6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

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Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

by , 12/14/13

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Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians, engineers and city planners as well. In November 2012, ‘Resilient Design’ was a trending search term in Google, moving from near obscurity in the months before the devastating super storm to a popular catchphrase post-Sandy. Natural disasters like this, and more recently the typhoon that hit the Philippines in early November, serve to remind those of us in the green design community that while building with pure “save-the-earth” ecological motivation is certainly important, low-VOC-paints and LEED points don’t matter much if a building becomes uninhabitable due to flooding, earthquake, power outages or some other natural or manmade disaster. That’s where resilient design comes into play. According to the Resilient Design Institute, resilient design is defined as “the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to vulnerabilities to disaster and disruption of normal life”.

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14 Verdant Gifts for the Green Thumb

by , 12/14/13

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Give your friends and family the gift of gardening with presents that help them cultivate their green thumbs. Growing plants is a relaxing and educational experience that will keep giving long after this holiday season, so check out our selection of 14 gifts for plant lovers here.

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Affordable Gifts Under $20

by , 12/14/13

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This year, why not make Black Friday a little less black by skipping the drudgery of the mall by checking out Inhabitat’s savvy Green Gifts Under $20 Guide? It’s filled with all different kinds of enticing presents from recycled LEGO necklaces to grow your own mushroom kits to stylish metal straws – all for less than an Abraham Lincoln. Check out all of these truly affordable green gifts right here.

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6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

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Charming Rewined Candles Are Made Out of Real Repurposed Wine Bottles

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14 Customized Gifts That Put a Personal Touch on the Holidays

by , 12/12/13

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Trying to guess which colors, patterns and styles your friends and family will prefer can be a daunting task – one that can be avoided with customized gifts. By emblazoning your present with a graphic or text that is near and dear to your recipient (their name, child’s photo or favorite quote), you can guarantee that it’ll be something they’ll want to hold onto. From personalized phone cases to photo art canvases, check out our picks for customized gifts here.

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Announcing the Winners of the Project Kitchen Upgrade Contest!

by , 12/12/13

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Drumroll please…….

You came, you voted, and now it’s time to reveal the grand prize winner of our Kitchen Upgrade Photo Contest! We received over 200 images of ugly kitchens from all over the country, and after narrowing these submissions down to just 10 finalists, we left it up to you to decide which dilapidated kitchen was the most deserving of a super sweet $1,750 kitchen revamp courtesy of Moen. So who won our fab makeover with a chance of getting one of Moen’s beautiful new touchless, water-saving MotionSense faucets? We’d like to congratulate Patricia Blake who took the cake with her photo, the ‘Ugliest Faucet in Town‘! Read on to see her winning entry, and to see our three runners-up.

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6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

by , 12/11/13
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10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

by , 12/11/13

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The High Line Park in NYC. Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat

Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or land affected by war, natural disaster or disuse. These neglected places, while often having a negative impact on the environment and surrounding community, are simultaneously part of our cultural heritage. To highlight the significance of these spaces, and the potential that they hold to become something more than a blight, we’ve gathered up a series of projects that illuminate how designers use unlikely opportunities to transform landscapes into spectacular spaces—all while preserving their historic and cultural meaning. These 10 case studies showcase the creative approaches global city governments, preservationists, developers and the design community have taken to transform marginalized places into healthy and meaningful environments for everyone to enjoy.

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Announcing Inhabitat's 2013 Green Holiday Gift Guide!

by , 12/09/13

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It’s back and it’s better than ever!

If doing battle with rabid mall zombies doesn’t sound like your idea of a happy holiday, make things easy on yourself by shopping for your gifts online with Inhabitat’s fabulous green gift guide! This year’s guide is filled with a bevy of ethical and eco-conscious presents for everyone on your list. The Inhabitat editors have been hard at work for the last couple of weeks scouring the internet for the most enticing green gifts, so you can sit back, relax and shop the eco-friendly way (from the comfort of your own computer) with the our GREEN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE! And for those of you who want to do less shopping altogether, we’ve got great DIY gifts and gifts of time for you as well.

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LAST CHANCE: Vote for the Worst Kitchen in Inhabitat's Project Kitchen Upgrade Photo Contest!

by , 12/09/13

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Tonight is the last chance to vote for your favorite entry!

We received nearly 200 amazing submissions in our Kitchen Upgrade Photo Contest over the last few weeks, and after countless hours of deliberation, we’ve narrowed these entries down to just 10 finalists. Now it’s time for you to decide which of these 10 entrants is most deserving of a sweet $1,750 kitchen makeover courtesy of Moen ($1,250 to use towards Moen products and a $500 gift card towards installation). This means that the grand prize winner has the opportunity to get their hands on Moen’s brand new touchless, water-saving sensor faucet, the MotionSense! Will it be Loconda Edo, a guest home for artists; a 90-year-old grandma’s kitchen; or this gal’s space with its dirty faucet with yucky water stains? It’s all up to you! Cast your vote ahead and decide who will win this awesome prize! Bonus: Three runners-up will also receive a Moen faucet worth up to $700!

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DIY Gift Idea: Learn to Make Beautiful, Solid Perfume Lockets

by , 12/05/13

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Most of us have a couple of favorite fragrances that we like to daub on ourselves once in a while, so it’s not surprising that perfume is one of the most popular gifts for any occasion. That said, although there are some spectacular perfumes and colognes out there, it’s incredibly easy (and fun) to make your own scented blends with essential oils, and then blend them with carrier oils and wax to make solid perfumes. Scent can have a remarkable effect on a person’s mood (as can beautiful bits of jewelry), so if you just happen to combine a gorgeous perfume and a beautiful locket, you have a winning gift this holiday season!

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6 Things You Need for a Serious Chef's Kitchen

by , 12/04/13

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In recent years, TV cooking shows and food blogs have inspired a nouveau generation of cutting edge chefs. But we’re not talking about the Giadas and Alton Browns of the cooking world — rather, folks like you and me who are interested in whipping up 5-star fare in-house for our friends and family. Making restaurant-quality food has never been easier, as high-quality appliances that were once reserved only for the best of the best are now within the reach of the everyman and woman. If you’ve been looking to amp up your culinary game, we’ve got some great tips to get you on the road to Top Chef-dom, and we’ve rounded up some of the essentials needed for a serious chef’s kitchen. From the forged-steel knives Martha Stewart uses to dice her veggies to a high-tech convection oven that will give way to the flakiest of pie crusts, read on for our top 6 kitchen picks!

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HOW TO: Choose a Living Christmas Tree for a Green Holiday Season

by , 12/02/13

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6 Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

6 Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

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The Inhabitat Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Day Recipes!

The Inhabitat Team Shares Their Favorite Thanksgiving Day Recipes!

Mike Chino, Managing Editor: Pan-Seared Brussel Sprouts 1 lb Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and cut in half 2 tbsp butter 1 tbsp oil salt and pepper to taste (I like lots of…

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Matthew Carden's Fantastical Food Photographs Pay Tribute to the Bounty We Eat

Matthew Carden's Fantastical Food Photographs Pay Tribute to the…

Carden’s “Small World” series closely examines the foods which make up our meals from a bug’s eye view. A soft bend of a tender green beans, the flourish of a broccoli crown or…

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