TreeHugger follows Joan Crawford's wishes with a look at designer Joey Zeledón's "Coat Check Chair," a seating concept that makes use of all those unneeded plastic hangers cluttering your closet. Explains Zeledón: "The hangers conform to your bum and are surprisingly comfortable. They slide on and off the steel frame without adhesive or hardware. So you can throw on whichever hangers you like, mix and match colors, and "let your closet join the party."

The New York Times sits down for a chat with Jill Reid Lukesh and Judy Reid Mathieu, daughters of auctioneer, flea marketer, and the man who put antique mecca Brimfield, Mass. on the map, Gordon Reid.  

Re-Nest takes it down a notch with a look at the chilled-out, 10-part design philosophy of Slow Home Studio, a Canadian firm that "aims for a more 'considered, calm and intuitive' approach to home design, a reaction to the not-so-sustainable construction trends of recent years."

EcoHome gets down to the nitty gritty with a discussion on the pros and cons of efficiency-boosting window films.

Jetson Green admires House Ocho, a gorgeous, green-roofed abode nestled into the hillside of a nature preserve outside of Carmel, Calif. Feldman Architecture designed and Grozo Construction built this environmentally sustainable stunner. 

The Wall Street Journal tours a few knock-out luxury treehouses, "the must-have accessory for burnt out and meditating stars." 

The Independent tracks the latest housing conversion trend to hit the U.K.: The transformation of old, sometimes-historic seaside hotels into super-lux apartment complexes with "eccentric features."

The Los Angeles Times pays a visit to the earthbag-riffic outdoor lounge area at Skyfarm, a Lincoln Heights fixer-upper-turned-urban homestead owned by Ilse Ackerman and photographer/retired child actor extraordinaire Meeno Peluce.

The Guardian drools over the big winners in 2011 International Garden Photographer of the Year contest, "the world's premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography." 

The Seattle Times reports that the Emerald City is at long last laying down the law when it comes to the unwanted delivery of the yellow pages. Explains the Seattle Times: "Under a new city ordinance, if a directory is delivered to a resident who has used the website at least 30 days before the scheduled delivery, yellow-pages publishers can be fined up to $125. The ordinance also imposes a 14-cent fee for every book delivered."

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

Playing catch up: Mommy Greenest
This Mother's Day weekend: Garden porn, phone book crackdowns, fancy schmancy treehouses and a hanger-centric seat that would get even Joan Crawford's seal of a