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Juniper Ridge’s Christmas Fir Cabin Spray is a holiday tree in a bottle

Juniper Ridge’s Christmas Fir Cabin Spray is a holiday tree in a bottle

The scent of fresh evergreen is one of the hallmarks of the holiday season - but why cut down a living tree just for a few weeks of festivities? Faux Christmas trees offer a more sustainable alternative,

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TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

The TAOsHouse is located in Valverde Commons, which is a sustainably oriented, adult co-housing community just a 15-minute walk from Taos’ historic plaza. The three bedroom, two bathroom house was

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BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a ‘smashing’ design

BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a ‘smashing’ design

The ICEHOTEL is the world's largest hotel built entirely of ice and snow. Located in the hamlet of Jukkasjarvi, it was also the first of its kind. While Jukkasjarvi is a small village of just 1,100

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This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

This spectacular lookout frames dizzying views of Ecuador’s Quilotao Crater

Tourists from around the world travel to Quilotoa, a 12,000-foot-high active volcano with a brilliant blue lake in its crater. Located about 100 miles away from Quito, a local indigenous community offers

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Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses reflect the amazing beauty of the Dolomites

The owners of the property live in a farmhouse built in the 60s, and they wanted to make use of their amazing site by adding vacation rentals. They hired Peter Pichler to design and build two luxury

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Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Jägnefält Milton’s leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion can pop up anywhere in Sweden without a permit

Studio Jägnefält Milton has developed a lovely leaf-shaped Forest Pavilion that can pop up in practically any wooded area in Sweden. Thanks to the country's new Attefallshus clause, small structures

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Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

Forman began capturing the wonder of the waterways around the world early in life after traveling to remote landscapes with her family. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the artist began to draw the

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Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce section—without bees would

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Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

The origami master began folding at an early age, getting hooked at age five before developing a lifelong habit of making origami. At 10 he was already creating original origami designs, and then began

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This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

De Smet Vermeulen Architecten wanted the new structure to reference the original house, and so the main material chosen was sustainable timber. The timber frame and cladding was topped with a slanted roof

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HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

MATERIALS: - A long sleeved shirt. The thinner the shirt, the easier it will be to turn it into a satchel. - A gift to wrap (one that will fit in the center of your shirt with at least 6 inches or so to

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16-Year-Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Austin always thought it would be cool to build a treehouse, but once he found out you could build homes on a trailer to make them mobile, he quickly changed his mind. Basing his house on the popular

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This lucky tortoise can walk again thanks to a custom-built LEGO wheelchair

This lucky tortoise can walk again thanks to a custom-built LEGO wheelchair

Image by Action Press/REX When humans encounter mobility problems, we have a host of options that range from walkers to prosthetics, but for our four-legged friends things aren't quite so easy. Such

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Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

Located on an exposed site above the lake and outside the town of Hønefoss in Krokskogen forest, the home can experience harsh conditions and high winds. However, because of the beautiful landscape, it

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Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

The Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room opened to the public on December 5, 2014, allowing customers a close up, personal view of how the Reserve coffees are roasted and brewed. It's more than just a

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5 tips for a green and happy Hanukkah!

5 tips for a green and happy Hanukkah!

Everybody loves Hanukkah; the festival of lights that comes but once a year! Every December, we look forward to this joy-filled excuse to stuff our faces with fried potatoes, sour cream, and apple sauce,

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Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Giant Vending Machine Dispenses Bikes and Surfboards Instead of Junk Food

Forget Doritos and sugary sodas, the goodies that this vending machine in San Francisco recently dispensed were out of the ordinary! Instead of junk food, the machine, which was installed by Tourism

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Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

The chunky Jupiter line comes with a dual watch face, with two Miyota movements to let you keep track of time in your top two destinations. We chose the fashionable Blackwood watch, since we all know

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Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

Gorgeous Rammed Earth House generates all its own energy and captures all its own water in Australia

The Rammed Earth House by Steffen Welsch Architects was their first project to apply environmentally sustainable design principles throughout. Located to the northeast of Victoria, the site is relatively

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Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

Whitetail Woods Regional Park Gets Three New Elevated Camper Cabins

As part of the grand opening for the new 456-acre park in Dakota County, Minnesota, Whitetail Woods Regional Park also opened three, architect-designed camper cabins. Elevated above the ground and nestled

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Desert Cities: a sustainable way to live in the Middle East

Desert Cities: a sustainable way to live in the Middle East

The genesis of Desert Cities began by rethinking the concept of a line, which can act as both a border as well as a connection between two points. These lines create a network between a series of nodes,

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8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

Firefly Lights from Urban Outfitters Urban Outfitters is carrying these darling mini LED lights, called Firefly Lights, that are seemingly impossible. The strand is a metal wire with integrated

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Sonja Hinrichsen’s Amazing Snow Drawings Bring Viewers Closer to Nature

Sonja Hinrichsen’s Amazing Snow Drawings Bring Viewers Closer to Nature

Seen from a bird's-eye view, Sonja Hinrichsen’s snow drawings appear as intricate, swirling patterns that snake around the landscape, creating imagery between rows of trees, roads, and the water’s

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Could this Glass ‘Photon Space’ House Make You Healthier and Happier?

Could this Glass ‘Photon Space’ House Make You Healthier and Happier?

Could living in a glass box be the key to happiness? The designers of The Photon Space think so. The pop-up glass home is a comfortable 485 square feet of sun-drenched luxury, constructed from high-tech

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Atelier Vens Vanbelle Makes a Copper-Clad Addition to a Traditional Belgian Farmhouse

Atelier Vens Vanbelle Makes a Copper-Clad Addition to a Traditional Belgian Farmhouse

The growing family needed extra space that wouldn’t disrupt their daily habits and flow throughout the farmhouse, which already had a curved glass wall from a previous extension. The architects placed

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Made in Space: NASA Creates First-Ever 3D-Printed Object in Space

Made in Space: NASA Creates First-Ever 3D-Printed Object in Space

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station have created the first-ever object to be 3D printed in space. The 3D printer, which was developed by Made in Space, was delivered to the ISS by a

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec’s Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec’s Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

A visit to the Hotel de Glace is truly a magical experience. After the heated check-in pavilion, a path leads to the pointed arch complex made from snow and ice. Fur-covered wooden double doors welcome

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Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

Tony’s Organic Farm Has a New Shipping Container Visitor Center in Shanghai

Tony's Farm is located just outside of Shanghai to the southeast and is the largest organic vegetable farm in the area. To provide better service to its customers and create a closer connection to the

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MVRDV’s Pushed Slab Hyper-Efficient Office Opens in Paris

MVRDV’s Pushed Slab Hyper-Efficient Office Opens in Paris

Pushed Slab is a 19,000 m2 office building with communal spaces located in south Paris. The concept emerged from a slab that was pushed in the center until it broke and created a void, and the different

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DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

As the cold weather settles in, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea to take winter’s edge off. Rather than raiding your grocery store for pre-packaged flavors, why not try your hand at these easy DIY

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