Lean In: Melody DeFlorio, associate director

This story is not just about me but also about my husband and our collective decision to lean into new career paths. While I pursued a new job in financial aid in higher education, he became a stay-at-home dad and part-time photographer.


Choosing a kindergarten for my son

This is what I did before I enrolled my son in school: I visited six public schools, two private schools and a special lab school. I scoured the state education database and read as many books, articles and online reviews about those schools as I could find. And I spent several months consulting a countless number of people for advice, including The Orange County Register's education reporters, neighbors, parents and school officials.


Bohemian style makes a comeback

It may not be a look for all homeowners or even a way to decorate your entire house. But the bohemian style, which first emerged in early 19th-century France when artists moved into less affluent Parisian neighborhoods, offers an artistic, freestyle bent, according to designer, stylist, blogger and DIY-er Justina Blakeney in her recently published book, "The New Bohemians" (Abrams, 2015). We talked with Blakeney from her new home, a Spanish-style "jungalow," in a Los Angeles neighborhood filled with lush plantings and near the Los Angeles River. "It's only 1,100 square feet, and all the rooms are small, but it's my new 'wet canvas,' which allows me to add my sense of color, pattern and plants, the three key ingredients for any bohemian aesthetic," she says. Blakeney shared more about how to achieve the bohemian look in an interview; here are her condensed comments.


Home Fix: How to clean siding buildup

Q: Please tell me what can be done to keep the green buildup off siding! What causes this? Can anything be put on the siding to deter it? Does insulation in the building have anything to do with it?

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