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Rocks, Pebbles, and Stones Are Replacing Grass

Conscientious homeowners are eschewing grass and going for rock, pebbles, and stone in xeriscaping, which is water conservation disguised as art.

Home Design That’s Relaxed, Individual, and Well-Crafted

Here’s how some of the area’s hippest home decor purveyors pinpoint local cool — and share what’s hot in home goods.

Beauty, Function Define East Bay Ceramics

Simple, beautiful, and functional ceramics and dishware land on East Bay tables and in kitchens.

Makers Upcycle Discarded Wood Into Fine Furnishings

East Bay woodworkers JP Frary and SapphirePine are among local furniture makers creating functional and beautiful furnishings from wood that would otherwise be castoffs.

Fun First, Learning Second

STEM educational camps offer summer school without pressure — no homework, no tests.

East Bay Fashion Gets Freer, Bolder, More Enduring

But the general feeling is still “anything goes.”

Anything Goes

East Bay fashion gets freer, bolder, more enduring, and less conforming.

Teens Shoulder Responsibility

Counselors-in-training programs teach leadership, patience, and hard work.

Teens Head Off the Grid

They put down their phones and pick up backpacks.

How to Rent a Former Fire Lookout Cabin in California

The towers are a charmingly rustic accommodation alternative and hard to get but so worth finding out about.