The New York Times pays a visit to the Los Angeles homestead of Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, authors of “Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World." Explains the NYTimes: "Their 1,000-square-foot bungalow in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, on second thought, might be a junkyard Biosphere2, an experiment in the future of sustainable homemaking. This is the way we all could live if we weren’t working 50 hours a week, sitting in traffic on the way to the mega-mart, burning gasoline at $4 a gallon."

Dwell flips through "Love Earth," a new treasure trove of green design goodness — both 100 "Eco Ideas" and 100 established designs. According to Dwell, "while some [of the featured designs] are green in their use (or reuse) of materials and their innovative processes, some simply remind you to be conscious of the environment with their quirky, sometimes strange perspectives.

Inhabitat breaks out the exclamation points to announce the 40 finalists in the Philips Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition. There's plenty of fun creations to be found including a repurposed tea kettle lamp and Alex Witko's "Hangelier" (pictured above). 
TreeHugger roots through the garden shed to unearth "10 Tools that Could Revolutionize Your Gardening Experience." On the list: aprons, hori horis, ergonomic shovels, and compost tumblers. 

The Los Angeles Times marvels at the Chicken Tractor, 100xbetter's "architecturally modernist, indoor-outdoor chicken coop that doubles as a fertilizer spreader." 

The Wall Street Journal navigates the light bulb aisle in preparation for the (much misunderstood) upcoming incandescent light bulb phase-outs. Explains Wendy Bounds: "New bulbs using halogen, compact-fluorescent and LED technologies have been sprouting up on store shelves recently. The flurry of products is a result of legislation passed in 2007 that requires general-purpose bulbs, starting in January, to be at least 25% more efficient than those using standard incandescent technology invented by Thomas Edison in 1879."

The Guardian invites readers to respond to this interesting, reader-submitted query: "My daughter is getting married next summer, and instead of a conventional wedding list would like to invite guests to contribute towards buying roof-top solar panels. Is it too unconventional to be acceptable? What other 'green gifts' would readers recommend?"

Curbed chitchats with the folks behind the controversial demolishment and redevelopment of Lands End, the Long Island estate rumored to have played a major, inspirational role in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby." 

Sunset tours seven of best and the brightest examples of West Coast "Cargotecture" including the Boucher Grygier Residence in Berkeley, Seatrain House in L.A., and C230 Studio in Aberdeen, Wash. 

The Independent helps to usher in a new generation of British homebuyers that are eschewing plus-sized properties and instead asking "do you have anything smaller?" 

Grist writes a love letter ... to a stirrup hoe. Gushes Steph Larsen: "The object of my affection is about 5'4", slender, and she's the sharpest tool in the shed. Did I mention she's a redhead? I've taken her out twice now, and we danced around the garden like we were made for each other."

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

Playing catch up: Weekend at Matty's
Spend a relaxing weekend at the beach — sans the very pliable body of your deceased boss — reading up on chicken tractors, hanger chandeliers and West Coast