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Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Happiness is a day by the pool."
I can't remember if I first learned to swim in the creek behind our house or in the big round cattle troughs in the hills. Growing up on the ranch both ...
By Cynthia Brian

Make your home an autumn oasis
I love when the sun starts to set a little earlier and my thoughts turn to warm blankets, comfort food, and lazy rainy Sundays (hoping to see some much needed rain this fall). Even though our family schedule seems to pick up during the autumn months - basketball ...By Amanda Eck

Cynthia Brian's Gardener's Guide for September
"Old Gardeners never die, they just spade away!"
When my dad turned 60 he confided that he didn't have the physical strength that he'd had at 30. Although he was always Superman to me, ...
By Cynthia Brian

Feng Shui
The Bay Area has a plethora of creative entrepreneurs, many of whom work from their home offices. With the advent of autumn and many children returning to school, the following helpful home office tips will not only help those of us in the throws of working from home, ...By Michele Duffy

Poolside living
Warm weather often makes Lamorindans consider a dip in a pool; especially if that pool is just steps outside your own back door. And while the long summer daylight hours may be fading, the hot dry weather the Weather Network recently said was "anchored across the ...By Cathy Dausman

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for September
"Plough thorough and deep, while sluggards sleep, and you shall have corn to sell or to keep" - Poor Richard
In August, there are few things better than eating freshly picked corn or ...
By Cynthia Brian

Intentional design to highlight your personal style
Can you believe we are already winding down summer? I am not ready for it to end, but I will not miss this heat. With autumn around the corner our thoughts switch from family vacations, paddling around the pool and outdoor dinners to the comforts of indoors. Shorter ...By Amanda Eck

Oh ... rats!
Your home is your castle, except when it comes to rodents. These invaders storm your roof, occupy wall space and attics, burrow beneath foundations, plunder available food sources, and establish a breeding colony all in short order. But the presence of rats does not ...By Cathy Dausman

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for August
"A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." ~ George Moore
Europe has been experiencing the highest temperatures of recent years causing major ...
By Cynthia Brian

Current trends in home remodels
Whether you're looking for inspiration for a much-needed remodel, considering buying a freshly renovated home, or are simply intrigued, "modern farmhouse" and "updated rancher" are the terms commonly used in today's modern home design.
By Jenn Freedman

Feng Shui
The Five Elements are the second most important and used tool in Feng Shui, besides the Bagua map. In Feng Shui, we use the Five Elements to balance and enrich home spaces so that the feeling of home promotes grace, ease and support. Our home should function as a ...By Michele Duffy

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for August
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." - Muhammed Ali
Every morning I walk through my garden in my flip-flops with a cup of coffee in hand to appreciate nature and to investigate ...
By Cynthia Brian

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The second quarter of 2018 was again ...By Conrad Bassett

Fire transforms homeowner
"If I were 10 years younger, I'd be rebuilding," says former North Bay resident Betsy Magagna. It's summer and Magagna, dressed in shorts and a tee, looks happy, relaxed and tan sitting on the deck of her rental home on a Lamorinda hillside.
By Cathy Dausman

Cynthia Brian's Digging Deep for July
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
While I was traveling in Southeast Asia, I was enthralled ...
By Cynthia Brian

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