Design*Sponge spotlights a fabulous, festive DIY project: a "Technicolor Ornament Wreath."

The Guardian also gives pointers on how to create unique and modern wreaths that don't necessarily require foliage. 

ReadyMade continues the trend with instructions on how to create a holiday wreath with buttons, scrap fabric, and a glue gun.

TreeHugger gets into the holiday spirit with thoughts from Waste Management Inc.'s Wes Muir on the gift that keeps on giving: recycling. 

GreenbyDesign watches National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and is inspired (vaguely) to write about Christmas upcycling. 

The Los Angeles Times admires four striking avian abodes including designs from Loll and Eva Solo.

Sunset steps inside the home of design guru Kelly LaPlante whose Venice, California, pad is chock full of secondhand treasures and eco-friendly decor items. 

Michelle Kaufmann shares pretty pictures of laundry line drying in the sun.

The New York Times examines how the installation and operation of "smart" electricity meters is not sitting well with many folks, particularly up-in-arms homeowners in California.

UnBeige reports that another shelter/design mag bites the dust: this time around, it's the venerable title,  I.D

Dornob drools over a killer green roof design from Japanese firm, RA Architects.

Re-Nest considers the perks (and the drawbacks) of spendy new green cleaning products from Murchison-Hume. The beautifully packaged products are billed as the world's first line of "Premium Organic" household cleaners and include a Floor Cleaner, Bathroom Cleaner, Furniture Spritzer, and more. 

Jetson Green is excited about the development of Spring Leaf, a new, net-zero energy neighborhood in Boulder. The first of six super green single-family homes and six townhouses has just been completed. 

The San Francisco Chronicle discusses the major components — appliances, flooring, countertops, and more — of a green kitchen renovation.

Photo: Thirty-eight 20  via Design*Sponge

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

Playing catch up: Wreath wonderland
Is your holiday shopping all taken care of? Kick back, relax and read about kitchen revamps, wreaths, green roofs, 'smart meters' and more wreaths.