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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
A Tale of Two House Flips
There used to be shows on cable television highlighting the process of flipping a house: buy a fixer-upper at a low price, do some improvements and sell quickly - making a profit on the deal. That was back in the day when it seemed like real estate prices in ...By Cathy Tyson


Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Solar Ovens - From Lafayette to Kabul
Scharline Howell set the quesadilla on the solar stovetop 15 minutes before I arrived. When I was directed to the Howells' backyard, the cheese had melted and the tortilla was browning in the pan, ready to eat. On a nearby table, Jack Howell set up a solar oven he ...By Sophie Braccini


Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian-Prickly, Pretty, and Practical
Aside from celebrating Valentine's Day, February may be the least favorite month of the year for gardeners who live in the continental United States. It is wet, dark, dreary, and not very conducive to digging in the dirt. For me, February is the time to dream of ...


Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Moving the Carefree Way
Tracy loves interior design, and she likes unpacking. Kate owned her own gift basket company, so she hit the ground running. Florence had a long career in academia, and she now has extra time and energy. What do these three women have in common? They all have the ...By Andrea A. Firth


Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Real Estate Year in Review
2010 was quite a year for residential real ...By Conrad Bassett


Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Modern and Connected Orinda's Award Winning Homes
Contemporary or modern architecture makes up a small percentage of the residential building projects in Orinda according to the City's Planning Director, Emmanuel Ursu. The angles, massing, and large amounts of glass found in modern designs can present challenges, says ...By Andrea A. Firth


Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Village Associates Celebrates Ten Years in Lamorinda
Village Associates is celebrating its 10th anniversary, but for founder Ignacio Vega, there's no looking back.
"The reason we came about is that a group of agents didn't want to become a ...
By Lou Fancher


Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian-Goals for the Garden
"The doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines." - Frank Lloyd Wright
Every year at this time I spend hours of coaching sessions helping ...



Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Exploring a Custom Wine Cellar
About seven years ago when Vickie and Jeff Martin were remodeling their Moraga home, they thought the odd space that lead to their basement and a furnace could be converted into a wine cellar. By rearranging the area, and cannibalizing some subterranean space under a ...By Cathy Tyson


Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Coldwell Banker and Caldecott Properties Reflect on the Year in Real Estate
There's no doubt inflated home mortgages and ...By Lou Fancher


Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Decorating for the Holidays-Just Do It
For Nikolene Isely, decorating for the holidays is a joy not a chore. "Making your home festive for the holidays is a creative process," says Isely, the owner of Staging by Design in Moraga. "It's important to be spontaneous and to try something new. That's what makes ...By Andrea A. Firth


Wednesday, December 08, 2010
December 2010 - Digging Deep Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian-Gifts of the Garden
Other than a trip to Disneyland, traveling to my mother's gardens during the holiday season is an experience to remember. Her acres of flora are spectacular any time of the year, but from early December until January 6th the grounds are turned into a dazzling winter ...


Wednesday, December 08, 2010
The Buzz about Bees
The fact that her grandfather was a beekeeper, a long time ago in her native Ukraine, may have something to do with Roxy Wolosenko's attraction to the Apis mellifera (the Western Honeybee); but it was not until she became a Master Gardener, and got more into plant ...By Sophie Braccini


Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Decorative Recycling A Second Life for Pumpkins and Gourds
"Not everything has to be new or custom," says Nikolene Isely of Moraga, who has managed her own real estate staging business for the past twelve years. "My job is to enhance the look of a home by working with the existing furniture and art and adding a few new pieces ...By Andrea A. Firth



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