The Huntington Botanical Gardens is one of those gems for us Los Angelenos that can transport you to another time or place. But what a lot of folks don't know is that it was once called San Marino Ranch. In November 2010, an new project was unveiled called The Huntington Ranch, harkening back to its farming origins. Part classroom, part demonstration garden and part research lab, The Ranch is pushing the boundaries of sustainable urban farming.
This past weekend I moved into my new home in a new city, and, you know, tropical storm aside, everything went well. Once the weather cleared on Sunday, I made the happy discovery that the neighbors are very friendly and that they've made a pastime of hanging out on their stoops.
Green living is not just small spaces, eco-friendly materials and gardening — it's also about living in a connected community. Whenever my husband and I have moved, one of the most important features has always been location, location, location. It's crucial for our lifestyle that we be able to get to work easily by public transportation and be within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, farmer's markets and parks. But for the Slow Home, good location not just about proximity to amenities, it's also about the quality of the streetscape.
Encouraging your community to become more sustainable is easier than you'd think. While you might expect that you'd get a lot of resistance when bringing up issues of sustainability to the decision makers in your area, they are likely to be receptive. Find out our tips for changing your community and share your own after the jump.
We are a two person/one cat household and we like small spaces, so we've spent a lot of time in units and apartments. Most recently we have been renting a half a house. It's physically one complete house with a dividing wall down the middle. Each side is self contained but when people come to visit they are surprised by the proximity of our neighbours. I love it, but apparently not everyone is willing to share so much of their personal space.
"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has begun a 'Reinvent the Toilet' competition and awarded $3 million to researchers at eight universities, challenging them to use recent technology to create models that neednâ€™t be connected to sewers, or to water and electricity lines, and that cost less than pennies per person a day to use. Later prizes will include financing for one or more winning prototypes to be tested and produced commercially..."
The water supply for your town is not something you like think about every day. While it might not be on your mind, your actions are affecting it all the time. Care2 has put together 8 ways to protect your town's water supply and you can find the ones that you might be able to tackle at home after the jump.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to my very first wallpaper removal party. At first I thought, "How fun can this be? Doing other people's home improvement?" but, in the end, it was a blast. There are two fundamental principles at work here: 1) It's always more fun to do stuff like remove wallpaper when it's not your house, 2) It's a lot more fun when there is someone else to do the work with you, 3) Finishing a task with a group is so rewarding, and 4) They had great food at the party.
Back in my college days, one of the best ways to score free furniture was to scour campus housing right after everyone moved back home for the summer. You could find tons of perfectly fine desks, dressers, beds — anything you might need, and perfect for a student's budget (FREE!). So imagine how much fun it must be to live in Quebec, a province with an unofficial moving day for all renters on July 1. Montréal designer Marjolaine Poulin of M Design takes full advantage of this 'holiday' and rescues free furniture off the streets and transforms them into beautifully restored pieces.
Recently, I moved from a medium sized house to a modestly sized apartment. Initially I was concerned about the challenges of moving from a full three bedroom house to a modest two bedroom apartment. Luckily, downsizing wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Along the way, I borrowed and swapped my way to put together a lovely apartment. Read more...