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Current trends in home remodels
Whether you're looking for inspiration for a much-needed remodel, considering buying a freshly renovated home, or are simply intrigued, "modern farmhouse" and "updated rancher" are the terms commonly used in today's modern home design.
By Jenn Freedman




Feng Shui
The Five Elements are the second most important and used tool in Feng Shui, besides the Bagua map. In Feng Shui, we use the Five Elements to balance and enrich home spaces so that the feeling of home promotes grace, ease and support. Our home should function as a ...By Michele Duffy



Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for August
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." - Muhammed Ali
Every morning I walk through my garden in my flip-flops with a cup of coffee in hand to appreciate nature and to investigate ...
By Cynthia Brian



The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The second quarter of 2018 was again ...By Conrad Bassett



Fire transforms homeowner
"If I were 10 years younger, I'd be rebuilding," says former North Bay resident Betsy Magagna. It's summer and Magagna, dressed in shorts and a tee, looks happy, relaxed and tan sitting on the deck of her rental home on a Lamorinda hillside.
By Cathy Dausman




Cynthia Brian's Digging Deep for July
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
While I was traveling in Southeast Asia, I was enthralled ...
By Cynthia Brian



Neighborhood fun on the Fourth
Organizing a Fourth of July neighborhood block party has become a popular way to commemorate our nation's independence, and one of the most long-lasting and popular gatherings in the Lamorinda area has been the Ponderosa Lane Block Party in Saranap, which just ...By John T. Miller



Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for July
"Independence now and forever." - Daniel Webster Anticipating the celebration of the Fourth of July was a huge deal when I was a kid. Those were the days when three weeks before the big day, stands selling fireworks, rockets, sparklers, fountains and more would line ...By Cynthia Brian



Feng Shui
Summer is upon us and while backyard "staycations" are a popular alternative to boarding passes, the warmer temperatures can beckon, inviting us to parts unknown where personal learning adventures await.
By Michele Duffy



Home projects for younger hands
Whether mom or dad is a casual carpenter, an entry-level electrician, avid gardener or a full-time builder/contractor, chances are they'll be enlisted for some honey-do projects at home. The challenge becomes not just completing a project, possibly one for the kids, ...By Cathy Dausman



Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." - Henry James
From the time my daughter, Heather, was 3 years old, we enjoyed ...
By Cynthia Brian



Spruce up the front entry for summer entertaining
I don't know about you, but I am ready for longer days and warmer temps. Every evening around 6 p.m. you will find me in the backyard, feet up with a glass of wine, enjoying the evening breeze. We love to entertain in the summer and have friends over for casual ...By Amanda Eck



Feng Shui
The Feng shui for some westerners remains a mystery, an enigma - and with a healthy dose of curiosity, three profound truths offer a glimpse into the nuances of the feng shui layers that create real magic in our environments. And who doesn't want more practical ways ...By Michele Duffy



Grow your own!
"There are only two things that money can't buy: true love and homegrown tomatoes!"-John Denver
Is there anything more satisfying than plucking a sun-ripened juicy tomato directly from ...
By Cynthia Brian



Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home. Your house is on fire and your children will burn." - Nursery Rhyme
If you were like me, when you were a child, this ladybug nursery rhyme was one of ...
By Cynthia Brian



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