The L.A. Times marvels at the Proto Homes-designed Sunlight Residence. This state-of-the-art smart home (many of the home's bells and whistles can be controlled with an iPad) "uses a hybrid construction method where the efficiency of prefabrication meets the flexibility of site-built, resulting in construction completion time of under 16 weeks." That's the brainy beauty in question pictured above.

Core77 disseminates the winners of the 2011 Brit Insurance Designs of the Year Awards. The Plumen, a low-energy "designer lightbulb" takes the prize in the Product category while an open-air library in Germany built from recycled beer crates triumphs in the Architecture category.  

TreeHugger breaks out a Snuggie in an insightful post that poses the question: should we be better insulating our bodies, not our homes, to tame high wintertime energy bills? 

Dwell admires the eco-renovation magic on display at the Oakland, Calif. home/workspace of Stephen Shoup, a certified green building professional and contractor. 

Re-Nest takes a look back at February, a month of "how to's"  with posts, both practical and esoteric, detailing "How to Brew Compost Tea," "How to Dye Wool with Acorns," "How to Install a Dimmer Switch," and "How to Clean Grout in Your Bathroom." 

Forbes interviews John Replegole, the brand spanking new president and CEO of venerable green cleaning product company Seventh Generation. Replegole, who before Seventh Gen was head honcho over at Burt's Bees, replaces Jeffrey Hollender. 

The New York Times visits the quirky, salvage-happy Boerum Hill, Brooklyn home — it's like a yard sale tastefully exploded in the living room  — of Stephen Antonson and Kathleen Hackett, authors of the book "Home From the Hardware Store." 

Yanko Design is only a bit squeamish over designer Jingfeng Fang's set of drawers featuring a "dynamic pattern imitating bug bites." Writes YD: "I’m not usually for something made to look 'old'  or weathered  but this interesting and humorous design evokes the imagination of a past event with distinctive storytelling."

The Wall Street Journal travels to the beautiful San Juan Islands to visit the "disappearing" home of Rysia Suchecka and John Warburton. The spartan home, described as a "floating glass rectangle," features solar panels, a green roof, a rainwater catchment system, and other green features. 

ReadyMade enters "A Pallet Frame of Mind" with a roundup of tutorials on how to construct lounge chairs, tables, backyard benches, and more using reclaimed shipping pallets. 

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

Playing catch up: A festive green home parade
Did someone say Mardi Gras? Before breaking out the beads and shaking your groove thing in the middle of the street, take a moment to observe this end-of-the-we