Happy Friday! As always, I've wrangled up a few good links from around the interwebs for your weekend perusal. And if you haven't already, become a fan on MNN on Facebook by Monday at 12 ET you'll be automatically entered to win the entire line of Martha Stewart Clean natural cleaning products.
The San Francisco Chronicle tours a beautiful "discreet" green home in Healdsburg, California, designed by award-winning architect Robert Swatt. That's it pictured on the left.
The Economist tells it like it is in an article about gadgets and gizmos that reduce home energy consumption.
TreeHugger tracks down the greenest insulation. Lloyd Alter gets schooled in the process.
Inhabitat shares a photo gallery of a "stunning green roofed apartment building in Amsterdam."
Natural Home reviews the five best eco-friendly flooring options. On the list? Cork, tile, natural wool carpeting, FSC-certified wood, and topping the list, natural linoleum.
Good argues that rabbits, not chickens, are the most sustainable backyard food sources thanks to small carbon footprints. Plus they don't smell, are quiet, and are easier to slaughter. Michael Pollan seems to agree.
Fast Company goes crazy over the trend of repurposing erstwhile mental hospitals into residential complexes with a look at Avalon Danvers (Danvers State Hospital), Princess Park Manor (Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum), and other properties with "insane views."
Re-Nest goes shopping for a few good water filters at stores ranging from Target to Design Within Reach.
Dog Milk goes live! This new site from Design Milk's Jamie Derringer focuses on "modern design for modern dogs" and is chock-full of eco-friendly pooch paraphernalia like Planet Dog Orbee Tuff RecycleBONES and biodegradable, mitt-shaped poop bags from Otis and Claude.
Photo: Russell Abraham/The San Francisco Chronicle