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Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian for April
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein
Witnessed from outer space this spring, a pageant of splendor burst into bloom on hillsides, in ...
By Cynthia Brian

The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The first quarter of 2019 showed a continued fast pace in activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate. Supply remains low, so the resulting sales quantities remain low. The average sales price continues to increase in Lafayette versus a year ago, while ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T; Licensed Real Estate Broker

When native plants share space with a mini-farm
Anne Chambers and her husband, Ed McAlpine, view the utility of a garden with different eyes. For Chambers it is a place where the local flora is nurtured for the pleasure of the eyes and to reminisce the many hikes she loves to go on in the area; while for McAlpine, a ...By Sophie Braccini

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Look for helpers. You will always find those who are helping." - Mister Rogers
After sowing seeds of beets, arugula, Swiss chard and leeks, I sat on my small white wooden bench to watch. ...
By Cynthia Brian

Achieve divine design by avoiding these five common decorating don'ts
After being in the design industry for over a decade and visiting a myriad of client's homes there are a few design mistakes I find quite often. Today I thought I'd share five common decorating mistakes. No judgment here, just some tips that might be useful to ...By Amanda Eck

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
It all began when I witnessed the new growth unfurling on one of my loquat trees. The leaves were a mesmerizing bright green, like the color of lime with a hint of sunshine. Ah, sunshine, I thought! How I longed for warm, sun-drenched days. The darkness, cold and wet ...By Cynthia Brian

Welcome spring with the delightful Feng Shui wood element
Although the chilly morning temps register at a brisk 37 degrees, spring is awakening slowly and this much-anticipated season is long overdue. The backdrop of spring's bloom provides a gentle shift away from the dormancy of winter with changeable weather, increased ...By Michele Duffy

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for March
"Blossom by blossom the spring begins." - AC Shinburne
By Cynthia Brian

By Cynthia Brian

Tidying up for spring
By Amanda Eck

Raise your hand if you are ready for sunshine and warmer days! I am so very grateful for ...
By Amanda Eck

Cynthia Brian's Digging Deep
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." - William Blake
The thunder clapped. The lightning bolted. The skies opened.
By Cynthia Brian

One room FengShui lux re-dux
A thoroughly modern way in this new year to initiate Feng Shui within your home is by accessing your floor plan with the Feng Shui BAGUA/I CHING map, the space-tool of choice, and next selecting one room or area to take a much deeper dive. Around Valentine's Day or ...By Michele Duffy

Lafayette remodel features French facade and new front entry
It's a well-known fact among those in real estate circles that curb appeal can be the difference between a home selling quickly or sitting on the market. Orinda architect Rick Kattenburg, of Kattenburg Architects, says when homeowners consider a remodel, they recognize ...By Jennifer Wake

Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for February
“Everything is coming up roses!” – Ethel Merman
When Cupid shoots his arrow of amour on Feb. 14, more than 51 percent of the flowers bestowed upon the lovers will be roses. The allure of ...
By Cynthia Brian

Questions to consider when deciding on design

During the beginning of the new year I always have a surge of clients reaching out to make changes in their home. Whether it be a single room design, whole house update, kitchen or bath ...
By Amanda Eck

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