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Digging Deep
"Harmony makes small things grow. Lack of it makes big things decay." - Sallust
By mid-May Mother Nature has waved her magical wand sprinkling glitter and glory among her growing ...
By Cynthia Brian

At Home with Amanda

Hello Lamorinda readers! I am so excited for this opportunity to meet with you on a monthly basis and share my thoughts and insights on all things for the home.
By Amanda Eck

Creating a kids' zone is child's play
After building an addition onto her Orinda home, Meredith Friedman had several new living spaces to decorate and the most challenging was a front great room space designated as the hangout area for her two sons and their friends.
By Paula King

Gardening Guide
"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter."- Rachel Carson
The intoxicating waft ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
Spring is definitely in the air, ruled by the wood element, and the "It" color of 2017 is emerald green, symbolizing new beginnings. Instead of beginnings, however, I'm going to the past, sharing some of my local client adventures to help illustrate fixing the ...By Michele Duffy

Annual tour features six unique kitchens
The Lafayette Juniors 18th Annual Kitchen Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 and tour-goers will be treated to a look at six beautiful kitchens impeccably designed to reflect their homeowners' distinctive style and points-of-view.
By Catherine Kauder

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The first quarter of 2017 showed a continued fast pace in activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate. Supply remains very low so the resulting sales quantities remain low. The average sales price continues to increase in Lafayette and Moraga but not in ...By Conrad Bassett

Orinda Garden Tour highlights outdoor living
Five Orinda and Lafayette gardens have been selected this year to showcase the best in elegant Californian suburban outside living in the biannual Orinda Garden Club Tour May 11.
This ...
By Sophie Braccini

April Gardening Guide
"Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire." ~Virgil
Yes, California passed Proposition ...
By Cynthia Brian

Stylish Solutions
How are you, Lamorindans? My heart hopes well. This spring has been such a precious time in Lamorinda, all the rains bringing blooms before their time. I am loving it.
This is my last ...
By Ann McDonald

Changing your garden, changing your life
Every year, the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour features new and mature gardens composed mostly of native plants. The three Lamorinda gardens featured here - and which will be on the tour - are each so different from each other, but all testify of how gardening ...By Sophie Braccini

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

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