Dwell pays a visit to the drop dead gorgeous Stinson Beach, California, weekend home of Peter Dwares. The beachfront retreat boasts various sustainable features that have garnered it a Platinum rating in Marin County's green-building rating system. 

The New York Times spends a day at work with a bedbug-sniffing puggle named Cruiser in an article that manages to be both cute (I want a puggle!) and absolutely terrifying. 

Inhabitat heads outdoors for a peek at a line of beautiful outdoor furnishings made from FSC certified wood and other sustainable materials. The furnishings are part of a collaboration between Los Angeles-based eco-furniture maker Cisco Brothers and HOM, a green prefab firm.

Yanko Design digs the crank-powered, stump-shaped "Eco-Green Ring," a gizmo that monitors the indoor air quality of your home. 

Sunset instructs on how to create a lush vertical garden in three easy steps.  

Design*Sponge shares some eye-candy: nesting tables made from reclaimed wood and recycled rebar. 

Jetson Green admires the luscious curves of the five green homes being built as part of the Birchway Eco-Community project in the London borough of Hillingdon. 

The Washington Post has a tip for pack rat-ing vegetable gardeners: Try storing old, unused seeds in the fridge instead of the garden shed or elsewhere.  

TreeHugger asks: "Are You Being Lied to About Recycling?" in a thought-provoking guest post written by TerraCycle's Tom Szaky. 

Finally, Re-nest discovers that until March 14 — better hurry! — you can trade in your old jeans and get 30 percent off a new pair at participating GAP stores. It gets better ... as part of the Cotton: From Blue To Green campaign, the GAP will recycle your baby blues into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation that will be used to build homes in communities in need.

Image: HOM

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) reports on design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.