LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 05.30.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 05.30.09

Abby Stone
May 30, 2009

053009-hng01.jpgDesign on a dime, design for a dollar, this week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section puts the focus on thinking economically, from inexpensive ideas for sprucing up a rental to Pratt's inspiring booth at ICFF to a device for recycling used bath and shower water to the delights and challenges of living in a cave. More, along with links to the stories on the Los Angeles Times website, after the jump...

Design for a Dollar: The Pratt student booth at the 2009 ICFF: The Pratt student booth at ICFF was filled with innovative and inspiring ideas from these votices, created from soy wax and orange peels, to tables made from plexiglas and old magazines to bottle cap bowls and pipe cleaner chandeliers. For Apartment Therapy's look at this booth, check this post and this post.

Kristan Cunningham brings DIY home: Kristan Cunningham of HGTV's "Design on a Dime" spruced up her Venice rental, attacking it with the same spirit she brings to the show's projects. Here she shares her tricks and tips for keeping the design up and the budget down.

Recycling bath water takes muscle: Susan Carpenter, the Los Angeles Times's Realist Idealist, tests out the Enviro Water Boy, a device for recycling gray (ie the wastewater generated from sinks, washing machines, baths and showers) water, made by Greywater Recycler International, an Australian company.

The Cave Sleepers: Ever dreamed of living in a cave? We have, ever since we read Pa carved out a house of sod in Laura Ingalls Wilder's On the Banks of Plum Creek. The Sleeper family does, in a gouge in the earth left by a 1930s sandstone mine in Festus, Missouri, just a few miles from the Mississippi River.

[images: David Steinvurzel; Christina House for LAT; video by Don Kelsen; Ann Summa]

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