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Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
It was a holiday tradition for our family of seven to pile into our old station wagon to head to the hills of San Francisco to experience the beauty of the decorated homes in Pacific Heights. We called our favorite street Teddy Bear Lane, since we were so young we ...By Cynthia Brian

Making your holiday parties bright
The Holidays are fast approaching and there's lots of hustle and bustle happening. The endless list of gifts to buy and parties to attend can be daunting. But I do enjoy setting aside time to entertain friends and family in my home. Over the years I have hosted ...By Amanda Eck

Up on the rooftop (...again!)
Colby Powell's rooftop features something that flies this December, but it is definitely not reindeer or a sleigh. It is a 28-foot-long model of a Corellian YT-1300 light freighter, better known to Star Wars fans as the Millennium Falcon.
By Cathy Dausman

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for December
"As the rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all." - Gautama Buddha
The month of December ushers in a ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
The dining room is most certainly reserved for the most special people and occasions of our lives, so this holiday season you can use sound feng shui design in this room to help create an intimate well-planned area that invites serenity, but also ignites abundance and ...By Michele Duffy

Be fire evacuation ready, Lamorinda
Spoiler alert: this story lacks the usual focus on decorating, home improvement or remodeling. Instead, it is about leaving your home in a hurry - and perhaps never coming back.
Although ...
By Cathy Dausman

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"A person of power embraces challenges in complete gratitude. No matter the situation life may bring, discontent is never justified, rather all is experienced as an opportunity and a privilege to adventure and grow." - James Ray
By Cynthia Brian

A fresh look at holiday decor
Can you believe the holidays are upon us? We haven't even finished off all the Halloween candy and the stores are already bombarding us with Christmas dcor.
Well, as the saying goes, ...
By Amanda Eck

Taking care to prevent damage to (and from) trees
With last winter's considerable rain following three years of drought, many large trees toppled, causing considerable damage throughout the Lamorinda area. Homeowners and residents are anxious to know what measures they can take to prevent more of the same this ...By John T. Miller

Feng Shui
Kitchens are gathering places to create, nourish and feed ourselves, our families and our friends - but especially with fall in full swing, the kitchen shifts to being the work horse of the season.
By Michele Duffy

Building a house of straw
While Norman and Amber Remer of Saranap are feeling no threats from the Big Bad Wolf, their efforts to build a house of straw have been beset by many obstacles, including county permits, the recent winter monsoons, concerns of neighbors, and the stress of time and ...By John T. Miller

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Society is like a lawn where every roughness is smoothed, every bramble eradicated, and where the eye is delighted by the smiling verdure of a velvet surface." - Washington Irving
The ...
By Cynthia Brian

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The third quarter of 2017 showed solid ...By Conrad Bassett

Adventures in home renovation - pitfalls and triumphs of kitchen rehab
Kitchens have evolved dramatically over the last 100 years. Your great, great, or even only great grandparents may well have cooked meals in a wood burning fireplace or over a coal-burning stove, after pumping water by hand out in the yard and carrying heavy, sloshing ...By B. B. Kaye

Simple steps to usher in the season
I must admit that autumn is hands-down one of my favorite times of the year. The crisp cool air, leaves changing colors and evenings with the family gathered around the fire with hot chocolate, telling stories. Oh, who am I kidding? That last part never happens in my ...By Amanda Eck

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