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Since the doors opened with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling, raising the bar for the standard of customer care has been of the utmost importance. Giving the Albuquerque community the kind of service not seen in quite some time has always been incredibly important to the owners and…

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Granite Passion’s dynamic family team of Sharon, Nicole, Dustin and Fernando is still at it — offering unique stone options and amazing craftsmanship for your home. Their happy customers continue to enjoy the best prices and selection for quality imported granite across New Mexico, all while…

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Landscape designs are a balance between expense, maintenance and the overall look. Most of my designs are what I call “Southwest Perennial Gardens.” They are relatively low cost by eliminating unneeded masonry projects, low water use, and low maintenance by eliminating large grass areas. Wha…

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Fresh versus frozen in the seafood aisle: Unless you’re at the docks, most seafood in the grocer’s fresh fish case is thawed from frozen. Always ask. It’s much cheaper to buy frozen and thaw it yourself.

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So, you’ve created the backyard of your dreams and love everything about it — except that seeing your surroundings can sometimes be a challenge once the sun’s gone down. As the days grow shorter and we head into fall, it’s one of the best times of year to enhance your backyard life at night.

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Weekends are made for families, and fall is all about the changing color palette of the great outdoors. Put them together, and you have the potential for awesome adventures in your neighborhood and beyond. When you get home, keep the memory alive with these two hands-on activities using foun…

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At least five famous mid-century modern designers made chairs that looked like large hard-boiled eggs with a cutout for seating space: Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971), Milo Baughman (1923-2003), Peter Ghyczy (1940-) and Charles Eames (1907-1978) are four of them. But the fifth and most famous was …

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For more than two decades, the HVAC industry professionals at First Rate Plumbing, Heating and Cooling have been helping homeowners across Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and surrounding areas stay cool in the spring and summer and warm in the fall and winter, as well as providing much-needed suppor…

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Many New Mexicans transformed their spaces during the last several months to increase safety and convenience, regulate natural light and complement their unique décor — and they did it with window furnishings. “During COVID, there were a large number of people who realized that their home wa…

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In the haste to break free from your pandemic routine, you may find your new schedule overwhelming and hectic. And with that, comes the inconvenience of misplacing commonly used items. According to a survey conducted by Bluetooth tracking company Pixie, Americans spend an average of 2.5 days…

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Water catchment systems are as old as time. Ancient cultures spent thousands of man-hours and untold amounts of money to accomplish these engineering wonders. “Modern” systems simply store water from the roof in rain barrels. These newer systems are very trendy and, in my opinion, are offere…

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Berries are in season, and there’s no greater time to stock up. But don’t feel like you have to make jam out of all the berries. Freeze in a single layer and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container. Later they can be popped into muffins and quick breads, as well as eaten straight out of …

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In case you missed it, wallpaper has made a comeback in the interior design world. This is for good reason. Today, there are literally millions of designs from which to choose. Not only that, new types of wallpaper can make application and removal easier than ever.

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When you start thinking about how to achieve financial security, a few basic things probably come to mind: insurance for your car and home; disability insurance in case you’re injured and can’t work; life insurance to protect your family in case something happens to you. But there’s one impo…

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“Figural bottles” are just what you would imagine — bottles shaped like living creatures or familiar objects. The earliest American clear glass figurals were made in the 1860s. In 1866, Dr. Fisch packaged his bitters medicine in, what else, a fish-shaped bottle. Brown’s Celebrated Indian Her…

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Calling all plant lovers! Bring your cuttings, seedlings, pups and roots and swap with other plant lovers. Share your green thumb with the community. This event is presented by Food is Free Albuquerque, and will be held at the FIFABQ Community Space at Cottonwood Mall, Saturday August 7, fro…

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From the onset, Ubaldo Munoz and J. Dave Hickman of Jeebs and Zuzu, Albuquerque’s premiere architectural design group, wanted the name of the company to convey the highest ideals of personal service to their clients. Known for their full range of services, from the design and construction of…

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Why would a business owner specialize in installation and replacement of residential HVAC systems instead of doing service calls and commercial jobs? Mario LoPrinzi, owner of Axiom Home Services, believes in the performance and durability of the products he installs and the superior installa…

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Shade structures — whether we call them covered patios, ramadas, verandas or pergolas — are an often-requested part of the landscape. The location of a shade structure is as important as the structure itself. Here’s why.

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Honey has amazing properties, and one of them is its antiseptic powers. You can even use it on pimples. Just a tiny dab will help keep bacteria responsible for breakouts from taking over.

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Updating the flooring can help infuse new life into tired, outdated bathrooms. For an upscale, polished look that doesn’t have to break the bank, consider installing tile flooring. Before you get started, you’ll want to make some decisions about the look and feel of your flooring:

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Although good nutrition is essential for human life, food production has a significant impact on the environment. Taking a more sustainable approach to sustaining your body can help protect the Earth and its climate.

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Vintage but modern-looking plastic radios are popular with collectors today. The art deco design was popular when Bakelite was introduced as the first molded plastic used for radio cases, in 1933. But Bakelite was either brown or black, sometimes with a marbleized look, and customers wanted …

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Have your dreams of transforming your yard into a beautiful oasis failed to come true? Are you frustrated that no matter how many gallons of water or hours of sweat you pour into your lawn, it still has weeds and bare patches instead of being the lush lawn you imagined? Do you wish for a ple…

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The team at Sunshine Plumbing & Heating knows that the months of July and August will be pushing air conditioning systems to their limits. That’s why they are urging homeowners across the Albuquerque metro area to make sure that their cooling systems are in excellent working order before…

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Shapes are a part of most good landscape designs. In the past, although we don’t often think about it, our style in the garden was much more formal than it is in today’s design world. The “formal” garden shapes of the past were boxes, rectangles and circles and most of the landscape beds of …

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Whether you’re putting down roots or putting your home on the market, kitchen upgrades make a huge impact. Not only do they have daily “good feeling” appeal for current homeowners, they can offer a great return on investment when it’s time to sell.

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Add a cinnamon stick or softener sheet to your vacuum bag when you change it. As you clean, you will distribute the good smell throughout your home.

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“Unique” is a word that is often misused by collectors. It means one of a kind. There can never be a unique mass-produced chair but there can be a rare one. More than 20 years ago, the Kovels’ newspaper column featured a table with a top that was made to look like an American flag. A similar…

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For more than 30 years, local homeowners have confirmed their go-to HVAC choice is Affordable Service. Through the Howland family’s leadership over the years, the company has been serving Albuquerque and Rio Rancho faithfully with quality heating and cooling. Founded in 1986 by Bill and Laur…

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It’s that time of the year across the Albuquerque metro area — getting together with friends and family, scheduling vacations to far-away places, and making sure your roof is maintained and ready to go for monsoon season. Local experts CAS Enterprises can help with that last item, especially…

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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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The Council of Albuquerque Garden Clubs is sponsoring a Garden Tour in the North Albuquerque Acres and Sandia Heights areas of Albuquerque. It will be held rain or shine on June 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour includes five estate-sized private gardens and an Artistic Flower Design Show. A…

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Native American and Spanish weavers’ expertise required the skill and dexterity to create intricate patterns as well the knowledge of where to find plants that yielded desired colors. Las Arañas weaver Myra Chang Thompson and Rio Grande Return Conservation Director Cameron Weber describe nat…

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Landscaping is hard work, and if you have someone do it for you it is expensive. Let me save you a lot of work and/or money.

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Make chopping walnuts easier: Put some in a bowl, and nest another bowl into it, then rock the top bowl back and forth to crush the walnuts.

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What did we really accomplish this past year? We’ve had time, certainly, with all these lockdown days, weeks and months, to do any number of things.

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There’s nothing quite like owning a home. There’s the pride of achieving a financial goal. There’s the comfort of having a sanctuary and space of your own.

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When sprucing up your home, think twice before tossing out a tired-looking, plain-white lampshade. You and your school-age kids can brighten it up and give it new life with the miracle of acrylic paint and decorative trim or ribbon.

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A reader sent us a picture of an item in an auction catalog that looked like a cookie jar decorated with racing horses, but it had a strange lid. What else could it be? Why horses on a cookie jar? The lid and the size, 7 inches high, are clues. The jar is a humidor, a container for cigars, c…

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Have you been thinking about replacing your existing windows? How about putting in a new front door? Would your home look so much better with new stucco? Or a complete bathroom remodel? And with summer almost here, can you imagine enjoying more quality time with family and friends in your ne…

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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.”