Melbourne Rooftop Garden Offers Urban Oasis

May 31, 2011

The rooftop garden of the Boldiston apartment in Melbourne, Australia, is an urban oasis filled with the homeowners’s collective finds, including an outdoor lamp sourced from Stockroom in Kyneton, “a birthday present from my lovely wife,”says Mark Boldiston.

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Photosynthesis Lamp Produces More Than Light

Tel Aviv-based product designer, Meirav Peled Barzilay, combines both light, nature, and sustainable design with her Photosynthesis Lamp, a customized hanging light fixture and “grow light” constructed of a metal grid with a vine at its base.

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93 Year Old Dumpster Diving Urban Gardener

May 30, 2011


93 year-old Robert Horton, Jr., on his downtown Greenwich, CT patio.

My 93 year-old father-in-law is a dumpster diver. During one of his recent expeditions into the trash at his neighboring elementary school, he found metal file cabinets whose perfectly … Read More...

Mini Vertical Garden for Balcony, Patio, or Kitchen

May 27, 2011

Looking for a living wall or vertical garden system to screen your balcony while you grow veggies, fresh aromatic herbs, or flowers either indoors or out? The modular system is great for creating a small green wall or larger vertical … Read More...

Finding Flow in Your Garden

May 23, 2011


Photo by Robin Plaskoff Horton

Although I’m not a Feng Shui practitioner like my friend and fellow blogger, Ann Bingley Gallops of Open Spaces Feng Shui, I hear that water is the universal sign of abundance and anything that Read More...

Exterior Motives: Indoor/Outdoor Design Trends

May 19, 2011


Diallo Design’s Segou Rocker weaves beautiful color into outdoor seating.

What’s drawing people outdoors these days? Perhaps it’s rise of the “staycation,” originally driven by the economic down turn, or the increasing number of individuals telecommuting from home, that has … Read More...

Luxury Hen Residences: Modernist Solar Chicken Coop

May 16, 2011

Urban chicken raising has not only piqued the interest of many urban dwellers, it has arrived bearing some caché. While exploring this weekend’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair, I stumbled upon Raad’s modernist solar chicken coop for urban hens. This … Read More...

The Outdoor Living Room: P. Allen Smith Style

May 12, 2011


Intimate covered outdoor dining cabana beside pool at Brockington residence.

Not many marriages are truly sustainable these days. But the kind that P. Allen Smith creates are. The award-winning garden and lifestyle design specialist aims to “blur the lines between Read More...

Road Trips: Little Rock and Denver Farmer’s Markets

May 9, 2011


Mr. Green Bean greets customers at Little Rock’s River Market. He gave his number to one of my friends!

Travels have kept me away lately as you may have noticed, but I’m back and getting into the groove again. I … Read More...

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