Natural Home heads to Minneapolis to visit the Willey House, an iconic 1934 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home that had fallen into severe disrepair. Its current owners have spent the last few years working not only to restore it but to green it as well.

TreeHugger has organic champagne wishes and sustainable caviar dreams while rounding up “7 Fabulously Green Celebrity Homes.”

The Los Angeles Times digs in (but minds the waiting list) in a trend piece on modern day sharecropping.

Fast Company lays it all out with “5 Steps to Building Your Microgrid Dreamhouse.” Step numero uno? Find the money.

Dwell sits down for a Q&A with the founders of Buffalo Basics, Megan McNally and Whitney Yax. In January, the duo bought a dilapidated home in Buffalo, N.Y., and opened it up as a home repair workshop for Buffalo residents.

Greenopia sooths a hangover with a visit to Michelle Kaufmann’s Smart House on display at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Metropolis takes a commercial (interiors) break and checks in with a high-profile green building project: The U.S. Green Building Council’s Washington, DC headquarters.

MAKE has a few ideas on how to repurpose a defunct analog TV set: a cat bed, fish tank, and a shrine to you favorite cancelled TV shows are just some of the ideas.

Jetson Green reviewsSustainable Industries magazine's choices for the top 10 green building products of '09.

The New York Times follows the buzz to the Beekeepers Ball in NYC. The ball is a celebration of all things honey bee, the “latest urban agricultural must-have, the new backyard chickens.” 

The Wall Street Journal reports that the owners of Chicago’s Sears Tower, the tallest building in America, are considering building an eco-friendly hotel right next to the super-sized skyscraper.

Design*Sponge gives direction for a fun DIY project: Erica’s Tote Bag Pillows. 

The San Francisco Chronicle introduces Zeta Communities, a Bay Area prefab company that aims to build market-rate, multi-unit homes that produce as much energy as they consume. 

The Telegraph also follows a very strange trend in England: Gardeners buying wallabies to use as lawnmowers. The animals, native to New Zealand and Australia, are considered a cuter, friendlier alternative to sheep. Check out the video below. 


Image: Smcgee

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

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A spicy mix of green home news this week including urban beekeepers, modern sharecroppers and wallaby lawnmowers.