Apartment Therapy eyes
of "faux disposables" for the home made from ceramic and glass. Think: vases in the shape of detergent bottles, candy dishes resembling Zip-Loc bags, and porcelain berry baskets.
the Project Won, James Henry Austin's Olympic-inspired furniture collection
handcrafted from floorboards salvaged from British sporting venues. "Thus, while Project Won may look
like archetypal forms of a chair, table, bench, coffee table and coat rack, each piece is intended to embody athletic achievement in its very essence: 'Bringing people together / Keeping the excitement alive / Staying sustainable.'"
the "Five Biggest Myths About Saving Energy in the Summer." Among them? "Cranking the thermostat lower will make the house cool faster," "closing vents on a central air system will boost efficiency," and, last but not least, "air conditioning is the only way to keep cool."
Smart Planet checks in
with Hong Kong's first ever (mini) Maker Faire
. Says organizer Andy Kong of the DIY fete: "We want Hong Kong people to realize you don’t have to buy everything — that they can be made. It’s like a movement against capitalism, which encourages you to spend money. You don’t have to spend money to be fulfilled."
mind-blowing photos of four McMansion-style homes perched atop the roof of a shopping mall in the super-crowded city of Zhuzhou in China's Hunan province. "Though the landscaping around the houses leaves something to be desired, the overall approach is one we’d like to see replicated on blank and bare urban roofscapes everywhere. Now that’s
Curbed ushers in
Shark Week 2012 with a look at five different (and predictably expensive ... all but one are currently on the market for well over a $1 million) homes located on shark-infested waters. Note to self: do not buy a multi-million dollar home (or "beachfront bunker") in Truro, Mass., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Catalina Island, Calif., Stinton Beach, Calif., or New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
The Wall Street Journal explores
how landscaping has become the privacy-insurer of choice with well-heeled homeowners in the Hamptons. Says Michael Jacobus, a homeowner who eschewed fences and and walls in favor of trees, bamboo and privet hedges, and rhododendrons: "Everybody would like a natural environment where they can enjoy the landscaping and gardens without seeing a neighbor's house or road."