Summerhill showplace: Los Altos home offers warmed-up take on modern design

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A sloped roofline and the warm tones of the stonework soften the modern exterior of this Summerhill Avenue home.


Ever fall in love with a house when you walk in the front door?

Home builder Abbie Bourgan aimed to make that happen with his recent project on Summerhill Avenue in Los Altos that he calls a "transitional contemporary" home.

"It’s contemporary but with traditional elements such as a sloped rather than flat roof," he said. "And the earth-tone colors of the exterior warm it up."

Mountain View resident’s mystery novel Dread of Winter explores hometown secrets


When Mountain View author Susan Alice Bickford entered her family’s summer cottage in Vermont nearly seven years ago, she realized something was askew.

LA resident follows principles of Ayurveda, teaches others

Photos courtesy of Rashee Rohatgi
Los Altos resident Rashee Rohatgi, bottom right, practices Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, through integrating herbs and spices into her cooking. The dishes she makes include veggie poriyal, top center, and sevia, top right.

Earth, air, fire, water and ether. Los Altos resident Rashee Rohatgi weaves the five elements of life throughout her everyday routine, through the principles of Ayurveda.

Going green at home: gradual changes can make a world of difference

Photos by Audrey Chang/Town Crier
In an effort to make their home more environmentally friendly, the Chang family of Los Altos shops with reusable bags, above, and often purchase clothes made from remnant textiles, below.

Anyone who walks into my house would probably notice the canvas totes by the front door, the multiple recycling bins and maybe even the drawer packed with plastic bags.

Parenting in public: How to keep young kids on their best behavior

Sarah L. Morford/Special to the Town Crier
Taking youngsters to public places, like a grocery store, can be a challenge for parents.

It starts early. There is a point at which coming home from the hospital with a newborn with little more than a half-pack of diapers, a scheduled appointment with the pediatrician and a cotton striped hat feels like sheer madness.

Navigating the road toward getting a license: Dealing with the DMV, lessons and more

Miranda Li

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for 16-year-olds in America; once teenagers receive the keys to a car - and their independence - they may never come back.

However, they must first prepare for the extremely long and tedious process of acquiring a driver license. As a recently licensed teen driver, here are my tips and tricks to surviving the journey.

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