Meg McConahey - Features Staff Reporter

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An award-winning Sonoma Mountain retreat built for an Apple designer is made up of two small steel boxes that offer big views through 9-foot sliding glass walls.
It’s a family affair when siblings Dayna Justus and Shawn Husar enlist spouses, kids and their mom to create two magical show gardens in the Hall of Flowers. For Justus, it was the culmination of a lifelong dream after years competing as an amateur.
While the emotional pain of losing their homes remains, some Sonoma County fire victims are reclaiming their space with parties and social events that build faith in the rebuilding process.
What would you take with you if ordered to leave your home? Here are 10 things to do right now to be ready if the time comes.
After 25 years, Gary Rasche’s outdoor display has grown into a magical Christmas forest that draws hundreds of people to his Montecito Heights home every night in December.
Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery’s Annual Customer Appreciation Day offers special sales, vendor booths, free samples and a scoop of Three Twins Organic Ice Cream. For tree lovers, there’s a rare tree and vine sale July 14 at the Original Santa Rosa Farmers Market.
The newest fire in Yolo County jumped the county line into rural Napa County.
Hundreds of people dressed in patriotic colors and waving tiny flags lined the parade route on Sunday.
Some people faced with rebuilding their homes after October’s wildfires are designing homes that more closely reflect their personal values and the changing needs of their families. Take a look.
Life is short, and the new thinking is that gardeners will be happier with what they grow if they focus only on crops they actually love to eat.
Ceramicist Suki Diamond’s plates, butter dishes, birdbaths, lamps and more are functional as well as fun. Check them out during the Art at the Source June 2-3 and 9-10.
The whistleblower will make appearances in Sonoma and Petaluma this week to talk about his new book and why people should be 'much more worried than they are' about the prospects of nuclear war.
Where to find the best garden tours this summer.
Bring the family for shows, movies, park activities and more this summer.
From art exhibits to studio tours, find your artistic inspiration with these summertime happenings.
Front-yard gardens have changed from tightly manicured to eco-friendly and useful. Get inspired by these upcoming garden tours.
May 10 is Bay Area Bike to Work Day. Local doctor and longtime bike commuter Tracey Jones shares her tips for a work-route workout which she’s been doing for nearly 20 years.
The man was two days into a four-day sentence when he escaped Saturday night.
Eleven parks, nature preserves and interpretive centers in Sonoma County welcomed kids with activities just for them during the annual Day of the Child/Dia del Niño on Sunday.
Honeysuckle, jasmine and gardenia are among the plants that will lend fragrance to your garden.
Colorful spring flowers at local farms are making a vibrant statement around Sonoma County, and are perfect for bringing spring indoors.
What happens when one person’s parents forbid a relationship? Well, that depends.
Brad Villegiante and Caroline Hall apply paint, fresh new furnishings and designer touches to their 1905 Queen Anne. They are marketing the light-filled home where they live as an occasional location for commercial photo shoots.
'How a Mountain was Made' is a fanciful series of tales of anthropomorphic animals, birds, insects and elements, who inhabit Sonoma Mountain and whose exploits, lessons and fates together tell the story of the mountain.
When 35-year-old Chris Hamilton was killed in a car accident, his family decided to return to a grieving practice that was once commonplace in America, but now requires a bit of paperwork and know-how.