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Los Altos History Museum wraps up Eichler exhibition


Photos Elizabeth Barcelos/Town Crier
Stories of how real estate developer Joseph Eichler touched the lives of people who lived in his homes, above, became part of the Los Altos History Museum’s exhibition “Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses,” which is set to close Oct. 8. Among the items on display are local building plans, left; mid-century artifacts, below left; and Eichler’s personal effects, below.

Time is running out to take a step back into a more affordable era of homeownership.

The Los Altos History Museum exhibition “Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses” is scheduled to wrap up its five-month run Oct. 8.

Neighborly donations lead to Mansi Makes acrylic art


Photos courtesy of Mansi bhatia
Artist Mansi Bhatia’s acrylic creations include decorative pumpkins for the fall, left, and painted wooden panels, above. Her business, Mansi Makes, traces its origins to a request for spare tiles from her neighbors.

It all started with a social media post.

“I had reached out to our neighbors through Nextdoor asking if anyone had tiles laying around that they wouldn’t mind donating to me for practicing a new form of art that I had been enamored with for a while,” said Mansi Bhatia of Los Altos. “Suddenly, my garage was stocked with over 150 tiles of all sizes. I started experimenting with fluid acrylics – a medium I had never worked in before.”

Gamble Garden hosts talk on butterflies

Local gardener and monarch butterfly expert Eleanor Laney is scheduled to discuss the “Miraculous Migration of the Monarch Butterfly” 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 in the Carriage House at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto.

In February, Laney traveled to the 10,000-foot mountains of Michoacan, Mexico, to observe the winter habitat of millions of monarchs. She will share stories and personal photographs of her visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

'Sleep, creep, leap': The rule of thumb for native gardens


Photos Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Plant annuals such as clarkias or poppies for bursts of color in the spring.

 

A properly planted native garden often starts out looking sparse and fills in gradually. At first, most of the growth is below the surface. It may look like nothing is happening, but the extensive root system that makes many natives drought-tolerant takes time to get established. It may take two or three years before you see significant growth above ground.

How to maintain a freshly organized space


Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
It’s not enough to just organize a space, it must be maintained so that it doesn’t serve as a repository for junk over time.

My blog readers have one consistent question after they see my before-and-after gallery: “Does anyone actually maintain his or her space?”

Enchanting decor: Enchanté Boutique Hotel showcases Francophile's flair for design


Photos Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
Abigail Ahrens, who runs – and lives at – Enchanté Boutique Hotel, brought her love of French design to the property’s 19 guest rooms and her own top-floor living quarters.

Under a Mansard roof in downtown Los Altos, hotel guests relax in their French-infused rooms, read by the fireplace in the cozy library or, in the bistro, nibble pastries flown in from Paris. And proprietor Abigail Ahrens resides – literally – under the rooftop.

Now in her 48th year in the real estate business, Ahrens, owner of The Abigail Co., has long had a penchant for designing and development. She was also part of a partnership that owned an antique store in Los Gatos and a store for high-end interiors – Hilary Thatz at Stanford Shopping Center.


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