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Living local, urban design, sustainability, landscape architecture, and places in the East Bay. Design that works where it is.

How to Reform your Killer Cat

Our cat wears a harness and a leash when he’s outside. Why? He’s a killer. I love gardening and Jan loves birds. As soon as we had our own yard, … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

Eighteen Gates

I have a fascination with gates. They’re doors but when you pass through them, you’re not indoors. What could be better? This week, I give you Gates of the East … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · 2 Comments

Living Local: Our Own Backyard

There’s no place more local than your own backyard. We’re outdoorsy gals and we spend a lot of time both working and relaxing in our yard. When we bought the house, … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

Happy Haunting

On Halloween, we like to set a spoooooky scene for our neighbors without making the wee little trick-or-treaters run off screaming in terror. Jack-o-lanterns are always a big hit, and the more … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Truly Local Cocktail

San Francisco was originally named for this plant, Yerba Buena. It means “good herb” in Spanish. The City’s name was changed to San Francisco in 1846. The botanical name for … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beach Strawberry

This California native plant, Fragaria chiloiensis, grows quickly in our yard in Oakland. Sometimes it grows too well, spreading into areas intended for less rambunctious native plants. Still, it’s a great groundcover in … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nesting Box

I could take a whole series of photos showing beautiful security bars in Oakland. This design for windows in the Longfellow neighborhood is my favorite example. The center of the … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment