As I perused The Green Issue of Preservation Magazine the other night, one of my favorite features was about George Reis, the supervisor of sustainable landscaping at NYU. He created a garden on campus that features only species indigenous to New York City. You’d be hard-pressed to find a lot of these native plants in the city today, and Mr. Reis is using them as part of his grander plan to maximize the use of the small green spaces at NYU. To learn more, check out this video on YouTube:
Risking sounding like a broken record, I’ll remind you all that Preservation is a great magazine. When you join The National Trust for Historic Preservation, your $20 fee to join includes a subscription. To join or to make a donation, click here. They will put your donation to good use!
Also, if you want to benefit from all of Mr. Reis’s plant research, there is a list of the plants used and where to buy them here.
Two years ago I lamented that I wanted to know more about this neighbor’s house in Maine but didn’t want to bother the people who lived there. Luckily, The Boston Globe Magazine did, so I was able to learn all about it and get some great peeks inside here. I knew that house was special, it even made the cover! I just wonder how the heck The Boston Globe managed to find our tiny little island of Spruce Head.
Sometimes we design bloggers get worn out. We look at so much design all day that it takes a lot to impress us; sometimes nothing seems new. Sometimes I think if I hear “Hollywood Glamour” or “Brooklyn Modern” one more time I might just throw up, and those are two styles I actually like.
Then there are some times when you go on a virtual house tour that gets you really buzzing with excitement again. This was the case when I saw Alysia’s Treehouse by the Lake on Apartment Therapy L.A. Alysia’s decorating philosophy was inspired by The Recycled Home by Sally Bailey. She begged, borrowed, swapped and repurposed. One of the best results was this ottoman she reupholstered with an old coffee bean sack a local roaster gave her.
Yesterday I mentioned reading an article and I could not remember where I’d seen it. When I picked up today’s New York Times I remembered that it was in the Home section last week. Dan Phillips of East Texas builds homes from the castoffs of others. One of my favorite move was how he made this beautiful ceiling from leftover frame shop samples:
To view the entire article and the fascinating slideshow of his creations, click here.
Today is recycling day in my ‘hood. This got me thinking about a man I think of as the ultimate recycler, Mr. Thomas Wold. Thomas has a fantastic feature in ReadyMade where he struts his creative repurposing stuff. The most recent project was inspired by this pile of salvaged pieces:
With a little magic Wold-dust, some Thomasvision, and some elbow grease, this was the result:
Bravo Thomas! To see the whole story and Thomas’s process, I highly recommend clicking over here. As a side note, ReadyMade magazine has always been cool, but lately the content has been off the charts. They feature so many ingenious and do-able D.I.Y. projects, as well as the hip and innovative people who come up with them. I especially love the features on creative types’ abodes. You can get a taste of ReadyMaderight here.When I clicked over today, they had a two year subscription for the price of one special! To shop Thomas Wold’s other creations, click here.
Do you have anyone you’d like to nominate as the ultimate recycler? I just read about someone this past week who makes houses from recycled materials that reminded me of Rural Studio and Samuel Mockbee – there was an entire ceiling crafted from recycled framing store sample frame corners. As soon as I remember where I saw it, I’ll provide a link. If you know of any great links to creative recyclers or stories of your own creative recycling, please let us know in the comments!
photographs from Thomaswold.com; first photo by Thomas Wold, second photo by Markham Johnson.
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