The New York Times flexes its greenthumb beyond the the common houseplant with a gardening trend piece on indoor tree planting. Writes the NYT: "To grow a tree indoors is to embrace the impractical. It’s an act of imagination."


Similiarly, The Wall Street Journal eyes a few standout pieces of high-end patio furniture from the likes of Studio Job, Vitra, and Kettal that look just as dashing indoors as they do out. 


TreeHugger begs for your opinion: "Are Pallets Unpalletable as a Building Material?"


The Daily Mail uncovers MDF coffee table peddler IKEA's plot to erect a 26-acre housing development near London's Olympic Park. The project, dubbed Strand East, will be composed of 1,200 new homes, 48,000-square-feet of office space and a hotel. No word if the Swedish retailer plans to plant 1,000 lingonberry trees for jam cultivation throughout the suburb.


The Los Angeles Times pays a visit to the Monterey Road Eco-Community Garden (West) in Glendale, Calif. where there's a "compulsion for compost."


Inhabitat is wowed by the most whimsical upcycled aquariums on the market: Macquariams, recycled iMac filled with 3-gallon fish tanks. Explains Inhabitat: Designer Jake "Harms sources the iMac Shells from recyclers for his aquariums, giving new life to the previously obsolete comps. To make them look shiny and new, he then polishes each with a high speed buffer, restoring the bright hues to their original glossy glory. The inner tank follows all of the curvaceous lines of the original iMac, including a curving bubble front that lines up flush with the iMac’s screen, creating a perfect view from the outside."


Re-Nest scours Etsy for a few examples of "Halloween Decor That Won't Scare the Planet." Click here for my handmade Halloween decor picks.


Dwell sits down with "DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide" by Christopher Stuart of Luur Design. Writes Aaron Britt of the newly released tome: "The real coup in this book, however, is not that it comes with a bunch of ideas for desks, and sofas, and chairs, but that they tell you how to make objects by established furniture designers."


Jetson Green takes a gander at two new lines of modular abodes recently unveiled by Seattle-based preb powerhouse, Method Homes. Writes Preston over at J.G.: "The Option Series has several plan configurations with one, two, or three-story homes ranging from a one bedroom/one bathroom up to a home with three bedrooms, a den, and three bathrooms. Each home is built in modules with sections of up to 14 feet wide and can be customized with a shed, gable, or butterfly roof. The Elemental Series has three different home designs, the Shift, Pivot, and Element, which are also built in modules. These designs are for three-bedroom homes ranging in size from about 1,640 to more than 1,820 square feet with flexible garage and deck space."


EcoHome lists "10 Common Failures in LEED for Homes Projects." What made the cut? Try duct leakage, insulation, air filters, and bath and kitchen fan exhaust.


CNBC attempts to squeeze inside a few of the world's skinniest homes — from Seattle to Scotland and everywhere in between — that are currently on the market.


Curbed admires 21 housewares from NYC's newest retail covet-fest, C. Wonder. While the items aren't really sustainable they're lovely nonetheless and several are sure to appeal to pet/animal lovers. And a huge congrats to my pal Sophie Donelson for helping to launch the new brand!


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

Playing catch up: Autumnal assortment
A veritable green home and garden extravaganza for this lovely fall weekend including iMac aquariums, IKEA-developed suburbs and compost-crazy community gardens