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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

The Waterman House: A Mid-century Piece of Family History
The simple and sharp design of Bill and Maria Watermans' house hugs the natural terrain of its Orinda hill. It could be a very recent creation, but in fact came out of the imagination of Sim Bruce Richards a renowned 20th century artist and architect who studied with ...By Sophie Braccini

Digging Deep
Resolutions, goals, a fresh start. Does January bring out your best efforts in wishful thinking as you embark on a new year or do you have the stamina and mindfulness to actually fulfill your gardening dreams? The famous English gardener and writer, Vita Sackv ...By Cynthia Brian

Stylish Solutions
January is usually a time for requisite clean-outs and reorganizing of closets, garages and yes, even the college-age children's rooms, so if that is a focus this year, make sure to see my past articles on those topics. (Go to www.lamorindaweekly.com and search for ...By Ann McDonald

'Smart' Gadgets are Lighting up Homes
No, you're not going crazy. Your house may be talking to you.
Actually, it's a device in your home that you can program to talk to you, as well as look up items on the internet, turn off ...
By Peggy Spear

Feng Shui
During winter, it seems like the nights are long, chillier and darker, and even though winter is an important part of the annual cycle, many people languish through these months instead of celebrating the change.
By Michele Duffy

Digging Deep
"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
No, the title "Pace Be With You" is a not a typo.
By Cynthia Brian

Stylish Solutions
Merry, merry! December is always a magical time of year, but oh so busy. This month I wanted to share some helpful tips for your holiday home that are perfectly easy to implement last minute.
By Ann McDonald

Snuff Out Holiday Entertaining Stress
It seems as if we just weathered Thanksgiving, and now it's time to do it all again: dress up the house, don our finest clothes and best behavior, and plan for those Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's celebrations.
By Kara Navolio

December Gardening Guide
I was working in my orchard when I heard the screams. Never in my life had I seen four grown men run so quickly. “Are you okay?” I yelled. “What’s the commotion?” The men had been dismantling an old hot tub in a deck when their saws had unsettled a family of skunks who ...By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
So many of you have written to me about wondering how feng shui can help to you lead lives with less stress, more personal happiness, greater balance and a deeper experience of abundance & prosperity. One of my favorite quotes is "Gratitude is the doorway to ...By Michele Duffy

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