Notcot tackles a thorny eco-dilemma: what does one do with too many reusable tote bags? A possible solution: transform them into throw pillows. 

The Guardian enlistmustachioed green home guru and BBC host Dick Strawbridge to dispel common green home myths. Among them: "Eco-gadgets are cons" and "most eco renovation take decades to pay back the cost."

Inhabitat is super jazzed that you can now search for "green building" in The New York Times' online real estate section alongside popular search terms like "dishwasher," "elevator," and "doorman." Good to see the Grey Lady getting a bit greener. 

CasaSugar is equally super jazzed that Dwell will be releasing a DIY-specific mag called Make It Yours. The new title is expected to hit newsstands in September. Shelter mags have had a hard year so my fingers are tightly crossed that this new niche title will be just as popular — and excellent — as its parent publication

Jetson Green admire"Hella Efficient Exterior Venetian Blinds." 

Cool Hunting spots a fabulous piece of real estate that's on the market: "The Ben Rose Home," a modernist masterpiece that's tucked away in the woods of Highland Park, Illinois. Not familiar with it? Remember Cameron's house from Ferris Bueller's Day Off? I thought so. The four-bedroom home (there aren't any green features as far as I can tell) is being sold by Sotheby's for a cool $2.3 million. 

Peppermags tours (and videotapes!) an InterfaceFLOR factory. InterfaceFLOR is the commercial division of fantastic green flooring firm, FLOR. Check it out. 

The Wall Street Journal tracks an unusual, recession-friendly gardening trend: the popularity of edible weeds. 

The New York Times goes shopping with Gabriel Fries-Briggs and Rachel Himmelfarb, the creative force behind Brooklyn's Putting Lot, a miniature golf course made from almost entirely repurposed materials. 

Michelle Kaufmann says goodbye while also giving us a taste of what's in store for the future. As I reported earlier this week, Kaufmann is closing her highly influential architecture and design firm.

Design*Sponge gets its craft on with instructions on how to make super cool pendant lamps made from Ecoform (made from renewable grain husks) planter pots. 

Dwell boldly goes where no man has gone before: The World Toilet Summit and Expo in Macau. 

EcoFabulous enjoys a bit of good, clean fun with the Fields Organics line of nontoxic household cleaners. 

Apartment Therapy scopes out an eco sale over at Viva Terra. I'm loving the Eco Twine Rug for $24. 

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

Playing catch up: Mother Nature's Day Off
This week, a memorable modern home says hello to the real estate market and a groundbreaking green architecture firm says goodbye.