Outdoor living, Napa-style (Photo by Mimi Giboin)

From outdoor Napa living to the reason L.A. is paying people to kill their lawns, the stories our editors are reading, loving, and sharing this week.

Aislyn Greene  – August 9, 2013

Outdoor living, Napa-style (Photo by Mimi Giboin)

To Save Water, Los Angeles is Paying People to Kill Their Lawns –> Co.exist

“I frequently pass an amazing lawn on my running route. In it, tall and brilliantly-green grass grows in tufts like waves. I hear it’s drought-resistant fescue and I’d give up my standard lawn for that (and the $2/square foot LA is offering).” — Joanna Linberg, senior home editor

Indoor/Outdoor Living, Napa Style –> Remodelista

“I’m always bowled over by homes that don’t just celebrate livable outdoor space, but that make their outdoor spaces the most desirable spots to be. This amazing find on Remodelista has got the coolest courtyard patio that practically screams lazy day outside, curled up with a book and a glass of iced tea. I’d like to move in for the rest of the season.” — Jessica Mordo, senior editor, Sunset.com

Walking the Streets of Ferrara, Italy –> Aviators & Camera

“Sure, most of us here at Sunset travel frequently, but we also spend a lot of time at our desks, living vicariously through our team of freelance writers and photographers. When wanderlust strikessay, at 3 p.m. on a TuesdayI turn to travel blogs like this one from Afar photog Kirsten Alana, who recently spent time in Ferrara, a charming heritage town in northern Italy.” — Aislyn Greene, assistant editor

A Proper Walk in Kenya –> National Geographic Adventure

“I lucked out this week and got to hear the always-funny, ever-gracious Tim Cahill speak at the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference in Corte Madera. I’m a longtime fan and admirer of the Montana-based writer— in fact, one of my very first jobs as an intern at National Geographic Adventure magazine was fact-checking one of Tim’s stories— and his talk at the conference reminded me why. He referenced a Kenya piece he wrote some years ago, and I immediately looked it up when I got home. It’s just as funny and engaging now as it was when I first read it then. Armchair traveling at its best!” — Andrea Minarcek, senior travel editor

8 Decor Scores to Help You Stay Organized –> Pop Sugar Home

“I’m in the midst of reconfiguring my apartment to maximize living space, and I’m on the prowl for solutions that do double duty on form and function. These products accomplish just that: each one either reduces clutter or minimizes the footprint of large-scale items, while still ranking high on style. I’m particularly coveting the modern lacquer coffee table, complete with hidden compartments! (Because who doesn’t love that?)” — Jessica Mordo, senior editor, Sunset.com

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