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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Environmental Tuesday: Old Tire Makeover

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I was in Portland Maine last weekend and I saw the most fabulous re-use of old tires:

I just wonder what will happen to them once the windows change? Perhaps a funny planter that matches some pink flamingos?

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Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Environmental Tuesday: Native Plants at NYU

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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.

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009

Hatch Questions Answered! Green Architecture in Maine

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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.

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photos by James R. Salomon for The Boston Globe

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Green Idea of the Week: Coffee Bag Chic

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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.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

via Apartment Therapy L.A.

See the entire house tour here.

images via Apartment Therapy L.A.

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Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Found It! Another Great Recycler

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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.

photo by Michael Stravato for The New York Times

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