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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NOVEMBER 29, 2013 | FRIDAY
Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Eco-Smart

From recycled, canvas mail sack iPad cases to an in-home mini aqua farm, we've gathered 11 green gift ideas for the earth-minded person on your holiday shopping list.

OCTOBER 15, 2013 | TUESDAY
7 Not-to-be-Missed Pumpkin Festivals Around the Country

Celebrate the joys of the season at one of these fun, family-friendly pumpkin festivals—and see how you might find one closer to home.

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
An 18th-Century Stone Farmhouse Reborn

Over the past 20 years, Jeffery Wyant and Maria Keares Wyant of Wyant Architecture in Philadelphia have become known for their clean, uncomplicated solutions to tricky design dilemmas. No...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Vacation in a National Park

Nearly 140 years ago, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the act that made Yellowstone the first national park in America. Since then 58 of the country's most spectacular natural space...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
The Container House

Drive past any port in America today and you’re bound to see row upon row of empty shipping containers stacked, like so many colorful building blocks, one atop the other. Due to the Unite...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Hudson Passive Project

For Dennis Wedlick, the conservation-minded architect who masterminded the Hudson Passive Project—New York State’s first certified passive house—passive building is nothing short of revol...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Color Trends 2012: Top Forecasters Weigh In

Last year, Honeysuckle (18-2120), a rich, energetic pink, nudged out Turquoise (15-5519), the previous year’s darling to win Pantone’s color of the year. For 2012, the company’s forecaste...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Brad Pitt's MAKE IT RIGHT Homes

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, bringing category-3 winds and tidal surges that devastated scores of Delta communities, including New Orleans, where lev...

JANUARY 24, 2013 | THURSDAY
Bob Vila's 50 Shades of Green

Standing in her kitchen, she knew the handsome stranger wasn't like the other men in her life, when he pulled her close, gazed into her eyes, and whispered, "Can I fix your leak...

DECEMBER 11, 2012 | TUESDAY
5 Historic Homes Open for Christmastime Tours

Everything’s sparkly and bright at five of America’s historic landmarks—all open for touring this holiday season.  1. Christmas at BiltmoreIn fitting fashion, it was Christmas Eve of 1895...