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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



Feng Shui
Winter's yin and crisp dawn breath invites the dazzling dew left each morning only to retreat with the morning sun and clear blue skies. Water's qualities inform winter days with the gurgling of streams on a brisk hike, and winter blankets our psyches with chilly and ...By Michele Duffy



Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends, fads, and popular opinion."- Jack Kerouac
I'll never forget how excited my mother was to play "Vanna" alongside Pat Sajak ...
By Cynthia Brian



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



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