The Chicago Tribune gets into the holiday spirit with a look at Michelle Obama's bang-up green Christmas decorating job at the White House replete with LED lights and recycled ornaments. 

Re-Nest dispenses sage advice on how to tackle outdoor composting during the winter months. 

The Los Angeles Times covers the war that's been ignited between efficiency-minded homeowners looking to install solar panels and the aesthetic uniformity-minded homeowners associations trying to stop them. 

Design Milk digs Atomic Birdhouses made from recycled wood cigar boxes. 

The Wall Street Journal chats with a handful of folks who have been inspired to ditch the city and suburbia and give it a go in the country. Is rural America the next hot new neighborhood? 

The New York Times reviews easy ways that homeowners (and renters, in particular) can go about "plugging up and zipping up" their homes for the winter. 

Ecofriend admires "10 Ecofriendly Showers to Bathe Clean in Green Style." 

The Washington Post lends a helping hand to homeowners wanting to prevent and manage indoor air pollution in an article that recommends different air purifying devices and techniques. 

Grist gets its slideshow on with a look at the JP Green House in the Boston nabe of Jamaica Plain, one of the first Passive House rehab projects in the US. 

Fast Company ogles the work of eco-artist Stuart Hygarth who creates show-stopping decorative objects out of recycled materials. His chandelier made from discarded party poppers has to be seen to be believed. 

Dwell profiles SocialCycle, a new program that hopes to "divert unwanted, difficult-to-recycle materials from landfills and facilitates their use into new, second-life products."

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

Playing catch up: Winter wonderland
On the weekly catch-up agenda: Cold weather composting, home winterization tips for renters and the White House gets gussied up green-style for the holidays.