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Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Only those who go where few have gone can see what few have seen." ~ Buddha
Did you know that poinsettias grow into trees? Or that mother's tongue, also known as snake plant, is an ...
By Cynthia Brian



Simple reminders to make the holidays bright
Can you believe we are in the home stretch of 2018? Where did the year go? It's like they say, the days are long but the years are short. I am sure most of you are gearing up for the holidays: shopping, baking, wrapping gifts, and getting your home ready for guests. ...By Amanda Eck



Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Marcus Cicero
With all of the disasters and tragedies of this year, logic seems to have disappeared. The senseless ...
By Cynthia Brian



Feng Shui
Mirrors are symbolic of the water element, which governs the winter season including November, December and January and they are the one Feng Shui tool you can instantly benefit from when placing them correctly throughout your home. The shape of the mirror - a round ...By Michele Duffy



Antiquing: A fun way to recycle
When people hear the word recycle, they usually think of bottles, cans and paper - and what bin to toss them into (green or blue). It's rare that folks equate antiquing with recycling, unless you're the owner of Orinda Village Antiques, Susan Leech, who has been ...By Vera Kochan



New lighting, color and upholstery design trends unveiled
I love to keep up with what's trending in color and see what's new for lighting and upholstery, so I recently returned once again from North Carolina following the fall furnishings market at High Point. The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade ...By Amanda Eck



Feng Shui
Like many ancient philosophies, Feng Shui observes different aspects of the phases of the Five Elements - water, wood, fire, earth and metal - to inform the changing patterns in our lives, homes and bodies. Simply take a look outside and use nature's canvas to adjust ...By Michele Duffy



Button up your home for fall
As the enticing tang of fall hits the air, leaves change color and temperatures drop. Even in Lamorinda, where winter temperatures rarely remain below freezing, residents reach for sweaters and scarves. When you button up outside, it's time to button up your home as ...By Cathy Dausman



The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The third quarter of 2018 showed solid ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T



Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide
"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it." - George Elliot
Fall is filled with legends, myths, fairs and festivals, all celebrating the bounty from various cultures around the ...
By Cynthia Brian



Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for October
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." ~ Martin Buber
Volcanoes, glaciers, highlands, prairies, lava flows, fire, ice. Nature untouched and untamed.
By Cynthia Brian



Feng Shui
Most of us associate tidying up the areas where clutter accumulates in the springtime, however fall is equally relevant to let things go that no longer serve us and clutter definitely falls into that category. Feng Shui allows us to be more connected and aligned with ...By Michele Duffy



Fire-resistant landscaping tips for front and back yards
Another scorching summer has led to record-breaking wildfires across California, including three major brushfires in Lamorinda. As residents contemplate landscape updates in the coming year, it is important to be aware of crucial guidelines that will aid in smarter ...By Jenn Freedman



Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Happiness is a day by the pool."
I can't remember if I first learned to swim in the creek behind our house or in the big round cattle troughs in the hills. Growing up on the ranch both ...
By Cynthia Brian



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