The Star Tribune pays a visit
to the Farrell residence in Minneapolis, a boxy modular beauty built for under $500,00. F
eatures of the modestly sized three-bedroom home include bamboo flooring, cedar siding, passive solar design, water-saving fixtures, and both a floor-hockey rink and bike repair shop in the basement.
The Los Angeles Times unwinds
in the "landscaping by garage sale" Costa Mesa backyard of Andrew Stoneman and Laura Haskell, the husband-wife team behind the Haskell Collection
, a Midcentury-influenced line of patio planters and garden furniture made from recycled steel and aluminum.
Inhabitat picks the brains
of a few somewhat random in-the-know folks — Architecture for Humanity's Cameron Sinclair, Zem Joaquin, Bob Vila (!), editor Jill Fehrenbacher's sister Katie, and more — to get their 2012 green design predictions.
The New York Time explores
the "LeBron James-size" furniture trend — leather couch that can fit seven people and a dog, anyone? — that's oddly thriving in the era of shrinking houses and downsized living spaces. Writes Steven Kurutz, singling out Restoration Hardware as one of the top offenders in the supersize furniture craze: "Furniture has been bulking up for several years now, partly to match the scale of all the cavernous 'great rooms' that became must-haves in new homes (and perhaps also to match expanding waistlines). But big furniture seems to have reached a critical mass of comical massiveness. One tipoff that the scale of a couch might be a bit out of whack? When you start comparing it to a large farm animal."
USATODAY checks in
with the ongoing good green work of Habitat for Humanity chapters in cities like Nashville, Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Goshen, Ind.
The Washington Post chats up
a few proud residents of EcoVillage, an eco-minded housing developing/bird sanctuary in Loudoun County, Va. where the roads are unpaved and "the putting-green-perfect lawns of so many planned communities are nowhere in evidence, either."