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1. The Culture Code By Daniel Coyle

If you have your own business and want to start a group or just develop some key skills when it comes to collaborating with people, this book will become essential. Daniel Coyle breaks down the tools needed to build a cohesive, motivated culture providing examples from the San Antonio Spurs, the U.S Navy’s SEAL Team Six and more.

2. Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face By Lauren Toyota

YouTube sensation, Lauren Toyota, shares over 100 vegan recipes in her debut cookbook. These recipes are savory, sweet, tangy and even deepfried. It is a bold collection with creative ways to make comfort food into a vegan-friendly meal. Even if you’re not vegan, it’s a fun way to challenge yourself in the kitchen.

5. Cheers to the Publican By Paul Kahan, Cosmo Goss, Rachel Holtzman

For those interested in more traditional cooking, Chicago’s hottest chef, Paul Kahan, has delivered just that with his new cookbook. Based on recipes from his highly acclaimed restaurant in Chicago, The Publican, Paul’s cooking culture is very rich and detailed in this book. Think delicious pork, lots of seafood and beer-friendly cooking.

4. MUNCHIES By JJ Goode, Helen Hollyman

This is a recipe book of late-night meals from the world’s best chefs. MUNCHIES’ editors give us a collection from this unique food culture with satisfying meals that will soak up your booze after a night of debauchery. The book contains recipes and insight from chefs such as David Chang, Anthony Bourdain, Enrique Olvera and much more.

3. The Shape of Water By Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus

The Academy Award’s Best Picture of the Year is a must-read if you haven’t already read it. Lounge on your couch and be prepared to let hours go by as you dive into this heartbreaking love story. You know what they say, the book is usually better than the movie. Find out for yourself as you let the words and images seep into your mind.

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find it important to showcase homes that could be in your own neighborhood. We are

no longer okay with the phrase, “That can’t be from El Paso.” They very much are, and they very much represent what kind of design and talent is right here in the city.

There is a poetic juxtaposition between the old and new in the houses featured in this issue. El Paso has been known for formidable architecture and it is displayed within these pages with great vitality. The older homes still stand tall, a force against the El Paso sky and a reminder to the present that the past is still relevant. The new homes, with their nod to European design, are adding to the city a certain mood of inspiration. Each featured home is different in design and décor; they are an inspiring collection of what you could be doing to your own home. With community gardens and being knowledgeable about the food we consume becoming more common, we share with you an article about starting your own garden. Though the task sounds overwhelming, we have broken it down and answered the main questions you might have when starting your own garden. All in all, it will be a fun experience—and very satisfying. If you’re already an avid cooker, we challenge you to implement edible flowers to your plate. There are different ways to include flowers into your diet and we’ve got a couple of ideas for you. New trends are hitting the ground for spring. Check out the new color for your kitchen (hint: it’s bright). Wallpaper has made a huge comeback. From faux finishes to bright floral backdrops, to 56-inch large repeats, the life of wallpaper has changed immensely since your grandparents last applied it. See what’s new and be inspired to tackle that wall in your living room. Go ahead and flip through to see what new home project you can start. If you try something out, be sure to share it and tag us on social media so that we can find it.

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| By: JANENE ROJAS photography by: JONATHAN WEINGERS styled by: LADONNA APODACA | urrowed amongst an array of grand oak trees is a hidden oasis at 824 Cherry Hill. As you walk up the steps of the brick entranceway, lush landscaping and natural materials like wood, metals and stone offer a cozy welcoming into the

mature yet airy ambience of this home that rests on

the Coronado Country Club golf course.

You’re immediately invited into the dazzling foyer filled with vertical stained glass accents, splashes of color, metal and collected art. Moving through the foyer, down railed steps and into the capacious formal living area, laughter from celebrations of the past can nearly be heard as the piano by the window sits patiently awaiting her next performance. The formal living room is separated from the large backyard patio by an expansive hallway, but views of the mountains in the near distance are not lost. Nature breathes life into each room through generously sized windows artistically placed throughout the formal living, dining, wet bar, long hallway and kitchen areas. Wandering through the grand hallway and through three wide open doors you will find the patio; a delightful haven shaded by five tall oaks. Specially designed wooden beams take a slight sunrise shape over the pool and blur the distinction between home and upscale cabin. A trickling stone jacuzzi and pool lies between the “U” shaped layout of the home. Tall trees shade the grilling area, where friends and family are able to enjoy the serenity 19


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of nature in cozy seating areas by the outdoor fireplace. For more

Two simple bedrooms lie to the left of the home while the master

privacy, a smaller area to the side of the home offers guests a place

bedroom is to the right of the home.

to sit and talk away from the festive main space. Walk directly down the back patio past a swirling vine metal gate and you have made it

Senior interior stylist and location scout extraordinaire, Ladonna

to the golf course.

Apodaca, believes that the unique taste and precise choosing of each piece in the home is charming and welcoming. “We were struck by

Inside and along the shelves are skillfully placed collected treasures

the fact that what is here is clearly what the homeowners adore.

and sculptures, while fine art from the family’s own private collection

There is no hint of cookie cutter design. It is tasteful and elegant,

adorn the walls. Artistic influence lends to the eclectic style of the

with varying mementos from their travels and cozy making layers of

home combining classic design with art pieces.

texture and pattern that are clearly the homeowner’s hallmark.”

In the office, an oversized glittering globe can be found along with

The magic of the house lies within nature in a literal way. An artistic,

a ceiling fan formed by four large, blue, leaf-shaped blades. In the

eclectic classic design with an unforgettable view above mountains,

kitchen, exotically crafted tiles cover the wall over the stove. A private

trees and plant life is an organic combination of nature, the human

wine storage can be found in the closet near the large laundry room.

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estled near some of El Paso’s trendiest spots, this larger than life home provides

easy access to the Alamo Drafthouse and the Shops at Montecillo, while also

showcasing a scenic view for any homeowner to enjoy. This unreal home fits the

largest of families and is perfect for any El Pasoan looking to make a statement.

The exterior of the home screams Hollywood royalty and the two palm trees landscaped in front add to that effect. Real estate agent, Alexander Cordova proclaims, “The home doesn’t spare any amenities nor quality.” This is proven traveling inside the mansion built in 2011. Enter this six-bedroom and six and a half-bathroom home and be welcomed with the grandest of entrances. A dazzling chandelier hangs dead center between the home’s double staircase— something reminiscent to the Kardashian’s Calabasas home. Its deep colored steps add contrast to the white banisters and the cream-colored entryway walls. This sight is the first of many jaw drops you’ll discover while roaming through the home. Inspired by modern traditional designs and style, the home uses dark chocolate molding, floor and other accents. It’s first introduced by the paneling in the home office and library. The use of classic furnishings also adds to that style of elegance. The dining room across the hall has plenty of space to bring in family and friends during special gatherings or holidays. More dark cabinetry faces the traditional dining table that is paired with

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This home also inhabits three living spaces, two of which are divided by a glowing 500-gallon salt water aquarium says Alex. Adjacent to one is the kitchen. A large island centers the room. White carved cabinetry hangs off the walls complete with marble backsplash and counters. A double oven, a commercial style refrigerator and freezer and stainless steel appliances tie the kitchen together. “This home has everything you could possibly dream of.” It features surround sound throughout the entire home, emits energy-efficient lighting, is smart home equipped, comprises three fireplaces, a green room, salon, four-car garage, laundry room and an elevator for easier access. The bedrooms are spacious and each feature marble vanities. The master bedroom is sure to attract anyone who walks in. “This mansion [room] is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, true elegance is expressed with extreme attention to detail all throughout.” Detail is right. The room is also finished with dark floors, royal-esque furniture fit for a king and queen, with a retractable TV and an astounding www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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If you’re looking to have some fun, get some relaxation or add some gains, this home offers an array of options. Your first choice is the home bar and poker table. Complete with its own sink, wine fridge and counter, serve up some drinks on a Friday night and set your wages. If you’re not up for a game, enjoy your favorite flicks and take a seat in any of the four leather lounge chairs that are equipped in the home theatre. You’ll have a full cinematic experience as the scent of freshly popped popcorn fills the red room. As anyone in El Paso knows, summers in the Sun City are no joke. Slide into some cool water and take a swim in the home’s pool. Perfect for any outdoor party, you’ll have access to an outdoor grill to serve up your meals. Take in 28

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the sunset and breathtaking views of the Franklin Mountains as you dry off or feast on the comfortable patio furniture. On cooler days, a soak in the indoor heated exercise pool is a perfect way to relax. This room is one of the brighter ones as it is surrounded by sliding doors giving entry to the patio. Skylights rest directly above the water, gifting more natural light to the room. Lastly, a spacious home gym with fully functional gym equipment is also at your disposal. As what Alex describes as a home with a key location and immaculate views, this home without a doubt exudes elegance and class inside and out. It’s large, lavish and luxurious.

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“Taking the title of one of El Paso’s most impressive houses this home is fit for a royalty lifestyle,” says Alex. *This home is currently for sale. For information please contact Alexander Cordova, Realtor® with Alexander Cordova Luxury Real Estate Group, (915) 203-9783.

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Your seasonal guide to being the perfect guest. Here’s a sure way to be invited back and look as good as the goods you bring. No more wondering what you should wear or what to show up with.

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Embrace the colors that correspond to the spring season while still maintaining an earthy, outdoor air about you. Perfect for an outdoor garden dinner, these items keep you approachable and small details like tassels and interesting patterns retain attention if you’ve just started getting to know a new group of people.

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Panzanella: Good bread, ripe tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Panzanella is the perfect side dish for warmer days. Experiment with different breads or tossed in oil, boldly seasoned and toasted.

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Whiskey Peach Tea: Take this boozy and refreshing whiskey peach tea for a swirl. No need to go top shelf with your liquor, but definitely grab bourbon over rye. Garnish with mint or to step it up a bit, make your own mint-infused ice cubes because people expect a little extra out of you, don’t they?

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he entrance to this Golden Springs house is reminiscent of a quaint, high-scale, desert spa hotel. The driveway is a

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of adventurous artwork, a case of steel-gray stairs and of course, the color gray in general dominating the open space in the home.

semi-circle, cutting through the extended, covered walkway that leads you to the giant, metal front doors. From outside, one can immediately

Before getting into the second story of the home, a quick walk

see that the modern architecture of the house also leads to formidable,

through around the first floor solidifies that this house is like nothing

panoramic views of the city beneath it. Other than that, the edifice

else in El Paso. It’s not an old Trost building complete with history; it

does little to foreshadow what guests will soon see on the inside.

was built in 1990. It’s not a grandiose Tuscan dream; its simplistic, modern design is a stark contrast. This house is eclectic and warm,

The grand entrance of the home is a lot to take in. There is the mix

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A five-bedroom and five and half-bathroom abode, the design

to host family and friends. The open floor plan of the kitchen is also

encapsulates an entertainment-lover’s haven. Music memorabilia,

worthy of mentioning. The design and vision of the red and white

like the At the Drive-In record and magazine clippings, adorn the walls

kitchen was added by the homeowner for visual appeal and color in

around a beautiful black piano to the side of the main living room.

a modern and sleek space. Add to that the wide windows, stretching

Conga drums and a keyboard are also found inside the house, alluding

above the countertops, and the house acquires the best natural light

to the deeply-set love of music and it’s influence in household.

for breakfast and lunch.

The home is fully equipped to entertain. The art collection is enough

Though the homeowner is consumed by work most of his time, he

to start a conversation, but the sound system, game and hang out

can relax in the soothing bathtub, with the views of the city at his

room, outdoor pool and large red kitchen are all more than enough

disposal. Large walk-in closets are also implemented into the floor

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plan with custom-built storage aligning the wall. The master bed is an oasis from the chaotic reality of life. Wooden panels cover the entirety of the wall where the bed rests, mimicking sound boards often seen in recording studios to manipulate sound waves. It was designed with tranquility in mind. Plants, bamboo detailing and the same wooden floor run throughout the house in a chevron pattern. For a family that has lived there for many years, their souls and personality are in every nook and corner of the home. Its nod to European design transcends the bones of the house and invites guests in. With the amenities, attention to detail and unique personal touches, the home is something unmatched in El Paso. The homeowner had a keen eye for design that Cullers and Caldwell were This home is currently for sale. For information, please contact Sandy Messer, Realtor®/Broker (915) 329-6111

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able to put into action. It’s a pearl carved out in the desert—and luckily for others, it is now on the market for others to etch their own story into the walls.

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Myriam Faux Finish Studio 5024 Doniphan, Suite 8 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 861-0489

Myriam Faux Finish Studio What started out as helping friends with their home in Sonora,

With her business evolving, she has expanded

Mexico, turned into a one of a kind business here in El Paso, Texas.

her scope to focus and incorporate canvas murals

Going strong after 21 years of business, Myriam Faux Finish Studio is

and specialize in texture—ensuring everything is

owned and operated by Myriam Montes, who creates all her interior

in style and trending. Even after gaining so much success, Myriam is

designs by hand with the arsenal of faux finish techniques she has

continuing to hone and polish her craft by learning new techniques at

accumulated over the years. With her vibrant style and concepts,

specialized art classes taught by prominent faux finish professionals, so

no two homes are the same. Her inspiration is drawn from the

she can be ready to create the next “wow” factor for you. So, next time

personalities of the homes themselves and the people who live inside

someone comes over and says, “Wow, what wonderful wallpaper,”

them. While everything Myriam designs is original, she always starts

you can say, “It’s not wallpaper, it’s a Myriam Montes original.”

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Miguel A. Gardea What are the most important factors when renovating your home? Is it attention to detail? Quality service? A flexible contractor? For Gardea Construction, all of these things are important. Owner, Miguel Gardea, a young professional, is good at what he does— and that includes producing quality renovations with a sharp attention to detail. He also makes himself readily available for all of his clients, so that worries, questions or concerns can be addressed and taken care of promptly. Gardea Construction has been around for 38 years constructing residential and commercial properties. Miguel, who has now owned the company for 12 years, says that their success is based on his knowledge and experience. Because of their superb service, they only take a few projects at a time to ensure that projects are done correctly and customer satisfaction is achieved. “We specialize in offering a professional home renovation service. I am able to visualize and create any idea you conceptualize.” These services range from kitchen and bathroom renovations, to home layout redesign—staying ahead of trends and providing a warranty for all of their work. Check out their work on Facebook and see what they can build for you.

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Texas Fabrics and Foam 1500 Texas Ave. El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 301-9469

Texas Fabrics and Foam Texas Fabrics and Foam, an El Paso gem, is a family owned and

someone to handle an entire commercial project, look no further than

operated business that has served the local community for three

Texas Fabrics and Foam.

generations and more than 45 years. Specializing in home and commercial upholstery, fabrics, foam and supplies, they are the

This is a company that for decades has strived to provide outstanding

largest of their kind in the area.

customer service and excellence in both quality of work and product, setting them apart from the rest.

Situated on the corner of Texas and Cotton, just east of downtown, is their 25,000 square foot showroom and warehouse stocked with

So, don’t compromise the quality of your project by buying new. Trust

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Texas Fabrics and Foam to deliver on anything and everything you are looking for in all your home, commercial and automotive upholstery needs.

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Sylvia Sandoval-Rojas of Tropicana Homes A real estate sales professional at Tropicana Homes, Sylvia Sandoval-Rojas is an inspiration to not only women in real estate, but the entire industry as a whole. A self-taught real estate guru in the truest sense, Sylvia started as a receptionist with the prominent builder. Eventually, Sylvia was promoted to Warranty Coordinator, followed by Loan Officer/Processor for Tropicana’s preferred lender, Patriot Mortgage, and finally, to the sales side of the business in 2000, where she’s shattered ceilings ever since. Awarded 2015’s Sales Professional of Texas by the Texas Association of Builders, Sylvia’s made her mark without the traditional “Realtor” credentials and says, jokingly, that her 26 well-rounded years in the business equates to her own master’s degree in real estate. Graciously crediting Tropicana’s Bowling family for their faith and investment in her abilities, and what’s become a highly successful career, she says, “The whole Bowling family is my family,” and also credits her husband, Daniel Rojas, who she refers to as her “team/partner.” Bottom-line: Sylvia knows the business inside and out, including the nuances of new home construction, like reading blueprints and colorcoordinating, and imparts her vast knowledge via an exceptional customer service experience. Put simply, Sylvia says, “I will guide you from A to Z,” and as we see, she’s proven it!

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he region of El Paso, formerly Paso Del Notre, is a city and region deeply rooted in history. A melting pot of culture, people and traditions— new and old—have shaped the city into what

it is it today. El Paso is a city that has been shaped by its geography, people and also its architecture; amassing a plethora of historic homes and buildings in a

range of styles, El Paso was a sandbox of creation where many an architect played, building and raising structures from conception to reality. None as famous though as the late Henry C. Trost. Trost buildings coat the southwest. His designs are world renowned and have stood the test of time’s hands. Known for his high-rising structures and designs that defied the limitations of science at the time, his smaller projects often times take a supporting role amongst his grandiose career. Smaller, in this case, should be taken with a grain of salt, welcome to the Pennsylvania House. The Pennsylvania house resides in the historic (and protected) neighborhood of Austin Terrace in central El Paso. This concentric layout has homes all facing inwards towards a central park, with rings of homes laid out at geometric intervals. Sitting on top of two-thirds of an acre, 226 Pennsylvania boasts a beautifully orange hue when the sun shines its warm rays upon its façade and a green roof reminiscent of Lady Liberty herself. The home was designed in the late 1910s for William Tooley of El Paso National Bank. The man behind the design was Tooley’s neighbor and none other than Henry Trost. Construction was completed in 1918. The home is done in the classically

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used in European design for public institutions and bureaucratic buildings. This style borrows heavily from the styles that preceded it while still looking to the future; it is like El Paso in that it is the amalgamation of what came before while keeping an eye on the horizon. When one faces the front of the house, they can’t help but be drawn in by the symmetry and lines, beckoning one to enter the ornamental framed metal doors adjourned by a segmental arch done in the Romanesque fashion. One can’t help to 55


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notice the twin bronze lamps, standing as if royal guards to the property (the lamps happen to be those that graced the State National Bank building in downtown El Paso). As you enter, you are greeted with white molding and pillars that act in perfect symmetry and design, reminding one of the ancient Greek Parthenon. The foyer acts as the central hub to the home, with rooms spawning off in all directions and stairs in front. As you move through the rooms you will begin to notice the eclectic but harmonious use of different colored walls for each room; a hunter’s green covered study coupled with a range of windows, a copper marbled kitchen playing host to a 1952 Garland range—the same model renowned gastronomic Julia Child mastered the art of French cooking on—and white subway tiled restrooms. Each room becomes more impressive than the last and changes like the weather. The interior is a well-crafted charcuterie plate where each piece was specifically curated to complement the next. One of the most astounding rooms is not a room at all. The upstairs foyer opens into a loggia governed with round non-tapered twist columns and a view of the park below and the cascading Franklins in the distance; engendering a regal nature. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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The property also plays big brother to a small guest house that spawns off the main home. What was once a stable, has now been redone beautifully into a two-bedroom apartment. This renovation is one of many that have been done to the home since its original build in the early 20th century. This home, as with many others in the El Paso region, is more than just the buildings themselves. They carry with them anecdotes and a rich history that makes the walls more than the materials they are made of, the floors more than what we walk upon and the rooms a part of us just as much as we are a part of them. “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”

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Wallpaper is poised and ready for its grand entrance back into interior design and decoration. This longtime decorating taboo has returned to style thanks to ultra-fashionable prints, sumptuous textures and new materials that make it easy to install, and yes, remove. More dramatic than paint, it’s a good way to transform a room and give it style, without breaking the bank.

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Many industry professionals credit

the spike in wallpaper sales to style bloggers, HGTV and Instagram. However, the core of

wallpaper’s resurgence is rooted in something beyond just trend, it’s rebellion! There is a backlash

to the sterile grays-whites-neutrals of the ‘90s and early 2000s, and the more recent trend of

layering accessories and clustering collectibles, ala the bohemian aesthetic. Consumers are looking

for a way to personalize their space without all the “stuff,” and wallpaper has offered that option.

Millennials are big drivers in this trend, as they’re new to the housing market and to wallpaper itself.

Growing up in a cleaner, more minimal design environment, their limited point of reference to wallpaper

is likely the ‘80s floral prints popular with dentists and grandmas. The papers in today’s market feel new

and exciting and they can approach using wallpaper without all the stigma.

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Today’s popular papers are greatly different from the papers of

limited to one or two rooms or perhaps a single accent wall. Solids and

decades past. Prints are oversized and whimsical, adding drama and

monochromatic textures are appropriate for whole room applications.

fantasy with characters that feel pulled from a storybook and patterns

This selective use of wallpaper gives consumers both a low-cost and

that feel straight off the runway. Colors are richer, fabrics are textured

low-maintenance opportunity for an artsy, design-forward focal point.

and dimensional and images have a life-like sharpness thanks to major advances in technology and digital printing.

Low-maintenance is key. Installing and removing wallpaper used to be a notorious headache, so technology—including new adhesive

Regarding the impact of the digital age on wallpaper, many of today’s

formulas and stick-and-peel fabrics that strip off walls without leaving

consumers are not only inclined to design their own papers, but

residue—has done wonders for its reputation. The days of scraping

driven by the accessibility of creating something totally personal.

and steaming are over, and less mess is less stress.

Again, referencing the millennials, having grown up in such technologically-influenced environments, the access to design ideas

Here are a few key notes when considering wallpaper:

and customizable product has made this approach easy. People are enlarging personal photos to mural sized images, creating focal points

TYPES Wallpaper is categorized by its material and adhesive coating.

that are both interesting and personal.

Nonwoven substrate paper is popular with renters because it drystrips easily from the wall. Pre-pasted papers come with a water-

The common thread to modern wallpaper application is restraint.

activated adhesive backing. Both are durable, strippable and generally

Designers and decorators alike suggest using it sparingly and

grease-resistant, which makes them smart choices for those with

purposefully. Bold prints, custom graphics and murals should be

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PRINT MATCHING The “match” tells you how to line up the pattern from strip to strip. There are three types: straight, random and drop. Straight-match papers run the width of the paper and across the seam onto the next strip. Random-match papers continue seamlessly no matter what. Drop-match papers require extra planning and must be aligned horizontally and vertically on either side, as the pattern is slightly offset from strip to strip.

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REPEATS AND WASTE Repeats are the number of inches a pattern stretches vertically until it repeats itself. Generally, the lower the repeat, the lower the waste. Solids and textures, for example, have no repeat and little waste because the amount you’ll need is easy to calculate. UPKEEP Wallpapers are surprisingly durable, and these days, maintaining them is easy. Scrubbable papers can be cleaned with a sponge and detergent. Washable papers can be gently cleaned or wiped with a damp cloth. REMOVAL Commitment-phobes should look for two types of paper: strippable and peelable. The former can be removed without water or chemicals and leave no backing. The latter peels off the wall and may leave some adhesive residue behind, which can be removed with soap and water.

resources, I often advise clients to proceed boldly, but with caution. Be fearless in discovery, but smart in selection. Wallpapers are a fantastic and limitless way to accent your style, but like a fashion accessory, you don’t want to overpower the outfit. HAVE FUN, and here’s to your many design successes yet to come.

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rom the arid Chihuahuan deserts of

West Texas to the piney woods of of the east, from the warm, tropical coast to through the rolling hills of Hill Country up to the the hot, dry

summers and freezing winters of the northern plains, Texas’ climate is even more varied than its cultures. Given this climactic diversity, growing a lush, green lawn in Texas can be a challenge, but a newly developed strain of St. Augustine grass engineered at one of the Lone Star State’s top universities has lawns covered from the lowlands to the hills and coasts—and well beyond. Through a partnership with the Turfgrass Producers of Texas (TPT), agricultural scientists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas spent more than a decade developing the new TamStar St. Augustine grass, made to not just survive, but thrive throughout the Southern United States. The creation of TamStar St. Augustine began with a problem facing growers throughout the Lone Star State. “Texas is a big and varied state,” said TPT Executive Director Brent Batchelor. “Not only do we deal with a vast difference in rainfall from west to east, we also have a vast difference in temperature from north to south. Throw in many different soil types and you have many challenges developing turf varieties that will serve the needs of a variety of

clients including homeowners, golf course superintendents, sports field managers and commercial installations.” To keep Texas’ lawns looking the best they can, Brent said the Turfgrass Producers of Texas depends on researchers who use the latest technology to develop modern turf varieties that are tested for many parameters. He included that the road to this revolution in Texas turf began more than 10 years ago, the extension of a longstanding partnership between his organization and Texas A&M. “Turfgrass Producers of Texas and Texas A&M have a long history of working together to produce Turf varieties that excel in Texas. The TamStar process started in 2003, with a group of growers entering into an agreement with the Texas

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A&M Turf Breeding program located at the Dallas Experiment Station. The parameters where to develop a drought tolerant, disease- and insectresistant St. Augustine variety that would do well in all the locations in Texas where St. Augustine is commonly grown.� Turf researchers Dr. Ambika Chandra, Dr. Anthony D. Genovesi and Dr. Milt Engelke utilized the latest technology to produce a number of crosses that are then evaluated for those parameters, and promising specimens are increased and evaluated further. After that stage of the process, Brent said samples are entered into a national program and evaluated all across the U.S. and compared to potential varieties from other breeding programs.

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After 12 years of research, development and testing, the growers selected and made available the variety we now call TamStar. All that work paid off, especially for growers across the south, who now have a sturdy, water-wise St. Augustine grass for commercial and home uses that performs better than other St. Augustine grasses including: Floratam, Palmetto, Raleigh, Texas Common, Delmar, Captiva and Mercedes. TamStar’s deep, extensive root system makes it more drought tolerant than other St. Augustine grasses, with a rapid recovery time after a dry period once irrigated—and less loss of green, almost guaranteeing the best looking lawn on the block. Given our climate in El Paso, drought-tolerance is a must. TamStar is also more shade tolerant than other St. Augustine grasses. While it can survive on as little as four hours of direct sunlight a day, that’s rarely a problem in our part of Texas, and TamStar thrives in full Texas sun. Diseases and pests can be a problem throughout Texas, so TamStar was developed to be highly tolerant to gray leaf spot disease and resistant to both southern chinch bug and tropical sod webworm—the bane of turfappreciators statewide. This combination of drought-, pest- and disease-tolerance, along with its low water usage, makes TamStar St. Augustine costeffective and water-wise, perfect for Texas where water can be in short supply. TamStar St. Augustine also greens up earlier each spring and stays green later in the winter—keeping backyards beautiful almost all year round. It’s also tougher on wear and tear compared to other grasses, with durable blades standing up to summer heat as well as it does, the freezing North Texas winters; not to mention as many high-traffic barbecues and backyard pickup games as you can throw at it. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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Pink Lavender is a soft and romantic

Pink Lavender Arcadia

violet rose that charms with its soothing sense of quiescence. Applying it to your bedroom, it’s easy to see that this color is sweet, but not too sweet. Because of this, Pink Lavender can be used as a playful addition to a child’s desk or bedroom.

Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green; its tinge of blue undertones takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season. In any room, this color packs a bold punch whether, that be with a chest of drawers in a grey painted room, or having the room painted itself to highlight your furniture. www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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The rich, chocolate-infused brown adds substance to any home. Emperador can be used on applications such as flooring,

coverings,

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and much more. Whether you decide to change your home with this color in a small amount, like with a coffee table or a wardrobe in your bedroom, or redoing your kitchen or revamping your study,

Chili Oil

you can’t go wrong with Emperador.

Seasoned yet season-less, Chili Oil is an earthy brown based red that adds flavorful definition to the spring 2018 palette. With the image of chili peppers processed for oil that has gorgeous and juicy color, this is the color to have in your kitchen, dining room, or even your bedroom, to give that pinch of spice.

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Little Boy Blue A collection of bold, saturated colors

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to life for those looking to illuminate their world with pure, extraordinary color. With the expectation of the clear blue sky, Little Boy Blue is no longer for little boys only. Suggestive of expansiveness and continuity, this azure blue shade reassures us with its promise of a new day when you wake up in the morning or when you walk through your kitchen.

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Ultra Violet

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year, conveying originality and ingenuity, the magical Ultra Violet is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues. Highlighting innovation and imagination, you can’t go wrong when you add something of Ultra Violet into your home, like an elegant vase or a chandelier to

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aybe it is some intrinsic innate feeling to return to your agrarian roots, that can only be fulfilled with the rays of warm sun beating down upon you, the dirt underneath your nails and the fresh smell of wet soil. Or perhaps you just don’t want to have to run to the local grocery store every time you need a few leaves of fresh basil to top off the pasta you labored

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over. Whatever your reasons, a home vegetable/herb garden is something anyone can create, and more importantly, maintain. Whether you have been blessed with a green thumb or have difficulty keeping a pet rock alive, you can finally have a veggie/ herb garden, you just have to have the right measures in place. The coming spring, coupled with living in the arid southwest, means the frost-free growing season is upon us—making it the

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perfect time to get that garden started. Where do you start though? First, decide what size garden you want and what size you can truly maintain. Are you going to get it professionally setup or are you going for a more Pinterest-esque DIY route? Another key factor in deciding what way (what you are going to plant) you want to take your garden is location, location, location. How much/how little sun your little green sprouts are going to be getting a day can either result in a lush and thriving bountiful harvest, or a few puny, dead and sun-scorched “whatcould-have-beens.” The size of your garden will also come down to how much time you want to spend on it. If you are like me and want something low maintenance, herbs are the way to go. Transplant a few rosemary, basil and cilantro plants into pots, drop them somewhere with good solid sun (five or so hours a day direct) and just ensure the soil is never too dry. Forgot to water for a few days? No problem, just do your best to keep the topsoil cool and moist. These herbs are hardy and for my level of gardeners aka my pet rock people. Having fresh herbs on hand is a game-changing experience in the kitchen. Wave goodbye to that container of rosemary you have had in your cupboard since the great war. Some of you may be sitting there saying, “Tay, I want a mega-garden that I can live off of and make fulldishes with. Or be able to grab a fresh tomato off the vine and bite into it and taste the fruits of my labor while I wipe away the sweat from my brow.” I got something for my green thumbs out there also. The bigger the garden the more labor but also more room for variety. Having an understanding of the seasons and what you can plant during certain times of year, how often to rotate patches, how much sunlight is needed, how much water, what soil composition is needed, how deep the hole should be, can it be a direct sow, are some of the questions you may be having at this point. Cue the experts. Sierra Vista Growers in Anthony, NM is a sprawling oasis of plants, trees and greenery. They have amassed a collection of seeds, young plants and mature already bearing plants to assist you at any stage of your harvesting needs. They also offer one of the greatest resources when it comes to starting and maintaining a vegetable garden; expert advice and help. The internet, although a great tool, can also leave you with 82

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est Texas living stitched with a southwest twang has

quaintly furnished space included a bed, night stand, credenza and

captivated one man, Jason Brewer, to start his new

outdoor deck, which faced a lavender-orange sunset view in the dead

business handcrafting custom-built furniture in El Paso,

beaches of the mesquite-riddled Chihuahuan valley.

Texas. Jason moved to El Paso in 2010 during his career

as a humanitarian—where he held various fund-raising

As Jason managed his hospitality service, he simultaneously

positions in non-profit organizations, such as the American Red Cross,

developed another income stream sourced through an aeroponic

within the regional southwest community. He had worked with non-

farm where he grew three different types of organic lettuce. His

profit organizations for 15 years, before realizing how the toll of stress

produce harvest became so efficient, he was able to sell his lettuce

had increased his anxiety, compelling him to step into a different industry.

to both the Ardovino’s farmers market, as well as other local markets throughout the region. When I asked Jason where he came up with

During the process of moving towards his next chapter, he started

such a unique business name, he responded, “The one thing there

an Airbnb in Chaparral, Texas where he hosted traveling couples

is an abundance of at my farm in Chaparral, is jackrabbits, and that is

who stayed under private weathered-white, heavy-duty tents. Each

how I got the name, ‘Jackrabbit Farms.’”

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Over time, friends and acquaintances invited him to design and build

custom-built furniture store. They later marketed the chair by taking

custom carpentry projects as he managed his businesses, and Jason

pictures with El Paso landmarks in the background, then posted them

fell in love with the trade. After discovering his knack for carpentry,

to their Jackrabbit Trading Company website. Soon, customers began

Jason closed his farm and Airbnb company, only to carry over the

to share its popularity, as chair sales rose. Although Jason could have

name for his home furnishings and décor store in downtown El Paso.

continued to make a profitable living farming lettuce and hosting travelers, he decided to establish his newly discovered furniture

While he and his fiancé had been doing a remodel in their home,

and casework business with unique, modern West Texas-Big Bend

they had built three chairs that would become the ‘hot seat’ of his

design. While Jason started Jackrabbit Trading Company with his

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signature piece, he keeps no inventory at his shop, so that his handmade furniture can be built in the shop and directly delivered to many clients throughout the nation. Along with his Terlingua chair, Jason also crafts the “Marfa” coffee table, “Chinati” end table and the “Presidio Credenza.” Each piece is made from kilndried yellow pine and simply contrasts an ability to hold aesthetically pleasing qualities anywhere throughout the home, including cedar decks or red brick patios. This comfortable chair can be stained or custom colored and folded away. Currently, Jason is working on a furniture set that can be featured with his chair including other patio specific furniture. As of now, he also provides custom carpentry services, and has fashioned unique projects. For example, he built a large work table with a stainless-steel top for a printing company and a small business had asked him to make a collapsible bed for their office that could be easily stored. Being intuitively creative, the carpenter figured a cleaver remedy that seemingly would best solve his clients problem by engineering a “Bed in a Box,” where the bed can fold out of a narrow chest and stowed in plain sight, perfectly folding into a bench for customers to sit. Both Jason and his fiancé share a deep appreciation for El Paso as well as a passion for serving the community through providing quality West Texas style home décor and custom-built furniture.

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ap into your inner flower child with the beautiful Insta-worthy trend of edible flowers.

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Through another chapter in our garden-to-

table movement, we reintroduce edible

flowers into everyday meals. You’d figure that

floral cuisine is a new trend in our modern cooking, but a look at other culture’s cuisines

have shown that people have been consuming flowers since we’ve been gathering berries. It has even been found in many cuisines all over the world for many centuries, from Indian and Roman food to Chinese and Mexican dishes. In modern times, chefs have incorporated flowers into new and appealing dishes such as Spanish chef, Iolanda Bustos, who owns a restaurant based entirely around the inclusion of flowers in each dish. In Shanghai, chef Frederic Quemin, is also inspired by edible flowers through his restaurant, FED (Flower, Eat, Drink.) While edible flowers have found their way back into the gardens and kitchens of inspired and skilled chefs, it is easy to incorporate flowers into your own homemade meals. Try adding daylilies for a subtle sweetness or marigold for a citrus addition for your everyday salads. For a quick dish, try using squash blossoms (also known as zucchini flowers) to quesadillas— warm the tortilla on a cast-iron skillet or pan, place pepper jack cheese, squash blossom and some cilantro before folding the tortilla in half. Allow the cheese melt into your ingredients and serve. Edible flowers can also be incorporated into drinks: roses with sweet undertones for water, lilac blossoms as a citrus touch for lemonade, borage for a fresh cucumber cocktail and a border favorite (cue in nostalgia of family parties) agua de jamaica, also known as hibiscus tea. Edible flowers can even be frozen into ice cubes for a beautiful boost to any drink. Before you run out and buy some flowers, be sure to purchase your flowers from a trusted organic food supplier, your local famer’s market or garden and always rinse your flowers in

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water to remove dirt. Take it a step further and opt to plant your own flowers. Pansies, daylilies and marigolds are easy to plant and will also spruce up the look of your yard. Also, herb flowers such as lavender, thyme and basil can be grown on a windowsill that will give your kitchen a fragrant smell. With an array of vibrant colors of all shades, floral aromas, and a medley of flavors from sweet to spicy and textures, it is easy to amplify taste and get a visually appealing meal without the expensive ingredients.

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s a young French student, I learned a song about people dancing on the bridge at Avignon. We used to put our hands up over our heads and do a silly jig and laugh at ourselves and our teacher. Recently, I had an unexpected

opportunity to visit Avignon, learn more about the story behind the theatrical play and opera that feature this song and do a little dance of my own on this famed medieval structure. Historically, the deep, swift-moving waters of the Rhone River flooded their banks and divided neighboring villages and towns several times a year. It wasn’t until the 13th century that man dared to defy nature and erect a bridge to span the width in Avignon. The bridge became an ongoing project as spring torrents often washed away parts of the base until finally, the last rebuild was completed in the 17th century. This version also partially succumbed, so today, the Pont SaintBénézet (Avignon bridge) abruptly ends about three quarters of the way across the river.

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Further damage has been averted by a massive modern-day

imposing exterior and height of the wall that drew me (as I drove by

undertaking to tame the Rhone. Involving a series of dams and flow-

on my way to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer) to stop here.

controlling measures that extend miles from the famous tourist attraction, this effort ensures that you and I can safely venture onto

What luck! Avignon is a truly beautiful city. The enormous Place

the bridge and (with the help of an excellent audio guide) hear about

de l’Horloge town square offers dozens of venues serving le petite

late night revelers who frequented the bars and bawdy houses along

dejeuner of French croissants and cafe au lait, sun-kissed outdoor

the banks before dancing drunkenly atop le pont. It’s a fascinating

luncheons and dinners served with live music that lasts till the sun

story about a saint (isn’t everything about medieval France about a

goes down.

saint?), local trade, tariffs imposed to fund bridge construction and the union of Fort Saint André to the Palais des Papes.

On the must-see list: Palais des Papes audio/visual reality tour, Petit Palais Museum of Fine Art, Calvet Museum, Palais du Roure, The

Speaking of which ... Avignon’s Palais des Papes was the largest

Chartreuse, Fort Saint Andre and Abbey, Philippe le Bel Tower, Pierre-

gothic palace used by the Sovereign Pontiffs in the 14th century.

de-Luxembourg Museum, Notre Dame Cloister and the Pawn Shop

It is—as is the entire ancient center of Avignon—surrounded by an

and Silk Conditioning Museum.

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Host a Cooking Party

With the hustle and bustle of work life it is more often than not that you grab the quickest meal possible like Ramen or Whataburger. Now that you have the time to breathe, you have time to cook. Though, cooking alone can only eat up a few hours. Here is where you can kill two birds with one stone. Gather your friends or family, or both, and host a cooking party where everyone participates. You catch up with each step of the recipe and, if you can afford it, you can bring in a chef to teach everyone new techniques.

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Binge Watch Your Favorite Shows

Your Watch Later list is growing more and more with movies or shows you casually see on the highlights. So now is the time to wear your favorite pajamas, grab your stash of chips and start going through each one. Binging can be a relaxing experience as you go through classics, your old favorites or a new genre you never took the time to try before. Since you will be indulging in leisure at your own pace, you can enjoy naps in between to make up for some of the lost sleep during the week. Then once you are rested you can click on the next show and start the cycle again.

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Go on Your Planned Day Trip

This weekend has been on your calendar for a bit—it only makes

sense to plan a few day trips during your free days. If you are tired of seeing the same four walls, it’s good to escape the norm for something new. You can do an impromptu trip to nearby towns and see what is around, or you can stay local and visit some of your favorite places to go. You can even research with your city’s visitor’s guide for inspiration. Many cities have guides so it shouldn’t be hard to see the highlights of your town; you might even find attractions you didn’t know were right up the street.

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Declutter Your Home

It’s no secret that decluttering a home is a responsible way to spend your time. When you are busy with assignments you tend to forget the little things and those little things turn into big piles of stuff you don’t need. If you have ever done spring cleaning before, you are familiar with just how long this type of task can take. Depending on how you set up your home, you could be spending a whole day on just one room. Even though the work is tiring, the relaxed feeling after when you see just how much space you have will be worth it.

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This also works with the previous suggestion. After going through everything in your home you are still left with all your clutter in bags. You could take them to your local Goodwill, but you can turn your junk into some extra cash. There are groups that go out to local yard sales so you will get some customers. All you need to do is get up a bit early, post a couple signs for your sale, lay out your stuff on some tables and then wait. You won’t make gold, but you will be making more off stuff you no longer use than you would have just leaving it laying around.

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love breakfast and it’s my favorite meal. It can be eaten early, midday, late, or late-late at 3a.m. The options are endless and growing

each day—sometimes

throwing an egg on something is good enough to

call it breakfast and that has my full support. A classic breakfast, for me, is eggs benedict. I want go there with you, but I want to throw in aspects of lunch too, so let’s turn a BLT into a classic eggs benedict. Crispy peppery bacon, toasted sourdough, a bite of arugula, vine roasted tomatoes,

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1 pound bacon 1 package tomatoes on the vine

Chef’s tip Not fancy enough? Use pork belly instead of bacon.

poached eggs and creamy hollandaise…? I can’t think of a better start to the day honestly. Well, maybe a coffee—black The key to this recipe is your prep, make what you can ahead of time and have your ingredients measured out and ready to go. Give yourself some time to enjoy your morning, wake up slow and eat your eggs benedict outside or by a window on a summer morning. Live your best life.

1 loaf sourdough, sliced and toasted 1 package arugula mix 7 large eggs

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cook for 20-25 minutes or until desired doneness. Remove from sheet and set aside to drain on paper towel. 2.

cooked and oven is available, drop the temperature to 350 and roast tomatoes for 25-30 minutes until desired doneness. 3.

a stainless steel or glass bowl on top so it sits well balanced. 4.

Bring water to a slow boil. While water comes up to temperature, using the bowl that will be on top of your double boiler, whisk 3 egg yolks together with 2 tablespoons water

white pepper

and lemon juice. Once incorporated place bowl on top of slow boiling water. While continually stirring, add a tablespoon of

salt/pepper

butter at a time until each pad of butter has melted. Continue to do this until there is no more butter remaining. Making the

chives (optional/garnish)

hollandaise can be tricky, so really watch your heat by removing the bowl from the sauce pan ever so often to control how hot

2 quarts water 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar

While tomatoes cook, set up a double boiler on your stove top. Fill a medium sauce pan with roughly 2-3 inches of water, place

2 sticks butter, unsalted, room temp 1 dash cayenne pepper

While bacon cooks, place vine tomatoes on a separate baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Once bacon is

2 tablespoons and 2 quarts water 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Set oven to 400 degrees, place bacon on a baking sheet and

it gets. Once all butter is used, season with salt, white pepper, and cayenne. 5.

Keep double boiler on the lowest heat to keep hollandaise warm, stirring occasionally to reincorporate all ingredients.

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In a separate sauce pan, bring 2 quarts water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar to a boil. Once boiling, using a slotted spoon, stir the water so it creates a whirlpool effect, slowly crack egg into water and allow to cook for roughly 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and plate

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Woven Textures Woven textures like baskets and artisan accessories are a big part of the international flair to be expected in home

Library Vibes

décor trends. As a lover of woven baskets, African baskets

Shhhh… This is a library! Wait, it’s a living room. Spring 2018

are my favorite. When buying directly from Africa, the

HomeGoods trend forecaster predicts that this year will be one for

baskets are each unique because no two are hand-crafted

the books, literally. Preppy additions like books, English Chesterfield

the same. I use mine to hold living room throws, loose

sofas, magazine racks and just about anything that has that library

flowers and even scarves. Fair trade is an important aspect

feel will be popular this spring and throughout the year.

to consider when purchasing your baskets though. Baskets of Africa sells fair trade baskets created by craftspeople throughout the African continent and are a part of the Fair Trade Federation, which ensures that artisans are compensated for all of their work. Basketsofafrica.com

Under The Sea Feel the sea breeze in your own home with blue azure tones and fish scale prints predicted to be popular additions to restrooms and kitchens. Cool aqua tones will be a goto color used to brighten a room. Striking blues have been linked to clearing while stimulating the mind and have been used in homes as the color of serenity throughout history. Round, circle patterns like bubbles will also be big, especially in chandelier form. This trend is definitely cuter than it sounds; just search “bubble lamps” on Pinterest and 104

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Millennial Pink Step aside millennial pink, another

light, fluffy color is up. Millennial pink is a baby pink color that took over in 2017, but this spring, lavender is the newest baby color that is predicted to dominate our lives.

Bland Colors There sure is a lot of emphasis on color this spring! According to HomeGoods, neon is still going strong and probably won’t ever die, while bland colors are still out. Kill two trend birds with one neon stone and maybe accent your new lavender comforter with a neon azure throw pillow or two?

White Ceilings are Out Interesting patterns above will be highly popular, while ceilings that match the other walls are out. I’m not sure what the price tag on having your ceilings completely re-painted is, but it’s safe to say I have to sit this one out. This is a pretty cool trend though, so I salute those who choose to follow it!

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to come to you.

Here are some ideas on tackling your spring cleaning. Try taking on one

One of the last things to consider in the home is cleaning out old

project a day and you’ll see results and reap the benefits in no time flat!

personal products such as cosmetics and bathroom toiletries. These items do expire and tend to stick around a lot longer than they

Organize your bedroom. Cleaning your bedroom is especially

should—only to serve the purpose of cluttering up your space.

important as it’s where you rest each night to revitalize and recharge. The simplest change is removing any and all items stowed below

Another area which gets overlooked in spring cleaning is your

your bed as this creates stagnant energy and doesn’t promote

workspace. Clear your desk and get organized as this will aid in

restful sleep. As a general rule of thumb, avoid having a messy and

productivity. Also consider removing junk files from your electronics

disorganized bedroom at all costs as it can deplete your energy and

to streamline things as well and begin anew.

have adverse effects on your health. Finally, it is important to spring clean your finances! Get those crumped One area we all forget about in the bedroom is our closets. Clear out

up receipts or expired credit cards out of your purse or wallet—they

closets of old clothing and worn out shoes. Again, these items aren’t

take up space and represent expenses and past debts.

favorable as they represent past energy. While purging these items, consider doing some good and donating clothing, shoes and old toys.

Spring is a time of renewal and as we all know, that process takes time. That said, do not overwhelm yourself and only do one project

If you are looking to improve your overall health, look no further

a day. Another benefit of gradually spring cleaning is that you are

than deep cleaning your kitchen. Keep in mind, deep cleaning the

building a habit and are more likely to keep everything neat and tidy.

kitchen includes the refrigerator! Clear out all those expired bottles

Happy spring 2018!

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