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New lighting, color and upholstery design trends unveiled
I love to keep up with what's trending in color and see what's new for lighting and upholstery, so I recently returned once again from North Carolina following the fall furnishings market at High Point. The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade ...By Amanda Eck



Feng Shui
Like many ancient philosophies, Feng Shui observes different aspects of the phases of the Five Elements - water, wood, fire, earth and metal - to inform the changing patterns in our lives, homes and bodies. Simply take a look outside and use nature's canvas to adjust ...By Michele Duffy



Button up your home for fall
As the enticing tang of fall hits the air, leaves change color and temperatures drop. Even in Lamorinda, where winter temperatures rarely remain below freezing, residents reach for sweaters and scarves. When you button up outside, it's time to button up your home as ...By Cathy Dausman



The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The third quarter of 2018 showed solid ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T



Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide
"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it." - George Elliot
Fall is filled with legends, myths, fairs and festivals, all celebrating the bounty from various cultures around the ...
By Cynthia Brian



Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for October
"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." ~ Martin Buber
Volcanoes, glaciers, highlands, prairies, lava flows, fire, ice. Nature untouched and untamed.
By Cynthia Brian



Feng Shui
Most of us associate tidying up the areas where clutter accumulates in the springtime, however fall is equally relevant to let things go that no longer serve us and clutter definitely falls into that category. Feng Shui allows us to be more connected and aligned with ...By Michele Duffy



Fire-resistant landscaping tips for front and back yards
Another scorching summer has led to record-breaking wildfires across California, including three major brushfires in Lamorinda. As residents contemplate landscape updates in the coming year, it is important to be aware of crucial guidelines that will aid in smarter ...By Jenn Freedman



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



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