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Digging Deep-Gardening with Cynthia Brian
"Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization." - Daniel Webster
By Cynthia Brian

At Home with Amanda
Can you believe we are already winding down summer, school is almost here, autumn is only a few weeks away, and the holidays are just around the corner?
Wait ... the holidays? I know, I ...
By Amanda Eck

The recurring allure of mid-century modern architecture
With sweeping hillside views and window walls that showcase outdoor living spaces and lush grounds, Lamorinda's mid-century modern homes fit the indoor and outdoor California lifestyle and are more popular than ever.
By Paula King

Gardening Guide for August
"There's a snake lurking in the grass." Virgil
Ten rattles! Diamond pattern on the skin. This was no gopher snake!
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
Summer is now in full swing and so is the ruling element of FIRE, so exploring lighting (fire) from a practical perspective serves a refreshingly worthy purpose.
If you find yourself ...
By Michele Duffy

Home is where the hive is
It's one thing to invite bees into your yard with bee-friendly flowers and trees or even host a hive or two; it's quite another to have the bees invite themselves over.
David Munson of ...
By Cathy Dausman

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The second quarter of 2017 was again seasonally strong with an increase in year over year closed sale activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate. Supply continued to be low, pending were sales up, and the average sales price remained high in Lafayette, ...By Conrad Bassett

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
The singular American summer festivity of Independence Day is a time for people to gather, celebrate, travel, and spend treasured moments with family and friends. Picnics, barbecues, swim parties, parades, concerts, and, of course, fireworks are the highlights of the ...By Cynthia Brian

July Gardening Guide
"If you're going to San Francisco...Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair" - written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, sung by Scott McKenzie
In the summer of 1967 over ...
By Cynthia Brian

At Home with Amanda
Happy summer! For some of us it's the time of year for getting away with family and friends for some much needed R&R. For others it's all about packing up and moving into a new home. That's a dilemma I totally understand. My husband and I have moved 10 times in our 18 ...By Amanda Eck

Outdoor living, great schools and accessibility keep Lamorinda real estate hot
No one has to tell those of us lucky enough to live here: Lamorinda is a very desirable place to be. According to the Contra Costa Association of Realtors, home sales continued their fast pace of activity in the first quarter of 2017 with 67 of the 90 homes sold going ...By Diane Claytor

Feng Shui
My work focuses on drawing upon the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui, and applying design principles in a way that supports modern, busy 21st century lives, so trendy isn't normally a word I would include in many consultations, but it's important to be au courant and fresh, ...By Michele Duffy

Where there's smoke there's barbecue
When Dan Mazaika comes on the scene he is often accompanied by smoke and fire. There is plenty of shiny red and chrome equipment too, but there may also be hot dogs, pork, chicken or tri-tip.
By Cathy Dausman

June Gardening Guide
From the street, the white Lamorinda ranch-style house of Michael Curtis belies the magnificence waiting to be discovered beyond the garden gates. A collector of all things cast off and cast iron, Curtis converts salvaged junk into artistic architecture that ...By Cynthia Brian

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