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Smart Design With Suzette: Backsplash Beauty

on July 22, 2016 - 8:41am
Decorative backsplash. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

Backsplash designs are an extremely important element to consider during a kitchen renovation. The right backsplash design should be a focal point of your kitchen and really tie the whole room together.

Kitchen backsplash design should really incorporate your own personal style. Many people have trouble choosing a backsplash. I’m here to help. I’ll show you examples of what’s tending now and guide you to make an educated decision that suits your personality.

Popular Materials

Subway Tile
Glass or ceramic, subway tile is still

Smart Design With Suzette: Decorating For The Fourth

on July 3, 2016 - 10:35am
Patriotic flower pots and jars. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Can you believe we are mid-summer already? It’s our country’s birthday and time to celebrate! My family loves fireworks. We are blessed enough to watch them from our deck, so the day will be filled with good eats - ribs on the barbeque, lawn games, probably even a trip to the pool.

It doesn’t take much to decorate for Independence Day. You can decorate with food, flowers, and lawn decorations. Follow these guidelines for a red, white and blue, patriotic celebration.

Sodas in red, white and blue. Courtesy photo

Guardian Mortgage Company Expands Footprint

on June 29, 2016 - 8:56am
Guardian Mortgage Company staff Michaelann Cavazos, Marita DeVargas, Monie Blum, Bob Ortega, Mandi George and Cassandra DelgadoCourtesy photo
DALLAS  Guardian Mortgage Company is expanding its footprint once again, this time with services in Santa Fe, delivered at First National Santa Fe branches.
Guardian Mortgage Company, a Dallas based mortgage originator and servicer with more than 50 years in the business began providing all primary home loans for its affiliate First National Bank of Santa Fe in September 2015. Through this partnership, Guardian Mortgage

Scenes From Habitat For Humanity House Building

on June 29, 2016 - 8:43am
Craig One Feather and Debray Bailey survey the work from across the street. Photo by Nancy Coombs, UNM-LA
HFH News:
The Habitat for Humanity house build in Los Alamos Saturday, June 18 was supported by UNM-Los Alamos.
The house, on Questa Road, will provide a home for Ivette Jimenez and her son Ruben. Volunteers are welcome any Saturday.
For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity at 505.747.2690.
Ivette Jimenez tests out paint colors on the front of the house. Bill Gilson stands behind her, while Craig One Feather looks on laughing. Photo by Nancy Coombs, UNM-LA

Smart Design With Suzette: Hotel Style Bathrooms

on June 19, 2016 - 1:15pm
Make your bathroom feel like a luxury hotel. Courtey photo
Los Alamos

My master bath is extremely small. Unless I want to tear down walls and move the laundry to another location, which I don’t want to do, I have to find ways to make my master bathroom luxurious. I work really hard and I want my lovely, small bath to be a place that will be an aesthetically pleasing, welcoming retreat…like a luxury hotel.

The bathrooms of first-class hotels are defined by their luxury, style and quiet elegance.

What makes a great bathroom is a well-considered combination of fixtures,

Los Alamos County Housing Survey Opens

on June 15, 2016 - 12:23pm


Los Alamos County and A-19 Acquisition Group are asking for potential home buyers in the Los Alamos County area to participate in an online survey of New Home Buyer Preferences. 

The Los Alamos County New Home Buyer Survey is on the Los Alamos County website ( under News and Alerts. Use the following link to start the Los Alamos County New Home Buyer Survey:

The results of the Los Alamos County New Home Buyer Survey will be used in the planning and development for site A-19 in White Rock.

Smart Design With Suzette: The Power Of Paint

on June 5, 2016 - 11:57am
Adirondack chairs go pow with a new coat of paint. Photo by Suzette Fox
Curb appeal! Color it up with paint. Photo by Suzette Fox
Los Alamos

Recently, I decided to tackle some home projects that I have meaning to do for a while. I have to say the projects that make the biggest transformation have to do with paint.

The power of paint is undeniable. For about $30 a gallon, paint can do wonders.

Here are some before and after photos of my very own projects, at my house, that say just that.

The right color adds depth and texture to a room. Photo by Suzette Fox

Smart Design With Suzette: Design Envy

on May 22, 2016 - 12:36pm
Spiff up your home with a do it yourself project like painting furniture. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

As someone who looks at a great deal of photos of beautifully designed homes every day, I know how the pangs of design cravings have the potential to overwhelm.

Despite the fact that we may be wishing for something different at home, that doesn’t mean we can’t also learn to love our homes just as they are today. Hardly anyone escapes home design envy.

Over time I have developed an arsenal of strategies to help cope with any feelings of my home being “less than” how I want

Smart Design With Suzette: Deck Design Ideas

on May 8, 2016 - 10:23am
Tiered deck. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

You may think of your deck as just a bland wooden platform jutting out to your backyard, but with a little planning and good design, that space can become a fabulous alfresco family room and entertainment center.

Plan for the Way You Live

Start with general ideas of what the deck can do to enhance your life. What will you use the deck for? Maybe you want to emphasize intimate gathering and dining areas. If you love to grill, design an outdoor kitchen.

Women Volunteers Help Qualify For $5K From Lowe’s

on May 7, 2016 - 11:57pm
Volunteers gather today to work on the Habitat For Humanity home under construction at 3564 Questa in Los Alamos. Courtesy Photo
New home recipient Ivette Jimenez, left, and local Habitat For Humanity Board Treasurer Nicole Brown in front of the new home under construction today at 3564 Questa St. Photo By KayLinda Crawford/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Women flocked to the Habitat For Humanity home under construction today at 3564 Questa St., to participate in the National Women Build Week.

Arborist Laural Hardin Gives Pruning Workshop May 15

on May 7, 2016 - 11:05am
Arborist Laural Hardin. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Tree pruning can keep trees healthy and beautiful, but improper pruning can leave a tree weak and detract from the landscape. Join Laural Hardin at the Los Alamos Nature Center 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, to learn the basics of pruning ornamental and fruit trees. She also will cover important questions to ask professionals before they prune one's trees.

Laural Hardin is a certified arborist and integrated pest management specialist who specializes in diagnosing and solving tree and garden problems.

Tips For Pruning Weather Damaged Trees

on April 25, 2016 - 8:18am
Los Alamos Extension Horticulturist

For moderate pruning repair jobs of weather damaged trees close to ground level, homeowners should follow these guidelines:

  • Smaller branches should be pruned back to the point where they join larger ones. Make the cut at a slant next to a bud that can produce new growth. Do not leave branch stubs as they encourage rot and decay.
  • Large branches that are broken should be cut back to either the trunk or main limb. Do not cut the branch flush with the trunk. Instead, cut outside the  branch collar at the base of the branch.
  • Take all necessary

Pajarito Greenhouse Opens For Season Wednesday

on April 24, 2016 - 8:16am
The tomatoes are getting tall at Pajarito Greenhouse. From left, James Liberty, Dave Fox and Tim Morrison show off some prime specimens at Pajarito Greenhouse. Many plants are already in stock and more are arriving daily, Fox said. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

In Los Alamos, spring can be iffy, but we know it’s just around the corner when Pajarito Greenhouse is once again open for business.

This year, the greenhouse will open at 9 a.m. sharp Wednesday, April 27.

Pajarito Greenhouse is a department of CB FOX Department Store, but

UNM-LA Offers Class On Staging Your Home For Sale

on April 24, 2016 - 7:46am
Before and after photos of a bathroom that has been readied for showing by Alana Light. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education Department is offering the class “Stage Your Home for Sale” 12:30-4:40 p.m., Saturday, April 30.

Join Alana Light to learn about the most important things to do to the home before listing it on the market. Light’s business, A La Carte Design, is based in Santa Fe and serves clients throughout northern New Mexico.

“Buyers and appraisers agree that staging a property for sale makes a difference," Light said.

Smart Design With Suzette: Entertaining Essentials – Home Bar Ideas

on April 24, 2016 - 7:40am
Home bar. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Hospitality is about sharing. A hospitable home welcomes visitors and draws them into the warm family circle as treasured guests.

The first thing that guests are offered is a beverage. What better way to offer hospitality then to lead them to your perfectly designed and stocked bar.

I’m not sure it’s because of hit series like “Mad Men,” but there’s a definite return of the home bar. It seems everyone wants one.

Summit Garden Club Meets May 2

on April 23, 2016 - 8:43am

SGC News:

The Summit Garden Club hosts its May meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 2 at the home of Laurie Hixson, 307 Potrillo Dr., in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

The meeting will start with a short talk on gophers by “Gopher Andy,” Andy Espinoza. In addition, each May the club meets to assess its activities during the past year and to discuss its projects for the coming year. 

Included among the Club's many projects are refurbishing and maintaining gardens at the Bandelier National Monument and the creation of the White Rock Community Garden (across the highway from the Visitors Center).

Arborist Laural Hardin Talks About Trees Sunday

on April 23, 2016 - 8:22am
Arborist Laural Hardin answer tree questions at PEEC Sunday. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Selecting the right tree for one's yard and the best location to plant it has more impact on the landscape than one might realize. Understanding what the tree needs to thrive and whether it may cause future plumbing problems can save home owners time, stress, and money down the road.

Join Laural Hardin 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, April 24 at the Los Alamos Nature Center to discover the important questions to ask when shopping for a tree and learn how to select the right tree for the right place.

Hardin is a

Zia Realty Group’s Featured Homes & Properties

on April 10, 2016 - 9:55am

Today's Featured Home

15 Tesuque

Los Alamos, NM 87544



Smart Design With Suzette: Laundry Room Design

on April 10, 2016 - 8:22am
Laundrey room with colored appliances. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
Laundry Room Design

A laundry room is a space that exists to get a big job done. It surprises me that laundry room design doesn't receive more attention. This column talks about smart laundry room design and how these design elements support the activities that go into doing the laundry.

Design Layout

A well-designed laundry room layout should....

  • Be designed so that it’s easy to get laundry in and out of the washer and dryer, or have easy access to a clothes hanger (inside or outside).
  • Be

Living Well Los Alamos: Summer Barbeque Safety

on April 4, 2016 - 2:45pm
Los Alamos Extension Home Economist and 4-H Agent

With our warm weather this winter it’s not uncommon to catch a whiff of dinner cooking on a barbeque grill somewhere in your neighborhood. The aroma conjures up spending time in the yard with family and friends while eating potato salad, coleslaw and corn on the cob. This summer keep your friends and families safe by following a few basic barbeque safety rules. 

Proper barbeque safety begins with an annual inspection of the grill. Clear the grill of any debris and grease.

Smart Design With Suzette: Designing A Simple Life – The Art Of Less

on March 27, 2016 - 8:36am
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Smart Design With Suzette
Designing A Simple Life – The Art Of Less

It’s been a rough month. Our community has lost some very good people. It’s times like these, I reflect on life’s big questions. Am I making a difference in my community, to my family? What more can I do to educate others that their choices make a difference and effect our world in either a positive or negative way?

I have realized that the sustainable lifestyles concepts about which I often write are relative.

Smart Design With Suzette: Prepping Your Home For Spring

on March 13, 2016 - 7:48am

Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Spring is right around the corner. From the interior of your home to the exterior, getting your home ready for spring will ensure you’ll be ready to enjoy the warmer weather. Many new homeowners don’t know where to begin. Here are some guidelines to get started.

Start On Your Exterior

The outside of your home has taken wear and tear from the winter. Walk around your home and examine caulking around windows and doors, as well as open windows and doors and look at weather stripping. Replace old or cracking caulk and replace weather stripping.

Living Well Los Alamos: Free Application For Federal Student Aid

on March 10, 2016 - 8:08am
County Extension Service

Graduation is a mere four months away. Whether you are a high school senior preparing to enter college next fall or a non-traditional student who is planning to return to school as an adult learner, many people will be completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA determines eligibility for student loans, grants, need-based student employment and other forms of aid.

Smart Design With Suzette: Tips For Updating Lighting Fixtures

on February 28, 2016 - 10:38am
Mark the Electrician, right, and staff person Virgil install paper flowers on an oversized Ikea light fixture. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Good lighting can literally light up your life. It can make the difference between "nice place" and "wow, love your pad." But, in most homes, the lighting is too complicated and too dim. Before you do anything else to your home, consider changing your lighting.

Whether you live in an apartment or own a house, we’ve all had that moment where we realize it’s time to switch things up.

Study Names Los Alamos County Top Place To Get Mortgages In New Mexico

on February 22, 2016 - 11:43am



SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company, recently released its second annual study on the Best Places to Get a Mortgage.

The study determines the top markets by comparing the likelihood of mortgage approval by county, in addition to mortgage rates, average five-year borrowing costs, and property taxes.

Los Alamos County cracked the list at number 1 in New Mexico, up from its rank of 4 in 2015.

How Los Alamos County compares to other counties in New Mexico: