House & Garden: January 2007

House & Garden's January 2007 issue has hit the stands, and among the design for a well-lived life is a feature on filmmaker/photographer Carter Smith's Lower Manhattan remodel. He bought the place when it was a condemned former warehouse; "The roof had caved in, and sections of the floor were missing. But as soon as I saw it, I got a feeling that it would be mine," he says. "I only wanted to work with recycled materials, so it was like a treasure hunt, or The Amazing Race, to find every item before the contractor needed it...I could give guided tours of architect salvage places within a two-mile radius of any airport - I've been to so many." Smith combines the rough beams and exposed brick of the warehouse setting with green plants, clean lines and organic shapes into what looks like a pretty nice place. We like that Smith insisted on recycled materials -- he seems to know good stuff when he sees it, and appreciates used materials for their character and style as well as for their sustainability. Lots of pics and the full story on page 76 of January's issue. Also, don't forget that TreeHugger has a blog full of green design over at House & Garden's website. ::House & Garden