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anything is possible

The arrival of spring helps shake off the winter doldrums and catapults us into thinking about our home within a new season. For many, this might mean beginning the process of building or remodeling. Every homeowner knows that there’s always something to do, re-do, or enhance in our existing homes. It’s all part of our quest to create and enjoy our dream home. This issue of Su Casa El Paso & Southern New Mexico is chock-full of interesting ideas you can apply to your home, both inside and out.

You can go big or you can go small. You can go rustic or you can go contemporary. You can even do both. In this issue we see different kinds of homeowners. For some, a contemporary minimalist approach with fewer things in a smaller space offers practical advantages and, one might say, a simpler lifestyle. In another story, we feature a lavish house that’s designed to hold many treasures and be visually stimulating. Within our spaces, we have access to every design option under the El Paso sun. What I find fascinating is how some homeowners are effectively mixing old and new. Wrought iron, for example, can be used with traditional designs or can offer a contemporary detail. You will see how one homeowner used a large warehouse-style door to completely open her house to the outdoors, combining a semi-industrial look with a very livable feature. It’s all possible, and in many cases more affordable than you might think.

At this time of year, this same principle can be applied to the rebirth of our backyards. Claude Monet, the French impressionist painter, personally designed a garden at his estate from which he could paint colorful scenes. In designing our own garden areas, a little thought goes a long way and creates a lasting and rejuvenating picture of beauty. I planted purple and gold irises in my yard that bloom during the NBA playoffs. Purple and gold are my team’s colors.

Anything is possible. This issue is but a stepping-stone into your own imagination and what you can do to enhance your home and your life. Let your dreams begin.

Bruce Adams, Publisher