Okay, so it's not officially fall yet (September 22 is the big day) but it sure feels like it in NYC. I have to say, it's somewhat of a relief to see scarves replace open-toed shoes on the bodies of fellow straphangers. I was starting to have nightmares about bunions. 

It's been a busy, transitional week in green home news-land as we collectively migrate from the outdoors to indoors. Must-read articles touch down on topics ranging from lawn-watering (or non-watering) to cozy modern pellet stoves. 

This weekend, I'll be attending (and reporting back on) the sustainable Dutch design event, Pioneers of Change, on Governors Island. I'm looking forward to it and looking forward to seeing you bright and early on Monday.  

The Wall Street Journal investigates the "turf war" arising over the EPA's WaterSense and other lawn-targeted water conservation programs that encourage homeowners to save water ... by doing away with grass. 

Dornob admires "Unique Upcycled Furniture Designs" by London-based designer Rupert Blanchard. Check 'em out. 

Natural Home pulls up a seat for an article on reusing, recycling, and reupholstering old furniture instead of sending it the way of the landfill. Discarded furnishings are the fourth most common item found in American landfills. 

Re-Nest inspires with "5 Great Repurposed Home Decor Ideas."

Dornob admires the "Unique Upcycled Furniture Designs" of London-based designer and craftsman Rupert Blanchard. Check 'em out. 

Fast Company falls for the Olive Tree Light, an unusually beautiful lamp made from recycled cooper rings. It's designed by a poetry-prone fellow named Georgi Porgy. 

Slate explores "The Eco-Perils of Cheap Decor" in an intriguing article on composite-wood furniture. 

TreeHugger warms up next to a handful of stylish, modern pellet stoves for the home.   

OregonLive.com reviews (and enjoys) This Green House, a new book from Joshua Piven, the author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

The Guardian visits Sandford Walk, Britain's first purpose-built housing co-op. Although it's 35 years old, the 130-resident co-op is now on the forefront of sustainable, self-sufficient living. Among it's not-so-green features: an 80s-era mural featuring Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Michael Heseltine riding cruise missiles. 

Jetson Green squeezes into the itsy-bitsy, solar-powered Microhouse. This miniscule abode measures 100-square feet and was designed by Alex Carver and Christopher North. 

The Washington Post asks "What's So Bad About a Mouse Outside the House?" 

Make shares a nifty idea: repurposed gutters used as part of a vertical wall gardening system. 

The Los Angeles Times escapes to a swank weekend retreat in Malibu that wards off Mother Nature when necessary and works with her: it's green (solar design, use of recycled materials, etc.) and fire-resistant. 

Photo: Georgiosi

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