As temperatures drop and the colors outdoors begin to change, enjoy the best of the season with ideas and inspiration from the exciting new Autumn edition of Su Casa! Discover two beautiful feature homes that evoke the warmth and rusticity of the Southwest, while also maintaining style and design that reflect the homeowners' own personalities. In many homes, autumn means lots of time spent indoors, especially in the kitchen—be sure to check out some of our fall baking favorites as well as a newly remodeled Las Cruces kitchen that combines modern amenities with authentic Southwestern style. Of course, this time of year also calls for a change up in home décor, whether you’re filling your spaces with hygge-inspired essentials or sprucing up your exteriors with festive foliage in blazing hues of orange, red, and gold. Additionally, be inspired to think ahead and plan a new year remodel with the latest in helpful design apps and a brand new book that focuses on finding (and applying!) your own personal style. Finish off this edition with some holiday cheer by reading up on the best holiday-themed events—from ice skating and larger-than-life snow globes, to luminarias and tree-lighting ceremonies—in El Paso and Las Cruces.
In this column, I’m often urging you to think out of the box and create a home that is appropriate to your personality and lifestyle. Recently, I was pleasantly reminded that most of our homes are part of neighborhoods, and those neighborhoods have a huge impact on our life and lifestyle. It can be urban or rural or suburban, and each offers positive, unique experiences.
While this sense of neighborhood is very strong in big cities where we reside among thousands of neighbors, it still applies to the more suburban life of El Paso and Las Cruces. And, certainly the neighborhood activity is far different in various parts of our communities. As many of you know, Downtown El Paso has enjoyed a terrific rejuvenation, making it a most desirable place to live and play. In my own neighborhood, I love that I have easy access to a major bike trail, so I can always enjoy one of my favorite types of recreation. It’s something I truly enjoy about where I live, and I’m proud to be a part of that neighborhood.
As you view the beautiful homes in these pages of Su Casa El Paso & Southern New Mexico, keep in mind that each exists within a community and a neighborhood with unique characteristics. Within each landscape there are people, animals (domestic and otherwise), and personalities that define each neighborhood.
My point here is to not enjoy your beautiful home, but to celebrate your community, neighbors, and surroundings, all of which play a huge role in appreciating where we live.
Bruce Adams, Publisher