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Homewise Launches Online Interactive Storybook

on February 20, 2016 - 7:33am
SANTA FE  In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Homewise is launching an interactive storybook online.
This new online feature will include a timeline of client stories and milestones as well as a “then and now” comparison of life in New Mexico in 1986 to today.
Clients will also be invited to share their own stories of their journey to homeownership as well as personal anecdotes and experiences as Homewise owners.
Homewise will be celebrating with special events throughout the year, including a community event in June at the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.

Barclay: A Good Home Investment Trend

on February 17, 2016 - 9:32am
RE/MAX of Los Alamos
People often ask me what are good investments to make in their home.
One of the fastest growing trends I'm seeing is the installation of ductless, mini-split heat pumps. They’re quick and easy to install, offer room-by-room temperature control, good air filtration and are very quiet. They’re also energy-efficient. Compared to large, single-zone, ducted AC, these units are zoned so every room has a thermostat.

These systems are called ‘split systems’ because they consist of two components: an indoor unit and an outdoor unit.

Food On The Hill: Sauced Burritos

on February 14, 2016 - 8:43am

A pan of sauced burritos after baking. Photo by Felicia Orth

Sauced Burritos

This is another of my “best intentions” recipes; I set out to make chicken enchiladas and wound up with chicken and vegetable burritos drenched in enchilada sauce. The homemade red chile (chile colorado) sauce is the only critical element of the dish; everything else can be changed or made simpler by shortcut. Do not be tempted to save time by using canned enchilada sauce; this homemade sauce can be made quickly with items typically found in a New Mexican pantry and it is well worth the effort.

Smart Design With Suzette: Cool Stuff

on February 14, 2016 - 7:56am
Cell phone charging pads and tables make life easier. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

While researching the latest trends, I came upon technology items being brought to market that are the coolest things I have seen in a while. I thought I would share them before I move on to other design stories.

Transparent TV. Courtesy photo


The first thing to catch my eye was a transparent television. The transparent TV designed by Michael Friebe is a marvelous piece of technology that combines conventional LCD and the latest TOLED display technology.

Smart Design With Suzette: Highlights Of 2016 International Builders Show

on January 31, 2016 - 8:49am
White kitchen with wood accents. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

The last column I wrote indicated design trends for 2016. Let’s continue the conversation and take a look at some residential design trends that judges of the Best in American Living Awards (BASA) at last week’s International Builders' Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, predicted would be this year's most prominent.

High on the list were intimate outdoor spaces, intricate stairwells, and Mid-Century Modern detailing.

Smart Design With Suzette: Organizing Your Kitchen

on January 17, 2016 - 10:53am
Store lids with containers. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Although January is nearing its close and many a New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside, I’ve decided to let my neat-freak flag fly and get down ‘n dirty with home organization.

If you’ve been bitten by a similar clean-up bug and are looking to organize your own home—I’ve got you covered in the kitchen! These tips, tricks, and techniques will have you in the organizing groove well into the new year!

The kitchen is an area of your home that gets used more often than most other areas.

Los Alamos 4th Quarter 2015 Housing Data Released

on January 14, 2016 - 8:01am
Single Family home sales in Los Alamos rose from 44 in the 4th Quarter of 2014 to 57 this Quarter, according to the Los Alamos Association of REALTORS® (LAAOR).
LAAOR President David Horpedahl
Single Family home sales volumes also jumped from $12.4 million in 2014 to $16.7 million for the 4th Quarter of 2015. Condo and Townhome sales noted an increase in the 4th Quarter of 2015 to 16 units compared to 10 units sold in the same Quarter of 2014.
The median price of Single Family Home sales saw an uptick in Los Alamos when compared to the 4th Quarter of 2014 or $260,500 to

Los Alamos Among Affordable Cities For Renters Insurance

on January 13, 2016 - 7:23am
New Mexico is the fifth largest state but has little more than 2 million residents. It was inhabited by indigenous peoples until European exploration and today the state has the second highest number of Native Americans. Sante Fe is the capital but Albuquerque is the most populous and both have a lot of renters.
To see who has the cheapest and most expensive renters insurance rates, we evaluated quotes for a sample property (a rental property with roughly 1,000 square feet of living space and $100,000 in liability coverage).
The results showed that the most expensive renters

Living Well Los Alamos: Slow Cooker Month

on January 10, 2016 - 7:23am
Extension Home Economist

With the New Year upon us many of us make resolutions to improve our health—both physically and financially.

January is Slow Cooker Month. Slow cookers use less electricity than an oven and because they use long, low temperature cooking, less expensive cuts of meat come out tender. Though we often turn to slow cookers for making winter soups and stews, they also work well in the summer as they do not heat up the kitchen like an oven. You can use your saved time from slow cooking to be physically active or to spend time with your family.


Smart Design With Suzette: 2016 Trend Forecast

on January 3, 2016 - 9:45am
Warm metallics are all the rage. Courtesy photo
Pendant lighting in a kitchen. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Whether your style is contemporary, eclectic or minimalist, interior design trends for the New Year are focused towards turning your home into a desirable space that will embody definitive style.

Trends don't follow a calendar – they evolve. They reach from one year into the next, giving interior design professional’s time to identify them with confidence. Here's what's expected to be hot in the months ahead that will be driving retail globally:

Texture Contrasts

It's A Wonderful Life For Los Alamos Family

on December 24, 2015 - 10:38am
New home groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 11 in White Rock, from left, LAHP Executive Director Steve Brugger, home builder Oscar Duran, home owner Kaitlin Martinez, her children Aemilia and Jackson, LAHP board members Bob Fuselier, Cindy Hollabaugh and Craig Wehner, landscaper Dale Nichols and CEDD Interim Director Paul Andrus. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Jackson Martinez, 2, breaks ground on his family’s new home Dec. 11 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

It’s A Wonderful Life For Los Alamos Family

  • Los Alamos Housing Partnership Helps Family Buy New Home

Smart Design With Suzette: Creating A Cozy & Inviting Home

on December 20, 2015 - 7:59am
Welcoming entry. Courtesy photo
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Creating A Cozy & Inviting Home

You don’tneed to have a lot of money to have a beautiful, inviting home. But when faced daily with the images of people who have more than you, it can be hard to remember that you can still make a lovely space without a lot of money. Whenever you're feeling down about not having as big a budget for home decor as you'd like, peruse this list to remind yourself how to have a fantastic, cozy, and inviting home without spending a lot of money.

Keep It Clean

The act of cleaning has

Smart Design With Suzette: Holiday Decorating

on December 6, 2015 - 12:45pm
A color coordinated holiday dining room. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve begun writing these columns.

I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my design philosophy with you. I have heard positive feedback regarding my columns and I truly appreciate it.

The holidays are already upon us. I thought I would share some ideas about decorating for the holidays that might inspire you this season.



A unique Hanukkah color scheme. Courtesy photo

Design Tips

  • Embrace different color schemes.

Smart Design With Suzette: Getting Your Home Ready For Holiday Guests

on November 15, 2015 - 9:32am
A welcoming entrance. Courtesy photo
Guest bedroom. Courtesy photo


Smart Design With Suzette
By Suzette Fox
Getting Your Home Ready For Holiday Guests
The holidays are upon us, and with them holiday guests. Here are a few tips for getting your home ready for guests with affordable ideas to refresh and organize your home.

The focus is on a few areas of your home – the entrance hall or foyer, the guest bedroom and guest bath.

Entrance Hall/Foyer

This is the first space your guests see as they enter your home. Give a great first impression while making them feel welcome.

Christmas Cookie Proceeds Help NM Veterans

on November 3, 2015 - 10:11am

Proceeds from the Orthodox Church Christmas cookie sales go to Foxhole Homes, a nonprofit focused on alleviating veteran homelessness. Courtesy photo


After a year hiatus, the Orthodox Church in Los Alamos is selling cookies and is now taking advance orders for Christmas cookie boxes.

Past favorites will be available again, along with some new additions. Perfect for shipping to friends far and near; a hand-made present, which goes to support a great cause. The boxes of cookies cost $23.99 for one, or order four or more for $21.99 each.

This year all proceeds from the sale

Smart Design With Suzette: Sustainable Floors In Review

on November 1, 2015 - 9:41am
Wood floor in the living room. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette

Sustainable Floors In Review

Almost a year ago, I wrote about sustainable choices for flooring…tile, bamboo, cork, wood, linoleum (not vinyl), terrazzo and stained concrete. I stated I needed new floors. Well friends, another full year has past and I still don’t have new floors.

Our puppy has literally put holes in most of the carpet and/or area rugs we own, as well as, adding a new stain or two due to ‘accidents.’ Therefore, new carpet will NOT be coming into our home.

Leadership Los Alamos Class Supports Habitat For Humanity's Local Home Building Project

on October 24, 2015 - 11:40am
Members of the 2015-2016 Leadership Los Alamos class, from left, Jonathan Henley, Cindy Hayes, Habitat for Humanity Director Yvonne Maestas and (John) David Jolley met Monday at Ruby K's with Maestas to discuss how they can support the current house building project in Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Coombs

Smart Design With Suzette: The Wired Home – Raising Your Home’s Intelligence Quotient

on October 18, 2015 - 11:36am
The Kwikset Kevo smart lock. Courtesy photo
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The Wired Home – Raising Your Home’s Intelligence Quotient

When it comes to smart tech systems and gadgets, today’s home can provide more intelligence and convenience than ever before. You’ve probably been hearing about smart home technology for years – the lights that turn on when you pull into the driveway, the dead bolt that springs open as you reach the door.

If you are thinking of raising your home’s intelligence quotient, here are your best bets.

Smart Design With Suzette: Green Living

on October 4, 2015 - 11:15am
Green living. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
Green Living

For a while now I have wanted to write a series of articles on the latest green products for your home. One of my desires is to get the word out to folks far and wide so when it comes time to make renovations there is information available to make decisions with the least negative effect on our environment and our own health. I plan on putting these products in my own home right along with you.

Every object you own -- your furniture, your clothing, your beer cans, your stuff -- comes from somewhere;

Los Alamos Single Family Home Sales Hold Steady Condo Sales Up

on October 1, 2015 - 7:49pm
Los Alamos Association Of Realtors

Single Family Home sales held nearly steady from 69 in the 3rd quarter of 2014 to 68 this quarter. 

Single Family Home sales volumes also remained nearly flat from $21.1M in 2014 to $21.2M for the 3rd quarter of 2015. Condo and Townhome sales jumped in the 3rd quarter of 2015 to 21 units compared to 14 units sold in the same quarter of 2014. 

The median price of Single Family Home sales fell when compared to the 3rd quarter of 2014 or $282,250 to $276,500 in this quarter.

Smart Design With Suzette: Weekend Projects - DIY Ideas That Make A Big Impact

on September 6, 2015 - 8:37am
Before and after bookcases. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
Weekend Projects: DIY Ideas That Make a Big Impact

Well, it’s Labor Day weekend. I’m excited to work on projects around the house that will make a big impact. While my husband is off golfing (I’m a golf widow), I'll have a few extra days this weekend to tackle a DIY project or two.

I've gathered some of my favorite projects that take an afternoon to a full weekend to complete. One might possibly inspire a room makeover this weekend for you!


An inviting entrance. Courtesy photo

Make Your

Extension Service Holds Food Drying Class

on August 26, 2015 - 2:21pm

Smart Design With Suzette: Garages

on August 23, 2015 - 8:16am
The organized garage. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette

If you can’t find room to park your car, it’s time to clear out the clutter and reclaim your garage.

It’s the one part of the house that my family tends to let go. It holds our garbage and recycling, bikes, sports equipment, yard sale items, paint, tools, potting bench and gardening equipment, lawn mower, and of course one car in our two-car garage.

We toss our dirty shoes in there, pile our yard tools on top of each other, randomly stack shelves with odds and ends, and have about a dozen junk

Flamingos Flock 825 Aster Street

on August 18, 2015 - 12:17pm
Flamingos on the lawn at 825 Aster St., the home of Michael and Natali Barkudarov. Courtesy photo

What goes best with pink flamingos? How about a heart-shaped trellis of climbing roses?

This beautiful yard display is the hard work of Michael and Natali Barkhudarov. The front of their home at 825 Aster is a riot of color from the beautiful, lush yard to the Blaze climbing roses and other blooming perennials. Michael and Natasha collaborate on their yard.

Michael says that the yard is beautiful thanks to Natali's attention to the flowers.

Smart Design With Suzette: A Lighting Plan

on August 9, 2015 - 9:38am
A well-lit living room requires a combination of ambient, accent and task lighting. In this living room, recessed fixtures cast general lighting, wall-mounted lights showcase artwork and an adjustable floor lamp provides light for reading. Courtesy photo
Smart Design With Suzette
A Lighting Plan

Something that often gets forgotten, and which can have a profound effect on the look and feel of a home, is lighting.