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Metal: The Perfect Mix

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Editor-in-Chief s our first home and design issue of the year, let us set the tone for the amazing trends and fascinating local

homes you can gather inspiration from. We welcome 2018

with a mixture of design trends and bold styles that you can

easily implement in your own home. If the new year has brought you an itching desire to change things up, allow our pages to guide you in the right direction.

In this issue, you’ll find small, bold living spaces—like the home on our cover—and spacious, luxurious homes with views you won’t believe. The small loft that graces our cover comes packed with interesting detail and unique style. It is a home that the couple have carefully curated with big city style. You don’t want to miss it. As much style that the loft has, another home we feature has the views to match. Sitting on top of the mountain, right here in the city, this spacious home has the luxury details and envious views that can be enjoyed all year long, with a pool to cool off in during the summer. We’ve also added a home from the region that you’ll enjoy. If you’d like a getaway to the fresh mountain air of Ruidoso, this house is perfect. It was designed to completely compliment the weather, city style and views of the Sierra Blanca Mountains. The winter months have a lot of color this year—think royal jewel-toned colors. It also brings a cool hidden gem to El Paso. Tres Toros Leather Company, located in downtown, has the locally-crafted leather goods you will want to have your hands on. They have purses for women, wallets for men and other rustic leather goods. If you’ve had a desire to travel this year, allow us to introduce to you the travel bookstores around the world. Each with interesting design and miles of travel information, you might think about visiting more than one. Flip through the pages and become excited to start this new year with us as we celebrate the local design style of El Paso and trends to bring into your own home.

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as it is outfitted with an impressive garage door-style window that raises to allow fresh air in as well as a unique view of downtown El Paso. Throughout the home, the eclectic style of the homeowners is evident. The foliage is distributed smartly, contrasting with the concrete elements of the living area and the exposed brick wall, all of which is accented with the pops of color from the art that the homeowners have collected. In order to compensate for the limited amount of storage space, the homeowners’ creativity led them to go with the rugged look of locker-style storage for the bedroom and closet areas. “There’s a sort of industrial feel to living in a loft,” said Steven. Of the art and décor in their home, Andrew added, “I’m not going to buy something just to fill a space, I’m going to buy something that I love and that makes me happy and I want to see every day of my life.” Of the process of putting together their home and how they continue to build within it, the homeowners spoke about not wanting to have a designer or decorator involved. To the homeowners, the importance of being able to recognize and attach a memory to each piece in the home is valuable, as well as putting together a functional space that fits each of their needs. “I want to be surrounded by a home that makes me feel good and really personal to me,” said Steven. “When I walk around the house and people ask me about things, I know exactly where I got that, why I own it.” Filled to the brim with the experiences and personality, the loft has taken on an entirely new disposition, one that wholly represents exactly what a home is supposed to be, an accurate representation of the homeowners. Regarding his feelings about the home, Andrew says, “There’s nothing better than walking through the door to a place that you www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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hat do you get when you combine a stunning view, high wood ceilings and 4,700

square feet of meticulous workmanship? A beautiful home on Rocky Pointe Drive. One of the first things I see as I drive up to this home is an inviting swimming pool. The pool overlooks West El Paso and I can only imagine what a dip would be like at sunset on a hot summer day. Entering the home feels like a breath of fresh mountain air. The high, planked wood ceilings take me back to skiing days in Telluride. The contrasting stone detail adds a luster of richness to the home and makes it feel warm, rustic, grounded, yet elegant. While walking through the house with builder, Rafael Molina, he explains that the views are unmatched in all of El Paso. He says that before the home was built, neighbors would come prop their chairs on the site just to watch the amazing sunset. We go up and down a couple sets of small stairs and he tells me about the incredible planning that went into making this floor plan work on this particular slope. Was it worth it? When you see the sunset, city views and the layout of the house the only answer that comes to mind is “duh,” absolutely! It was worth all the time that went into planning. As we step out onto the terrace, there is a huge grill situated amongst a full outdoor kitchen. How easy, not to mention amazing, would it be to just leave the doors open in the summer and live outside? This is just one of the most loved aspects of this home—the flawless flow that can exist between indoor and outdoor living. All of the stone arches are stained concrete, with stone veneer detail on the lower half, which only continues this home’s love affair with the Colorado mountain chalet style. The indoor kitchen is also swoon-worthy. Every single appliance is commercial

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grade and the countertops are a gorgeous vanilla-caramel swirl and

required. Despite the 94-degree weather outdoors, the inside of

granite-marble mix. There is also a huge walk-in pantry off to the side

the house is cool and fresh, without the whirring of an AC. Rafael

that is everything a Costco lover needs: lots of storage.

explains that the insulation in this house is the best there is, and that all the windows are Penn, which are known as the best on the

Next, we make our way to the master bedroom. This is indeed a

market for holding temperature.

room fit for a king and queen. There is a long row of sliding glass doors along the entire back wall that are covered by sheer white

As I drive out of the neighborhood, I reminisce about all the details

curtains, letting the light in while giving the option of privacy. The

that make this home warm, elegant and inviting. Driving on the west

bathroom is complete with a rain showerhead with steam features,

side of El Paso, I try to spot the house from the road but cannot see

and is travertine stone from floor to ceiling. The thought of living

it. The home does not take away from the beauty of the mountain. It

in this home sounds like the desert mountain getaway everyone

blends into its natural surroundings and still provides the best views

dreams about.

El Paso has to offer.

Probably one of the best things about this house is that it’s not just a pretty face. Every aspect of this home, from the water heater to the lighting, is set up to be 100 percent energy efficient. Every

This home is currently for sale. For information contact:

appliance is self-regulated to consume only as much energy as is

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esides its grand size, one of the first things you

The open concept invites you into the home, leading you to the

notice with this 8,004-square-foot Ruidoso home is

main living areas—a huge space consisting of the living room, dining

that it comes with spectacular views. Large windows

area, kitchen and bar. The interior design aspect is also cohesive to

consume the majority of the walls, offering clear

the Ruidoso atmosphere. With natural, rustic wood cabinets, rock

views of the Sierra Blanca Mountains. “[The view] is

detailing and a deer trophy overlooking the living room, it brings the

so stunning when there’s snow on the caps,” says Ginesa Snelling,

outside environment in. It should be mentioned that this attention to

who was there throughout the entire construction of the home with

detail extends to the ceiling. The wooden beams that fit across are

its current owner. It is a picturesque scene no matter the season—a

a favorite feature and will have anyone that walks in looking up. The

green landscape of tall trees expends the length of the windows,

bar area is cohesive in the design with wooden cabinets, a copious

or a sea of white floods the view during the winter months. Either

amount of storage and a clean and simple design. A sink and two

way, the mountains provide an impressive view year-round, which is

small fridges allow for efficiency in the space, with enough bar stools

something anyone can appreciate.

and space to host the family and friends.

Built in January of 2016, the new home is a brilliant use of space. It

The windows also allow natural light to disperse through the home,

is a spacious five bedroom and seven bathroom (two of those being

adding an element of warmth and brightness. A different style of

half-baths) home that will wow anyone that walks through the doors.

window allows for them to be slightly opened from a bottom latch to

For starters, the intricate design of the wood floors in the foyer is an

let the cool air in during summer months. “The weather is so nice in

automatic eye-catcher. They easily add character to the home without

Ruidoso,” comments Ginesa. If a break is needed from that, a quick

taking away from the entire feel of the home or being a distraction to

step down to the in-home theater is the best answer. With eight

the smaller details.

luxury leather seats, it is the perfect sanctuary to enjoy a movie, host company and escape from life for a little bit. The wood floors that are seen through the main living area extend to the theater room, which is also home to a poker table or game area.

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Also noteworthy is the deck. Though it seems that it is on a second floor, it is level to the home, built on the mountain in which the home sits on. With accordion windows from the kitchen, the deck is a seamless extension of the home. Again, the views are key in this area. The large deck is great for entertaining, with options of grilling or taking a quick step inside to access the full kitchen. It is also the ideal spot to spend time alone, look out into nature and take a moment to breathe. Though the home is spread out and large, it is more intimate than it seems. The open floor plan allows for the family to gather without walls creating boundaries or obstructing views. The five rooms also allow for guests to stay, bringing more people in for a “the more the merrier” atmosphere. Which, when you’re living and hanging out in Ruidoso, is the perfect atmosphere to surround yourself in. When you’re already surrounded by beautiful nature, this home is a relaxing setting with windows into the outside that, with just a bit of imagination, could make you feel like you’re extreme glamping.

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The Perfect Mix! | By: WAYNE HILTON |

ith the fall markets behind us, and the anticipation of what designers and manufacturers will be touting as on-trend for the coming year, 2018 promises to show a mix of both understated elegance and over-the-top style.We will see pops of saturated color, surprises in textiles and wallcoverings and a continuation of the industry drawing inspiration from both nature and global sources.After seeing hundreds of market influences and designer forcasts at the end-of-year markets, one in particular stood out to me: METAL! Metal in dĂŠcor is that neutral accent that runs the gamut of finish possibilities.Whether your taste gravitates towards the warmth of gold, copper and brass, or the reflective coolness of chrome, silver and platinum, the effective use of metal always adds polish.From furniture to accessories, frames to drawer pulls, lighting and lamps, wall coverings and fabrics, metallic finishes have shifted from being exclusively a catapult to the glam side of dĂŠcor, to a staple in a wide variety of styles and applications. 54

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Though metal in design has been largely touted as a contemporary element, it has been used for centuries.A visit to your local antiques market will undoubtedly confirm that metallic pieces in decor have been on-trend for decades, even centuries.Current applications are embracing elements of aged patina, ornate detailing and gilded focal points, including mirrors, frames, accessories and accent pieces.

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As the popularity of using gold as a staple in the design world continues, 2018 celebrates this classic finish by infusing spaces with elements such as lamps, nesting tables, shelving and one-of-a-kind decorative accents.Since metallics, particularly gold, are considered neutrals in the design palette, these elements can be worked into any color scheme.

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Though the design limelight has fallen strongly on gold for the last several years, especially rose gold in 2017, chrome and other silver finishes continue to hold their own in appeal and use.The classic sheen of those sleek, metallic, mirror-like finishes are difficult, if not impossible to ignore.Silver is a great stand-alone design material, but also plays well with other materials such as glass and wood. Though chrome is a contemporary design element, it can absolutely work in a traditional or even classically inspired

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We saw a tremendous momentum in the use of brass in decor starting in 2016, and forging ahead through most of last year.As a decor front runner, brass was featured as a stand-alone material in both lighting and accessories.Because of the similarities in sheen, and its natural, earthy tones, brass elements are a snap to pair up.Looking towards 2018, brass has taken a courteous step to the side. However, it is still a strong team player in the “mixability” of combining metals.

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Coziness, intended imperfection and the collected-over-time look are all major players as we move into 2018—and this goes for the use of metals in dÊcor as well.Combining different shades or patinas of a single metal is a tried and true method, such as a burnished or dark gold light fixture paired with polished gold accessories.Another way to emphasize casual comfort over formal or stuffy looks, is mixing metal varieties as well as finishes.This mix, despite the differences in finishes, still looks cohesive and feels intentionally collected.

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As with all decorative finishes, generally, a little bit goes a long way.Metal is no different.If you are easing into this finish trend, start small and build.Begin with accents and accessories, and feel your way into larger pieces, such as furniture and large scale objects.Even subtle choices such as picture frames and drawer pulls can be a stepping stone towards committing to using metal in your personal space. Once you get the rhythm of how metal can truly be a fabulous (and fun) addition to your design style, GO FOR IT!As always, trends are just that, a trend.Look to them for inspiration, learn from what the professionals are doing, but as I tell all of my clients, MAKE IT YOUR OWN!Create a space that reflects YOU and be fearless as you discover your style. Here’s to a year of shining successes—in décor and life!

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right of passage that many of us go

though. It is in many ways a trail of our

patience, endurance, time management and

our ability to prevail though sleep deprivation. The first year, although difficult, is such a

celebration. It is a miraculous experience filled with

so many milestones for both you and baby. From first steps, to first words, every precious moment is filled with excitement, nervousness and countless social media albums full of photos. Going through parenthood for the first time is a mixture of emotions. It can be every bit joyous and exciting but also equally as terrifying. As a new parent you are constantly being pushed in many different directions on how to raise your baby. You are bombarded by books, articles, and endless advice from people you know and, strangely enough, even people you don’t know. From your parents to cousins and, random people in the grocery store their advice although full of love, can in many ways can stress you out beyond all measure. You begin to question if you are doing the right things to raise your child correctly. You compare, you look up growth charts, you analyze and begin to baby proof. The list is endless of your worries and at the end of the day, all you can is your best, all you can give is your love, and in the end all you can hope for is the best. Since the first year is most often the most difficult, many parents celebrate along with their child on their first birthday. So if you are a parent with a baby this year and have made it to your child’s first birthday give yourself a pat on the back, a hi-five, and pop some champagne! You did it! You kept a baby alive for a whole year and survived infancy. You can now celebrate and join parents all over the world as they celebrate their child’s first birthday with a SMASH, a cake smash! A cake smash is a messy, fun and down right dirty right of passage for every one year old. This fun and messy milestone is gaining popularity and being celebrated by both parent and child all over the world. To kick the celebration newly one olds are served cakes to destroy. Many times in front of friends in family often tasting cake and real sugar for the first time. The photos priceless, and down right hilarious.

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he French have mastered chic and elegant style. In fact,

and a little depressing when you’re swiping through Parisian

they are synonymous with the word “style.” It seems

homes and looking at what you don’t have. That’s why

that we are always looking to Parisians, especially when it

we’re answering the question, “What are they incorporating

comes to tips about beauty, fashion and home décor. They

to achieve that certain je ne sais quoi?”. Here are four tips

have managed to perfect that glamorous yet effortlessly

on how to get your home looking like a Parisian decorated

cool style that we all long for. It’s not a hard thing to achieve

it. Disclaimer: you might start daydreaming of French cafes

once you get the formula down. Sure, it can seem daunting

and countryside vacations.

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Consider the French Lifestyle The French are able to maintain an effortless look because they design their spaces to accommodate their lifestyle and daily flow of things. From the furniture to the overall aesthetics—everything has a function, even if it doesn’t look relaxing. Create nooks for your mementos and books, pick furniture that you’ll use and, most importantly, surround your space with things that emulate your style.

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Reuse and Recycle Go to estate sales, ask your grandma for some family heirlooms or shop thrift stores. Piecing together the new and old is tres chic and tres French (are we all speaking French yet?). French designers love history, and they make sure to respect it. So, add some pieces to your home that may have been owned by someone else. Again, juxtapose them with new items for a good mix and that aforementioned effortless look.

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Scroll for Inspiration: The Best Design Instagram Accounts to Follow | By: ZAK HANSEN |

If you’re seeking inspiration for interior design or a home decor project in the new year, look no further than these Instagram feeds, belonging to some of the most influencing designers of today.

Wit and Delight

Apartment Therapy

Arent & Pyke

Wit and Delight—penned by St. Paul marketing

Apartment Therapy was launched in 2001 by

The renowned Australian design firm, led

consultant Kate Arends—features content

interior designer/professional organizer Maxwell

by principals Juliette Arent and Sarah-

in the worlds of food and entertainment,

Ryan—aka “the apartment therapist”—and now

Jane Pyke, has been turning heads

relationships, fashion and style, lifestyle and

reaches an audience of more than 20 million

and locking down award after award

more. Its focus on interiors and decor is where

across its various platforms. With more than

since first arriving on the scene. Their

this lifestyle blog truly shines. Follow Kate at

1.3 million followers, the Apartment Therapy

Insta-feed, @arentpyke_inout, features

@witanddelight for an inside look at Kate’s

Instagram feed (@apartmenttherapy) is a great

an inside look at some of their most

stark, stunning spaces.

place for home decor inspo on any budget.

spectacular interior spaces.

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Felix Forest

Studio McGee

Emily Henderson

One of the top interior design photographers

Husband and wife duo, Syd and Shea McGee,

HGTV host, stylist and bestselling author

in the world, Felix Forest, splits his time

known widely as Studio McGee, bring their

of

between his former home of Paris and his

signature bright, clean aesthetic to the hundreds

em_henderson) fills her feed with design

new home in Sydney. His strongly modern

of rooms across the country they’ve lent their

and style tips and inspiration, decorating

photography work, featured on the pages

personal touch. Since founding their firm in 2014,

projects, behind-the-scene looks at her

of some of the world’s top architectural and

their work has been featured in Architectural Digest,

television show and more. It’s a design

design publications and commissioned by

Vogue Living, HGTV Magazine and Better Homes

and media empire all in one place.

commercial clients around the globe, is a sight

& Gardens. You can follow Syd and Shea and the

to behold. Keep up with him at @felix_forest.

fabulous spaces they design at @studiomcgee.

“STYLED,”

Max Humphrey

Justina Blakeney

This Portland-based interior designer packs

No one does boho quite like designer/artist/

a lot of interesting design into his Instagram,

bestselling author, Justina Blakeney, whose

@maxwhumprey. Follow his account for

focus on textures, fabrics and bold, bohemian

exciting wall galleries, bright spaces and

colors has made her a fast favorite in the interior

detailed and cozy lived-in designs.

design world. Fans of pattern and color should head to @justinablakeney right away.

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and chooses to create trendy leather purse designs with accessories like; wallets, necklaces, bracelets and key chains. Each piece is handmade with 100 percent leather, unlike some of the widely-known purse brands, which often use plastic in their designs. Ofelia does the tooling on all of her merchandise. She makes the pattern, cuts out the design, wets the leather with a “special spray” and tap-by-tap hammers the designs into the bags. “We start with accessories that range from $10, and our bags start at $30. Our most expensive in store right now is 80,” says Ofelia. Custom bags can reach up to a $300 price range, depending on the

going to want to buy from me.’ But no, people [came] in and I would

client’s wants and needs. Some special orders can take up to one

think, ‘Oh my god, we made money!’”

month, but even in those cases, Ofelia still prices fairly. In 2017, she opened the Tres Toros Leather Co. shop downtown. It “If you have any ideas, if you’ve seen a picture, if you’ve seen

was originally a parking space with no walls on the side of the building.

anything, you can bring it to me, you can pick your leather, you can

She and the owner of her neighboring local business, Jam of Dream

pick the color of your thread and we can personalize it for you,”

Chasers Club, stacked pallets and used power tools to create the

says Ofelia about these exclusive pieces. Ofelia will even use vegan

walls and doors of Tres Toros Leather Co. Jam and other local artists

material by request.

have been an incredible support system for Ofelia in the journey of owning her first shop and participating in the farmer’s markets.

In case Ofelia is busy with her two retail jobs and school; her dad will always step in to help create custom bags, while her mom, a

As they say, when one door closes—even a door made of pallets—

florist who creates one of a kind macramé pieces for the shop, will

another one opens. While her downtown store will be closing in 2018,

watch the Tres Toros store. As a former local business owner herself,

Tres Toros Leather Co. will be going digital with a website launch in

Ofelia’s mother has taught her the importance of treating clients, and

early January. Alongside focusing on Tres Toros Leather, Ofelia will

people in general, with a positive attitude and kind heart. “I just love

also be focusing on her senior year of college.

helping people … and I owe all of that to my mom.” The upcoming website launch is not the only thing she is anticipating This family business began nearly three years ago when Ofelia found

for the New Year. A new “Artist Series” collection of Tres Toros

herself with out a job. “I had worked retail for years—since I got

Leather Co. will also be launched. This new collection will incorporate

out of high school, so I [couldn’t] sit here and do nothing!” Ofelia

the work of local artists, who will paint works of art on her leather

brainstormed with the knowledge that she wanted to do something

bags and accessories; they will be out for sale in February.

at the farmer’s markets, which were gaining popularity. Ofelia will also continue to sell her handmade leather goods at the “I’ve always been very creative, it runs in the family,” she says, “and I

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market on Saturdays and at The Upper

thought, ‘Well I could do [something with] leather. No one’s doing that.’”

Valley Artist and Farmers Market on Sundays.

She had all of the tools and leather that her family had collected over the years, ready to be crafted. As an art turned business major, she used her

“If you would have asked me two years ago if I was always going to

creativity to craft her products and used her business mindset to build a

do this, I would have said, ‘No, this is just for now, just little markets

small, yet flourishing, business that she says grows every year.

here and there.’ But I think it has evolved. I definitely want to have Tres Toros for as long as I can.”

“When I started, my dad made two bags for the shop that had about 20 to 25 hours of tooling and lacing in them. These bags were priced

To keep up with Ofelia and Tres Toros Leather Co. follow on Instagram:

$150 to $250. I [thought], ‘No, this is so expensive, people are not

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mily Brockhoff is still fairly new to El Paso. After moving here with her husband and newborn

baby boy in 2015, she created her blog, El Paso

Life and Style, as a way to force herself out of the house and explore her new city. Now a mother of two, Emily has explored El Paso with her children, creating an online presence slash following, and becoming a huge inspiration to home and design in the city. With a master’s degree in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design, Emily is especially keen on old buildings—something that she expresses she loves about downtown El Paso—and is able to apply her skills and knowledge to the design world she immerses herself in. The blogger, originally from Georgia, immediately fell in love with the city. “I love the mountains and the friendly people,” she gushed. As the intro of her blog states, “As a Georgia girl, I didn’t know how I would adjust to life in the desert and I had no idea how much I would come to love it. Now, I love telling people how wonderful I find this Southwest city.” True to the positive representation of El Paso, Emily only talks about the places and things that she loves about El Paso—and there’s a lot. She has even slowly convinced the rest of her family to make the move here. “My dad lives here four out of seven days a week and hikes every day that he’s here.” She also adds, “El Paso is fun, growing and wonderfully safe.” On her blog, you can find a variety of content about El Paso. She keeps her audience up to date about the different things to do and eat around the city. The “Life” and “Style” sections of her blog act as a way to discuss and share everything that she loves, keeping everything local. 76

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What especially stood out was her eye for design.

Emily just recently pulled back a bit from being a main design component in the family company, O + Co (Ouellette + Company,

Her first project was a home located on Galloway. What was once a

which has made a name for itself in Dallas and is now in El Paso.)

small cottage home with two bedrooms and one bathroom became

Even so, she has branded herself as the go-to person in El Paso when

a beautiful four-bedroom, three-bathroom home. With help from

it comes to style and design. She describes her blog as “how to live

her family, she extended the home, kept the original wood floors

your life inside and outside your home in El Paso.”

and created a beautiful open space for a family. Once pictures were posted, offerings started pouring in and within 24-hours, the home

With her growing number of followers and her keen sense of home

had an offer. “I didn’t mean for the Galloway home to be [a flipped

style, Emily has brought attention to El Paso through her blog.

property]. That was going to be our home,” she explains.

She comments that she’s excited about the growth of downtown and how she would love for more people to invest in living spaces

Looking at her other finished projects, houses on Piedmont, Rim

downtown. One can easily sense her love for the Sun City, as if she

and Stockwell, her design style is very eye-catching. She says her

was born here. Since her and her family chose to live here, they have

approach is simple: keep things consistent and appropriate. Scrolling

fully embraced our little corner of Texas and she has flourished in

through her Instagram, her feed consists of cozy (very hygee),

designing in the desert.

relaxing, bright spaces. It’s design envy that exists right here in El Paso, which is why she’s garnered so many followers.

Take some inspiration from her and follow her on her blog at www. elpasolifeandstyle.com.

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Boston, Massachusettes publishing house, Daunt Books Publishing. Daunt has also amassed legions of followers from all over the world who are drawn to its massive stocks of travel books, organized by country for easy browsing, along with maps, guides, phrasebooks, history, fiction, books on cooking, local flora and fauna and even children’s books. This is a book-lovers heaven. Readily rivaling Daunt Books for the title of Best Travel Bookstore in the World, Stanford’s, also in London, was established in 1853 by Edward Stanford. It’s called its current Long Acre shop home since 1901, and celebrated its 150th birthday in 2003. As the world’s largest map retailer—founder Edward Stanford was Cartographer to King Edward VII—Stanford’s stocks thousands of maps from around the world, along with globes, world literature selections and just about anything travel-related. Among its famous clientele is Dr. Watson, who traveled to Stanford’s at Sherlock Holmes’ request in “Hound of the Baskervilles.” Not sure yet? Even the floors at Stanford’s are maps. With locations in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain’s Bookstore, Altaïr, stocks more than 60,000 maps, references, travelogues, guidebooks and European-focused travel literature in Spanish, Catalan and a dozen other languages. Since 1979, Altaïr has strived to be “a cultural space, a meeting place, an exchange of ideas, a connection between travelers, the elaboration of projects and, increasingly, a space for cultural activities linked to the fact of traveling.” www.thecitymagazineelp.com

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London While several of the world’s top travel bookstores are abroad, there are still plenty stateside, with no better place to start than the Big Apple. Since opening in 2008 in Manhattan and in Brooklyn in 2012, New York City’s Idlewild Books has gained a fast following as one of the best travel bookstores in the world. Specializing in travel literature and guidebooks (all sold for 10 percent off), Idlewild—the original name for New York International Airport—also stocks books in a variety of languages. Both Idlewild stores also offer ongoing classes in Spanish, French, German, Italian and other languages to get travelers ready to converse wherever they may land. When the famed Globe Corner Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts closed its doors in 2011 after nearly 30 years, Brookline Booksmith snapped up its stock. Booksmith’s Globe Corner Annex, sells travel guidebooks, travel literature, maps, travel accessories and more from its shop outside Boston. Westward, ho!

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Cindy McClelland founded Changes in Latitude in Boulder, Colorado in 1993, fresh off a 15-month, around-the-world trip. The store’s staff of travel-lovers have collectively traveled to more than 100 countries 84

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Distant Lands - Pasadena, California and have the expertise and enthusiasm to get every fellow traveler where they want to go—heck, they’ve probably even been there. In addition to a large selection of travel books, Changes in Latitude also sells packs, suitcases, accessories and travel clothing, along with gifts and gadgets from all over the globe. In 1989, Distant Lands opened its doors in Pasadena, California as a travel-only bookstore and passion-project of lifelong travel hound, Adrian Kalvinskas. Since then, the store’s inventory has quadrupled and now includes much more than the maps and guidebooks that made it famous with travel gear, clothing and accessories, luggage and even its own travel agency, anything the world traveler could need can be found under Distant Lands Travel Bookstore and Outfitters’ roof. Sadly, two of the top travel bookstores in the US—Wide World Books & Maps in Seattle and Traveler’s Bookcase in Los Angeles—

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closed their doors in 2016. A third famed travel bookseller, London’s aptly named Travel Book Shop (made famous in the movie “Notting Hill”) is no more—all the more reason for you to take that trip today.

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f you’re looking for a really cool weekend getaway, think of going

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and drive approximately 50 miles to The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array.

next door to New Mexico. I suggest

you prepare for the first leg of your

Technically, this other worldly location is a

journey by watching Jodi Foster go for the

centimeter-wavelength radio astronomy

Oscar in the film “Contact.”

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observatory. That’s quite a mouthful, but what it means for those of us whose brains speak a

It’s a great flick, but more importantly,

simpler language, is that 27 gigantic, pie-shaped

part of the movie was filmed at your first

“dishes” sit on adjustable metal bases, and

destination. Start early and head north on

send and receive radio waves to and from outer

Highway 25 to the city of Socorro. There,

space. If you stand very still, you can feel them

you’ll want to hang a right on Highway 60

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t wi t t e r! Contests Editorial Extras

Next, head back to Highway 25, drive north

pottery studios, historic mining paraphernalia

Things to Do

to Albuquerque and turn east on Highway

and a rustic miner’s museum, Madrid is the

40. Breath-taking mountain views surround

quintessential haven for those who value

Sneak Previews

you on your way to Highway 14, just about

originality over modern convenience.

30 minutes east. Go north on Highway 14 through even more amazing scenery

We decided to yell for a cold one at The Hollar

and find yourself on The Turquoise Trail,

Bar, and sat on a one-of-a-kind enchanted

approaching Madrid.

patio with the most eclectic bunch of folks I have ever seen. But what REALLY got our

By the way, the “a” in Madrid is pronounced

attention (besides the 12 beers on tap) was

like the “a” in apple, with emphasis on the

The Hollar’s “Howler Menu” sitting on our

first syllable.

table. Featuring “Canine Cuisine,” it provided an assortment of meals for man’s best friend

As you near this magical place, you will

(dogs must be on a leash to be served). Tail-

pass the “Glass Bottle House,” a 12-foot

waggers may choose from a beef taco salad,

high totem gateway, the Tinkertown Folk

chicken jerkey, rice and eggs, roasted turkey,

Art Museum and uniquely-crafted metal

or black beans and rice, topped off with a

container homes adorned with all sorts of

Milk-Bone for dessert.

artistic detail. End your day with a quick drive up Highway

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Once you turn the bend and pass The Mine

14, travelling under Highway 25, into Santa

Shaft Tavern, you have officially arrived at the

Fe. Here, a mesmerizing selection of

center of Madrid. Steeped in art galleries,

eateries and hotels await you to continue

trading posts, cafes, boarding houses,

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TRAVEL LIKE AN EXPLORER STAY LIKE A LOCAL Rooftop pool view over the city skyscape Eat at The Downtowner Restaurant HOTEL INDIGO 325 N. Kansas St., El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 532-5200

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hen entering into a home or business, first impressions are everything, and can set the tone for how your visit will go. Upon entering, there should be a strong inviting sense

to come in and feel welcome. The main entrance is the transition from the outer into the inner world, and should be uplifting as it is considered the “mouth” or “Kou” of the home, and feeds the energy inside for its occupants. Our dwellings have many different types of entrances­­­­­—some are wide open while others may have a wall as soon as you enter. While the styles may differ, it is still the most public section of the home and not an ideal space to place personal items like family photos or religious deities as these items are more ideal placed in private areas.

| By: GRACE NEUHAUS, Certified Feng Shui Consultant and Practitioner |

So what can you place in the entryway? Hung artwork with a simple table and flowers will give the most inviting first impression. If you are limited on space, consider hanging small shallow wall shelves with decorative items. Mirrors are also a common decorating tool to make spaces feel larger. Placing a mirror in the foyer is a great way to invite in chi, but make sure the mirror is not placed directly across from the front door as it sends the chi right back out. There should be plenty of lighting to provide positive energy upon entering. If natural light is an issue and the space is dark or dim, choose a light paint color to open things up. Using a light fixture that gives off the best light possible or placing sconces on the wall is also helpful. Keep this area clutter free and unobstructed as you want the energy to flow. You can organize by using a console table with drawers, coat hooks or tree stands. Avoid keeping items like shoes nearby on the floor, or using the table as a catch-all for mail or magazines, as this slows the chi. Representing all five of the elements of water, fire, earth, metal and wood in your entryway creates a sense of peace and wellbeing for your guests. For example, water is represented by crystals and mirrors, while candles and lighting will be a nod to the fire element. Items made of brass, copper or steel represent metal and are easily done with the use of photo frames or candle sticks. Ceramics and artwork depicting landscapes are the earth element. Finally, for the wood element, it can be wooden furniture and accessories, including beams and pedestals. The last thing to consider for your entryway is the staircase. If your home has a staircase near the entryway, it can impact the chi. Stairs can push the existing chi away, creating a powerful waterfall effect by pushing away good health and fortune for the inhabitants. Remedy this by creating some sort of barrier between the door and stairs. Placing a mirror on the wall facing the stairs, using up-lighting or simply placing a live green plant at the base of the staircase will slow this energy down.

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| By: JESSE MAYNES |

umpkin isn’t just for October. It’s a flavor component that stretches over the entire holiday season. Use it, and use it generously. No one will be upset that it shows some face at your next holiday party, especially this recipe. This dense moist rolled cake filled with spiced cream cheese frosting is ideal for a dessert that’s not too complicated but will turn heads the second you walk through the door. Don’t be intimidated by the visual of the rolled cake, because with a few simple baking techniques, this can go from the oven to your table in about an hour!

Ingredients:

Directions:

3/4 cup flour

1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees Fahrenheit and prepare baking sheet. Using a 12 x 17-inch sheet

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

pan, cut and line parchment paper a little larger than needed to create flaps to pull out cake. You can

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

use a bit of water to get the parchment to stick to the pan.

1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger

2. Mix eggs, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour,

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

ingredients and mix until there are no lumps. Spray parchment with non-stick spray and evenly

1/4 teaspoon salt

spread batter onto sheet making sure it’s filled corner to corner.

3 eggs 1 cup sugar

3. Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until a toothpick will pull out clean. Let sit for 1 minute and remove

1 teaspoon vanilla

cake from pan by lifting excess parchment paper flaps. Gently roll, starting from the shorter end

2/3 cup pumpkin puree

while slowly and carefully removing parchment paper. Use a towel to protect your hands from the heat. While the roll cools, make the filling.

Filling: 8 ounces cream cheese

4. Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth and soft. Add powdered sugar, mix until

1/2 cup unsalted butter

smooth. Add maple syrup and cinnamon, mix until incorporated.

1 cup powder sugar 1 teaspoon maple syrup

5. Once the roll has cooled, unroll the cake and evenly spread the filling. Roll the cake back up and

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

serve topped with pecans.

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DIY Edition | By: JANENE ROJAS |

Pillow Party A really beautiful idea to spruce up any bedroom is DIY pillow stamps made from fresh leaves, lemons, flower petals, feathers—anything! All you need is fabric paint, a white or light colored pillow and your stamp object of choice. Paint your pick, stamp it on your pillowcase and voila, you have a new trendy pillow. Don’t forget to give it a day to dry. And if you do choose leaves, they must be fresh and flexible. Dried leaves will give you a big mess if you try to paint and press them.

DIY Blanket Ladder This all started recently in my search for a towel ladder for my restroom. I couldn’t seem to find anything for under $100, which is just not ideal for anyone on a budget. Lucky enough, there are many “Under $10 Blanket Ladder DIY” posts on Pinterest lately that look like they’re better quality than the store bought ones. First purchase is lumber, which you can find for less than $5. Then, you’ll need to cut two pieces of wood into five-foot legs, then cut another four pieces where your blankets will hang. Get handy with screws or nails and you are done with the easiest new addition to your space. You can also stain the ladder to match your home. $100 or $5, you decide.

Welcome Sign with Wi-Fi password “Millennials Now Welcome Guests With Avocado Toast and Wi-Fi Password.” I can already see the headlines—but it won’t stop me from saying that this is a really cool trend! All you need is your Wi-Fi network and password, any frame you like and a printer. Type out the info, decorate with a simple design that you can find on Microsoft Word, or any website you choose to design on, and print. Place the paper in your frame to give your guests what people love most—free Internet. Not a graphic designer? There are free downloadable templates all over the web for this now, which makes it easy to type your info and print. Super easy and awesome.

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Words On Stairs

In the world of Pinterest, I’ve spotted a lot of this new trend of putting stair decals or painted words on sides of stairs. It looks like it’s “In” if it’s making the space more of a reflection of yourself and family, but I am personally saying that it’s out because it falls into a “live, laugh, love” category for me. The quotes being used (from what I’m seeing) are generic, and your family is not. But adding your own unique twist to this trend, you could definitely make it an “In”.

Are Mason Jars Finally out? I guess after the explosive fad of using a mason jar for everything from overnight oats to decorative lanterns, I may or may not be completely exhausted of DIY mason jar tutorials. But I also may or may not have a metallic pink mason jar as my favorite liquid soap dispenser at home. Let’s just say I’m conflicted.

Rustic Living Stay away from the “rustic” décor ideas that you see around. Anything with stained wooden crates that are turned into shelves or storage for your mason jars is now something you want to stay away from. The rustic look has expired. Instead, think of softer textures with light and airy colors to make your home www.thecitymagazineelp.com

more inviting and relaxing.

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WINTER SPACES 2018 Advertiser INDEX

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

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

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

Definitive Homes................................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 27

Designs by LL Power......................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 65

Hotel Indigo........................................................................................................................................................................ Pg. 91

KTSM News Channel 9...................................................................................................................................................... Pg. 61

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

Southwest University Park................................................................................................................................................. Pg. 11

Spectrum.............................................................................................................................................................................. Pg. 7

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

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THECITY Magazine El Paso • Winter 2018  

As our first home and design issue of the year, let us set the tone for the amazing trends and fascinating local homes you can gather inspir...

THECITY Magazine El Paso • Winter 2018  

As our first home and design issue of the year, let us set the tone for the amazing trends and fascinating local homes you can gather inspir...