Growing up in California, I’ve always been fascinated by Big Sur: the knotted driftwood, the jagged rocks, the miles of coastline and the way the water turns from teal to deep blue to gray. I remember the wind whipping through my hair as I sat in the backseat of my parents’ Rambler, windows …

Over the past year, I’ve been fielding questions for Town Crier readers that may at first feel like overwhelming design conundrums. However, once the problems are broken down into simple and logical parts, the solutions are often quick and easy fixes.

Growing up in California, I’ve always been fascinated by Big Sur: the knotted driftwood, the jagged rocks, the miles of coastline and the way the water turns from teal to deep blue to gray. I remember the wind whipping through my hair as I sat in the backseat of my parents’ Rambler, windows …

Over the past year, I’ve been fielding questions for Town Crier readers that may at first feel like overwhelming design conundrums. However, once the problems are broken down into simple and logical parts, the solutions are often quick and easy fixes.

Most trees have thick bark. The bark insulates the living tissue from weather and protects it from insects. Have you ever wondered why manzanita has bark so thin that it peels in midsummer? Kate Marianchild did, and she set out to find the answers to a multitude of questions about what makes…

Bringing birds into your garden might seem to be a no-brainer: just install a bird feeder. But like humans, birds are healthier when they can eat primarily from the garden, not from a “fast food” stand.

While we are in month 11 of staying at home because of the pandemic, at least we can expect restrictions to ease sometime this year. In the meantime, here are answers to some questions I get about simple ways to improve outdated or dull designs in your home.

One of the most common misconceptions I hear from clients and friends is that styling their home will cost them thousands of dollars. In reality, thoughtful home accessories don’t need to be expensive – and they can make your home feel brand new.

William Shakespeare 2000 is a beautiful, crimson English shrub rose. Bred in 2000 by famous English hybridizer David Austin, it was named in honor of England’s greatest playwright. Until 2004, the rose was available only in limited numbers but has since become available for widespread purchase.

This is the first – and only – installment of “Kitchen Jeopardy 2021.”

As 2021 gets underway, it is the perfect time to refresh your space. The new year brings with it a new beginning: an opportunity to make small changes in your home that will have maximum impact. One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your space is by playing with color.

During the past eight months, as people have been spending more time at home, it’s been easier to notice things that could be improved to better suit the ways we are now using our spaces. I frequently get questions about remodels and aim to answer two common ones below.

I have always been fond of pink flowers – as made evident by the many pink roses in my garden. They all vary in size, shape and even number of petal layers. Unfortunately, some are delicate and cannot tolerate full sunlight, so I have to plant them in a shady area.

Los Altos Hills resident Dave Stewart has long believed in the importance of wildfire protection efforts and continues to practice what he preaches by once again clearing brush and trimming trees on his wooded property, as well as making his home itself more fire resistant.