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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…

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If your scallions are growing like crazy, you should know that you can freeze them to use later. Snip into smaller portions and freeze in a single layer for a couple of hours. Transfer to a container and store in freezer. When a recipe calls for scallions, just take what you need and use imm…

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A recent Harris Poll found that nearly a third of U.S. adults living in urban areas are considering a move to less densely populated cities in the wake of the pandemic. Others may not be fleeing the pandemic but simply want or need to move, either for a job change or other reason.

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There doesn’t seem to be any type of antique that isn’t sold at auctions, flea markets or shops. We were surprised years ago at a flea market when a dealer was offering a wooden artificial leg. It was sold an hour after we saw it. He said it went to a woman who wanted to make a statue, and s…

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Summer of 2020 is heating up; triple-digit temperatures are starting to surface in Albuquerque and beyond. With many of us spending additional time at home with our families, it has become even more essential for us to be comfortable while indoors, regardless of the season. To help keep you …

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When Dan Monaghan wanted to transform his backyard into his own personal oasis, he called the company he knew would serve him best — Southwest Greens, a local turf company run by brothers Scott and Steve Forster. And Dan’s experience with the skilled crew went beyond his expectations. “It wa…

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Shade is a great thing on a hot summer day. Shade can lower your utility bills and cool the house. So what is the problem with shade? The answer is color. Almost without exception, my clients have the same things on their “must-have” list. Drought tolerance, low maintenance, shade and color …

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Lemons and limes last longer in the cooler. Say that three times fast, and stick your citrus in the fridge!

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A typical American home wastes thousands of gallons of perfectly usable water down the drain annually due to lengthy wait times at hot-water outlets in the bath and kitchen. This experience is common when showering and bathing, as well as when you turn on faucets.

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Summer living can make your family’s clothing vulnerable to stains, splatters and more, even if you are spending more time at home these days. But it’s possible to restore your family’s clothing to like-new condition every time laundry day rolls around with these tips and strategies:

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Nantucket baskets have been popular purses and collectibles since the 1940s. The first baskets on Nantucket Island were made by the Wampanoag Indians, but they were not like the later Nantucket baskets.

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Never want to have to replace your roof again? Just talk to Clint Satterfield, owner of CAS Enterprises. Whether it’s improving the quality of your flat-roofed home, or you just want the work done with a brand-new room installation (with a lifetime warranty), Clint and his team are ready to help.

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Carpet Source owner, Don Lovato, has been working in the flooring industry for nearly three decades. Early in his career, while overseeing a traditional showroom, Don began to observe that it took the average customer approximately 4.7 separate trips to the store before making their final se…

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Although I recommend that all my clients irrigate their landscapes, I must admit it can be a very irritating part of gardening. Spray heads used for lawn areas along with their valves and controllers should be the biggest problem, but I think the drip sections that water shrubs, perennials a…

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If you seal your jelly jars with wax, here’s a good tip: Place a small piece of string into the wax before it hardens. Then, you’ll be able to pull on the string to remove the wax when you are ready to enjoy your homemade goodies!

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As one half of HGTV’s “The Cousins” and the founder of Lilyshea Development LLC, John Colaneri is well-versed in top design trends. Having recently purchased a 1960s-era rambler with the goal of taking it down to the studs and remaking it, Colaneri is sharing insights and ideas to help you c…

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Want to go green while practicing social distancing? Here are a few ideas to consider:

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These uncertain times are forcing more people to reexamine finances and rewrite their household budgets. According to the Pew Research Center in a survey conducted soon after the COVID-19 crisis began, 33% of Americans either lost their jobs or suffered a pay cut or reduction in work hours. …

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This elaborately decorated puzzle pitcher was made in Budapest, Hungary. In 1839, Moritz Fischer bought a factory that had been operating in Herend, Hungary, since 1826. He started making dinner sets for Hungarians because the old sets from Europe and the Far East were no longer available. T…

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David Linfoot, owner of Albuquerque’s newest Renewal by Andersen retailer, is the fresh face New Mexico has been waiting for when it comes to quality home improvement. Whether it’s having those French doors you always dreamed of finally installed or adding that bay window addition you adore,…

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Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, serving not only Albuquerque and Santa Fe but also Belen, Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, the East mountain area and beyond. Owner Daniel Jaramillo started his business as a one-man operation in 2010, working out o…