Curbed marvels at the debut episode of the new, potentially horrifying/addictive HGTV series, "My Yard Goes Disney," in which a young family's backyard is expanded and "spruced up with (including but not limited to) a 200-foot working train, an oversized teacup, an eight-foot-tall sorcerer's hat, and human-sized metal flowers that doubled as photo frames." Don't tempt me, Curbed ...
Fast Company dissects the brilliant "smells like the garden and cleans like the dickens" branding strategy behind eco-cleaning product line, Mrs. Meyers Clean Day. How does Mrs. Meyers differentiate itself from its main competitors like Method, "the metrosexual brand for the design eye," and "eco-pioneer" Seventh Generation?
The New York Times leaves the wellies at home for an intimate tour of a fashionable and frilly farmhouse —where "iron chairs wear mink coats, candelabras sprout from picnic tables and crystals hang from the trees" — outside of Pittsburgh that even Lisa Douglas would approve of.
Inhabitat completely freaks out (jumping out of skin included) over the opening of the second section of Manhattan's High Line park. Unfortunately, this blogger didn't get the invite to an "exclusive press preview," but I hope to make it to the newest extension of NYC's loveliest but most congested elevated urban greenspace once the crowds die down. Nifty new features include the Chelsea Thicket, the Sun Lawn, and the Wildflower Field. That's a lovely photo of High Line: Part Deux up top.
GOOD reviews the four finalists in this year's Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The finalists — TARA Ashkar+ (female literacy in India), Blue Ventures (marine ecosystem conservation), Participatory Mapping (rain forest stewardship) Frontline SMS (text messaging for the developing world) — are vying for $100,000 to "support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems." Congrats to all!
Dwell checks in with Mark Rylant of Seattle-based prefab building firm, Method Homes. Rylant will be speaking on two prefab panels at Dwell on Design in L.A. June 24-26. I'll be there as well (attending, not speaking). If you see me, feel free to tap me on the shoulder (I might jump) and say hello.
TreeHugger admires Megan Finkel's beautiful folksy, and undoubtedly pricey storm-felled branch lamps.
The Wall Street Journal sniffs a few pleasantly scented trash bags that incorporate odor-blocking (and masking) technologies. For the most part, I prefer my trash can liners to be free of Febreze-y lavender-vanilla scent sensations, but then again I'm not cooking fish at home and tossing dirty diapers. Do you buy scented garbage bags?
Design Milk gets a load of Juan Luis Martínez Nahuel's "Recycled Materials Cottage" in Chile. This cozy rural retreat incorporates various salvaged items from architecturally significant modern homes of yesteryear.
The Los Angeles Times spotlights the Westerly Terrace project in L.A.'s Silverlake nabe where two longtime friends live in two distinct modernist homes on a single lot zoned for a duplex. Writes the Times: "The completed homes also were meant to be examples of the evolution of the Los Angeles archetype: the single-family home. The reconfigured property has ample space and privacy, yet at a higher density than is found elsewhere in Los Angeles. It is also 100% solar powered and 100% solar-hot-water heated." Here's hoping these two property-sharing amigos don't ever start feuding ...