Monica Michael Willis

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The former features director at Country Living magazine, Monica Michael Willis writes frequently about design, gardens, and environmental issues.

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FEBRUARY 27, 2012 | MONDAY
Learning to Love Recycling

Thanks to a new crop of thoughtfully designed Rubbermaid recycling products, corralling kitchen recyclables has never been easier. Fact: According to the EPA, Americans are recycling more...

DECEMBER 30, 2011 | FRIDAY
Treecycling

With the fun and excitement of the holidays behind us, it's time to do what seemed unthinkable only a couple weeks ago–unstring the lights, remove the ornaments, and figure out what to do...

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 | THURSDAY
Fighting Hunger—Can by Can

At the 19th Annual Canstruction Design/Build Competition—an art show and food drive benefiting City Harvest—some of New York City’s finest architects, designers, and engineers create whim...

OCTOBER 12, 2011 | WEDNESDAY
Happy Birthday Bon Ami!

For 125 years, this hardworking household cleanser has been keeping America’s kitchens and baths sparkly clean—without harsh chemicals or dyes. I bought my first can of Bon Ami powder cle...

SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 | MONDAY
A New Generation of Fabric Storm Shutters

Lightweight, strong, and easy-to-install, today's fabric storm “shutters” are manufactured to withstand the force of a Category 5 hurricane. A few weeks back, during a trip to New Orleans...

AUGUST 8, 2011 | MONDAY
San Francisco Grabs the "Green" Crown

In a new survey sponsored by Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit, San Francisco outpaced 27 other major metropolitan areas to win bragging rights as the greenest city in North Ame...

JULY 27, 2011 | WEDNESDAY
Titcomb Cabin Rises from the Ashes

Thanks to the determination of six enterprising coeds at Dartmouth College, a landmark cabin razed by fire was rebuilt the old-fashioned way—one log at a time. In 2009, when Greg Sokol, a...

JULY 12, 2011 | TUESDAY
5 Simple Ways to Save H2O at Home

Although roughly 75 percent of the Earth is covered with water, the reality is that less than 1 percent of that water is fresh and readily available to humans—making conserving the planet...

JULY 6, 2011 | WEDNESDAY
Downsizing with Style

With rising energy costs and the lingering effects of the mortgage crisis, demand for smaller houses has never been greater. Which is a boon for Jay Shafer, who’s been preaching the gospe...