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Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man." ~Source Unknown
Completely covered by tangles of roots and vines, it is only in recent years that ...
By Cynthia Brian

At home with Amanda
February is always an odd month for me; I am still savoring the cold quiet dark evenings of winter, yet longing for the warm days of spring. So since we are still in the throes of dark chilly nights, I thought I would share my top five tips for creating a cozy and ...By Amanda Eck

Repeat remodelers love life on the trail
When it comes to home remodeling, Courtney and Steve Love have amassed a lifetime of experience in a mere 15 years.
The Loves' serial remodeling story began in Burlingame, while living ...
By Cathy Dausman

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for February
"That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet"
Roses are red and pink, salmon, yellow, orange, purple, white, mauve, and are ...
By Cynthia Brian

The Real Estate Year in Review
It was another extremely strong year for sellers of residential real estate in Lamorinda; sales volume in 2017 rebounded as supply increased but that was matched by continued strong demand and average prices went up in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda.
By Conrad Bassett

Feng Shui
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!
The Chinese have a solar and lunar calendar (Lunarsolare) and as you may have realized and noted over the years, the New Year's celebrations of the ...
By Michele Duffy

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Hope and faith flower from the cheerful seeds of the old year to the sprouting garden of the New Year's dawn." ~Terri Guillemets
For the past few weeks it seems that everyone I encounter ...
By Cynthia Brian

Snap, crackle, pop: a fireside story
Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius once said "a blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it." More than 1,800 years later we're still burning wood. We may be more fire conscious and slightly more environmentally friendly than decades ...By Cathy Dausman

Feng Shui tips for the winter months
The nights are long and dark now, with winter's chilly breath whispering frosty remembrances marking the season of stillness. No wonder winter is connected to the water element! The qualities of the winter season and water element are powerfully intertwined, including ...By Michele Duffy

Cynthia Brian's gardening guide for January
"First say to yourself what you would be, and, then do what you have to do." ~Epictetus

As the holidays ...
By Cynthia Brian

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

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