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Digging Deep
"Blossom by blossom the spring begins." - AC Shinburne
It took exactly one full day of warm sunshine a week before the vernal equinox for the garden to spring into action. Everywhere I ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
Why is the home's front entrance so, well, front and center in Feng Shui?
Here are some clues to divining the mystery of this all-important area and to critically review, enhance and ...
By Michele Duffy

Lamorinda trees are bursting with color
Driving or walking around Lamorinda in the weeks leading up to the first full day of spring has felt almost like stepping into a floral shop. The landscape is bursting with colors - the pinks, purples, whites and yellows of flowers blooming and the vivid greenery all ...By Diane Claytor

March Gardening Guide
"May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rain fall softly on your fields." -- Irish Blessing
Although I don't ...
By Cynthia Brian

Stylish Solutions
Welcome to March! While the sun is peeking through rain clouds, we are tackling an update of inside style this month. Depending on how long you have been in your home, it might be a good idea to look hard at what should stay and what should go.
By Ann McDonald

Create living sculptures with Kokedama
Transforming average house plants into living sculpture was the goal at the recent Kokedama String Garden Workshop held at Orchard Nursery and Florist in Lafayette.
Gardeners from all ...
By Kara Navolio

Gardening Guide for March
"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to just let it rain." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Rain, rain, and more rain! With the many years of drought experienced in California, how ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
Creating happy relationships that support and nourish your mind, body and soul is a key ingredient in creating a life well lived - and not just for the month we celebrate St. Valentine!
By Michele Duffy

Ensuring your home's strong foundation
There are old-fashioned house-raising projects, and then there are the types that Jim and Janet Hoffman recently experienced: The Lafayette couple saw right away a "little droop" in the front room floor of the 1955-built ranch house they intended to purchase last ...By Cathy Dausman

Digging Deep
"I raised chickens because I love that feeling of being in the country and living from the soil" - Eartha Kitt
With 2017 being the Year of the Rooster, I am excited to share my gratitude ...
By Cynthia Brian

The Real Estate year in review
2016 was another extremely strong year for sellers of residential real estate in Lamorinda. Sales volume was down due to a lack of supply and prices moderated a little in Lafayette and Moraga, but not in Orinda, where the average continued to climb.
By Conrad Bassett

Give your bedroom some love this Valentine's Day
Although a third of our lives are spent in our bedrooms and they often become our sanctuary, local designers say that bedrooms often lack depth, warmth and consistency. With Valentine's Day on the horizon, it is an ideal time to focus more attention on where we rest, ...By Paula King

Gardening Guide for February
"Do all you can for as long as you can and when you can't, do the next best thing!" -Chuck Yeager
It was pouring rain and I found myself in my gardening clothes sitting on the soggy hill ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
The Chinese calendar is magnificent in its festive Lunar start to the New Year of the Female (Yin) FIRE Rooster on Jan. 28, and the important detail of the solar start on Feb. 3, which is the basis for the beginning for those born in this 2017, year of Yin FIRE Rooster ...By Michele Duffy

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