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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…

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Q: I’ve been working from home for the past two weeks, and my dog and cat, “Mutt” and “Shelley,” won’t leave me alone! I tried putting them into the bedroom during conference calls, but they yowl and meow nonstop. What can I do?

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Spring is here and many of you are starting a veggie garden. Here is a new twist to make your gardening more successful and interesting. Worms are great in the garden, and raising them in quantity has three main advantages.

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For maximum effectiveness, spray, then wait, then wipe. Spray cleaners need contact time to both cut through grime and to kill germs. Give surfaces a light mist, then wait up to 10 minutes before wiping clean.

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Container gardens are a viable and popular cultivation option, especially for those who have limited sun-exposed spaces or are looking to start small and learn the basics of gardening.

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If you’re like many people, you feel good when you are able to toss items into the recycling bin instead of the trash. But a new report suggests that many of those “recyclable” labels on your products may be misleading, and that much of what you believe will be processed and used again is ac…

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Unfortunately, during times of hardship, families are often targeted by fraud artists attempting to take advantage of those needing assistance. The COVID-19 crisis is no exception, with many scammers pretending to extend a critical lifeline to struggling homeowners through so-called “foreclo…

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As early as the 17th century in America, members of fraternal clubs often voted at their meetings without paper ballots. Decisions often required a simple majority, but sometimes had to be unanimous: Just one “no” vote could scuttle a project. So, they used a blackball box instead of paper b…

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If you never lived in Ohio you’ve probably never heard of Mitchell & Rammelsberg furniture. It was one of the largest furniture manufacturers of its time located in the Midwest, but not in Grand Rapids, where most of the furniture was made. (Lots of lumber and goods are transported from …

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There are lots of benefits to having an organized kitchen: You know your inventory, can easily find what you need and are not overwhelmed with clutter. But getting organized can be a challenge, as family needs, storage options and other factors differ from house to house. Organization expert…

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There are many reasons why you might want a home office. Perhaps you’re growing tired of commuting to your workplace during hazardous weather days or when you’re feeling under the weather — but in both cases, you still want to get work done. Perhaps you’ve arranged for a flexible schedule at…

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Some people have large houses with many rooms. Some people have studio apartments. Some people live in RVs, yurts, villas, co-ops or even boats. But I’ll share a secret with you. We are all living in the same home, planet Earth.

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Taking steps to boost curb appeal makes good sense for any homeowner. Not only does it help make a great first impression on guests and neighbors, but certain updates can actually increase your home’s resale value when it comes time to put your property on the market.

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The weather is heating up, and now’s the time to prep your outdoor space. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply enjoy being alfresco, you won’t regret the time, effort and resources you put into revamping your patio, balcony or deck.

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Ask Scott Lardner, owner of Albuquerque’s Rocky Mountain Stone, about their business and you’ll know you’re dealing with a true professional. His knowledge and expertise run deep, reflected in how he describes his work. “The stunning beauty of what mother nature provides is revealed to us ev…

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When it comes to his profession and what he knows he can offer the community, the co-owner of 2 Vets Construction, David Hill, gets right down to it. “As a head of a family-owned company and former veteran, our drive is for our family, along with our desire to continue serving the community …

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The Rio Grande Recycling Corridor — a group comprised of recycling and solid waste agencies from Las Cruces to Santa Fe — has launched a statewide recycling education campaign geared to teach New Mexicans how to recycle right. The “Know What to Throw New Mexico” campaign aims to combat the m…

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Composting is a common subject that I find most clients are confused about. Two basic methods are used — “hot” composting and vermicomposting. The following article is reprinted with permission from Uncle Jims Worm farm. For more information or to buy worms, go to www.Unclejimswormfarm.com.

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Set a timer to remember to add softener to your load of laundry, and another for when the load is done. Buzzers can’t always be heard, and it’s best to not let your wet laundry sit.

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If someone in your home is sick, be diligent in disinfecting your home to prevent the spread of virus. As part of your everyday actions, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects. Also, wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.