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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

March Gardening Guide
"May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rain fall softly on your fields." -- Irish Blessing
Although I don't ...
By Cynthia Brian

Stylish Solutions
Welcome to March! While the sun is peeking through rain clouds, we are tackling an update of inside style this month. Depending on how long you have been in your home, it might be a good idea to look hard at what should stay and what should go.
By Ann McDonald

Create living sculptures with Kokedama
Transforming average house plants into living sculpture was the goal at the recent Kokedama String Garden Workshop held at Orchard Nursery and Florist in Lafayette.
Gardeners from all ...
By Kara Navolio

Gardening Guide for March
"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to just let it rain." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Rain, rain, and more rain! With the many years of drought experienced in California, how ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
Creating happy relationships that support and nourish your mind, body and soul is a key ingredient in creating a life well lived - and not just for the month we celebrate St. Valentine!
By Michele Duffy

Ensuring your home's strong foundation
There are old-fashioned house-raising projects, and then there are the types that Jim and Janet Hoffman recently experienced: The Lafayette couple saw right away a "little droop" in the front room floor of the 1955-built ranch house they intended to purchase last ...By Cathy Dausman

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