Celebrate the sun-filled days of summer with the latest edition of Su Casa El Paso & Southern New Mexico! Discover three gorgeous feature homes, from a chic, transitional-style home on a ranch in Clint, Texas, to a luxurious, Tuscan abode among the Franklin Mountains. See how one couple transformed their West El Paso backyard into a tropical oasis, and learn how you can integrate relaxing water features into your landscape design. Need a little inspiration to change things up indoors? Three local countertop experts dish on new building materials that bring style and innovation to your kitchen. Be inspired to brighten your interiors with summery, coastal-inspired décor, and get advice from Moll Anderson on putting your empty guest spaces to work. Finish off this edition by reading about farmers markets of the Southwest and our suggestions for seasonal craft beers that will keep you cool all summer long.
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Just as we crave a cold drink on a hot summer day, we inhabitants of the Southwest have a thirst to be around water. Possibly it’s the color blue that makes swimming pools, lakes, and even the Rio Grande so soothing to our eyes and our souls. After all, blue is the color complement to our light brown desert landscape. Or maybe we’re drawn to water here because it’s simply human nature to crave what seems a rarity.
In this issue of Su Casa El Paso & Southern New Mexico you’ll see water features, fountains, swimming pools, hot tubs, and other vessels that allow homeowners to include water as a central point of their everyday life. Water has a soothing effect. Listen to a friend talk about a beach trip: They’ll often talk as much about just simply looking at the water as swimming in it. If water is the core ingredient of life, then it’s only natural that we want to enjoy all the qualities that it brings to our lives and to our homes.
Water features have additional benefits, such as when we take advantage of the pleasing sounds of fountains and waterfalls to elegantly cover up traffic or other noises. In this role, water features appear both inside and outside the home. Water also suggests movement, especially when it’s placed in areas where guests and residents are moving into and out of various spaces.
I have thoroughly enjoyed having an aquarium in my home as a water feature substitute. Watching fish swimming and listening to the sound of water is my antidote to the dryness of the Southwest.
The great news is that water features can be included in our lives very easily. From a small tabletop sculpture with flowing water to aquariums and full-on swimming pools, you can incorporate flowing water into your home design. I hope the following pages will give you inspiration—not only about how to add water features into your life, but how to create spaces in your home that are comfortable, practical, and soothing.
Have a great summer, and enjoy the water.
Bruce Adams, Publisher