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Greet the Season With Fire Pits

Create a destination fire pit and enjoy the flickering flames as cool nights set it.
October 10, 2017

Mastering the Master Bedroom

Easy ideas for creating an oasis of style and calm.
September 28, 2017

Wearing Your Kids

An increasing number of parents carry their children, rather than put them in strollers. But the doctor who popularized the parenting method is under siege.
September 12, 2017

Get Stylish With Threads From Oak Common

Baggu opens, Crossroads seeks plus sizes, and Viscera workshops.
September 16, 2016

Arresting Décor at the Latest Port Workspace

Design firm Because We Can designs the latest space for The Port Workspaces with eye-popping color, clever construction, and funky functionality.
September 7, 2016

Color Ideas to Make Room

Interior designers Angelisse Karol and Laura Martin Bovard say beige is passé, warm whites are just right, and the grays are here to stay. Add bold splashes of a color in rich, deep shades for a fresh new look.
June 28, 2016

Lampshades and Lushness Come to Restaurant Decor

What’s good for au courant restaurant decor may be finding a way into residential homes.
June 27, 2016

Tips on Photography

The digital age has ushered in instant sharing of almost every image imaginable. Within seconds, images of you—including the good, the bad, and sometimes, the ugly—can be viewed by hundreds, even thousands of people. If you find yourself shuddering more than smiling at pictures of yourself, take the time to see how you can look your best before your next snapshot.
July 3, 2014

How to Make a Statement with Your Front Door

As we roll into summer here in the East Bay, one thing is certain: We’ll all be spending lots of time outdoors. That makes this the perfect time to update your home’s exterior. No need to undertake a major renovation, though. Just concentrate your efforts on the entrance. A few quick changes there are enough to make the whole place feel refreshed.
July 3, 2014

Housing Boom Is No Bubble

Anytime a blog post or news story appears that cites the skyrocketing cost of Bay Area real estate, some readers in the online comments section point to signs of a housing bubble such as the one that burst in late 2008. What are the chances that the current run-up in prices will end in another crash, sending prices in many parts of the Bay Area plummeting, with some values in outlying areas dropping by one-half or more?
July 3, 2014