Owning a home here in El Paso or Las Cruces comes with some wonderful benefits—sunny weather, plenty of land for our yards, and a community full of talented builders and craftspeople who can create just about anything for the home. We also have limitations, of course, such as limited water sources, challenging growing conditions, and those famously very hot days. Continuing my ongoing anthem that your home can be anything you’d like it to be, both the benefits and challenges of life here can be easily accommodated. It’s amazing what today’s technology, coupled with the creativity of our builders, designers, and artisans, allows us to have in our homes.
Spring is an opportune time to consider how to create the best setting possible for wonderful outdoor living year-round. The featured homes in this issue of Su Casa El Paso & Southern New Mexico take full advantage of their outdoor living spaces and present some options for including spas and pools into your life. As we all know, there’s nothing quite like sinking into a pool on a warm day, or into a warm spa on a chilly evening. The homes in this issue have been designed with water features and pools that beautifully fit into our landscape, are water-wise, and still provide refreshment.
The bathroom, one of the most intimate spaces in the home, can also be refreshing and relaxing. I love the oversized cast iron clawfoot tub in our roundup of bath products. This is an item we normally think of as inhabiting only older homes, so it’s gratifying to see it works in new homes as well. If you’re not a tub person, this might make a believer of you.
More good news is that as you strive to create your own oasis, your furnishings and décor can be both new and old. Older, even antique, items can be incorporated into a more contemporary look, as you will see within these pages. Those of us who gravitate toward more modern design are sometimes reluctant to include a family heirloom or antique, or special memorabilia. Doing so can and will work.
We hope this issue will inspire you to pursue your own happy oasis. May your personal oasis give you the relaxation, and also the aesthetic beauty, that makes your entire life just a little more beautiful.