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 […]

Do Some Shopping at the Holiday Boutique & Craft Faire on Nov. 16

With Halloween in the rearview mirror, the holiday season has officially begun. That means baking cookies, spending time with loved ones, and, of course, holiday shopping. If you’re already dreading braving the mall, here’s a bit of good news. You don’t have to. More than 50 craftspeople and artisans are coming to the Pleasant Hill […]

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. 19 Near The Boulevard: Walnut Creek Oktoberfest!

No authentic Oktoberfest celebration could exist without at top-notch beer garden, and the Walnut Creek Oktoberfest is no exception. When it returns to Civic Park this Saturday, the beer garden will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bierhaus Hofbrau will bring the Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen; Deschutes is pouring its Fresh Squeeze IPA; Speakeasy plans […]

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. […]

This Weekend Near The Boulevard: The Pleasant Hill Art, Wine, and Music Festival!

The picturesque downtown section of Pleasant Hill didn’t materialize on its own; the community fought for it. Back in 2000, the powers that be in Pleasant Hill actually designed and constructed the city’s modern-day Main Street, filling it with boutiques, restaurants, and a few large anchor stores. This quaint downtown area will play host to […]

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 […]

Kick Off Your Weekend With a Pizza From BP Kitchen

The pizza chefs at BP Kitchen love to get inventive with their pies. The Friday Night White is a prime example of their culinary creativity. In addition to a layer of classic mozzarella cheese, the chefs also add pepper jack and feta to a foundation of roasted garlic Alfredo sauce. Then they load on spicy […]

Roommate Drama? Here’s How to Keep the Peace

Living with other people can be fun and rewarding, but it also comes with certain challenges. It takes a while to learn how others operate on a daily basis, and there can be bumps along the way. If you find yourself butting heads with one of your roommates, follow these tips to bring everything back […]

Now Open Near The Boulevard: AH Afghan Cuisine

Even though AH Afghan Cuisine only opened about two months ago, foodies who have their finger on the pulse of the culinary community are already calling it a hidden gem. It’s “hidden” because the restaurant itself isn’t anything particularly grandiose, no more than a handful of tables and a service counter. But the cuisine, on […]