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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

Outdoor living, great schools and accessibility keep Lamorinda real estate hot
No one has to tell those of us lucky enough to live here: Lamorinda is a very desirable place to be. According to the Contra Costa Association of Realtors, home sales continued their fast pace of activity in the first quarter of 2017 with 67 of the 90 homes sold going ...By Diane Claytor

Feng Shui
My work focuses on drawing upon the ancient wisdom of Feng Shui, and applying design principles in a way that supports modern, busy 21st century lives, so trendy isn't normally a word I would include in many consultations, but it's important to be au courant and fresh, ...By Michele Duffy

Where there's smoke there's barbecue
When Dan Mazaika comes on the scene he is often accompanied by smoke and fire. There is plenty of shiny red and chrome equipment too, but there may also be hot dogs, pork, chicken or tri-tip.
By Cathy Dausman

June Gardening Guide
From the street, the white Lamorinda ranch-style house of Michael Curtis belies the magnificence waiting to be discovered beyond the garden gates. A collector of all things cast off and cast iron, Curtis converts salvaged junk into artistic architecture that ...By Cynthia Brian

Sit, stay: homes-away-from-home for pets
It's nearly summer, and time to plan vacations for you and your pets. Cats and dogs in particular have a variety of home-away-from-home options. The Lamorinda Weekly visited three area kennels and asked a veterinarian what to expect before boarding Fifi or Fido. Here's ...By Cathy Dausman

Digging Deep
"Harmony makes small things grow. Lack of it makes big things decay." - Sallust
By mid-May Mother Nature has waved her magical wand sprinkling glitter and glory among her growing ...
By Cynthia Brian

At Home with Amanda

Hello Lamorinda readers! I am so excited for this opportunity to meet with you on a monthly basis and share my thoughts and insights on all things for the home.
By Amanda Eck

Creating a kids' zone is child's play
After building an addition onto her Orinda home, Meredith Friedman had several new living spaces to decorate and the most challenging was a front great room space designated as the hangout area for her two sons and their friends.
By Paula King

Gardening Guide
"There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter."- Rachel Carson
The intoxicating waft ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
Spring is definitely in the air, ruled by the wood element, and the "It" color of 2017 is emerald green, symbolizing new beginnings. Instead of beginnings, however, I'm going to the past, sharing some of my local client adventures to help illustrate fixing the ...By Michele Duffy

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