Dec. 6 Near Oak Walk: The Emeryville Holiday Tree Lighting and Community Parade

While to some the holiday season is about giving or receiving gifts, and making big meals for family members, the season is really meant to bring people and families and communities closer together! Emeryville is doing just that by celebrating the holidays with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Community Parade! On December 6th, starting […]

Anyone Can Care for These Resilient Houseplants

Are you guilty of receiving a houseplant as a gift, only to quickly let it wilt and wither away? Even if you’re not exactly a natural when it comes to being a plant parent, there are still some houseplants hardy enough to withstand just about anything. Here are a few houseplants that practically anyone can […]

Nov. 16 Near Oak Walk: Local Author Day in Emeryville

Even in an age when you can instantly download just about any book electronically, there’s still something special about going to the bookstore. Maybe it’s the scent of the freshly bound paper or just the feeling of actually flipping a page (instead of clicking). Either way, if you’re a bibliophile, you’ve probably found yourself wandering […]

Must-Know Thanksgiving Hosting Tips for Renters

 You don’t have to have a huge home in order to host Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re willing to think outside the box, you’ll have no trouble fitting your whole crew into your apartment! Here’s how to do it. Get creative with dining areas. If your dining room or eat-in kitchen is simply too small to […]

Meet Some Friends From Villa Morada at the Hayward Toy-Anime Comic-Con

After Halloween, there are few opportunities for adults to dress up in costume without getting some weird looks. The Hayward Toy-Anime Comic-Con is one of them. Not only will you fit right in if you come in costume—you might actually be rewarded. That is, if you enter the Cosplay Contest and win. The contest will […]

Glam Up Your Gourd With These Pumpkin Decorating DIYs

You probably shake up your decor a bit when autumn rolls around. It’s the perfect time of year to bring on the twinkle lights and the leafy garlands. But if you’re bored with the standard autumnal decor, you can bring the extra glitz with these pumpkin decorating DIY ideas. Confetti PumpkinsGet your pumpkins Halloween party-ready […]

Oct. 26 Near Oak Walk: Boo Bash on Bay Street!

If you consider yourself something of a jack-o-lantern artist, don’t keep those skills to yourself. Show them off at the Boo Bash on Bay Street. The local festival is returning to town on October 26th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, as always, the cornerstone of the fest is its jack-o-lantern-carving contest. Feel free […]

Style Tricks That Make Small Rooms Look Larger

Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean your space should feel cramped! You can make your home feel spacious, despite the square footage, if you use a few of these tips and tricks from design pros. Choose like colors (preferably neutral ones). Fight the temptation to go for dark, bold colors and big prints. […]

Enjoy a Taste of Paris at Oui Oui! Macaron

When pastry chef Cat first started crafting macarons, they were just one component of her plated desserts at Candybar Lounge. But it wasn’t long before she realized these bit-sized indulgences could stand on their own two feet. So she decided to branch out and open a bakery that was all about the French cookies, called Oui […]

How to Add Dimension to a Rental With Area Rugs

If you want to spruce up your space without doing a total home makeover, you might only need to add a single accent: an area rug. The huge variety of shapes, styles, and hues mean that there’s an area rug out there for everyone, regardless of your taste. Here’s how to bring some extra dimension […]