Design*Sponge eyes the Clamp Lamp, an eco-friendly, LED desk lamp from Dutch designer Dana Cannam. That's it pictured at left. 

The New York Times profiles several brave, warm-blooded souls who decide, for one reason or another, to go without central heating during the chilly winter months. 

The Wall Street Journal has a few thoughts on how to care for your garden even though it's the dead of winter. Activities include pruning, planting, and composting leaves. 

The Los Angeles Times chats with Steve Cherry, founder of a San Diego-based start-up called BottleHood that upcycles discarded glass bottles into vases, tumblers, and other household items. 

Dwell is pumped up about Method's new line of eco-friendly laundry detergent that replaces the standard screw-top measuring cup with a handy dandy pump.

TreeHugger spotlights several popular-in-Europe-and-catching-on-in-the-US Passivhaus-certified homes. 

The Washington Times tours a Civil War-era townhouse in Capitol Hill that's been treated to a beautiful, green renovation. The historic home is now over twice the size and carbon-neutral. Big spenders take note: It's also on the market for $939,900. 

The San Francisco Chronicle visits a modern but anything-but-cold home that boasts a solar-heated swimming pool, recycled denim insulation, and other green features. 

Dorbnob admires the striking work of arbor architect Roald Gunderson. 

Design Milk digs Ramon Coronado's Mercado Negro line of furniture that transforms old shopping carts into a stylish chair, table, lamp, and swing. 

Planet Green gives "5 Good Reasons to Consider Living in a Yurt (Really)."  Makes sense, I guess, because everybody yurts ... sometimes. 

Image: Coroflot

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

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