Finishing school: Tips to complete home organizing projects like a pro

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Photos by Amanda Kuzak/Special to the Town Crier
A consistent folding method and labeling can make all the difference when undertaking a home organization project.

Over the past seven months, our homes have become offices, schools, gyms and restaurants, making it more important than ever to have beautifully organized systems in place that you and everyone in your household can easily maintain.


Hills resident makes home fire prevention his mission

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Courtesy of Dave Stewart
Los Altos Hills resident Dave Stewart has worked to make his property fire resistant, including pruning the trees above his garage so the branches don’t come too close to the structure.

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.

How to incorporate the natural world into a home’s decor

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Lauren Edith Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
Natural elements inside the home can create a sense of tranquility.

Instead of gathering with friends around our pools, grills and patios, many of us have spent the past few months quarantining within the confines of our homes. Now more than ever, our homes have become everything: living space, workspace and school, all in one. It’s easy to go stir-crazy, no matter how much sourdough bread we’ve baked.

Creating a sense of place through architecture and design

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Celeste Randolph/Special to the Town Crier
Weaving the old and new can breathe new life into a home with traditional architecture.

Every home has a sense of place: the ground beneath, the history of the structure, the neighborhood, the surrounding natural environment, the way the light floods in.

Choosing landscape plants to create an ecologically sustainable yard

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In Douglas W. Tallamy’s new book, “Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard,” he writes, “Nature has proven to be more resilient, more malleable, and more forgiving than I ever thought.” That’s good news for anyone who wants to do something productive, proactive and positive, he adds, “at the local scale – the scale that counts ecologically.”


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