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The Waterman House: A Mid-century Piece of Family History
The simple and sharp design of Bill and Maria Watermans' house hugs the natural terrain of its Orinda hill. It could be a very recent creation, but in fact came out of the imagination of Sim Bruce Richards a renowned 20th century artist and architect who studied with ...By Sophie Braccini

Digging Deep
Resolutions, goals, a fresh start. Does January bring out your best efforts in wishful thinking as you embark on a new year or do you have the stamina and mindfulness to actually fulfill your gardening dreams? The famous English gardener and writer, Vita Sackv ...By Cynthia Brian

Stylish Solutions
January is usually a time for requisite clean-outs and reorganizing of closets, garages and yes, even the college-age children's rooms, so if that is a focus this year, make sure to see my past articles on those topics. (Go to www.lamorindaweekly.com and search for ...By Ann McDonald

'Smart' Gadgets are Lighting up Homes
No, you're not going crazy. Your house may be talking to you.
Actually, it's a device in your home that you can program to talk to you, as well as look up items on the internet, turn off ...
By Peggy Spear

Feng Shui
During winter, it seems like the nights are long, chillier and darker, and even though winter is an important part of the annual cycle, many people languish through these months instead of celebrating the change.
By Michele Duffy

Digging Deep
"Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
No, the title "Pace Be With You" is a not a typo.
By Cynthia Brian

Stylish Solutions
Merry, merry! December is always a magical time of year, but oh so busy. This month I wanted to share some helpful tips for your holiday home that are perfectly easy to implement last minute.
By Ann McDonald

Snuff Out Holiday Entertaining Stress
It seems as if we just weathered Thanksgiving, and now it's time to do it all again: dress up the house, don our finest clothes and best behavior, and plan for those Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's celebrations.
By Kara Navolio

December Gardening Guide
I was working in my orchard when I heard the screams. Never in my life had I seen four grown men run so quickly. “Are you okay?” I yelled. “What’s the commotion?” The men had been dismantling an old hot tub in a deck when their saws had unsettled a family of skunks who ...By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
So many of you have written to me about wondering how feng shui can help to you lead lives with less stress, more personal happiness, greater balance and a deeper experience of abundance & prosperity. One of my favorite quotes is "Gratitude is the doorway to ...By Michele Duffy

Finding That WOW Design for the Holidays
Christmas has always been Moraga designer Joey Chung's favorite holiday and she likes to mix holiday decorating staples with whimsical and trendy pieces to make this festive season more meaningful and memorable.
By Paula King

Stylish Solutions
It's that time of year when sanctuary, family, celebration, and yes, a bit of stress starts to settle in. The magazines show us what an idealized November looks like, with perfect pictures, perfect table settings, and not a messy child, unruly relative or stressed-out ...By Ann McDonald

Digging Deep
"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." - Henry Ward Beecher
Are you grateful for the simple things in life? This is the perfect time of the year to reflect upon ...
By Cynthia Brian

November Gardening Guide
"I feel like a warm, red autumn!" - Marilyn Monroe
My favorite part of a November autumn is looking out from my bedroom balcony to the kaleidoscope of colors dotting the landscape in the ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
In my last column, I gave an overview of the Five Elements: Wood, Earth, Water, Fire and Metal, and the role they play in our lives and homes. Now we look at how each can balance out the other.
By Michele Duffy

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