The ABCs of ADUs: Homeowners share tales of downsized but luxurious living spaces

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Laurie and Larry Moore have a glass of wine in the accessory dwelling unit they built.

With apologies to Charles Dickens, this is “A Tale of Two ADUs” – accessory dwelling units – one built from the ground up, the other dropped from the sky.

Relaxing retreat: Create a peaceful refuge in your own backyard

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An outdoor space can be transformed into a peaceful oasis, ideal for relaxing with family and friends.

With the weather warming up, you don’t need to go far from home to create your own outdoor oasis. Spring is the perfect time to ready your porch or a backyard nook for long and lazy days outside.

The color orange: Flowers offer punctuations of joy

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California poppies are plentiful in the early spring, with their vivid orange hue brightening the landscape. The flowers open on sunny days and stay closed when it’s cloudy.

Orange is a joyous and optimistic color. In my garden, the first big spring flowers are California poppies, and the last dramatic swathes of color in the autumn before frost are red-orange California fuchsia shrubs. In between, all shades of orange punctuate native gardens.

Ask a Designer: Tips for selecting the perfect carpet

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Carpet can be color-coordinated with the furniture and accents in a room.

Q: We are considering which flooring to install in a room addition to our home. Hardwood flooring seems to be straightforward; however, the choices for carpet types are more daunting. Would you break down the differences in types of carpet?

Bee prepared: Two local Girl Scouts focus on native species for Silver Award project

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Girl Scouts Dhrithi Vishwa, left, and Izzy Sehnert display wooden homes created for mason bees native to the Bay Area. The girls are working toward earning their Silver Award with the project.

Usually, the term “save the bees” refers to honeybees – the bright-yellow insects depicted in popular culture.

Stamp of approval: Beloved Hills mailman hangs up his shorts after three decades of service

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Cruz Aragon at Foothills Nature Preserve in Palo Alto, where he’d sometimes stop for a break.

Herodotus is often credited for the U.S. Postal Service’s unofficial motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” At the time, circa 500 B.C., the ancient Greek historian referred to a fleet of mounted couriers entrusted with military dispatches during the Greco-Persian wars.

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