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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.”

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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…