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The rise of in-home air quality and comfort has grown this past year. Working and learning from home full-time — or more of the time — significantly changed our need for making our homes suitable to our changing lifestyles. Also, with a decrease in travel and entertainment options, investing…

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Working and learning from home is the new norm for millions of American families. They’re engaged in a daily juggling act, making sure everyone has the bandwidth and privacy to complete their work, whether it’s the latest algebra assignment or the monthly all-staff meeting. Add in streaming …

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Exactly how plants get over-rated is a mystery. Sometimes it’s because their attributes outshine the negative qualities they also possess. Here are five plants that most homeowners will recognize, along with some better substitutes.

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Spray non-washable plush toys with dry shampoo to clean and freshen them. Rub vigorously with a terry cloth to remove any extra residue and fluff up!

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Since spending more time at home, you’ve probably started eyeing projects that need attention. One project that can make an impact on the look and value of your home is refinishing your hardwood floors. It may seem like a big project to tackle, but refinishing can not only improve the look a…

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Most glass bottles identified the contents inside with embossed letters on the container or a paper label. But a special group, usually apothecary bottles or special gifts, were made with “labels under glass.” The medical bottles usually had a label with a black name written in a fancy type …

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Many homeowners will occasionally discover that they have planted a small tree, shrub or perennial in the wrong place and it needs to be moved.

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According to sources at the National Quilters Circle, the best place to store an heirloom quilt may be on a bed. You can stack them, but rotate so that no quilt gets too much sun.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the consumption of single-use plastic as disposable mask and glove usage has skyrocketed. Additionally, many businesses have eliminated the option to use reusable shopping bags at a store or to bring your own mug to a coffee shop.

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Most homeowners want to keep their home cozy and their heating bills low during the winter, but struggle to keep the warmth in and the cold air out. Weatherizing can seem daunting, but there are many benefits — from reducing drafts to lowering energy use. Follow these low-cost tips to protec…

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There has always been a need to tell time, and early methods — sundials, hourglasses, water clocks or even large arrangements of stones and shadows — were not accurate. The first mechanical clocks were invented in the 14th century, the pendulum clock in 1656, and by the 1700s there were many…

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Rather than purchase a bigger home for a growing family or downsize in the spirit of conservation, New Mexicans, like so many other homeowners across the country, are instead choosing to renovate their indoor or outdoor living spaces, bathrooms and kitchens. If that time has come for you or …

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In a typical year, we would be shopping all the local craft fairs now for unique holiday items and gifts. But, since 2020 is anything but typical, we’re changing the way we do things. Sandia Band Boosters hosts an annual craft fair that draws a huge crowd each year. Now, they’re taking it on…

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Virus is a word that’s on the lips of the world. We see viruses as evil and they can be, in humans and plants. But wait, we can also love viruses and not even know it!

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If someone has written on your dry erase board with a permanent marker, try writing over it with a dry erase marker. Sometimes this works to remove the permanent marker.

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The bath space should feel spa-like in nature and create a sense of tranquility. To establish balance within the bath, coordinate different design styles and incorporate striking natural details. Bathrooms that push the boundaries on contrast, while maintaining a minimalistic tone, create th…

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We’ve all seen people reading the labels of food, beverage and supplement packaging to look at the ingredients and nutrition facts — chances are you have, too. More than ever, shoppers are looking at labels to make sure products match up with their values, whether it’s protecting people or t…

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Ever wonder when rubber boots replaced shoes on rainy days? Hessian soldiers wore leather boots, and Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, decided boots made of rubber would be more useful and keep feet drier. Charles Goodyear had vulcanized natural rubber in the 1850s to make tire…

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Home improvement businesses in the Albuquerque area are fairly plentiful — which makes one’s go-to answer for home heating solutions that much more crucial. A more excellent hearth product installer is hard matched against the long-standing expertise and community engagement Mountain West Sa…

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For more than 20 years, local homeowners have had their dreams transformed into reality through hard work and quality products provided by Liz and Juan Hernandez. Through their leadership, the owners of Eternal Stone Custom Kitchens and Baths — located right off Second Street in the South Va…

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For more than three decades, Dreamstyle Remodeling has been a leader in the Western U.S. in exceptional home renovations, from shower conversions and replacement windows to roofing, stucco and kitchens. And if you’d like them to add a hot tub or fireplace insert, they’ve got the resources to…

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On November 19-22, the Friends of Folk Art, in partnership with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, will host World of Treasures, an online auction of collectors’ quality folk art, fine art and distinctive experiences that will appeal to all tastes and budgets. More than 100 items will be o…

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After a lifetime of meeting with clients to look at their landscape problems, some client reactions are predictable. If you go out in the yard and see a plant that is not doing well, chances are you adjust the water and probably assume that your significant other messed it up. Usually neithe…

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If your vacuum has a paper filter, spray it with your favorite perfume or essential oil. It will blow into the air as you vacuum, leaving behind a pleasant scent.

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Since it looks like this horrible coronavirus isn’t going away soon, we might as well take a few steps to make our lives more comfortable over the winter. Here are some ideas:

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“As the home continues to serve as our sanctuary during the COVID pandemic, it’s critical to consider how lighting can keep a family thriving during this fall and winter season,” says Michael McCullough, director of PR at Progress Lighting.

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Emile Galle is a famous artist, a leader of the Art Nouveau movement in France in the mid-1800s. He started his art while working at his father’s furniture and pottery factory. By 1877, he managed the factory and started making clear glass. He soon developed a style of his own making vases o…

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Has your home’s stucco seen better days? Give your stucco the expert care it deserves. Whether you’re looking to re-stucco or repair certain damaged areas, residential or commercial, new construction or remodel, let Professional Coatings Corporation bring your project to life!

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To say that COVID-19 has thrown our entire world out of whack is putting it lightly. The illness has changed our world in so many ways, from how well we clean our homes to how we get dinner from our favorite restaurants and even how we interact with each other.

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Jeff Smith and Corey Wright, owners of Over the Top Garage Doors, are your go-to garage door installation answer. Whether it’s installing a new garage door, repairing an existing door or providing regular maintenance, Jeff and Corey are standing by for you.

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Your home should be a haven for the people you love and the items you value, but unfortunately homeownership doesn’t always work out like that. That is especially true in New Mexico, which has once again claimed the top spot among U.S. states when comparing property crime rates, according to…

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Looking for handmade, one-of-a-kind items for gift giving? Members of the Artists of Mariposa would like to offer their unique services to help make your friends and family smile this holiday season. Pastel paintings, pet portraits, jewelry, games and more. Contact the artists now to guarant…

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Fragrant plants in the landscape are a real bonus. I find that fragrant plants fall into two groups. The best ones are plants that produce fragrance that’s noticeable just walking past from a distance. Other plants have fragrance only if you brush against the foliage, and some plants will re…

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Every year, my small vegetable garden produces far more tomatoes than I can possibly use. As the season wanes, an abundance of green tomatoes forlornly hang on the vine looking for enough sun to turn them into red jewels. I’ve begun searching for unique ways to use green tomatoes as a vegeta…

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Enhancing your backyard? Experts say that the sights and sounds of water features make them one of the most impactful additions to consider.

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If you have a plant cutting you are trying to root in water, here’s a tip to keep the end from resting on the bottom of your container: Use a twist tie wrapped around the stem on one side and hooked over the edge of the container on the other.

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Old tools can be hard to identify because many are no longer used. A carved ivory leg with a little wheel at the top looks like it might be a toy or a drawing aid, but it would be odd to make a tool of ivory. This auction item, recently sold by Eldred’s Auctions, is a pie crimper, probably m…

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For Valerie Maes, owner of Sandia Marble with her husband Gilbert, her business is also her passion. Her knowledge and expertise run deep, reflected in how she describes her work. “I love to see our employees grow, the teamwork that occurs to deliver a finished product and or service to our …

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The names Jeebs and Zuzu might bring to mind characters in a children’s story from long ago, but make no mistake — the imagination and creativity by the team at this Albuquerque-based architecture, design and construction firm produces award-winning home renovations… not child’s play.

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The Second Annual New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival is going virtual! In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, this year’s festival will be in a modified format with virtual programming, an online vendor store and drive-through market. Enjoy cooking and cocktail-making demonstrations that …

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As you probably know, the coronavirus has made home improvements very popular; vegetable gardening can be part of those improvements.

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Cane-bottom chairs feeling a little bit loose? You can tighten the cane by taking them outdoors, thoroughly wetting the seat from the underside with hot water, then letting them dry in the full sun. The drying process can shrink the cane, causing it to tighten.

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When determining the look of your outdoor living space, decking is only half of the equation. In many cases, it’s the deck railings that are most visible and the design element that makes the first impression.

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With families spending more time at home, messes are on repeat and cleanups are often an hourly routine. At the same time, many households are looking to reduce their environmental impact affordably.

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There have been many studies on why people do or don’t collect. Do they hoard to replace something that was missing in their life — a loving parent, perhaps? Is it an obsession, like gambling? Or is it interest in research on history or art and the emotions they create? Many decorators in th…

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Albuquerque’s Poulin Design Center is New Mexico’s choice when it comes to quality home improvement. Whether it’s updating your kitchen to one you’ve always dreamed of, remodeling your bathroom, or going solar, owner Tom Poulin and his team are your local pros.

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Here’s the situation: You’ve finished moving into your new home. The furniture and wall art has been arranged to your liking. The electronics have been installed and tested. A fresh coat of paint has been applied and the entire house has been cleaned. Yes, your house seems to be looking grea…

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Mario LoPrinzi, owner of Axiom Home Services, is your go-to HVAC solution. Whether it’s replacing an air conditioning system, updating your water heater, or any other of their top-notch services, Mario and his team are standing by for you.

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As part of my design service I’m often asked to include large raised planters for vegetables made of brick or landscape blocks with garden soil and irrigation included. My next three questions sometimes change the request. The first question I ask is, “How long has it been since you grew veg…