While last week’s news was all about celebrating (and respecting) Mother Nature, this week the media has been focused on — big shocker here  — Swine Flu. While my colleagues at MNN have been covering the epidemic in-depth, here’s my personal advice: If you love bacon, keep on eating it; if you simply must wear a face mask, make it a stylish one; and if your upcoming vacation plans to Mexico entail anything that’s porcine-related, you should probably reconsider.

In other news, I’ve found my inner Tweet. MNN’s own Shea Gunther recently lead a great green Twitter follow parade and boy do I love parades…

So go ahead and follow me here. I can’t promise I’ll be as prolific as some Twitter-a-holics but expect a fresh Tweet or two daily. So far, I’ve been welcomed into Twitter-dom with open arms (thanks guys!) and found a great recyclable shower curtain via Supermarket in the process. 

Now on to regularly scheduled business, noteworthy green home news items from this week that you may have missed:

The New York Times returns from Italy with highlights from the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair.

TreeHugger also returns from Italy with a slideshow (!) of "16 Revolutionary Green Ideas from the Milan Furniture Fair."

HuffPo Green hits the hay with "5 Eco-Pillow Options for Greener, Healthier Sleep."

Jetson Green tours the modern passive solar Cascade House, GreenSource Magazine's Best Green House for April '09.

Dwell interviews Piet Hein Eek, a Dutch designer who started creating beautiful, sustainable furniture out of scrap material long before green became the new black.

Re-Nest shines a light on Habitat ReStore, a network of over 500 locations that will take donated building supplies off of your hands and sell them to the public all for a good cause: Habitat For Humanity. 

The Wall Street Journal doesn't inhale in "California Grass," a profile of the remarkable, Big Sur, CA, eco-architect Mickey Muenning. His latest Big Sur creation is described as "part hobbit hole, part high-tech habitat."

TIME announces the Green Design 100, a list of movers and shakers in the world of sustainable design. Congrats to all that made the cut including websites like Re-Nest and Inhabitat; pioneers like Paulette Cole from ABC Carpet & Home; companies like IKEA and Ligne Roset; and 95 more luminaries.

Natural Home takes a walk down memory lane with a round-up of the magazine's favorite houses and gardens from the past 10 years. 

Inhabitat gives a sneak peek of next week's BKLYN Designs event with a feature on Hugh Hayden's FUNature line. I'll be at BKLYN Designs taking notes, collecting press materials, and snapping photos to share with you the week after next. 

The Los Angeles Times kicks off May 2nd's Venice Garden & Home Tour with a visit to the quirky, verdant abode of actors Orson Bean and Alley Mills (and their cat, Mr. Cute). 

Ideal Bite digs the "upcycled home stuff" created by Brooklyn designer Michael Whitney. They evoke the spirit of one of the most annoying musical groups of all time in the process. 

(Photo: A friendly looking fellow at the Mendocino County Fair/Matt)

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