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New Mexicans have grown to value their relationships more in the past year, including those with local businesses, and they appreciate when businesses care for them. Daniels Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is committed to a strong relationship with their customers, encouraging revie…

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Pop-up pottery sales are back! Presented by a group of accomplished amateur potters who love creating, the local sales are hosted throughout the year. The next event will be May 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 804 Lafayette Dr. NE. Participating artists include Carry Wilcox, Christaine Couvert,…

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One of the problems that needs to be solved on many of my designs is screening. We may love our neighbors, but that doesn’t mean that we want to look in their bathroom window. Neither do we want to have them drooling over the chicken on our backyard barbecue.

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Do you store plastic wrap in the refrigerator? Many home experts will tell you that storing plastic wrap in your fridge or freezer can help with the stickiness factor — the plastic is easier to manipulate and get into place when cold, but still stays put.

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Whether you’re looking to create balance and boundaries between work and play or simply want to turn over a new leaf, there’s never been a more perfect time to commit to switching things up with major home design updates and DIY projects.

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What is “tramp art”? There is folk art, regional art, naive art, fine art and other very special names for groups of collectibles and antiques, but tramp art is probably the latest one to become popular. Tramp art has been made for many years, but the name was invented by a folk-art author i…

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Fairly easy to construct and even easier to maintain, raised garden beds are a great way to raise plants and vegetables in the comfort and convenience of your backyard.

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In the movie “Gran Torino,” Clint Eastwood’s character said: “Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone.”

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As humans, we accumulate quite a bit of clothing over our lifetimes. And sometimes, letting go of stuff can be difficult because, well, you never know when you might need that flannel shirt that’s still sitting in its original gift bag with tags on it from your birthday three years ago! It c…

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Finally, warmer temps are here, practically begging you to spend time outdoors. But before you fire up the grill, take some time to refresh and add a little punch to your outdoor space.

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Collections are an important component of decorating. They can give even the most bland decor a point of view. Actually, here is something most designers know: Collections show best in what most homeowners would consider a bland interior design. Think about it. Museums and galleries alike lo…

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Uvaldo Morales was born to be a roofer. In fact, you could say it’s in his DNA, as his grandparents were exceptional roofers who made a name for themselves in the industry.

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If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that our homes are much more than shelter. They are sanctuaries — places of rest, respite and comfort from the whirlwind. And they should be beautiful as well as functional because we’re spending so much time at home. Homeowners and sellers look…

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The Cactus and Succulent Society of New Mexico Center hosts their annual sale Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and brings in vendors from various places, providing a wide variety of cacti and other succulent plants available for purchase. They range from bargain st…

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Spring is here and the annual trip to the nursery is soon to come. I also make that annual pilgrimage, along with several other trips during the year. Even with 50 years of experience, I still rely on a backup of information for plants that might be new to me.

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Add some nuts to your morning cereal or smoothie for a nutritious boost. It’s not just for oatmeal or granola. I like to crush a handful of walnuts and sprinkle them across my waffles.

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The increased time spent at home during the pandemic has resulted in many people deciding to tackle home renovation projects. From creating a new office space or virtual learning area, to larger projects like bathroom renovations, many homeowners are rolling up their sleeves to do the improv…

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Plastic contributes to climate change and is a major pollutant, harming wildlife and people. With Earth Day around the corner, here are a few tips for reducing your plastic footprint at home that will also contribute to a healthier planet.

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With mortgage rates hovering near three percent, experts say there are still a number of homeowners who could benefit from refinancing. In fact, borrowers who refinanced in 2020 to lower their mortgage rate saved over $2,800 in mortgage payments annually, according to the latest Freddie Mac …

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Stoves were often the largest objects in the room of 18th- and 19th-century homes. They were needed for heat and cooking. Cast iron stoves came in many styles, most cast with curlicues and pictures formed by a mold. Special stoves had extra trim, a few tiles on the front or a complete set of…

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When it comes to hard water, residents of New Mexico know what’s up. The water is very hard and is really damaging to our plumbing!  So, it isn’t uncommon for homeowners across the Land of Enchantment to develop an aversion to the white spots, hard sediments and crusty buildup on plumbing fi…

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Brooke Nutting knows how to brighten your day! She does it regularly as co-owner of Albuquerque’s The Natural Lighting Company — New Mexico’s only Solatube premier dealer. Brooke and her husband Don sell and install the full line of products manufactured by Solatube International, which incl…

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When monsoon season arrives in a few months, bringing much-needed precipitation to the Albuquerque metro area, it could also create a challenging situation for homes with flat roofs due to an excessive accumulation of rain on rooftops, causing build-up, stress and possibly damage to these re…

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I have two wonderful dogs — they are my buddies. I have tried several ways of keeping them from ruining my landscape. My final solution is the much maligned “Doggie Door/Dog Run” combination. They are house dogs, but also have access through a dog door to go out and bark at “dog friends” and…

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Save and thoroughly clean foam egg cartons for kids’ paint palettes. The wells keep colors contained, and the flat space on the lid side is great for resting brushes. They are easy to rinse off and just as easy to recycle if you are done with them.

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As the weather warms, there are a few maintenance tasks every homeowner should consider completing. Use this checklist as your guide:

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Climate-related crises like rising sea levels, severe weather events and longer drought seasons are challenging the global economy. They’re also driving the launch of new clean technologies.

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Children’s toys are valuable records of what life was like in the past. From about 1880 to 1914, inexpensive, mechanical lithographed tin toys known as “penny toys” were popular and affordable in America. A toy rickshaw with a driver and a lady in a small cart was made by George Fischer of N…

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Have you ever walked into your bathroom, looked around, and thought to yourself, “Oh no, this simply won’t do,” or something similar to that? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly one-third of all home remodeling projects completed in the past year involved renovations to the bathroom, according t…

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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…