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When taken to the extreme, modern landscaping sometimes seems cold or uninviting. Yet modern design’s emphasis on crafting an organized space and respecting unadorned materials has the potential to create a setting which feels not only friendly and inviting, but also personalized and artful. Designer Colin Miller of Envision Landscape Studio in Walnut Creek, California, shares tips on designing a contemporary landscape that is suited to the welcoming indoor-outdoor lifestyle modern gardeners are trying to create.
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Photographer Klaus Enrique has revived a Renaissance classic: the surreal botanical portraits of 16th-century Milanese painter Guiseppe Arcimboldo—now, rendered through the lens, not the brush. A modern perspective gives the work new meaning: rather than "From what far off land did that gourd arrive?" we ask "Is that a hybrid or an heirloom?" Instead of "The painter is nuts," we think "The photographer must eat very healthy." 
Hero Design Lab, a small Toronto firm, joins the rain barrel movement with its RC 1 rain collector, proving that stewarding resources doesn't need to come at the detriment of design. PLUS: Enter for a chance to win one!
Tillandsias, or air plants, come in a seemingly endless range of shapes and colors—here's our slide show of 10 of our favorites.
Made of New York salvages timber from old Manhattan buildings and repurposes it in this collection of handmade home furnishings. The weathered wood, finished in natural tones or primary color stains, manages to look both urban and rustic.
Plants, unplugged, might be the best way to describe the stunning suspended plant-artworks developed by one Fedor van der Valk, who makes these beautiful hanging plants in Amsterdam, under the name String Gardens. Uprooting flowers and trees from their regular terrestrial spots not only showcases the roots, so rarely seen by humans, but elevates the individuals plants into unexpected sculptures.
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Emerging new diva, now first lady of design
Rooftop garden designed by Sawyer/Benson Architecture & Landscape Architecture 
Two New Yorkers go in search of seclusion — and wind up finding it in a see-through house
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