An architect helped a homeowner solve her kitchen storage problems by replacing one of three glass doors (the middle one) to the patio with an island and pass-through window. Now that is a great idea. It still looks bright and airy, but isn't such a waste of space. (See Indoors: Renovation.)
In an Outdoors: Landscaping photo, there's a bench made of stacked concrete blocks (two levels) topped with a fabric-wrapped plank. Hmm. I assumed it was foam. I think I'd want something more comfy to sit on. Also in the Outdoors section is a new product: Flex-fence. It's a fence or canopy that can be opened, closed, or fixed at an angle. It can help with shade and privacy on a porch or elsewhere, apparently.
And a homeowner surrounded her flat-screen TV with cabinets of her own design. They look good, are useful, and I like not seeing a big ugly box floating on a wall. For those who want to "dress down" a room, you can go casual with unframed pictures and a tray full of little rocks, among other ideas.