directly to the bottom of the rock and place on top of cork; hold together firmly until materials are bound together without slipping off. 3. Repeat with as many other corks as desired. 4. Pour, save, and repeat.

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Vital Color

Palette: Fall 2016 | By: KRYSTA AYERS |

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e all need some inspiration here and there when it

comes to the changing seasons and keeping our homes

Dusty Cedar

looking fresh when guests come over. And now is the

This is the perfect compromise to adding a touch of pink to your

perfect time to start looking for that. With fall comes many

home. Perfect as a velvet sofa or added as small dĂŠcor in a room.

family gatherings: many of those taking place at home. But just

Dusty cedar is the color to choose for some added femininity without

ust because the weather is turning cooler and the sun sets earlier,

the overwhelming presence of everything being pink.

doesn’t mean you have to turn to darker hues when decorating your home. Pantone has their fall 2016 colors out and they will inspire you to turn your home into the perfect backdrop for any family setting.

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Sharkskin Need a little more neutral colors in your life? Take this one on for size. This color is being used in a lot of bathrooms now, keeping things cozy and sophisticated for the fall.

Airy Blue A softer shade of blue can easily be used in the kitchen, the bedroom or in any room as a pop of color in a lamp, vase or throw pillow. Don’t stick with dark hues just because the weather is becoming colder.

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Bodacious Exactly as the name entails, this is a bold color to add to your home. Don’t be shy to incorporate this into the bedroom or into your study or home office. With this boldness comes great décor outcomes that will have you posting to Facebook right away.

Spicy Mustard We don’t mean the condiment. This color looks gorgeous in any room. Use it for the bathroom as the wall color or even as the tub color, in the bedroom with a tufted headboard, the kitchen as the form of place setting… you get the gist.

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Riverside This hue of blue is hot right now. Do a little remodeling in your kitchen or find the perfect countertop to add this to the bathroom sink or even for an island. It also pairs great with earthy tones so you might want to incorporate that into your design.

Aurora Red Go big and bold this fall with aurora red as a backdrop (and conversation starter). Repaint your door to greet guests or change your dining room seating to this bold color for everyone to gather around in.

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The Search for Uniqueness

in the era of Starbucks | By: DON WATERS OF WATERS DESIGN GROUP |

Starbucks represents something beyond a cup of coffee. –Howard Schultz

ittle did Mr. Schultz realize that in creating a movement of the

He not only built an iconic company, but he transformed interior design

single cup of coffee, by customizing that cup of java to the

possibly forever. For years one could walk into a location in Boston,

exacting taste of the customer, he was inventing a new form of

Fargo, Marseille, or El Paso, and the coffee and the design were the

coffee communication along the way. The stores themselves

same. A casual observer would even say that the baristas were all

revolutionized a homogeneous one-size-fits-all interior

the same as well, and the only uniqueness was that found in the

design movement. To be perfectly correct, Starbucks

expressive artistry of the tattoos adorning many of the employees. In

rolled out four distinct design schemes based upon earth elements.

a short period of time, our design world went from eclectic to a new

This genius entrepreneur coupled a personal beverage with a down-

powerful trend of design I have termed being “Starbuked.”

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Schultz also helped move the words sustainability, reclaimed and fair trade into the lexicon of everyday consumers. And if you have a conversation these days with an interior designer, soon after they introduce themselves they will assuredly weave those words into the conversation. “Yes Mrs. Jones, I think you will love this sofa—the fabric is reclaimed and repurposed from the gym bags of the 2012 Ukrainian women’s field hockey team, the frame is non-rainforest bamboo, and the cushion fillings are naturally shed down from organically farm-raised geese.” Please don’t think I’m diminishing the importance of being a good steward of our natural resources. The use of renewable and adaptable materials in production of goods is a win-win for everyone. I do somehow find it ironic though, the new desire to construct and utilize sustainable design in every aspect of design life. It drives us further into the sameness of design that we mentioned at the start of this article, as we move further away from the historical underpinnings that formed the foundation of design providence. As corporate sameness bows to the altar of “more,” pieces of our past disappear from our design landscape. There are less and less examples of classical and old-world design presentations for our next generation to learn and adapt their sensibilities from. Yes, there is beauty in a modern day “living edge” dining table constructed of old grown walnut, raised and used 100 years after it was lost and floated down river to the mill. Add the supports, forged by hand in a small blacksmith shop by the great-great grandson of the original smithy who immigrated from Scotland and imparted his knowledge of a lost art to generations. I indeed find this magical and worthy of importance. I equally find beauty in an early 18th century Duncan Phyfe divan. This Greco-Roman sofa, with its graceful mixture of exotic woods and subtle carvings, echoes the origination of early Greek and Roman furnishings and pays homage to 6th century Roman stools. Great design should always seek to honor the past as it points to the future. I don’t want anyone to think I am critical of that aforementioned coffee conglomerate, indeed, bravo to their ability to span the world with their vision of design. I would, however, find it fun sometime to enjoy my once-a-year pumpkin spice latte and farm-raised free-range egg and cheese non-gmo sourdough muffin breakfast sandwich, sitting in an 18th century Biedermeier reproduction club chair, covered in a buttery-soft, yet extremely durable, deep espresso-colored Mohair. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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Sausage and Sweet Potato Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Cream Sauce For Pumpkin Sauce

For Stuffed Shells

Directions

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

1. Peel and cube sweet potato, apple and parsnips. Add to

1 can pureed pumpkin

1 package mild Italian sausage

a pan with enough water to cover potatoes and boil until

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 sweet potato

tender. Drain and set aside.

1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

2 parsnips

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1 Fuji apple

2. In a sauce pan, combine all ingredients for sauce and

1/2 cup chicken broth

3/4 cup mascarpone

continually whisk while in a medium low heat until all

5 sage leaves (fresh)

2/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds

flavors combine. Until sauce is heated through, make sure

1/2 teaspoon pepper

(no salt added)

it has thickened and butter is melted. Add more chicken

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chicken stock

stock if sauce is too thick for your liking, little at a time,

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup kale, roughly chopped

while whisking softly.

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Salt and pepper to taste

1 3/4 teaspoon sugar

1 paskage jumbo shells, cooked according

1 teaspoon cinnamon

to directions, drained and set aside

3.Transfer to container, cover and set aside. 4. Cook sausage, breaking up with a spatula while cooking. Pieces should roughly be dime/nickel sized.

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12. One by one, using a spoon or your hands, stuff cooked shells with your sausage mixture.

6. Transfer sweet potato, parsnips and apple to the hot pan. Roughly mash the mixture together, add your kale and sausage back to the pan.

13. Tightly place in backing dish until filled and no more shells remain. Spoon a small amount of sauce on top of each stuffed shell.

7. Cook until heated through and kale has reduced in size. 14. Bake for 10-13 minutes until noodles start to brown and tighten 8. Remove from heat, transfer to mixing bowl and let cool for 5 minutes.

at the edges.

9. Add marscapone and stir until combined. Add Salt/Pepper to taste.

15. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

10. Preheat oven to 375 F.

Garnishes: Lightly-drizzled crème fraiche, toasted pumpkin seeds

11. In a baking dish, cover the bottom in pumpkin sauce, roughly half an inch.

and dried cranberries.

Pan Seared Pork Chop with Mushroom Gravy and a Fig Arugula Salad Wild Rice with Dried Apricot and Slivered Almonds Ingredients: 4 - 1 1/2 inch pork chop Arugula (handful) Dried figs (5) 1 cup onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 2 tablespoon flour 3 tablespoon butter 1/2 cup chicken broth 1/2 package white mushroom, sliced 3/4 cup parsley, fresh, chopped 1/2 cup dried apricot (sliced) 1 cup wild rice 4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon salt Slivered almonds (garnish) Balsamic vinegar (splash) 3 tablespoons olive oil Night Before: 1. Combine figs and red wine vinegar so they can re-hydrate (AT LEAST 4 HOURS) 2. Add a drizzle of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to a pan, heat on medium. 3.While oil heats, remove figs from red wine vinegar and slice. 4. Once oil is shiny and hot, add onions, once they start to sweat, add sliced figs and let caramelize. We want the onion to be soft. 84

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1. Rinse your wild rice. 2. Add rice to 4 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat. 3. Once boiling, reduce heat to low or simmer, cover and let until tender (roughly

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Instead of throwing out your wine bottles, why not save a few for the next time you’re looking for a cute DIY project to do? Not everyone is the next Martha Stewart, so if you’re looking for a simple and easy project this first idea is especially for you. Next time you’re at your local hardware store pick up a container of chalk board paint, some painter’s tape and of course a paint brush. A clear bottle of wine will work best for this one, so once you have thoroughly cleaned the inside of the bottle and removed any labels from the outside you are ready to begin. First, you will use the painter’s tape to outline the size of the label you want for this bottle. Paint this section with the chalk board paint and wait for it to dry. Once it does, you now have a container to store anything from small candies to rice. Since you used chalkboard paint for the label, you can easily change the name of what’s inside without any hassle as you continue to refill it.

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The second idea is still a simple one, but will require a little more patience. The next time you find yourself at your local arts and crafts store, pick up some twine and a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks if you already don’t have them. All you have to do is start at the bottom of the bottle and wrap the twine tightly around, stopping occasionally to hot glue it down. If you want to make the bottle more decorative, you can add little accent pieces or just enjoy the simplicity of the twine on its own to make a unique vase.

The third idea is perfect for people who love to spend their time outdoors—a Tiki torch! All this idea requires is a clear and pretty looking wine bottle, crafting pebbles, Tiki fuel, Tiki refill wicks and a brass coupling doohickey. Don’t be intimidated by the list of items though, this one is really simple and fast to do and it looks great. First, you will fill the bottle with some of the crafting pebbles then fill the bottle with Tiki fuel, insert the wick with the coupling doohickey into the bottle and just like that, you are done. You now have a cute set of Tiki torches to enjoy next time you’re outdoors relaxing or throwing a party.

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For this fourth one, you’ll need glass etching cream, a bottle spout or pump, and a stencil which can all be found at your local arts and crafts store. Using a clear bottle of wine, you will set your stencils on the bottle and use the etching cream to go over the letters. Once it’s dried and you’ve rinsed off the cream with cool

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This last idea is a little more advanced, but if you’re able to do it, you won’t be disappointed in your new glass tumblers. You will need a bottle cutter, a candle and sandpaper in addition to a few empty wine bottles. After cleanly removing all labels from the bottle, you will use the bottle cutter to make a nice straight line around. Then, using a candle, heat up the score line. Make sure to have a pot of ice cold water ready, because

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West Studio Doors | By: LLOYD HAMILTON |

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n the land of the American dream, rung with five syllables of freedom, many exist here for the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness. Some

immigrants are courageous enough to cross over into America with empty pockets, but high hopes of discovering a better life, closing the door behind them when they embrace freedoms and liberties as new citizens in the United States. Antonio

Gonzalez,

‘Tony,’

crossed

through that door from Jalisco, Mexico in 1976 at the age of 18, leaving his friends and family behind to pursue that dream. Grounded in courage and boldness, with a persistent and ambitious heart, Tony had started working in Los Angeles, California washing dishes for a restaurant before he moved to El Paso, Texas where he shadowed a woodworker and began to develop the craftsman’s skill needed to open his own business. West Studio Doors provides carpentry and cabinetmaking services for hand-crafted doors, furniture and antique refurbishment. As

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advance his business into a specialized market where refurbishment and newly-crafted doors are constructed for his residential clients. This new market became a platform for his business, which grew to be a commodity for customers who needed exterior doorways. All of his projects are sculpted, one-of-a-kind and each one is detailed with forged hinges, handles, pulls, decorative mounts and latches, which all embody the authentically rustic hardware which is cast in iron by a local blacksmith. “The city of El Paso deserves these doors, I live for this type of work,” said Gonzalez as he pointed toward a weathered, homespun wood-door underneath its frontier-cast, cavetto topledge header made from old pine and encompassing eight hand-beveled embossed panels decorated with iron clad conquistador crosses. Every single door is custom-made from pine or cedar and drafted into reality from the clients own cut-sheet design. The shop décor praises the name of his business as it is surrounded by all types of magnificent pieces, each chipped and routed, where some display unique Catalan-style designs and others radiate wood-stained features and original faded color. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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When I asked about the most impressive projects he had undertaken, he looked back toward me with a humble smile and described a pair of tall, widespan pieces used for a car entryway in the Lower Valley. Almost a decade ago, Tony installed two walnut-stained pine doors, 24feet wide by 8-feet tall, that mechanically open and close for vehicle passage. Another large project was a French-style pair, 10-feet in width and 12-feet in height, installed at a mountain ranch near Vado Berino. Tony was able to construct these projects in a two-month

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span, while a typical door demands a six-week lead time before he is able to turn it over to his client. A quick google search reveals that only a handful of existing companies in Texas produce such a product. Over the past 20 years, Tony has built over 500 doors and chiseled for himself a grand platform where his business is reflected in his personal American journey towards life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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f we stop to take a moment to think about the outside forces that impact our world, the first thing we all think of is numbers, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so. However, if we really pause to think about it, numbers can carry a huge meaning to each of us. We can be superstitious about them and favor numbers which correspond to the birthdates of our loved ones or

other important dates, such as an anniversary. Some people even go as far as to use these numbers for lottery tickets, what day of the year to get married, or what their new address on a new home should be. Speaking of homes, the numerology of your home reveals energies that help to support you and manifest your desires. Below are some number hacks for you to get the most out of your living space. All numbers are reduced to a single digit number by adding each digit together. In case of a really long number continue adding the digits together until you have only a single digit remaining. Example: 10424 Robinson Lane is a 2 vibration. 1+0+4+2+4=11 1+1=2 According to Feng Shui the numbers have the following meanings:

ONE: Denotes new beginnings and a fresh start, individuality

NINE: The final single digit is completion, wisdom, manifestation,

and independence.

solitude and insight.

TWO: Is duality, marriage, partnerships. It’s an excellent number for

Just as we all have our lucky numbers, we are all aware of the

couples, and can also signify balance.

numbers regarded as unlucky.

THREE: Represents body, mind and soul. Three is an extrovert, social

Thirteen is the best example of an unlucky number, as 1+3= 4, which

and helps to build group friendships.

is the unluckiest number in Feng Shui on account of its pronunciation. In Chinese, “four” also sounds similar to the word “death.”

FOUR: Is security, stability and foundations. Seek out a number with a four if this is a current need in life.

Some numbers that are considered to be lucky are 8, 17, 28, 38, 48, 54, 68, 80, 84, 88, 99, 168 and 108. This is because the lucky number

FIVE: Means change, freedom, manifesting desires, curiosity and fun.

8 is included in each of them. Any number containing two “eights” is considered even luckier.

SIX: Symbolizes nurturing, caring, love, home and family. Now that you know what each of these numbers represent, use the SEVEN: Represents spiritual and inner peace, dreams and visions—

information to your advantage. A great piece of advice we have all

the seven chakras.

heard is to do the math when making important decisions. Once you have your answer, dissect it and see if it coincides with what you are

EIGHT: Is prosperity, wealth and abundance. The most auspicious

currently seeking out of life!

number and is considered very lucky.

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Unearthing History

Keystone

Heritage Park | By: TERESA STUDER |

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small stretch of land in El Paso’s Upper Valley yields evidence of human habitation back to ancient times, long before written records existed and humankind evolved to a life of permanent settlements. Today, sandwiched between Doniphan Drive and Interstate 10, the

area officially designated the Keystone Heritage Park is hardly noticeable but for a rock fence and a couple of signs. Yet the 52 acres beyond that rock wall bear evidence of various phases of early human history in the American Southwest. The site is named for Keystone Dam, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project completed in 1984.

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more than 4,500 years ago. Today, Keystone Heritage Park includes an archaeological site, the El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, the Chihuahua Desert Experience trail and the Keystone Wetlands, a protected sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. Local residents know the wetlands area as the Doniphan Marsh, a name taken from the north-south city thoroughfare on the park’s west border. Portions of the park site were once under contract with the Santa Fe Railroad, which runs parallel and adjacent to Doniphan Drive. The railroad had started the process of building a switching yard in the wetlands area when the Upper Valley Neighborhood Association protested and appealed to federal authorities. In

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1993, a settlement to protect the wetlands was reached between the Environmental Protection Agency, the Corps, the City of El Paso and the Santa Fe Railroad. The property is now owned by the Archaeological Conservancy and the City, and operated by the nonprofit Keystone Heritage Park Inc. with the support of grants and donations. The El Paso Desert Botanical Garden is a unique and symbolic location. A visitor walks from the very ordinary surroundings of Keystone’s parking lot into a collection of formal gardens designed to educate and stimulate the senses. Fountains, statuary, ponds, special lampposts and stonework combine with flowers, shrubs and succulents to create the feeling of sanctuary despite the electric utility line overhead and the rumble from I-10. A bird-watching outlook towards

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When it comes to style, it’s safe to say that we would all love to take a page out of le livre de Louboutin. In honor of his Parisian penthouse reveal that everyone is fantasizing about, I will share with you what is “in” and what is “out” based on the exotic luxuries found in the Christian Louboutin home.

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Taming the Wild

Louboutin’s love for exotic lands and creatures is evident in the wildness found indoors in all of his homes. In his restroom, a bronze alligator sculpture can be found, eyes and tail rising as if swimming across the marble floor. In the hall, a taxidermy tiger lays under a tribal mask adorned table. Make your home unique 106

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“I don’t have the heart of a collector. It’s just that some things appeal to you, and suddenly you have more and more.” 1

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Usually dining tables are made of wood—Louboutin’s dining room table is made of vintage metal dentist’s 2

chairs. Let your freak flag fly friends! (Phew… say that three times fast.) 2

Sticking To A Time Period

Pre-Columbian to present day décor—Louboutin’s Jean Royere Polar Bear Chairs show how modern the romantic designer can be. Mixing time period pieces can create classic yet sophisticated rooms. 3

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Louboutin’s bedroom is filled with an impressive collection of Native American art as well as over 200 pairs of shoes. I know all of us are jumping for joy right now 3

knowing we’re not the only ones with rows and rows of shoes crowding our closet, but maybe our collections shouldn’t reach triple digits unless we’re the creator of a high heel empire? Either way, I’m not judging!

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