A jewelry-box cottage stores tiny charms


Photos Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
A simple remodel turned into a down-to-the-studs rebuild after Los Altos residents Amanda and Chris Kuzak bought a 930-square-foot house in Los Altos. They removed a wall to open up the living and dining area, right, and added a kitchen island, above, that provides both storage and home for a cooktop and pop-up exhaust fan, above. The marble in the kitchen’s tiles appears again in bathroom and living room flourishes.

Amanda Kuzak calls her Los Altos home a jewelry box.

“It’s small, but there are treasures inside,” she said.

Adobe Creek Lodge lives on as luxurious private home


Photo Courtesy of Ryan Gowdy
Adobe Creek Lodge, which once hosted thousands of guests each weekend, now functions as a private family home in Los Altos Hills. The 48-acre property retains its 8,500-square-foot Tudor-style manor house, now scaled to include just three bedrooms.

The iconic Adobe Creek Lodge in Los Altos Hills has a colorful past and is looking toward the future.

In the span of 84 years, it has come full circle from a luxurious private retreat to a luxurious private home. In between, it has been a swim club, a supper club, a day resort and a popular venue. At its height in 1970, the lodge hosted 8,000 guests per weekend.

Local Winchester House preserves legend, with less mystery


Photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Winchester-Merriman House in Los Altos preserves a three-quarter acre lot and many of the Carpenter Gothic flourishes of the late 1800s. Now on the market, the 12-room house last sold in 2003.

The land is so beautiful under the enormous oak at the historical property on Edgewood Lane in Los Altos, it is not surprising there is evidence of a house here as early as 1840. The Ohlone lived here long before that. With the Coast Range as a backdrop and wildflowers blooming in the sunshine, it is an ideal location people long to call home.

The property was once a piece of the 4,440-acre Rancho San Antonio, granted to Juan Prado Mesa in 1839. Mesa, a soldier, died in 1845, badly in debt. His executor sold the land for

Modern home tour spotlights Silicon Valley showplaces

The Modern Architecture + Design Society returns to Silicon Valley for the 2018 Modern Home Tour 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9, offering a curated selection of homes that embody the region’s unique modern architecture and design aesthetic.

The sixth annual event will give regional architects, designers and home builders the opportunity to showcase their work. In turn, the self-guided tour will enable local residents to engage the minds behind the designs and ask questions as they explore some of Silicon Valley’s modern homes up close, inside and out.

Lilies can last beyond Easter with careful cultivation


Courtesy of Melinda Myers LLC
White lilies are not only ideal for Easter, but they also can grace a garden. Colorful varieties of lilies will provide long-lasting blooms.

Easter is Sunday, so it’s time to display a vase of white lilies. However, lilies can last long beyond Easter if you plant them in your garden.

Lilies provide vertical interest and blend nicely with other perennials. Best of all, with very little care, you’ll be enjoying them for years to come.

Today's treasures: What people are buying from estate sales


Courtesy of Judy Johnson
While buyers aren’t looking for old furniture at estate sales, there is a market for a blonde wood mid-century dining room set, above.

Who wants their grandmother’s fine china? Nowadays, seemingly no one. Ditto the silverplated tea service and porcelain figurines. These are just a few examples of the new reality in the estate sale market.

Buyers, mostly younger adults with growing families, have different lifestyles and aren’t interested in old or used things.


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