Jetson Green admires Sustainable Cabin, an eco-innovative prefabricated cabin (pictured above) that's up and running near Wichita Falls, Texas. The Thoreau- and Le Corbusier-inspired off the grid hideaway was built by a group of students from Texas Tech University. 

The New York Times pays a visit to the beautifully "reassembled, repaired and restored" home of neighbors of mine in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Ben Schneider and Sohui Kim. I've been inside of — but mostly in the backyard of — this potential tear-down in the past and I must say the home is a true labor of love.

EcoHome enlists architect and author Sarah Susanka to share tips and tibits on how to build/remodel a "rightsized" home.

Re-Nest breaks out the mayo for a article detailing how to remove Christmas tree sap using household items.  

The Los Angeles Times spots a rather obvious trend: handmade crafts working their way into the inventory at my two favorite home furnishing and accessory chain stores: CB2 and West Elm. Reads the article: "The grass-roots emergence of these cottage industries seems to be a natural outgrowth of several converging consumer cultural streams: the green movement, fair-trade importing and shopping locally. The economic crash has made crafting even more attractive."

Core77 unleashes a fabulous 2010 Holiday Gift Guide. With 77 design gifts under $77, this gift guide is probably my favorite — and I've come across more than a couple — of the season. 

Inhabitat marvels at ESLICE Prefab homes out of Latvia that are small, efficient, and just like a "hearty piece of rye bread — satisfying, affordable, comforting, and simple." Hmmm. I think I'm going to stick with the sourdough. 

USATODAY takes a peek at a "gorgeously green abode" in Chicago that cost $1.6 million to build and boasts 48 solar panels concealed under a butterfly shaped roof. 

Ecofriend announces that the world's first residential solar powered air conditioning unit is in production. Gree Electric Appliances, the Chinese company behind the product, plans to sell the first $50,000 units on the American market. 

ReadyMade changes its mind about cats after spotting Loyal Luxe's recycled cardboard Native American Teepee for felines. 

GOOD advises on how to "Start a Creative Reuse Revolution in Your Community in 5 Easy Steps."

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

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A green prefab cabin in Texas that pays homage to both Thoreau and Le Corbusier leads this week's green home news roundup. Plus, teepees for cats and rye bread-