Cultivation & Habitation. We're expecially fond of the bamboo story and took pleasure in the bizarre stories of others leaving their home under the watch of friends and strangers...
- Return From Vacation. If You Dare. Tales of house-sitting horrors —replacing pets, parties and guests that wear your underwear and don't wash it!
- A Cane the World Can Lean On. All about bamboo — the wide variety of specimens, its unique properties and uses, and the difficulty in cultivating it. With all the hype around the "green-ness" of bamboo, this is an excellent primer that clears up some misconceptions.
- Great Way to Stay Warm: Vodka and Sunshine Larry Weingarten's energy-efficient and low-maintenance home in Salinas, California. Interesting approaches like a home-made central vaccuum and roofing as siding.
- The Basement Steps Out Into the Light. Beyond the rec-room, basements increasingly house central rooms of a home.
- Room to Improve: How should I furnish an entrance hall?
- Personal Shopper: Curtains, pillows, slipcovers and other accessories to stylishly transform a rental beach house.
(Pics: Stuart Isett, Terrence McCarthy, John Lei)