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Achieve divine design by avoiding these five common decorating don'ts
After being in the design industry for over a decade and visiting a myriad of client's homes there are a few design mistakes I find quite often. Today I thought I'd share five common decorating mistakes. No judgment here, just some tips that might be useful to ...By Amanda Eck

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
It all began when I witnessed the new growth unfurling on one of my loquat trees. The leaves were a mesmerizing bright green, like the color of lime with a hint of sunshine. Ah, sunshine, I thought! How I longed for warm, sun-drenched days. The darkness, cold and wet ...By Cynthia Brian

Welcome spring with the delightful Feng Shui wood element
Although the chilly morning temps register at a brisk 37 degrees, spring is awakening slowly and this much-anticipated season is long overdue. The backdrop of spring's bloom provides a gentle shift away from the dormancy of winter with changeable weather, increased ...By Michele Duffy

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for March
"Blossom by blossom the spring begins." - AC Shinburne
By Cynthia Brian

By Cynthia Brian

Tidying up for spring
By Amanda Eck

Raise your hand if you are ready for sunshine and warmer days! I am so very grateful for ...
By Amanda Eck

Cynthia Brian's Digging Deep
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." - William Blake
The thunder clapped. The lightning bolted. The skies opened.
By Cynthia Brian

One room FengShui lux re-dux
A thoroughly modern way in this new year to initiate Feng Shui within your home is by accessing your floor plan with the Feng Shui BAGUA/I CHING map, the space-tool of choice, and next selecting one room or area to take a much deeper dive. Around Valentine's Day or ...By Michele Duffy

Lafayette remodel features French facade and new front entry
It's a well-known fact among those in real estate circles that curb appeal can be the difference between a home selling quickly or sitting on the market. Orinda architect Rick Kattenburg, of Kattenburg Architects, says when homeowners consider a remodel, they recognize ...By Jennifer Wake

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for February
“Everything is coming up roses!” – Ethel Merman
When Cupid shoots his arrow of amour on Feb. 14, more than 51 percent of the flowers bestowed upon the lovers will be roses. The allure of ...
By Cynthia Brian

Questions to consider when deciding on design

During the beginning of the new year I always have a surge of clients reaching out to make changes in their home. Whether it be a single room design, whole house update, kitchen or bath ...
By Amanda Eck

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Sow a thought, reap a word. Sow a word, reap a deed. Sow a deed, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny." ~ Charles Reade
Where I grew up there ...
By Cynthia Brian

The Real Estate Year in Review
2018 was another extremely strong year for sellers of residential real estate in Lamorinda. Sales volume was solid with a minimal increase in supply matched by continued strong demand and average price increases in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.
By Conrad Bassett

Getting your house in order to welcome in the Year of the Earth or Golden Pig
Ruled by the Tiger month (Feb. 5 to March 5), Chinese New Year normally falls in February each year. Many families prepare ancestral altars and display photos, offerings, flowers and foods including sweets and cakes and wine, to honor the ancestors in the family. To ...By Michele Duffy

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." - Carl Sagan
As we enter 2019, we have to ask ...
By Cynthia Brian

Meet Jules, a digital butler
Longtime tech entrepreneur and Lafayette resident Kent Godfrey today launched Jules, an application designed to help families manage their busy lives by using a cloud-based service to track many aspects of their homes, belongings and personal information.
By Sora O'Doherty

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