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.

Yard remodel results in win-win-win landscape

Tanya Kucak/Special to the Town Crier
At the front of the yard, passersby can enjoy the fragrant flowers of ​Cedros Island verbena​.​ ​Each mounded shrub, covered in flowers from spring to fall, can reach 2-3 feet high and 3-6 feet wide.


After they retired and remodeled their Mountain View home, Joanne Kanow and Joe Petersack decided to renovate their landscape as well. Their front lawn was not growing well and was compacted; their backyard was mostly 3-foot-by-3-foot squares of aggregate concrete.

A balanced life: Big basement takes family living to new heights

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Los Altos residents Sangeeth and Sindhu Peruri designed their 2,000-square-foot basement to be a multiuse space – a gym by day and a family gathering spot by night.

By day, it’s a gym, a yoga and martial arts studio, a Ninja Warrior training ground and a playroom. By night, it’s a place to curl up as a family to watch Warriors games on the big-screen TV, play poker or host parties for friends.

Welcome to the Peruri family’s Los Altos basement.

Handling a fire: The morning after

The before, above, and after, inset, photos of a master bedroom reveal what a general contractor can repair in the wake of a home fire.

This is part 2 in the “Disaster Repair” series. Part 1 appeared in the Feb. 22 Town Crier.

Annual Flower Show blooms at Filoli

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In addition to the natural blooms on display year-round, Filoli is hosting its annual Flower Show Thursday through Sunday.

Filoli has scheduled its annual Flower Show Thursday through Sunday at the estate, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside.

Floral designers interpreted this year’s theme, “Time Began in a Garden: A Centennial Celebration,” with dozens of floral displays and table settings inside the house. Additional displays in the gardens will include horticultural collections and educational exhibits. Guests can meander through the vintage greenhouses and view the sculptures installed throughout the grounds. Docents will be on hand from noon to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday to answer questions.

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