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Editor in Chief Winter is over and a new season often inspires talk of change. Change for the sake of change can feel empty, but change that comes naturally and at just the right time can be an antidote to stagnancy. When you read the pages of The City Spaces, I hope you read with change in mind. For me, there is nothing more inspiring than the image of an amazing kitchen, dining room or bath. I hope you appreciate the design both architectural and interior, the living spaces that your neighbors call home, and I hope you can envision at least one of the design elements within our pages, in your home. At the magazine we pride ourselves on “local,” within our region, showcasing spaces that were artistically crafted by local architects, builders, designers, local cabinetry, stone work, flooring and the list goes on. The proven talent that El Pasoans possess leaves us no reason to ever go outside of our area when it comes to the home, always using first the talent that is here. From the time I was a small girl I would go on play dates at friends’ houses that almost always involved cleaning and rearranging their rooms (much to the delight of my friends’ mothers)—the early markings of my need to create order and beauty, to feel “grounded,” I was constantly rearranging things in my home, reconfiguring them time and time again to fit different spaces. My entire life I felt compelled to create art in this medium and help others play in their spaces as well. This confessed need is probably the reason The City Spaces is so dear to my heart. I hope that you experience many of these transformation moments while reading this season’s issue, and again, I hope that you choose to use our local resources. Until the Summer Issue,

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n the beautiful oasis that is the Coronado Country Club hillside community there are many homes that from the outside capture the true essence that is El Paso’s history and culture. But among these there is one home in particular that not only epitomizes El Paso’s past, but also the richness

of the sophistication that defines our city today. Apart from

housing a collection of modern and contemporary art 25

years in the making, the home itself is also a masterfully planned piece of architecture that has been formed to fit the needs of a real, living breathing family. Overall the home has gone through two big renovations with minor uplifts over the years—taking the homeowners from a very traditional tone (the drapes match the couch) to this understated and wowing contemporary masterpiece. The dining room is the first example of sublime function and poise that this home possesses. A unique room the flows from the kitchen to the formal living room, the table itself is actually two tables cleverly put together to create a unique shape and beautiful aesthetic appeal. They each contain a leaf that can be added or removed to further add dimension and (of course) more individuals to the space—seating up to

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Taking a step deeper into the home from the dining room, the kitchen sits in the back of the house with wide gaping French doors into the back patio allowing light and the radiant landscape to slip into the whitewalled space. At first glance, the room might not appear grand in size, but on further investigation the carefully planned kitchen has more than its fair share of storage space skillfully hidden in the natural folds of the house. From the outside of the home, between each French door is a structural pillar. From the inside in between each of the doors is a black reflective cabinet door that when opened reveals deep floor to ceiling pantry space—making innovative use of the previously unused space of the structural pillar. The kitchen’s true staple piece is its alluring black granite stone countertops that reflect both the deep granite slabs in the floor as well as the dark mirrored cupboard doors lining the walls. The rectangular island is the primary working space in the kitchen and sits delicately in the middle, complete with trendy stools and a stylish sterling silver sink. This too houses a magnificent amount of storage possibilities 20

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with the numerous sleek drawers and pantry space. The kitchen also offers conventional appeal. The oven hood was custom-made for the home and suits the Wolf and Sub-Zero state-of-the-art appliances to a T. Which was the perfect touch for the homeowners who are avid gastrophiles and who insisted on having a kitchen that allowed them the space and industry their culinary skills required. Back down the hallway is the family den. Being the primary room where the 22

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congregate, the space adds simple comfort and warmth to the formal nature of the rest of the house. With a fireplace, cozy minimalist rug and a smaller fridge for drinks, this space has the best of hot and cold—along with a lovely collection of Mexican and Linda Lynch artwork adorning the walls and mantelpiece. Like the dining room, this room can also be reconfigured to accommodate more or less guests with functional swivel chairs and a custom-made eye-catching bookshelf. The room is also warm with its bright limestone floors, tying in the ornate vinyl python skinned countertops on the far wall.

Perhaps one of the most visually appealing rooms of the home is the formal dining room, sitting directly in the middle of the house, a piece of it spilling into some of the other major focal points of the home including the kitchen, entryway and dining room. Lavish white couches juxtapose the beauty of the dark wood floors that were restained in one of the more recent remodels. Robert Carlson and other notable artists adorn the walls in simple scenes that create chic, understated beauty that enrobes the eye in color. Looking backwards is a wine rack housing the family’s best stores of fine wines—the space was formally a wet bar that never functioned properly, but today sits in the back of the room, adding pops of color to the classic harmony of the space. Another notable space is perhaps one that many overlook in their own homes—the entryway. Many people gloss over or do not adequately decorate the “first impression” of their house—but this is most certainly not the case in this home. Walking into this house, the entryway and adjoining hallways are the glue that holds this refined address together. With large art pieces from Robert Carlson, Roman Abramovitch and Anna Jaquez, as well as other local artists—these white walls, like the entirety of the home itself, are anything but ordinary.

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estled in an array of scenic mountain views and natural duck ponds lays a gem caught between the better of two architectural worlds. Located in the serene Heritage Farms

community in the Upper Valley, this custom Old-World home holds many splendid surprises. The Old World exterior of the 2,500 square foot home captivates sight with its antique infused finishes. Reclaimed wood dating back one hundred years, brick, and metal are used throughout the exterior of the home for a European aura, but the focal point is the arch-brick entrance. At the main entrance custom doors welcome you to a larger foyer that instantaneously introduces a contemporary vibe with a fiery yellow three-dimensional wall panel, acid-stained concrete floors, and fourteen-foot ceilings for an open loft feel. “The challenge really is in designing the exterior in a way that does not “give away” the interior being designed in a different

A&M University in Mechanical Engineering, Nester conveys culture

style. However, as soon as you walk into this house, you are greeted

and expansive education through his architectural works of art.

with a bold, 3D panel wall in the foyer that immediately points out the contrast,” said Joseph Nester.

Defining quality and contemporary design-Kaizen Custom Homes offers an abundance of features and amenities located throughout the

The exquisitely designed and built home is the work of Kaizen Custom

home; although, many not visible to the eye. Impeccably designed,

Homes, a division of Kaizen Construction Services, LLC. Owner,

what is inside the unique-contemporary infused walls are equivalently

Joseph Nester, introduces El Paso to modern and contemporary

as significant as those outside the walls. Visually, the home features

architecture and interiors that are welcoming, convivial, and affordable.

focal points that fixate the eye and enrich the mind, from a custom

Born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco and a graduate from Texas

made ‘winter tree’ carved into the wall for guests to enjoy on their way

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to a secluded guest bathroom, to a gorgeous ‘spa’ master bath with a

But the design of the home does not solely depend on furnishing

stand-alone bathtub, floating in a bed of river rock and illuminated by

and features to create the absolute warm and welcoming feel, the

a ‘morning dew’ chandelier, which sits beautifully alongside a seven

lighting design plays an imperative role to creating the ultimate

foot walk-in shower.

ambience while being green and energy efficient. Nester explains, “This house was designed so that every room has sufficient natural

But for those who crave a culinary work of art, the large professional

light during the day to be able to do your daily tasks without having

kitchen will satisfy your taste with quartz countertops and a stunning

to turn on a light. This was accomplished through strategically placed

wrap-around island, featuring professional grade appliances including

windows, doors, and skylights. However, when night falls the lighting

a microwave drawer and two full-sized industrial refrigerators.

should not only provide the needed visibility, but should also enhance

Integrating a focal point that claims attention, the home bestows a

the architectural features of the house - lighting, especially in a

magnificently intricate Egyptian glass mosaic backsplash with a style

contemporary home, is everything!” The home contains over forty

that changes depending on the angle in which you view it.

recessed lights, all which are on dimmer switches that control lighting and mood of each section of the home.

Gazing through the perfectly staged home by ASID, Fran Timbrook from Charlotte’s, you will not find a television in sight. The television

“As a builder, we wanted to include features that are not only energy

is hidden behind a painting that is hanging above the fireplace so that

efficient but also increase the comfort level of the owners living in it.

it is not the focus of the living room; rather the art is. When it is

One example of this is the way the house was divided into six main

time to watch television, the painting moves up at the touch of the

zones, each having their own heating/cooling system and therefore

button. “I believe that a house that is well designed should not have

their own independent temperature control. This means that you

any parts in it that are not beautiful to look at, no matter where you

can set the temperature of each zone as desired depending on your

are standing. That is why every detail is thought of during the design

own taste or the type of usage of that particular area,” said Nester.

phase, including where each piece of furniture, as well as the artwork

Not only does the home feature energy efficient amenities to suit

is going to be placed,” said Nester.

comfort, but also offers smart capabilities for ultimate convenience.

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Nester explains, “The main house zone has a thermostat that is connected via Wi-Fi to the internet and not only can it be controlled remotely via any smart device but also checks the weather forecast and anticipates any drastic exterior temperature changes.” Although, the uniquely designed home faced the challenge of incorporating two entirely contrasting architectural worlds into one, from an ‘Old World’ exterior to a modern infused interior. The home translated impeccably from rustic to contemporary in an opening of a door and as Nester explains, “like good engineering, good architecture should feel simple and features should feel obvious - like they have always been there and as if the building could not exist without them. Everything should have a place and the house should facilitate all your daily living needs and it should do it while still being a place you absolutely love to be in.” A custom home is often associated with a higher price tag, but as Joseph Nester explains, “It doesn’t mean you are paying more for a house, it means that you are getting exactly what you need, and

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a good builder will provide just that. The process of designing and building a custom home requires a lot of face time and it is important to feel comfortable with the builder in order to share the kind of information that is necessary to fully understand the wants and needs of the customer. A custom home should be just that - a home that is custom made and tailored to the current and future needs of the customer.” Understanding exactly what a customer needs and wants, exemplifies the distinctively designed - Kaizen Custom Homes, which exude energy efficiency, luxurious amenities, and a style infused concept that could only be executed by the finest builders.

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The Heart of a Home By: AUSTIN SAVAGE

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Styling by: LADONNA APODACA

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small family owned furniture store sprouted in Central El Paso sixtythree years ago and through the ensuing decades Charlotte’s Furniture has provided El Pasoans with a plethora of options for turning their

house into a home. Helming this Sun City institution now is Melissa O’Rourke

“I like spaces that are warm, inviting and eclectic.”

whose experience and expertise in the field of home furnishing has led her home to be one of City Magazine’s featured “Spaces.” When thinking about the spaces that appeal to her Miss O’Rourke keeps it simple, “I like spaces that are warm, inviting and eclectic.” She presses on to point out that creating a living space that fulfills her needs is sometimes a matter of perception, “I don’t think it is a challenge as much as it is fun to find things that I enjoy being surrounded by, be it wall colors and textures or a sitting area that is inviting and comfortable. There is so much variety available today for every taste palate and price range that the challenge is to decide what you like the best.” Obviously heading up an iconic furniture store has some advantages and Melissa is aware that she is subject to some great influences when it comes to home design. “Getting to go to markets around the country I have the opportunity to see wonderful showplaces and see the trends as they unfold which is very enlightening. The largest influence though would definitely be my mother, Charlotte Korth. She was a very forward thinking merchant, she had beautiful taste, she was a designer that had the ability to grasp the look and feel that her clients wanted for their homes and helped them achieve it beautifully. Growing up I learned subtle things from her like how important lighting is to the ambience of a room. The few overhead light fixtures and chandeliers in our home all had dimmer switches. Mother was always rearranging furniture in our house growing up so I learned about making comfortable spaces both for family and for entertaining. My mother thought of design aspects well before they were the trend. For example, in our home she built in the 1950s she designed a cooking workspace in the kitchen that was counter height (now referred to as a kitchen island) she put stools around it so we could eat or just hang out in the kitchen. At Charlotte’s, when the store was on Raynolds Street, she displayed furniture in room settings so customers could visualize what it might look like in their home, including well

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chosen accessories which are key to completing the look of the room.

bed with scrumptious sheets and enjoy that peaceful setting reading

At that time, 50s and early 60s, furniture stores lined up dining tables,

my book. Having my family over, I have five grandchildren, is always

rows of sofas, and rows of chairs, they sold by product not by the

a treat for me and it is common for us to spend some time in almost

room and without the warmth of a home-like setting.”

each room of the house, from the kitchen and breakfast table to the living room and den. The children love riding “Horseback” throughout

With so much of her passion for design and home aesthetic tied to fond

the house on my son and I have many great secret places for “hide

recollections, O’Rourke continues to speak of her favorite moments

and go seek.” I love to cook and fortunately my kitchen has many

that she is able to find in her present home. “I love the coziness of

windows giving nice warm light. It is a lovely space to spend time

my bedroom, so every night I am very happy to get into my lovely

cooking and nothing is more than a step or two away.”

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With furniture and design a family tradition the impact of the business is apparent in her home décor and personal aesthetic. This is a fact that she takes pride in, but it doesn’t mean that O’Rourke keeps her house in flux according to the latest trends. “Good quality and design have always been a mainstay at Charlotte’s, it is what my parents based their business model on. So exposure to this level of quality and

“I would say to buy the best quality you can comfortably afford. By the way…don’t think quality means high prices.”

variety of design has always given me direction. I have the opportunity to buy furniture all the time for the business…so that might be why I don’t have the urge to be buying new furnishings for my home. I buy things I love so I am happy with my choices for years.” With years of professional experience and a home that houses the heart and warmth she seeks, Melissa O’Rourke has some simple advice for all El Pasoans seeking to create their own beautiful space, “I would say to buy the best quality you can comfortably afford. By the way…don’t think quality means high prices.”

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s the New Year begins to unfold and another

Caba.” The cellar is infamous, as it’s all my significant other talked

social season lies ahead, thinking of ways to

about as we drove up Cincinnati. Entering the Kern place home,

add interest to your home before the spring

my guest and I were greeted with traditional Latin kisses by a

and summer months of entertaining is a good

beautiful Cuban woman. “Bien venidos,” she says as she left

way to give your guests an enjoyable and

us toward the basement. The transformation of Italian ambiance

unforgettable stay. Unexpected additions to our

was instant as we held the beautifully detailed stair railing to enter

homes add twists and turns of curiosity and class, and perhaps

the wine cellar that can be described only as “breathtaking.”

even a touch of purpose. A new trend that is catching spaces by

“Who knew this was in El Paso?” I said as I saw a familiar proud

storm is the addition of none other than wine cellars. Think of a

Cuban smile. Instantly, the eye is drawn to the intricately hand-

cool space hidden in the alcoves of your home where you can

forged iron detailing that embellishes the room. The crème-de-

whisk your guests away to help you select crisp fruity whites, or

la-crème of the wines are encased in ceiling-to-floor, weathered

full-bodied reds. Imagine a small romantically lit room full of aged,

in true Tuscan fashion, hand-made wine racks. The wine cooler

oaken shelves and the decadent aroma of aging wine.

is transparent behind the heavy glass, and this air-conditioned wine cellar is safeguarded by the most beautifully detailed hand

For inspiration, consider Kern place off Mesa Street on the West

forged iron grape vine El Paso has ever seen. The owner tells

side. Kern place is the home of a one-of-a-kind wine cellar that

us that the wine is in a controlled stored atmosphere of 50-55

our homeowner, who chooses to remain anonymous, calls “La

degrees. This is because that is room temperature in Europe,

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thus the old-wine-must-be-room-temperature philosophy. The detail of the craftsmanship of the distressed wood throughout the space and the artistry of the iron places this in the category of best wine cellar in town, bar none. And of course, we can’t forget the hospitality - the best of wines, “jamon serrano” cut to our order, and exquisite cheese all served on a hand-made weathered-wood table aged to perfection. There are many different ways to add a room like this to your house. Ideas range from simply transforming a littleused closet to adding a whole new full size basement or guesthouse offshoot. Either way taking the leap and making an addition of this kind is sure to add enjoyment, multiplicity and value to your residence. Also, think of having a new place to actually dine with your guests as you indulge in decadent cheese and wine tastings. Or think of evenings spent in with your significant other; enjoying each other’s presence and the seclusion of your new exotic wine cellar. However you chose to build this into your home, a wine cellar is sure to give you the best of European flair and delicious nights in, sipping the best wine in your store. 54

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It’s been four months since Perez took over as proprietor and already she’s causing a buzz in the design community. Not only she is offering unique home décor and furnishings for commercial and residential projects but she’s also able to offer a complete array of design services to her growing clientele. Perez is well versed in a number of design software programs that enable her to transform her client’s desires from the spoken word to images on paper. She favors AutoCAD 3 ds max, V-Ray, Revit and Photoshop as the means by which she can show her clients various interpretations of their projects before any actual work gets under way. Perez notes that, “Being able to visualize their project from a number of vantage points is key to her client’s decision making process.” After such a short time since the opening of Dekora, Perez is pleased to already be working on several installations. One that has been particularly rewarding is a new streamlined condominium building, which will house eight sophisticated apartments. “My mission statement,” says Perez, “is to provide El Paso and the surrounding community with the art of transforming interiors.

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hat began as a backyard landscaping and remodeling

project in 2003 has twined into a notion of

entrepreneurship and artistic venture for an El Pasoan

couple. When Maredith Stockmeyer and her husband

Juan Stockmeyer purchased their home in the UTEP area, they began to focus on creating an outside bar/kitchen area in their new backyard. Then they extended it to placing an outdoor fireplace as well, then a smoker and arbors with a seating area. With no particular training or educational background and only their artistic aesthetics to their credit, the Stockmeyers turned their banal backyard into an oasis of beautiful designs and creations. Once the Stockmeyer’s friends began to attend cookouts and parties, they quickly took notice and began requesting their backyards be revamped as well. Maredith, having always wanted to own her own business, sought this out to be a chance to integrate both a passion for craft and create a local, thriving business that would help people obtain the same quality of décor for their outdoor living conditions. The love of nature and artisan crafting formed the groundwork for The Backyard Patio, the Stockmeyer’s own business.

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Maredith and Juan began working out of their own home to construct furniture and outdoor ensembles, mainly working with recycled metal and reclaimed wood found in junkyards. Their aesthetics combine the culture of El Paso with their own personal taste, crafting eclectic pieces of work, including candelabra’s, plant pot holders, easels and other hand crafted artwork to help bring an alluring element to any home. What’s most interesting about the Stockmeyer’s work is that most of their pieces are done from recycled and reworked material and most of their metal pieces aren’t painted but rather maintain their original color before being 62

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The Stockmeyer’s don’t stop their venture with metal work; they also make beautiful artisan glass pieces, jewelry, furniture, doors and ornaments. Walking into their backyard, you immediately get the feel that this is a local gem. Their work is not only impressive and visually appealing, but personalized to fit the feel of our city. A stellar metal handcrafted Virgen de Guadalupe is mantled on a wall, suiting both the local semblance and the artistic channeling of The Backyard Patio. It is surely a must for all El Pasoans. Visit their Facebook page for more information or check out www. thebackyardpatio.com. Also, visit The Backyard Patio at TI:ME starting April at the Montecillo Retail Center. Customized work is available by contacting the Stockmeyers at (915) 588-9310.

recycled. Sturdy and hand forged, The Backyard Patio offers authentic and interesting pieces to brighten up any home. The Backyard Patio is often found at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Farmers Market and Johnny Lolita’s Market in La Union, but the future looks bright for the local business. The Backyard Patio will reside at TI:ME, a thriving retail center at Montecillo come April. The locale will incorporate recycled metal shipping containers into their design, keeping with the Stockmeyer’s innovative idiom of recycled materials. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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BORDERLAND Spread throughout the magnificent city of El Paso, Texas are some extraordinary structures that continue to stand proudly with an incredible historic significance. Attached to many of them, are these eye-catching bell towers that in years past served a variety of purposes. From the Mission Trail to the downtown area, as well as in many other locations, their stories like songs can be heard echoing around the city, even though many of the bells themselves chime no longer.

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along (FM 258) Socorro Road; a nine mile- long stretch of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, which runs from Mexico City, through our breath-taking desert and all the way up to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Along the nine miles of which is

part of the once longest road in North America sits the Presidio Chapel, of San Elizario and the mission churches of Socorro and Ysleta. The church of San Elizario had been erected twice before, on or around its present day location. Originally built by Spaniards between 1727 and 1744, the church stood for at least 100 years before almost becoming a total loss in 1846 due to looting while the United States military occupied the area. Construction began on a second structure in 1853 and was utilized for 30 years or so before the third and current building was completed between 1877 and 1887.

The Socorro Mission or (Mission Nuestra Se単ora del Socorro) originally built near Fabens, was relocated to Socorro in 1683. In 1829 The Socorro Mission was destroyed by flood and was rebuilt in 1843, half a mile away from its previous location. This adobe church has cottonwood and cypress beams supporting its flush roof. The stepped parapet at the front of the building rises up into a single belfry with a cross above the parapet.

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After twice being destroyed by floods (the second time in 1829), the Ysleta Mission was rebuilt in 1851 where it

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the mission was destroyed, with the exception of a few remaining adobe walls. The collapsed bell tower and facade was rebuilt within a year with some alterations, including making the bell tower a bit more narrow and adding the recognizable silver dome. One of the original bells that survived the fire is displayed within the mission’s plaza. The Kress building and Union Passenger Station are among several structures in the downtown area with unique bell towers and heading farther east, on the all-girls campus of Loretto Academy, one might hear different versions of the same story that has left many wondering if its belfry is haunted. When the Kress building was first erected in 1937, the idea was to incorporate regional style architecture. The Southwest style is visible in the Native American influenced ironwork on the balcony, as well as in the decorative latticework similar to that of a Mayan temple. Many of the cultures significant to El Paso are represented in

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On the northeast side of the Union

illuminated during the evening at times. The campus opened on

Passenger Station (Union Depot)

September 5th, 1923 and was designed by Henry Trost’s brother

completed in 1906, stands a red

Gustavus. The bell tower is mainly made up of stuccoed brick, with

brick six-story high bell tower and

a red Spanish tile roof. Many El Pasoans are familiar with the ghost

spire built in a neo-classical style.

stories surrounding Loretto Academy, specifically its bell tower.

In 1940 several changes were

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made to the structure, including

Although there are many different versions, folklore has it

covering the brick with a cream-

that a nun either threw herself from the bell

colored stucco and replacing the

tower, or was locked away by the other

iron fence with adobe walls. The

nuns at the school until she died in the

canopy on the north side of the

belfry, in order to hide her pregnancy.

building, as well as the steeple

Some have claimed to see the nun’s

were both removed. Luckily, in

silhouette pacing back and forth atop

1982 the city began renovations,

the tower. The story of the nun is one

which included removing the

that has been told for longer than most

stucco to once again reveal

can remember.

the red brick and returning a reconstructed steeple to the

The historic significance of these bell

tower. Although not confirmed, many believe Pancho Villa used The

towers and many more around the

Depot’s historic bell tower as a lookout during Mexico’s revolutionary war.

city like them should not be forgotten. They tell the stories of our city’s past

Loretto Academy’s belfry surrounded with cream-colored pillars

and shall continue to do so, as El Paso

and archways like most in the region, no longer tolls. It is however

moves steadily into the future.

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e all want our homes and spaces to look like the

associated with the entirety of the plan (creating a design board also

pages of this magazine, but sometimes taking the

helps with this because it forces you to lay everything out BEFORE

first steps in the design/redesign process can be

lifting a finger or pulling out a paint brush in the design process). Once

overwhelming. With so many looks, colors, and

you know how much you are willing to spend to let a little light and

overall choices looming it’s no wonder why sometimes projects of

cheer into the room, your goal should be to use your design board

this caliber go unfinished. Well, never fear Spaces readers, The City

to collect colors that match preexisting furniture, flow with the

has a fool proof starting point for you to jump off into the wonderful

architecture, and ultimately coordinate an overall style that matches

world of decorating and redecorating any tough room. Our solution?

your personality.

Using the simple system of a design board. To do this, start by finding a source of inspiration. Whether it’s a painting, For those of you who are not familiar with how to create one of these,

a piece of furniture, an element (like wood, gold, silver, or iron), or a

a design board is exactly what is sounds like, a bulletin or cloth board

texture—it doesn’t matter, you just need something to get you off the

preferably two feet by two feet (or a bit bigger depending on the

diving board and into the pool of a specific style. If you are jumping

scale of your project) that you can use to collect ideas, compare color

onto the “rustic” bandwagon using a color like provincial white and

schemes, and position potential furniture, lighting, etc.—the sky is

hues of light pale wood is a great way to begin. If you want something

literally the limit! Essentially what you are trying to do by putting a

a little more trendy or modern, try starting with a chic chevron rug. No

somewhat “miniaturized” version of your project together is ensure

matter what your inspiration piece is, it will give great clues to you (and

that all the components you are trying to unite in the room actually go

your design expert, if you are choosing to incorporate one) about what

together. This is when collecting those little paint color samples from

you are naturally drawn to—after all your house should say something

Lowes and Home Depot come in handy—you can actually use these

about the person who lives in it, right?

great little snippets of color to compare looks and styles—but we are getting ahead of ourselves . . .

Now back to actually planning the design board. Once you have your inspiration piece, get a sample of it, or simply print a picture of it off

The first item to consider in creating a design board is defining

your computer and put it on the board. It is also time to take pictures of

your purpose (which also means a budget) for the given space. For

existing furniture (or perspective NEW furniture) you want to include;

example, let’s say you want to redecorate a living room that simply

this is easier than ever with the advent of camera phones and digital

is too dark and gloomy. Your first step would be setting aside a given

cameras. Collect those aforementioned paint color samples and begin

amount of money to get the job done. Many unfinished projects

playing with different ideas and colors. Remember, you want the room

simply don’t see completion because people jump into the chaos of

to look big and bright—if you have older furniture (like antiques and

a redesign without proper planning or without researching the costs

family heirlooms) incorporate a few new pieces that have clean lines;

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pring has sprung! The color report at Pantone is out and this

Freesia-colored cabinets will be sure to boldly accent the kitchen or

is the year to take color trends off the runway and incorporate

you can brighten up a whole room, such as a living room or dining area,

them into your home to add a pop of color to every room and

with bright freesia yellow walls balanced by black and white accents.

give it the look of the season. Another way to greet spring in color is with Pantone’s celosia orange— From bolds to neutrals Pantone’s color choices can all be incorporated

think of pumpkin puree and fall leaves when you think of this fiery

into your home—dazzling blue, radiant orchid, freesia, celosia orange,

counterpoint to Pantone’s pairs of blues. This color can be considered

cayenne, sand, paloma, hemlock, violet tulip and placid blue.

bold, but in no way aggressive, and grabs your attention in a way a

There’s no better color to greet spring than with Pantone’s color of the

construction zone does. As it is slightly muted, it can be very sophisticated

year radiant orchid. A mixture of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones,

when used as an accent here and there. Touches of celosia orange

radiant orchid catches the eye in bold statements throughout the

furniture, area rugs or pillows will give the room a spring feel.

home in furnishings and accessories. To add only a little bit of color and stay on the sweet side, cayenne A nice area rug in this color makes a statement as well as throw

is the color to go with. Cayenne is a soft muted color very similar to

pillows or blankets in a bedroom. Going bold and painting all four walls

that of grapefruit. Colors of cayenne vary between a peachy-orange

this color could work but designers suggest this color looks best as

and brown-orange. Whichever shade you go with, you can’t go wrong

an accent wall balanced with neutrals such as white, gray or tan—to

with cayenne accessories such as printed pillows or bedding, or a

keep it from clashing with other bold colors.

throw blanket balanced by sandy neutrals.

To match with other colors in the palette other than neutrals, it’s best

On Pantone’s softer side of choices for spring, sand is a color that

to go with colors adjacent to purple on the color wheel, such as red

can pretty much be matched with any other color. You can wrap your

and blue, giving you a colorful yet harmonious feel.

entire room from top to bottom with this safe neutral, which will immediately make the room look bigger and brighter. Sand will match

If radiant is too bold a color then violet tulip is a better choice as it’s a much

with any color you currently have in your home but mixes best with

softer shade of purple and is also one of Pantone’s colors for spring.

soft pink, blue, brown and gray.

The boldest color choice for 2014 is dazzling blue. Being such a

Also on the softer side of the color palette for 2014 is a softer shade

powerful color in itself it’s best to chose only one room to makeover.

of gray, paloma, which goes best with silver, sand and turquoise

Make the whole room pop with blue walls, offset by furniture in dark

giving your home a comfortable, elegant look and feel.

colors, with a mixture of cream colors. Unlike Pantone’s color of the year for 2013, emerald, this year’s green If painting an entire room is too bold a move, designers suggest

hemlock is lighter and subtle—making it easier to pair with other colors

starting with a smaller area such as a bathroom or going a few shades

and use as a base with trending celosia orange, pinks and purples.

lighter to Pantone’s other blue of choice: placid blue. Bold color statement walls balanced with soft colors, or big and bright Brighten up your kitchen or living room with saturated, bright yellow

neutrals with accents of spring throughout the home are both in

freesia. According to Pantone’s Spring 2014 Color Report, the tropical

season and Pantone’s color report for 2014 makes it easier to know

floral-inspired shade is “a blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate.”

which colors to incorporate into your home to stay in style.

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This spring, clean up your home’s entire look and replace it with the latest trends to hit 2014. The old Hollywood feel mixed with modern pieces will leave your home soft, sweet, with just the right amount of elegance and relaxed glamour.

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Here are some to die for trends that need to be tried out and a few that need to disappear.

1. Chinoiserie Wallpaper What better way to welcome spring then to bring in an uber cute floral inspired look. Chinoiserie inspired wallpaper will bring enough glamour into your home that you may never want to leave, and we

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wouldn’t blame you!

2. Mirror, Mirror Mirrored furniture is said to be the

3. Statement ceilings It’s important to have a key piece in every room and if you really want

red lipstick of interior design. It’s

to make a statement in your home with just the right amount of wow

classic old Hollywood feel is sure to

factor, statement ceilings are the way to go. We tend to overlook

leave a statement and a glamorous

ceilings and not even consider them when decorating a house, but

one at that. Mirrored furniture not

a statement ceiling can make all the difference. To really open up a

only looks fabulous but serves

room try the silver ceiling as featured; this ceiling’s elegance has a

practical

The

certain relaxed glamour and the silver will reflect light making even

reflection bounces off wallpaper and

the darkest room appear brighter. If you aren’t as into the silver then

rugs picking up color that can really

try gold for pure luxury.

purpose

as

well.

lighten up a room and can also make a small room appear bigger.

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4. Parisian inspired Bring the stunning elegance and beauty of Paris into your home with a Parisian inspired interior. French-inspired furniture invokes a

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1. Animal Prints

Animal print has always represented

a type of luxury and from the

beginning of time this print has been spotted in all the right places. However, with so many knockoff prints featuring zebra tablecloths to leopard curtains, I want to take my bleach pen and blot these spots right out. Put the animal print to rest, there are many other ways to

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make a statement.

2. Too Mod The millennial age loves to show off how technologically advanced we have become and with that, many have leaned towards the modern look when it comes to home design. Unfortunately too modern tends to look sterile and cold; liven up your modern taste and add some antique pieces to make your home feel like

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a home instead of an art exhibit.

3. Tuscany This Mediterranean inspired theme is beautiful don’t get me wrong, but like one of your favorite songs that you’ve outplayed, so is this look. It’s time to move onto different themes

and

look

to

different

sources for inspiration.

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Paper Products

Wallpaper isn’t just for walls

anymore... | By: ROBIN NILAND |

f the word “wallpaper” conjures up images in your head of peeling pastel floral tapestry competing for attention in a room crowded with dated furniture, prepare yourself for a pleasant surprise. Wallpaper is making a resurgence, but not just on walls. New techniques in laser imaging are making it possible to bring striking details and bold colors to life on paper. “Bright colors and fun patterns are a great way to add character to any home,” says Mariel Galbiati, owner of Fig Home in El Paso’s Kern Place. She cautions that trends change often, so finding less permanent ways to incorporate an of-the-moment style in your home makes good design sense. So, for those not ready to commit to an entire crimson red fleur-de-lis wall in your living room, wallpaper can be used in many other creative ways. Once you have found a wallpaper pattern that you love, try using it to bring new life to an old piece of furniture. A small bookshelf is a great place to start because it should be narrow enough that it will not require careful pattern matching since there won’t be any seams. Choose a vinyl coated wallpaper if the shelf will get a lot of use; self adhesive wallpapers are much easier to apply--and subsequently remove when you tire of it--than those

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requiring glue. Most wallpaper can be applied directly to finished or painted furniture, but you may have to do a little sanding depending on the product you are using. Apply the wallpaper to only the back of the shelf by first measuring and then cutting a piece that is just a 1/2 inch or so larger all the way around. Once you have positioned the paper and adhered it to the furniture, trim it using a craft knife. Another way to use wallpaper without actually applying it to your walls is with statement panels or frames. Try a grouping of 3-8 smaller coordinating picture frames to create a focal point in your room. Using a single roll of wallpaper, mount pieces onto thick cardboard that has been cut to the size of each frame. Insert the covered cardboard into each frame, remove the glass, and hang closely together in a gallery style for an artistic effect. If you are working with a larger space, have three pieces of plywood cut to the same size, anywhere from 2’ x 3’ to 3’ x 7’. You will need to sand the edges to ensure that you do not rip your wallpaper when you apply it. Cover one side of the board, wrapping the sides for total coverage. Purchase several picture hanging kits and install one on the back of each board to hang on the wall. For those with artistic abilities beyond cutting straight lines, wallpaper can be cut into endless designs and used as decals almost anywhere. A large chalkboard with flowers, animals, or names cut out of bright wallpaper would make an inviting entry in a mudroom or child’s playroom. If you have a particular wallpaper in mind that doesn’t fit in with your decor, consider a portable catchall box. This is as easy as wrapping a gift and can be used to store magazines, mementos, or even just keys and change. Most craft stores sell simple, stylish boxes that would work well for this project, but even a plain ‘ol cardboard box can be made into something special in under an hour. Covering the inside and outside of a box will require some very sharp scissors and a straight edge for a finished product you will want to show off. Matching the pattern is less important on the inside of the box where objects will obscure the seams, so start with the outside so you have an uninterrupted facade. Removing wallpaper from an entire wall when styles change can be messy and very time consuming. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with the new colors, patterns, and textures available on modern wallpaper, just do it in a less permanent way. Check out local design stores that carry wallpaper such as Charlotte’s, Fabrics West Interiors, and Sherwin Williams and you might be inspired to get crafty!

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TREND ALERT

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op Art was a movement of modernist art that first struck the UK in the mid 50s and the US a few years later. The style represents sentiments

of rebellion against the idea of “fine art” by incorporating images and icons of pop culture (items that were previously not regarded as worthy of art) into intricate paintings or sculpture. This style took the world by storm and changed the attitude and longitude of art itself forever. Well folks, Pop Art is back. We’ve all seen the famous scenes. Andy Warhol’s renowned Marilyn Diptych silkscreen painting depicting the repeated image of Marilyn Monroe’s face or his other well-known work, Campbell’s Soup Cans completed in the same medium.

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The craze has come in and out with passing appreciation and here it is yet again—but with a modern twist. The great aspect about today’s morphing Pop Art genre is that bold and sometimes alienating colors are no longer what defines it. Today Pop Artists have branched out to bring out the best of their founders work. Many scenes can be found with only one pop of color, or simple muted tones. Black and white has even emerged in some works, with a few allowing simple features like muted red lips to pop off the canvas. The effect is subtle but nonetheless jaw dropping. Pieces like these are great for almost any living situation, from bachelor pads to family residences. This is true because the subject matter for these works of art is just as varied, as they are virtually limitless. The scenes can be as simple and understated as an object like a phone, coke can or bright red lips to pin up girls, super heroes (a great way to add flair to a little boy’s room by still maintaining a level of class) to more serious depictions like a tear-filled human face filled with emotion. Having a piece like this simply adds a classic piece of modernism that will add spice to any room in your home. If you are interested in attaining a work for

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your home that is even more personal, forego the expensive galleries and commission your own portrait to be made. Image yourself as your very own Marilyn. For added drama you could even have the colors go wild—or

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done in the more modern style with black and white or muted earth tones. Or if you

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are a bit more conservative but still want a member of the family immortalized, opt for a picture of your pet. Pet Pop Art has become exceedingly popular with many online artists (on websites like etsy.com) offering services for you to send in a picture of your pet to be painted or printed on any size canvas. The choice is yours but adding a piece like this to your home art collection will add a personal

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arty McFly could only dream of some of the

computer, laptop or cell phone. Most of these small recorders are

technological advancements we see today. We went

indoor/outdoor, so you can monitor the outside of your home from

through the creation and evolution of the internet, the

vandals and crooks, and indoor for monitoring your kids’ safety, for

PC became a household item, the cellular phone has

example the infamous “nanny” cams that come in disguisable forms

morphed into nearly every human’s appendage, and

and shapes. Sit in your office, and check in on your newborn with the

now our households are becoming one-day closer to The Jetsons’.

click of an app on your phone or by logging on to a website on your

Most people think that “homes of the future” are not easily attainable

laptop/computer. What better piece of mind.

today, or that it will cost you an arm and a leg to hire a company to do it all for you. The truth is that there are a lot of products out there that

Sensors

are cost-effective and easy to install yourself, with little wiring or setup.

Sensors are now as common of a household object as ever. Individual

Here is a quick guide to some family-friendly gadgets and gizmos that

sensors can be easily mounted and concealed. Wireless functionality

will transform your home from today’s living into the wave of the future.

is easy to find in most of the sensors out there. Sensors can be used to detect motion, leaks, water levels, or even dusk/dawn for lighting.

Cameras and Surveillance

Sensors of today come with websites and computer programs that

Dummy cameras have been around and prove to be an effective

allow you to select to receive email or text message notifications while

way of “dummy” security, as they minimize but don’t always deter

you’re away. That way you can know when a sensor is triggered, even

criminal activity. Well, new wave wireless cameras are not that

when you are not home. Look for a package deal; products exist that

expensive anymore. Individually ranging from $50-$150, many brands

are multi-purpose, for example, a motion sensor outdoor light and

exist. These small gadgets allow you to monitor your home from

camera, all in one! These are not as expensive as you might think,

virtually anywhere, most equipped with night vision, motion sensors,

starting as low as $120.

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Solar/Energy Saving Solar panels are the first thing people think of when they hear the word “solar.” The technologies of these panels are being incorporated into a lot of other products, Most of the products with solar capabilities are of course, outdoor products. From pool accessories, gardening products, to lighting, cameras and more. The most common product out there has to be those simple and inexpensive path lights that are solar powered, but the realm of solar powered products has expanded. Pool purifiers, self-cleaners, or even heaters are now being made solar powered to save energy. Affordable solar lighting accessories for your patio or backyard are now as common as battery or electric. Table lamps, string lights and other lighting products are being created to serve all of your night-time outdoor needs. Energy saving products are more readily available to consumers to lower your energy usage indoors too. Automated products are being created to shut off power usage when not needed. Appliances, fans, heaters, and chargers all take up energy even when simply plugged in but not in use. An easy solution are “Conserve Socket” products, which usually come with time intervals or smart technology that detect when an appliance is not needing power and shuts off, not using any power itself. These solutions are intended to reduce energy waste and save you money in the long run.

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Climate Control Thermostats are now being created with smart capabilities that are meant to save you money in the long run. They start at about $200, but are said to make up its value in your utility expenses. Besides being cool looking, with touch screen features, the convenience factor of being able to control the thermostat by voice command or from a remote location using

your

smartphone,

is

really

what

makes investing in this so appealing. Smart thermostats are created to learn your heating and cooling preferences and deliver just the right temperature right when you want it. The great thing about having it connected through your smart phone is that it will notify you when a filter needs replacing, or extreme temperature issues arise. Being able to save unnecessary energy is a plus since these smart thermostats are easy to turn off from work if you forgot to do so, or are programmable to turn on at certain times of the day. The idea of a “Smart Home” is now a consumerfriendly trend that will only continue to grow in popularity and ease, thanks to the growth of smart phones and tablets. These computers we carry in our pockets or bags with us, along with the ability to use the internet virtually anywhere, allow us to use the inter-web system of our daily lives to control our home from anywhere. Wireless capabilities of today help to simplify our lives, and allow us to think “yes I can do it myself!” If you think you forgot to turn on your security system, or turn off that kitchen appliance you left on this morning, or just want to make sure your kids are doing their homework like they are supposed to be, the answer is now at our fingertips, literally. Companies are now producing affordable consumer-friendly products to ease our worries and help our futuristic lives of today be a little easier to live. Smart homes aren’t for everyone, and you can make the choice to start your journey by making small changes to your home and get it to where it can one day be. Take the steps you are comfortable with, and grow it from there. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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The Energy of Spaces | By: A-1 KITCHENS |

Beautiful spaces radiate inspirational energy. They evoke subconscious associations that bring meaning and inspire a lifestyle. This inspirational energy is what distinguishes stylish homes from those atmospheres not conducive to human tranquility. To capture that energy in your kitchen you should consider the size and shape of the room, door and window location, where the kitchen is located in relation to other rooms, and the size of the family. These spatial distributions are more than architectural considerations; they define the use and meaning of your space.

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We Build Dream Kitchens Spatial distributions get their meaning from our relationships with people according to Professor of Communication, Elliot Gaines, Ph.D. In a recent article published by the Journal of Creative Communications Dr. Gaines explains that a “spatial distribution will begin to define the meaning of the space in a room according to the potential uses of the objects and their relationships with people.” Thus, highlighting space planning as an important consideration. The kitchen is a good example of how good planning brings meaning into a space. Kitchens are a place for coming together.

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The way these are laid out has a profound impact on how we interact with our family. This is why today’s kitchen areas are open to other parts of the house—so that the cook can keep in touch with members of the family as he or she works. Good space planning that allows for human interactions, like in the case of kitchen areas that are open to other parts of the house, enhances the use and meaning of that space. Kitchens forge a sense of identity and hold a special value for one’s family therefore the design must be equally inspirational and functional.

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Chi is a subtle charge of electromagnetic energy that connects

your energy to the energy of the space around you. This energy runs through everything, carrying information from one thing to another. The chi of your body basically carries your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. As you release old chi it allows for new energy chi. If you have ever seen or had a photo taken of your Aura with Kirlian photography this is an

example of how to visualize chi.

Chi in the home can be very strong, especially around doors and windows. For example, if there are many straight doors in a row in your home, it allows for a fast moving chi, and can make it difficult to relax in the home. If you are able to see from the front door to the back door in a straight flow, it is considered a “money in-money out� aspect, which could cause your finances to come straight in and out of your home. A way to slow this money flow would be by placing a large plant between the two doors in order to slow the energy down. The larger the windows are in the home, the livelier the space will be. If the windows face the sun, it brings in a fiery, vibrant chi. Windows that are left bare allow more chi to enter, as putting heavy curtains or shades will block the chi. Skylights also allow for vital chi to come into our homes. They create a strong exposure for spiritual and mental chi to come in from the cosmos, in turn helping you to feel more intellectual and spiritual. If you have the choice of more than one entrance to your home, consider using the one that allows vibrant chi into your home. Many of us have garages and enter through the garage door, but often this is a darker or crowded space, which does not allow for uplifting chi. It is also considered vital for the breadwinner of the home to enter through the front door at all times to feed the chi and maintain financial security for the residence. Make sure to not block the path to the front door as well for good flow of chi.

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Nursery Trends | By: SHANNON QUARTERMANE |

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For many expecting couples creating their baby’s nursery is an exciting bonding experience. A new life brings a new start and what better way to start such an amazing journey than with a nursery that reflects the new parent’s personal style and ideas. The new nursery will become a sanctuary that parents will spend a great deal of time in when their baby is born. This makes the feel of the nursery extremely important. Putting love into this room will make those three a.m. sessions feel comforting not only for baby, but for the new parent as well. Whether the new parents-to-be personal style is industrial, classic, or modern, 2014 has many exciting nursery trends that are sure to please. The biggest color trend for nurseries this year is, interestingly enough, navy blue. It is popping up everywhere from walls to accent pieces to necessities like diaper pails and blankets. Navy blue is a great neutral color that looks amazing with contrasting accent pieces and borders. Gone are the days where yellow is the only option for couples waiting until birth to find out their babies gender. Navy blue can be used for gender-neutral nurseries and makes adding accent pieces a cinch once the baby is born. Purple has replaced the most traditional pink that comes with the anticipation of a baby girl. Everything from soft lavenders to deep dark purples helps to create quite the lavish nursery environment. Black has taken precedence over white this year. Black sectioning of once white walls with contrasting accessories can look industrial and modern. Black chalkboards that actually can be used to further create masterpieces are equally popular. Accessories play a huge role in the décor of the nursery this year. No more boring wallpaper and picture frames. We are talking everything from statement cribs, to decals, oversized lettering and canvas art. More mature elements for nurseries are taking over the classic children character-themed ones of the past. This helps to ensure that the room can actually grow with the child and suit his or her needs accordingly. Parents are choosing abstract art instead of nursery rhymes or blocks. Chevron print remains a big hit and continues at the top of the design list. Stars are making a comeback but in a very subtle and delicate, almost angelic way. Silver stars can be seen splashed on walls or intricately hung from the ceiling of the nursery. Lighting can be something as extravagant as a chandelier or very basic, simple and modern. Elegant and sophisticated furnishings are now common in the nursery. Cribs come in a variety of colors and can be very sleek and polished for a modern look or embellished with molding and tufting for old-world charm. With the recent birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first son Prince George, there www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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has been an interest in royal-themed nurseries. Carriage cribs and silk

a cabin-themed nursery, the fox remains in the lead. Arrows as wall

bedding, along with canopies and tulle complete this regal look.

dĂŠcor are also popping up as quickly as the fox. Arrows symbolize hunting, and seem fitting when used in a woodland-themed nursery.

Another new and exciting theme to come along in 2014 is the cabin theme. Wood wallpaper and faux taxidermy becomes playful when

With so many choices and new trends for nurseries this year, parents-

used in the nursery. Industrial natural textures including fur, metal,

to-be have a lot to be excited about. Whether choosing navy blue or

and brick help complete this modern-vintage feel. The fox is the

black, chevron or stars, the nursery will be a reflection of their very

animal of choice this year used to accent the nursery. It has replaced

own creation and personal style. A safe haven and a sanctuary, it will

the owl that we could not seem to get enough of last year. While any

become that one special place reserved just for creating memories

animal, including a faux ceramic moose head, would fit just perfect in

and that special bond between parent and child.

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The demand for corporate housing in El Paso is strong, experts in the field say, and it’s only increased due to the city’s recent growth.

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he corporate living industry, which provides furnished housing

with his wife Carolyn after seeing a lack of accommodations for

for tenants for 30 days or longer, took off 20 years ago in El

executives staying in town. “We started buying condos that we liked

Paso, Jessie Kelly, director of client services at IDA Corporate

best, we furbished them to the quality that we knew our executives

Living, says, and has only become more significant.

would like them and then furnished them as permanent corporate (condos),” he says.

A variety of customers look for furnished apartments, houses or condos, he says. Many are government employees, medical

Bob and Carolyn Niland, lifelong El Pasoans and former corporate

personnel or corporate executives who are looking to stay in the city

executives, pride themselves in providing properties with unique

for a certain amount of time, be it for business or otherwise.

designs and high-end furnishings. Camelot Corporate Condos are located on the West Side and Central El Paso.

“When you think about the new construction for the Border Highway, what’s happened with the Medical Center (of the Americas) in terms

Camelot Corporate Condos are in gated areas and offer panoramic

of their construction, and the fact that there are over 40 government

views. Prices range between $2,000-$3,000 a month all included, Bob

agencies in El Paso, combined with Ft. Bliss and there’s a steady

Niland says. “You can basically walk in with your clothes and you have

demand,” he says.

everything.”

At IDA Corporate Living, they specialize in providing customized

He says that although corporate living is a transitional type of solution,

packages for guests.

it gives guests an at-home living experience that’s more comfortable and less expensive than a hotel.

That’s what guests want, Kelly says, and that was their intention going into the market. “They won’t get a cookie-cutter approach,

“El Paso is kind of a difficult town for folks to land in and find their

and the level of amenities that we provide are upgraded and those

bearings as far as where to live, where to shop, what schools and

upgrades are standard.”

what part of town, and that’s really why we started doing what we do so that we give new El Pasoans a very good, positive orientation

They offer fully furnished properties across the city. “You’re getting

towards El Paso when they first arrive here,” he says.

a very spacious apartment, fully furnished with everything that you need from utilities, cable, Wi-Fi, but you also get the amenities and

More information on IDA Corporate Living can be found at

luxuries,” Kelly says. “You have the pool, the fitness centers, the

idacorporateliving.com and information on Camelot Corporate

business centers, you get all the convenience of being in a home

Condominiums can be found at elpasocorporateapartments.com.

more than a hotel. So you’re not feeling cramped up.” Kelly says that they pride themselves on customer service and providing a quality package, but also in making guests feel a part of the city. “We want to ensure that our customer is integrated into the community of El Paso,” he says. “We highlight activities that are going on and provide the materials so that they feel a part of the community and know what’s going on.” Bob Niland, owner of Camelot Corporate Condominiums, says he started the company

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What could possible be better than the simplicity of delicious pecans? To celebrate April as National Pecan Month we have found a few fun ways to mix this easy ingredient into unexpected places in your everyday diet. Which is great because pecans have more than 19 vitamins including, folic acid, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B, and more. They can also help to lower cholesterol and are high in healthy unsaturated fat, which is beneficial for those trying to get in shape before the onslaught of summer and swimsuit season. Pecan-Banana Smoothie With warmer weather approaching, smoothies are a great snack to help us all cool down in the hustle and bustle of life. Try this tasty twist on a regular banana smoothie for a little nutrition and a lot of enjoyment. Ingredients:

Directions:

2 large bananas, frozen and sliced

1. Before beginning, you will need to freeze your bananas

1/2 Cup pecans, finely chopped

(preferably the night before you want to make your smoothie).

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and finely chop the nuts. Once

and toasted

1 1/2 Cups low-fat vanilla yogurt

chopped, place them on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven

1 1/2 Tbsp honey

for 5 mins.

1/2 Cup milk

3. When you are ready to make the smoothie place pecans,

1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon

milk, honey, yogurt, cinnamon, bananas, and ice in a blender

1 Cup ice

and process until the liquid is at your desired consistency. 4. Pour into glass and serve.

Pickled Pecan Jalapeños

Pecan Honey Butter

Put a spin on your regular appetizers with this savory and spicy concoction. This piece

We all love honey butter—but

is sure to wow your guests, and its simplicity will help you get the main entrée to the

why not add another element

table just at the right moment.

with delectable pecans? This recipe is great because it can be

Ingredients:

Directions:

Chopped pecans, toasted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay chopped

Whole pickled jalapeño peppers

pecans out on cookie sheet and bake for 5 mins.

Ingredients:

Spreadable garlic-and-herb

2. While pecans are roasting, cut pickled peppers

1/2 Cup pecans, finely

in halves, removing the membrane and seeds.

Spread softened cheese into the halves of

1/2 Cup butter, softened

each pepper.

2 Tbsp honey

cheese, softened

stored for continued enjoyment.

chopped and toasted

3. When Pecans are done place them on top of the cheese inside the peppers.

Directions:

4. Cover and chill inside refrigerator for no more

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay chopped

than 1 day, then serve.

pecans out on cookie sheet and bake for 5 mins. 2. Once pecans have cooled completely, stir together pecans, butter and honey in mixing bowl. Note: This recipe will stay good stored in refrigerator up to one week, or frozen in freezer up to one month.

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Financial Cliffhangers: What’s Ahead in 2014? | By: TRAVIS HUGHES, FINANCIAL ADVISOR |

Ever since the CBS television series Dallas left Americans wondering who shot J.R. during the show’s lengthy hiatus, cliffhangers have become a part of the American experience. As 2013 ended and 2014 began, investors, analysts, and media pundits were speculating and debating about the potential outcomes of a number of financial and economic issues, many of which are related to changing U.S. monetary policy. The Fed Tapers

According

Battling the effects of financial crisis and global economic downturn, the U.S. Federal Reserve

Laureate Robert Shiller of Yale University has

(Fed), pursued some unconventional monetary policies during the past few years. It engaged

described a bubble as ‘a psycho-economic

in several rounds of quantitative easing (QE) in an effort to keep short-term interest rates low,

phenomenon... It is marked by excessive

increase the money supply, and promote economic growth. The most recent round of QE

enthusiasm, participation of the news media,

has the Fed purchasing about $85 billion of U.S. Treasuries and government-backed agency

and feelings of regret among people who

securities every month.

weren’t in the bubble.’” In December, Shiller

to

The

Economist,

“Nobel

was not yet ready to declare a bubble in In December 2013, outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke announced the Fed would begin

U.S. stock markets partly because irrational

to scale back its bond-buying program by spending $10 billion less on bond purchases each

exuberance had yet to make an appearance.

month beginning in January 2014. The effects of the taper are uncertain, but experts are keeping an eye on interest rates, stock market bubbles, inflation, and other issues:

Interest Rates: How Much Higher? Stock markets responded negatively to the

may also benefit people who depend on investments to provide them with income.

mid-2013 announcements that QE would be scaled back in the future, but they hardly

U.S. Stock Markets: Bull or Bubble?

blinked at the news that tapering would

During 2013, stock markets in the United

begin in January. Despite investors’ sanguine

States and Europe generally delivered very

response, tapering is likely to affect markets,

attractive returns. Many believe the bonanza

especially

to

in equity markets was the result of monetary

The Wall Street Journal, interest rates are

policy which kept interest rates artificially low

expected to rise which could affect student

and encouraged investors to take more risk

loans and mortgage rates. Higher rates

than they might have otherwise.

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bond

markets.

According

The U.S. Economy: Is Recovery Sustainable? The economy of the United States appears to be doing better than many people expected. Bloomberg asked 72 economists to estimate the rate of growth for U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – a measure of the value of all goods and services produced in the United States – during the third quarter of 2013. Their forecasts ranged from 3.3 to 3.8 percent. In late December, the U.S. Commerce Department announced GDP grew at a revised 4.1 percent annualized rate from the

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second quarter to third quarter of 2013. That

in developed nations has pushed demand

was the strongest improvement since the

for exports higher. That should benefit

end of 2011. The news led the International

emerging countries where many goods are

Monetary Fund to strengthen its forecast for

manufactured. For investors, it’s important to

U.S. economic growth during 2014. It remains

select countries and investments carefully.

unclear whether the pace of recovery will be

A backgrounder penned by the Council

sustained once tapering begins.

on Foreign Relations pointed out, “Once-

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booming countries like Indonesia, South

Inflation: Heading North?

Africa, Brazil, India, and Turkey in mid-2013

While a return to ‘normal’ monetary policy

were dubbed the “Fragile Five” due to the

in the Unites States is welcome, it is not

mounting pressure on their currencies,

without hazards. According to an expert

raising concerns a potential crisis in emerging

quoted in Barron’s in late December, “the

markets could undermine a global economic

Fed’s favorite inflation gauge, the PCE

recovery.”

[personal consumption expenditure] deflator, remains stuck near 1 percent, and the GDP

Economies and financial markets around the

price index rose at an annual rate of 2 percent

globe are in transition and the changes that

during the third quarter suggesting inflation

occur are likely to influence investment ideas,

might be running higher than policy makers

making some less attractive and others more

expect.” If inflation bounces higher, the Fed

attractive. During periods of uncertainty, it’s

may begin tightening monetary policy faster

important for investors to focus on achieving

and sooner than expected.

their long-term financial goals. If you have

Emerging Markets: Opportunity or Bust?

questions or concerns about asset allocation

TRAVIS HUGHES

choices or investment opportunities, talk with

CFP, CHFC, CLU, AEP,

a knowledgeable financial representative.

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They say a rising tide floats all boats. Although it has been fairly tepid, economic recovery

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Quantitative Easing (QE) is a government monetary policy occasionally used to increase the money supply by buying government securities or other securities from the market. Quantitative easing increases the money supply by flooding financial institutions with capital in an effort to promote increased lending and liquidity. Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) is a measure of price changes in consumer goods and services, targeted towards goods and services consumed by individuals. PCE is released monthly by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

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