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At Home with Amanda
Everyone likes to be up-to-date with the recent design trends, but how can you incorporate them into your homes while still embracing timeless design? One simple step: start small. The following are some easy items you can bring into your home without worrying if it's ...By Amanda Eck

Don't let your deck become a hot zone
Sit on a Lamorinda deck and you can enjoy rolling hillsides in a sun-kissed Mediterranean climate. A deck is a wonderful amenity for any home; it is quite literally a bridge from indoors to out. Residents enjoy morning coffees watching squirrel antics, or perhaps share ...By Cathy Dausman

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
Can you hear the music? Or are you insane?
Dancing in the breeze, Naked Ladies are South African natives in the Amaryllis belladonna family with bare, unadorned stems that turn their ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
The start of a new school year is the perfect time to restore positive feng shui to our living environments, and space clearing - which has the same goal and function of energy management and refreshment - is the perfect place to start.
By Michele Duffy

Create an outdoor oasis with smaller pools and backyard living spaces
When Scott and Stephanie Barmmer moved into their Broadview Terrace home over a decade ago, their backyard requirements were minimal landscaping, play areas for their three young children and a fence for the steep slope. Now that they have three teenagers, the couple ...By Paula King

Digging Deep-Gardening with Cynthia Brian
"Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization." - Daniel Webster
By Cynthia Brian

At Home with Amanda
Can you believe we are already winding down summer, school is almost here, autumn is only a few weeks away, and the holidays are just around the corner?
Wait ... the holidays? I know, I ...
By Amanda Eck

The recurring allure of mid-century modern architecture
With sweeping hillside views and window walls that showcase outdoor living spaces and lush grounds, Lamorinda's mid-century modern homes fit the indoor and outdoor California lifestyle and are more popular than ever.
By Paula King

Gardening Guide for August
"There's a snake lurking in the grass." Virgil
Ten rattles! Diamond pattern on the skin. This was no gopher snake!
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
Summer is now in full swing and so is the ruling element of FIRE, so exploring lighting (fire) from a practical perspective serves a refreshingly worthy purpose.
If you find yourself ...
By Michele Duffy

Home is where the hive is
It's one thing to invite bees into your yard with bee-friendly flowers and trees or even host a hive or two; it's quite another to have the bees invite themselves over.
David Munson of ...
By Cathy Dausman

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The second quarter of 2017 was again seasonally strong with an increase in year over year closed sale activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate. Supply continued to be low, pending were sales up, and the average sales price remained high in Lafayette, ...By Conrad Bassett

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
The singular American summer festivity of Independence Day is a time for people to gather, celebrate, travel, and spend treasured moments with family and friends. Picnics, barbecues, swim parties, parades, concerts, and, of course, fireworks are the highlights of the ...By Cynthia Brian

July Gardening Guide
"If you're going to San Francisco...Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair" - written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, sung by Scott McKenzie
In the summer of 1967 over ...
By Cynthia Brian

At Home with Amanda
Happy summer! For some of us it's the time of year for getting away with family and friends for some much needed R&R. For others it's all about packing up and moving into a new home. That's a dilemma I totally understand. My husband and I have moved 10 times in our 18 ...By Amanda Eck

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