Valentine, Thou Art Cut From Same Branch

February 13, 2012

Cupid knows I’ve written before about my friend, UK artist Geoff Fisher’s Trooks–hooks he whittles from the wood of fallen trees around his property. For Valentine’s Day, a local restaurant, Artichoke, commissioned Fisher to create pairs of Trooks cut … Read More...

Modular Outdoor Kitchen With Shower

February 2, 2012

WooHoo! WWOO is a modular concrete customizable outdoor kitchen that, with modifications, morphs into a multipurpose station for not just cooking, but for gardening and even showering. I love how the contemporary design blends sophistication and utility while being just Read More...

Who’s Doing the Tangerine Tango?

January 9, 2012

Alexia Michel de Chabannes weaves foam rubber tubes for Goom Chair.

So you may have already heard that Tangerine Tango has been singled out as the 2012 color of the year–the one color expected in the next 12 months … Read More...

Giving You the Bird

November 24, 2011

Artist, Teresa Fasolino’s Vegetarian Turkey.

I love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. No gifts, just great food in celebration of gratitude and abundance shared with family and friends. Vegetarians notwithstanding, I know the turkey is pretty central, not Read More...

An Urban Garden Cocktail Party

August 25, 2011

Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton

In 2006, Chicago resident LaManda Joy and her husband Peter purchased “a yard with a house attached to it.” The couple explain that they did this “for the sole, myopic, obsessive purpose of growing a … Read More...

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