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Orange decor galore: Two Los Altos neighborhoods bring Halloween to life


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A family on University Avenue, above, prepares for Halloween with a scary skeleton hanging from their porch, left. Homes in the Orange and University avenues neighborhood have been decorating their homes for trick- or-treaters for decades.

This is a tale of two Los Altos neighborhoods that attract hordes of trick-or-treaters on Halloween. One is old, the other fairly new.

The oldie but goodie is Orange and University avenues in old Los Altos, where orange decor and pumpkins galore herald the advent of All Hallows’ Eve.


Filoli hosts annual Holiday Traditions fundraising boutique


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The historic Filoli estate in Woodside transforms into a “Holiday Jewel” for its annual Holiday Traditions fundraising boutique, scheduled Nov. 27 through Dec. 5.

Filoli’s annual nine-day Holiday Traditions fundraising event is scheduled Nov. 27 through Dec. 5.

With this year’s theme, “Filoli – A Holiday Jewel,” the rooms on the first floor of the historic house and Visitor & Education Center will be transformed into a seasonal showcase with unique decorations, festive music and the Holiday Boutique. Local choral and performing groups and musicians will add ambience throughout the event.

High-tech house: Los Altos Hills showplace boasts innovative features


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Simon Yiu and his family built a house in Los Altos Hills, above, with family gatherings in mind.

Filial piety, the core value of China’s ancient sage Confucius, led to a modern masterpiece on Elena Road in Los Altos Hills.

Architectural anomaly: Modern home stands out among cottages on Orange Avenue


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The one-and-a-half story stucco home on Orange Avenue, above, uses, clockwise from below right, submerged courtyards and stairs traversing multiple levels to add living space to its ground floor kitchen and living room. White decor and clean lines are interior design elements seen throughout the rooms in the home.

Anyone would be “cowed” writing about this house on Orange Avenue in Los Altos.

To begin with, there’s a life-size fiberglass cow in the newly landscaped, drought-tolerant front yard.

Water wisdom: No-fuss gardening with zero irrigation


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Pozo Blue salvias attract a multitude of pollinators.

Heather Lattanzi got interested in California native plants five or six years ago because she wanted to save water and didn’t want to work too hard.

There oughta be a law about water-wise landscaping


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Use rocks around succulents and other plants that naturally grow in rocky areas. Never put rocks at the base of trees and shrubs – they are too heavy and get too hot for the roots.

Julie Montanari switched careers from banking to landscape design because of water. She said she wanted to promote landscaping “in a way that’s more sensible for the California climate.”

In a recent presentation before a Gardening with Natives group, she discussed the dire water situation in California and how to landscape in a way that’s compatible with the climate.

Star-spangled manor: Orange Avenue home boasts Americana theme


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Los Altos resident Pinky Whelan’s Orange Avenue home features a patriotic theme, evident in her living room decor, her historical collections and displays and her welcoming entrance.

Let’s hear it for the red, white and blue.

And, for Pinky Whelan, too!


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