Here, in Palo Alto, longtime traditions and bigger-than-life figures left their mark

Mid-century artists who doubled down as partners in love and lifework

From Tupperware to transistor radios—plastic as a mid-century craze gone crazy

Design tips and prime plants for landscaping your home's heavenly core

Home Improvement

Roof Insulation
Vital foam-roof upgrades add comfort, lower utility bills, and enhance your home's value
Eichler Windows and Doors
Windows, windows everywhere: the pride and peril of life in a house with all that glass

Neighborhoods

Paths to Pleasure
In bike-friendly, eco-conscious North Davis, a neighborhood of 200 Streng homes finds common ground on the greenbelt
Loving the Highlife in Crestwood Hills - Los Angeles
Cooperative housing pioneer to landmark honors—Crestwood Hills savors its affection for modernism

Lifestyle

Prefabulous or Fad?
Designers and builders of prefabricated homes go modern and green—but what lies ahead?
Paradise Found
10 ways to live it up in the exotic world of tiki California