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Hilltop haven: Couple design dream home on slope


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The kitchen is the focal point of Jim and Julia Lovin’s great room, above. The “J”-shaped island features a lively tile mosaic on its base.

Building a house on a steep slope was not on their radar.

Julia and Jim Lovin, who were living in Cupertino at the time, were looking for a house to remodel, something they could imbue with an Eichler-like ambience. They had better luck finding a compatible architect than they did finding a house.

Tips for storing holiday decorations efficiently & accessibly


Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Slotted ornament boxes are worth splurging on because they provide good protection for delicate ornaments.

 

It’s time to pack up the garlands and lights now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us.

Holidays by design: Los Altos company provides seasonal decorating service


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Amy Fischer of Spectrum Interior Design decorated Los Altos resident Katie Beers’ living room for the holidays last week.

Don’t worry if you have no time to shop for unique holiday decor, decorate Christmas trees, make garlands and untangle and hang the outside lights. Spectrum Interior Design can do it all.

As an offshoot of their year-round design services, Amy Fischer and her staff at Spectrum Interior Design in Los Altos offer full holiday installations. After a preliminary consultation, Fischer arrives to transform the home from everyday comfort to seasonal splendor.

Journaling: Connection with nature can bring happiness and health


Tanya Kucak/ Special to the Town Crier
Looking with deliberate attention at a simple flower, like this blazing star, can enhance appreciation of its complexities and stimulate curiosity, two objectives of nature journaling.

Much research has found “connections between going out in nature and being a happy, joyful person,” according to naturalist John Muir Laws, who spoke this month in Los Altos at the annual meeting of the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

Awaken garden curiosity through unique gift ideas


Tanya Kucak/ Special to the Town Crier
Those interested in observing or sketching a patch of Island Pink yarrow are bound to discover a variety of tiny beneficial insects visiting the flowers.

Whatever your age or level of expertise, gardens offer a way to broaden and deepen your knowledge, whether you travel far and wide or go only as far as your own backyard. Likewise, the best garden-related gifts are those that are not simply things, but involve experiences or introduce people to an entirely new world they may not have discovered on their own. 

Architectural artistry: Los Altos homeowners invite the outside in


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Margo and Dale Seymour’s Los Altos home features avant-garde architecture boasting unique angles and glass walls inviting the indoors in.

What’s new becomes old and what’s old can appear new.

This pretty much sums up the hillside residence remodeled 32 years ago by Margo and Dale Seymour on Mora Drive in Los Altos.


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