Have you ever walked under a native oak tree in the spring and discovered a caterpillar or 10 tangled in your hair? The next time it happens, I hope my first thought is, “Yea! Food for songbirds” rather than “Eeuw! Gross!”

Have you ever walked under a native oak tree in the spring and discovered a caterpillar or 10 tangled in your hair? The next time it happens, I hope my first thought is, “Yea! Food for songbirds” rather than “Eeuw! Gross!”

Everyone loves a home flooded with light, but the reality is that not every home has abundant natural light. The layout of the house, shade from surrounding trees and buildings, window placement and many other factors influence the amount of natural light that enters a space.

If you’re planting native milkweeds for monarch butterflies and other natives for the birds and bees, consider adding a California pipevine for the pipevine swallowtail butterfly. Also known as Dutchman’s pipe, this plant has interesting flowers and fruit as well.

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.

Zoe Morgan/Town Crier Induction cooktops save energy and can heat rapidly.

Lauren Edith Anderson/Special to the Town Crier A beautifully designed work-from-home space can be achieved with a few simple changes that allow for both peace and productivity, interior designer Celeste Randolph says.