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Architectural artistry: Los Altos homeowners invite the outside in

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Margo and Dale Seymour’s Los Altos home features avant-garde architecture boasting unique angles and glass walls inviting the indoors in.

What’s new becomes old and what’s old can appear new.

This pretty much sums up the hillside residence remodeled 32 years ago by Margo and Dale Seymour on Mora Drive in Los Altos.

Awaken garden curiosity through unique gift ideas

Tanya Kucak/ Special to the Town Crier
Those interested in observing or sketching a patch of Island Pink yarrow are bound to discover a variety of tiny beneficial insects visiting the flowers.

Whatever your age or level of expertise, gardens offer a way to broaden and deepen your knowledge, whether you travel far and wide or go only as far as your own backyard. Likewise, the best garden-related gifts are those that are not simply things, but involve experiences or introduce people to an entirely new world they may not have discovered on their own. 

Foil dry-weather predation this fall

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Exclusion is often the best way to protect plants from critters, as this homemade structure demonstrates.

The best time to plant natives is in the fall and winter, assuming seasonal rainfall is sufficient to help get them established.

But if not much water falls from the sky, wildlife desperate for food and water may be attracted to your new plantings. Even plants listed as “deer resistant” can get browsed as critters taste whatever your garden smorgasbord offers. If the plants are small, a few nips can be fatal.

Beach chic: LAH home offers Cape Cod-style surprises

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Michelle and Peter Detkin’s Los Altos Hills home offers a “relaxing” vibe that emphasizes “connectivity,” according to Michelle.

Michelle and Peter Detkin’s Los Altos Hills home is comfortable, close to downtown Los Altos and they use – and love – every square inch of it.

The covered veranda that runs the width of the house in back is the perfect place for coffee in the morning or cocktails in the evening. Private spaces can be created by simply closing pocket doors. The open kitchen and playroom bring the family together. And the exercise room in the basement functions as the media/game room.

Home Brief

Filoli has scheduled a new volunteer recruitment event 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at Filoli’s Visitor & Education Center, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside.

Attendees can learn about the many volunteer opportunities at Filoli, including house and garden self-guided tour docents, weekend tour docents, nature education docents, member services, visitor services, public relations, hospitality, garden information docents, floral design, flower arranging and more.

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