This week's LA Times Home and Garden section spotlights the King House, a home which Laure and I saw, and fell in love with, a few months ago during the Dwell on Design home tours. Upending the designs of traditional homes, it's set back on its lot, allowing the front of the house to act as a modern day porch, welcoming the neighbors; the green and white exterior pattern mimics the pattern of sunlight coming through the trees; broad glass doors open up the home to the exterior. Whether your home is modernist or not, energy efficiency and water rationing are two challenges that we're all facing in our quest to live in harmony with our environment. The Scout and the Realist Idealist spotlight two possible solutions. More, pics and links, after the jump...
The King Residence in Santa Monica: This unique home, located in the Sunset Park section of Santa Monica, turns the normal idea of home -- with a backyard and a front yard -- on its head.
Taking the plunge with a composting toilet: In her occasional column, The Realist Idealist, Susan Carpenter examines her experiences when she decided to install a waterless toilet in her home.
Negative Spaces: It's a positive trend: New glassware designs come with a visual trick: beverages seemingly suspended in mid-air
Blankblank's Heliocentric lamp sheds new lights on fluorescent lamps: While we love the energy efficiency of fluorescent light bulbs, their cold glare is less than flattering or inviting. So designers are starting to embrace the later, creating fixtures that make the harsh illumination look pretty.
Cisco Bros.' John Derian collection re-imagines Victorian style: John Derian, who has helped popularize neo-Victorian style in home accessories, has teamed with Cisco Brothers to produce a 7 piece line of upholstered furniture which reference 18th and 19th century English styles.
[image: Glenn Koenig for LAT; Sancor Industries; 2Jane; Blankblank; Cisco Bros.]