Yuka is a writer and reporter from Queens, New York. She received her bachelor’s in business management from Stony Brook University and holds a degree in exhibit design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to being the NYC editor of Inhabitat, Yuka is a practicing turophile and a known JeDIY master. Her love of maker culture and crafting has a lot to do with what she's seen around her in NYC, and she believes that if you can make stuff here, you can make stuff anywhere. Yuka's refashioned clothing and DIY ideas have been featured on The Today Show, Glamour, HGTV.com and other websites and magazines. Yuka also writes for Ecouterre and has written for The Daily Green and The New York Times.
Follow Yuka on Pinterest here and on Twitter here.
Social Profiles+ Google
Are our minds in the gutter or does this mushroom look a little...odd? The smaller mushrooms that popped up seem just fine, but is it us or does the ginormous one on the right look a
Fireclay's new Glazed Thin Brick is a brick alternative that's eco-friendly, durable and attractive. Utilizing up to 100% local recycled content and finished with a selection of nine new
Have an old Apple Mac that's collecting dust? Why not turn it into a retrotastic iMac aquarium? We first featured Jake Harms' candy-colored macquariums last year they got so much fanfare that he
Think that crushed red bugs are only used to color Starbucks drinks? Guess again. Cochineal extract is also used widely in cosmetics, namely your lipstick. Aside from the cringe- factor, the dye
Apple has caught some heat for its controversial, car-dependent Cupertino campus proposal, but an anonymous tipster has leaked an updated rendering to Inhabitat that would way up the controversy
It's no secret that billionaire Donald Trump is always head-hunting for his next capable apprentice, but news sources are saying that he's recently taken the term to a disturbingly literal
Blanketed in vegetation and energy-harvesting PV panels, the E+ Green Home doesn't just get an E for effort - it deserves to be on the honor roll of sustainable design. Seen in Dwell Magazine's
Soneva Kiri is comprised of 42 resort villas and 21 spectacular private residences that sit on 150 acres of lush tropical rainforest and beaches. In addition to being absolutely gorgeous, the
Want to give your spring cleaning new meaning this year? HopeLine from Verizon is an easy way to get rid of old wireless phones and chargers cluttering your home. The program refurbishes
The Poor Porker a rising DIY portal for the crafty, creative, and self-reliant “trash into treasure” aficionado. Founded in 2012 by eco-friendly duo Robyn and Jarrid, the site features new
HOK's Chicago Office HOK If you read Inhabitat, you know that we're big fans of architecture firm HOK. Director of Design, Todd Halamka, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, shared what the firm is looking
VERDMX is an independent civic initiative working on a project called BREATHE / GREEN ROUTE which proposes bringing 7 sculptures with vertical gardens to locations throughout the country. The
Check out the roots of the plant on the left (which was grown in peat) and compare them to the roots of the plant on the right (grown in coconut coir). Anyone who has ever cared for plants
Hey eco mamas and green dads - have you heard the news? Our kids and parenting site Inhabitots is now on Pinterest - and we've been pinning up a storm of goodness for green tots - from
Artist Wil Natzel is creating a pop-up art installation of incredible cardboard flowers near the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis, MN using the humblest of materials — cardboard! Using his own
Thomas Troisch cobbles together reclaimed materials and colorful seaglass to make these unique chandeliers. "After having stared at one too many $1,295 rental apartment excuses for a ceiling
Be ready for those April showers next month with these stylish, equestrian-inspired rainboots by Kamik. They sell for $65 but they can be yours for free if you enter our giveaway on Ecouterre!
Fans of the Mini Roadster will get a kick out of Carmina Campus's new line of the eco-friendly purses made from actual Mini parts! The upcycled line, which was launched at Milan Fashion Week is
Google Goggles may sound like a mouthful - but you might be wearing a pair before you know it. Word on the street is that the search engine giant is developing a set of high-tech specs that will
We can remember a time when seeing even one green gown grace the red carpet for the Oscars was quite a feat, so it's our pleasure to report that six celebs donned eco-conscious threads at the
Australia reportedly has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so why are many Aussies opting to ditch their sunscreen? According to a recent study, 17 percent of the respondents
Suzanne Rae was "faux real" about calling attention to cruelty-free alternatives in her introspective Fall Winter 2012 collection. We were enamored by her use of natural fabrics draped and
Victoria Bartlett's New York Fashion Week runway presentation for VPL Fall Winter 2012 was a collection of delightfully fresh knits and flowing frocks, each more surprising than the one before.
Sustainable fashion designers like United Bamboo, Study NY by Tara St. James, H. Fredriksson and Luis Valenzuela found themselves right at home in the midst of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on
Mike's Design Crush: Michelle Kaufmann Ever since Inhabitat first met Michelle Kaufmann back in 2007, we've had a huge crush on her groundbreaking brand of sustainable design - she proved that
Our favorite handmade and eco Valentine's Day gifts for 2012: SCRABBLE "LOVE" PILLOWS If your sweetie loves Scrabble more than they love you (just kidding, but not really), he or she
A few months ago, Ecouterre set up shop inside the Green Room, a carefully curated space dedicated to emerging eco-fashion labels at the Designers and Agents show in NYC. Join the Ecouterre
Donald Trump may be a real estate mogul with an estimated worth of who knows how many billions -- we think it might be seven -- and a penchant for trying to derail presidential campaigns but
If you've been trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet but find washing them to be a chore, Vege Aqua is a new product that might make it feel like less cumbersome. Unlike
Browse by Keyword