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Five Tips for a Trendy Kitchen

Fashion is fickle when it comes to kitchen design, but color, island treatment, metals, clean lines, bling-free cabinets can bring yours up to date.

Loving the Laurel District

Dine at the Sequoia Diner and snack on Peter’s Kettle Corn; shop locally at Beast Oakland or browse Vista Madera’s horsey shelves; and explore the Laurel Art Garden or take a class at The Taoist Center.

Precision Arts at Home

Bay Area artisans approach their projects as creative challenges and turn out showpieces beyond expectations.

Small Is the New Big in Bay Area Home Design

Ashley Turner and Cliff Williams take a tiny Berkeley Craftsman to new heights.

To Build or Not to Build

To keep up with changing trends in fitness, the Harbor Bay Club wants to reinvent itself. So what—or who—has been stopping it?

Zillow Predicts Oakland Housing Appreciation Rates Will Slow

If the Seattle-based real estate analysis firm is right, Oakland home prices in 2015 will increase but only about half as much as they did in 2014.

Alameda Freemasons Changes with the Times

At the core of today’s Freemasonry—a fraternal club that goes back to the medieval guilds for craftsmen—is community service, and the Island City Lodge embraces its many types of members.

Stephen Texeira Celebrates Community Spirit With His Oakland Neighborhood Project

A local photographer is on an odyssey to document residents’ love for Oakland in 146 neighborhoods, from Golden Gate to Durant Manor and everything in between.

Going Green with Indoor Houseplants

Variety in terms of color, shapes, sizes, and species make indoor plantscapes much more inviting.

Oakland’s Condo Glut Becomes a Condo Shortage

Almost all the condominiums built as a result of former Mayor Jerry Brown’s push to bring 10,000 new residents to downtown have been sold. And there’s little new in the near-term pipeline.