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Tank House: NYC Water Tower Transformed into Urban Retreat

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Apartment with water tank getaway could be yours for a mere $3.6 million

New York's quirky, iconic water towers are being used for more than just great art projects these days. On the roof of a penthouse apartment in Greenwich Village, architecture firm Messana O'Rorke has transformed a terra cotta water tower into a Zen-like urban retreat.  Called "Tank House," the space was conceived as the quintessential getaway zone -- a room for reading, relaxing......read more

Surrealist Art Meets Green Architecture in an Austrian Home

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From Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, a green home M.C. Escher would admire

Surrealist sculpture and green architecture collide in this hillside Austrian home that might make M.C. Escher blush -- and Mies van der Rohe cringe. The detached house, designed by Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, is covered in a soft synthetic turf, offering a strange yet somehow literal take on green wall design. With willfully superfluous windows extending from other windows and weirdly placed......read more

Houses, "Reds"

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Lo-fi time-lapse animation by LAMAR+NIK

Here's another video for Dexter Tortoriello's bliss pop project, Houses. Directors LAMAR+NIK made ice sculptures using a series of handmade clay molds, then took time-lapse stills of the melting process in a garage. The entire budget: a little over $200. Houses' recording process was similarly lo-fi. The entire All Night album was recorded off-the-grid in Hawaii, on a laptop......read more

Houses, "Endless Spring"

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Off-the-grid island bliss.

There's not a ton to this video. Actually there's very little. But the song is some lovely, blissful pop, and there's an interesting backstory. The standout single from All Night, Houses' first full-length, "Endless Spring" was recorded in Hawaii where sole bandmember Dexter Tortoriello spent time with his partner living off the grid. In his words: "We moved out to a little cabin in Papaikou,......read more

Boskke Sky Planter Recycled

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Turn your houseplants on their heads $17.95

Boskke's quirky, upside-down Sky Planters series invert the very idea of indoor plants. Last year, the company unveiled a new range of the hanging planters made of recycled polypropylene. The Sky Planter Recycled landed the company a 2011 Red Dot design award for the use of recycled materials and for integrating a Slo-Flo internal irrigation system that waters the plants directly at their roots.......read more

Choosing Your Houseplant

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Indoor plant selection made easy, courtesy of Wilder Quarterly

Wilder Quarterly, the quarterly (duh) journal of all things plant-related, is one of our favorite magazines out there right now. With inspiring content from green thumbs, rooftop gardeners, chefs, seed savers, architects, hobby farmers, and horticulturalists, WQ's interests are fully aligned with ours.  The latest Wilder Quarterly blog post offers some simple tips on something that often......read more

Canvas Tote Pot by Marie Michielssen

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Colorful, striped totes act as cheerful planters for the home $38.00

As much as we love ceramic clay planters, it's always cool to see different approaches to design for potted plants. The Canvas Tote Pot from designer Marie Michielssen is one of the most creative we've seen. Previously only available through Serax stockists of the brick-and-mortar variety, the cheerful pieces have been picked up by Anthopologie for your online shopping pleasure. Definitely a cool......read more

Stackable Living Eco Cube

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Easy, attractive air plant terrarium by Seattle's eGarden Studio $25.00

Low-maintenace air plants add a nice dose of nature to any space. Seattle-based Etsy seller eGarden Studio offers everything you need for a lovely air plant habitat with this Stackable Living Eco Cube. Designed to be scaled up by stacking cubes together, the little terrariums can be used as table centerpieces or displayed on a shelf or desk. Comes with one air plant, some black pebbles, preserved......read more

Preserved Boxwood Topiaries

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Pops of live greenery add color and whimsy to any indoor space $198.00

For black thumbs like us, these Preserved Boxwood Topiaries are a perfect way to add greenery to an indoor space, without the hassle of regular upkeep. Made from stems of natural, preserved boxwood, the set of five tiny topiaries will remain green and beautiful until, well, forever. No watering or nurturing required. Just set them inside somewhere where there is indirect light, and there you......read more

Spring Succulent Collection

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It's spring! Brighten up the crib with six mini succulents in handpainted pots $78.00

Spring is officially here, so it's time to spruce up the pad. After your annual spring cleaning session, you may as well take the next step by adding a dose of color and life to your spot. For those of us with neither the will nor skill to pot and maintain spring flowers, The Sill's miniature succulent collection will do just the trick. The easy-care succulents can get by on very little......read more

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