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Smart Design With Suzette: Wall Art

on February 22, 2015 - 9:23am
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Wall Art

Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Indeed, as a society, we are moved by great pieces of art. But has anyone ever tried to hang it?

Have you heard, “Hang art so that the center of the piece or grouping is at eye level?” But eye level is different for everyone. It’s not like we are all the same size!

Hanging Height

There’s no real hard and fast rules about the height you should hang pictures on the wall, but there are some guidelines and starting places

Real Estate Corner: 10 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For Sale

on February 17, 2015 - 7:48am
Real Estate Corner
10 Tips to Get your Home Ready for Sale

Spring is nearly upon us and some of you have decided to sell your home. So now is the time for you to help potential buyers capture their vision of living in your home.

Take advantage of 10 tips that will help you put your “for sale” sign up sooner and get a better return on your investment.

The following tips will help make positive first impressions:

  1. Curb Appeal: The first impression of your home is when a potential buyer pulls into the driveway of your home.

Smart Design With Suzette: Front Door Curb Appeal

on February 15, 2015 - 11:46am
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Front Door Curb Appeal

Whether you are selling your home or want a fresh look, your front door needs to be inviting. A buyer will judge whether they want to buy a home within 15 seconds of walking in the door. If the curb appeal doesn’t get them in the front door – your house will not sell and you’ll hurt your property value.

Taking on the entire curb appeal of your home including the lawn, landscaping and design could take up to a month or more to undertake.

Smart Design With Suzette: Powder Rooms

on February 8, 2015 - 9:52am
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Powder Rooms

Thanks to its petite size – 4 by 5 feet on average – a powder room can be one of the least expensive rooms in the house to renovate.

Powder rooms are unique in the sense that they are not bound to any other room's design. They are a great place to experiment with bolder colors, patterns and textures. Adding some fun and personality to the powder room can create an unexpected design surprise for guests.

Photo by Suzette Fox

Here's how to remodel your powder room so you're never afraid to say, "Yes!" when someone asks, "Do

Extension Service Welcomes Helen Idzorek

on February 5, 2015 - 9:55am

Helen Idzorek

LAES News:

Helen Idzorek has been selected to the position of Los Alamos Extension Service(LAES) Home Economist for New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

She replaces Paula Roybal Sanchez, who retired last year after serving Extension for more than two decades. Roybal Sanchez was awarded emeritus status from NMSU in recognition of her outstanding service.

Idzorek comes to Los Alamos by way of Alaska where she worked for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service for nearly ten years.

Smart Design With Suzette: Bookcases

on February 1, 2015 - 8:44am

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If you are like me, I absolutely love bookcases in a home. I dream of having a custom bookcase built around a fireplace or a library dedicated to relaxed reading.

Most people think they need to fill bookcases with only books, and as time progresses, they end up asking me for advice. More than one client has asked me to handle an out-of-control bookcase.

It’s really quite easy to declutter, organize and decorate your bookcase if you have a little bit of time and a step-by-step guide to help you.

Smart Design With Suzette: 2015 Color of the Year

on January 25, 2015 - 11:42am
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2015 Color of the Year

Pantone LLC, a subsidiary of X-Rite, announced Marsala, an earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015. X-Rite is a global leader in color science and technology.

What does this mean? This means you will see this hue everywhere, from the runways, to make up, to interior design.


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“Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute.

Smart Design With Suzette: Trash To Treasure

on January 18, 2015 - 8:07am
Smart Design with Suzette
Trash To Treasure

Have you ever thought about updating some old furniture with a coat of paint or adding something new to an old piece? Until I became passionate about eco-design, it never occurred to me.

Recently, I ran across a pair of vintage mid-century modern chairs at a local thrift store. They struck me because they had great lines but were in such a sorry state. I HAD to rescue them. I purchased the pair for $20 and drove off with a big smile on my face.

Smart Design with Suzette: Furniture Arrangement

on January 11, 2015 - 8:09am
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Furniture Arrangement

Furniture arrangement can be the simplest or the hardest thing to do depending on the size, shape and traffic flow of your room.

When you get this right, you will know it. The room will be welcoming and relaxing.




Start with an overview of your room. Look at the traffic flow and do not to place any furniture in its path. Next set your focal point. For a living room, it should be a fireplace, television or window. The bedroom should be the bed and the dining room should be the table, etc.

To help with

Habitat For Humanity Seeks Los Alamos House Partner

on January 6, 2015 - 10:18am

HFH News:

Habitat for Humanity of Espanola Valley & Los Alamos, Inc. is currently accepting applications for a New House Partner. The home is to be built on a small empty lot at 3564 Questa in Los Alamos.

Applicants must live or work in Los Alamos and fit the HUD income guidelines for Los Alamos.

Applications are available online at, at the Habitat office or contact 505.747.2690, for further information and/or an application.

Smart Design With Suzette: Closet Organization

on January 4, 2015 - 10:21am
A custom closet designed for a client by Suzette Fox. Photo by Suzette Fox
Smart Design with Suzette
Closet Organization

Happy New Year! Many New Year’s resolutions involve getting organized. I’ve had requests to write a column on organization, specifically closet organization. It’s one of my favorite things to do!

Disorganization puts tremendous pressure on both the mind and body. Taking the time to organize your life can lift a great weight off of your shoulders and reduce stress.

Smart Design With Suzette: Flooring – Part 2

on December 28, 2014 - 7:26am
Smart Design with Suzette
Flooring – Part 2

Locally, regionally and nationally, builders and homeowners are building or remodeling homes that are green and environmentally friendly. They have discovered how easy it is to attain the benefits of sustainable construction without sacrificing aesthetics or breaking the budget. In fact, going green often saves money, especially over time, while being kinder to planet Earth.

Last Sunday I talked about tile, bamboo, cork and wood floors.

Smart Design With Suzette: Flooring

on December 21, 2014 - 12:23pm
Smart Design with Suzette

Let me count the ways ... tile, bamboo (technically a grass), cork, wood, linoleum (not vinyl), terrazzo, stained concrete and carpet to name a few.

I need new floors desperately! My husband and I moved into our house more than 12 years ago and the floors were worn then. There are six, yes I said SIX, different floors in my house. I know, I know, you are taken aback. Yet, I am just like you when it comes to deciding on flooring that will work for the entire family that everyone disagrees on.

I grew up with wood floors.

Smart Design With Suzette: Interior Finishes – Paint & Wallcoverings

on December 14, 2014 - 9:37am
Smart Design with Suzette
Interior Finishes – Paint and Wallcoverings

In an eco-friendly world interior finishes should be earth-sensitive, meaning they should be safe for people and the environment.

We have come a long way in the last few years. There are many eco-friendly choices to make.

Wallcoverings – What to look for:

This photo demonstrates an inspiration piece (pillow) in choosing paint color and spreading accent colors around the room. Courtesy/

Today’s wallcoverings come in modern, eye-catching designs made from green materials that are perfect

Top Open Houses on Display this Weekend!

on November 1, 2013 - 1:47pm


Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.

Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top

Tour This Weekend's Top Open Houses!

on October 18, 2013 - 10:55am


Tour the top open houses scheduled for this weekend throughout the area!

The Los Alamos Daily Post features a weekly section highlighting the open houses throughout Los Alamos, White Rock, Jemez Springs and Santa Fe.

Photographs, details and a map depicting the location of each open house are included in this weekly section.

Click on the map to read details about the featured homes. Print out a copy of the map before heading out to tour the open houses or pull up the map on a smart phone or ipad from the road!

Click on the Real Estate Section "red button" near the top

Tour Four Stunning Taos Homes Aug. 3

on July 22, 2013 - 6:53am


TAOS—The Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos is showcasing four stunning homes to the public, all of which are energy efficient and surrounded by low water landscaping, during their 2013 Garden and Home Tour 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

The properties run the length of Taos, each demonstrating that concern with the environment and sustainable land use can go hand in glove with landscaping beauty.

One of the houses, designed by owner Alan Powell, is Taos’s only Platinum Leader in Energy and Environmental Design.

Create a Wildflower Meadow at PEEC

on June 8, 2013 - 7:51am


PEEC News:

Gail Haggard of Plants of the Southwest will come to Los Alamos at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 13 to create a wildflower meadow near PEEC’s new Mud Kitchen, and participants can watch and learn.

Have you wanted to have a profusion of wildflowers in your yard but aren’t sure how to go about it?  Haggard will share tips about how to seed an area to create that beautiful effect. She’ll also discuss which seeds work best, when to plant, and how to care for your flowers.

Plants of the Southwest has been in operation in Santa Fe since 1976 and Haggard has been working there

Food on the Hill: Cream of Asparagus Soup with Grilled Asparagus

on April 16, 2013 - 9:45am
This Week's Recipe:
Cream of Asparagus Soup made with Grilled Asparagus
Photo by Sue York/
*** You must have either a blender or a food processor to make this soup.
2 pounds of asparagus
Olive oil
3 tablespoons of butter
3 ½ cups of chicken broth
½ cup chopped onions
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 cup cream
3/4 cup parmesan cheese (reserve ¼ cup for garnish)
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Clean the asparagus, and remove the woody ends and discard.

Food on the Hill: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Bacon

on April 2, 2013 - 9:04am
This Week's Recipe: 
Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Bacon
Photo by Sue York/
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon of bacon grease
Salt and Pepper
2 cups cream
1/2 cup milk
(opt- 2 cloves garlic,pressed)
6 cups slices potatoes(6 medium). I have used a mandolin to cut my potato, but you can just use a knife.
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cups chopped ham
1/2 cup bacon, fried and crumbled fine
1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
1 cup mozzarella cheese (grated) 
Photo by Sue York/
In a

Food on the Hill: Spaghetti Pie

on March 19, 2013 - 7:10am

This Week's Recipe:
Spaghetti Pie
Photo by Sue York/
6 oz cooked spaghetti noodles
2 eggs
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (Kraft)
1/2 chopped medium onion
3 cloves garlic, pressed
4 tablespoons butter
Enough chive chip dip (6oz?)
7 mushrooms, sliced
2 ½ cups spaghetti sauce
1 ½ cups Mozzarella cheese
Photo by Sue York/

If you are going to freeze them for later I have found that if you put a layer of Plastic wrap in the pie pan or ramekins, after they are frozen, you can take them out of the pan for storage.


Food on the Hill: Molasses Krinkels

on March 13, 2013 - 7:36am

This Week's Recipe:

Molasses Krinkels

Photo by Sue York/


1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter(softened)
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and ginger
1/2 teaspoon clove1/4 teaspoon salt
White Sugar for dipping


Photo by Sue York/

Cream shortening, butter and brown sugar until well mixed.

Photo by Sue York/

Then mix in all wet ingredients into the creamed butter mixture.

Indonesian Furniture Store Comes to White Rock!

on March 6, 2013 - 9:45am
Owner Perry Handy, left, and manager Lee Gurley unpack one of the crates of furniture that arrived from Indonesia March 5 at their new store, Taurean Collection, in White Rock. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Unpacking the furniture and setting up the store will be a full-time job for the next couple of weeks. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

This armoire, designed by Perry Handy and crafted in Indonesia, will be one of the items on sale at Taurean Collection. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

How did a lawyer

Warm Hearts Yarn Announces Upcoming Classes

on March 6, 2013 - 6:52am

WHY News:

Warm Hearts Yarn at 35 Rover Blvd. Suite D in White Rock announces its upcoming classes.

Weekly Stitching Group: 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday - this is a great time to get help, inspiration, and visit. Beginners are welcome to this free group!

Ear Flap Hat Class (great for adventurous beginners): this is a two-session class: Thursdays, March 7 and 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Class fee: $25/participant, includes pattern Instructor: Stephanie Hagelburg

Block of the Month Club: second Saturday of each month starting April 13, 11 a.m.-noon
Fee: $30 includes kit and instruction (there are only ten

Perch Paperie Extends Hours; Adds New Classes

on March 6, 2013 - 6:25am

Perch Paperie News:

Now shoppers will have more time to get crafty at Perch Paperie. The store is extending its hours!

Perch Paperie will now be open M-F 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Perch Paperie has lots of fun classes coming up this month.

New classes are added all the time, so be sure and visit Perch Paperie online at or click on the Perch Paperie ad on the Los Alamos Daily Post to find out the latest.

Paper Straw Pinwheel kids class: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, $7, all ages
CD Case Sticker Book: 1-2 p.m.