I hope all the Dads out there and those who love 'em have a great weekend. I'm looking forward to kayaking with mine in August. 

I'll be back on Monday with a look at a humanitarian home deconstruction project in Beverly Hills and advice for homeowners who are starting to open up their home swimming pools for the summer season. 

Re-Nest stands lustily eyes up XL offerings from Big A** Fans. Great to see the typically reserved folks at Re-Nest get all hot and bothered (and then cooled) by these efficient architectural fans.

The Stranger also lustily eyes up the six “Sexiest Trees in Seattle.” Among the arousing carbon creatures are “the Voyeur,” “the Crazy-Looking One,” and “The Movie Star.”

Jetson Green is in Seattle too but instead admiring Columbia City Green, a two-home green mini-development by Case Design + Project Management. The first home had an open house last weekend and is selling for $699,000.

The Guardian unleashes a cool interactive “How to green your home” feature. Take a look.

Dwell disrobes for a visit to the Kastrup Sea Bath. This project in public bathing-happy Denmark is a great example of a thoughtful, intelligently designed urban renewal/clean up effort. 

The New York Times makes the rounds with home eco-consultants in an investigative piece on the biz of paying folks to green-up your home. It’s from last week but check it out if you missed it the first time around.

Grist tests out "green(er)" dishwasher detergents. This blogger sighs audibly and wishes he had a dishwasher to test out said "green(er)" dishwasher detergents in. 

Vanity Fair reports that Queen Elizabeth is taking the lead from her “First Lady friend” Michelle Obama and growing an organic vegetable garden at Buckingham Palace.

Trend Hunter gets its gallery on with a roundup of “Quirky DIY Guides.”

TreeHugger gives us the scoop on super cool LED light bulbs from Sharp that have a remote controlled "Adjustable Color Function. They're due to hit the Japanese market next month. 

The Wall Street Journal fills cash-strapped homeowners in on how they can be prepared in the event that Mother Nature decides to show her destructive side during 2009 storm season. 

The Smoking Gun sadly relays the news that Joseph Carnevale, the North Carolina artist/vandal behind a giant monster sculpture made from road blocking barrels stolen from a construction site, has been charged with misdemeanor larceny.  

Fast Company takes an appreciative look at the three winners of Dwell's Innovate It! design competition. 

Image: Case Design + Project Management

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

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