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Santa Monica Shangri-La: A tropical family retreat

Abandoned Victorian Style Greenhouse, Villa Maria, in northern Italy near Lake Como. Photo taken in 1985 by Friedhelm Thomas. The greenhouse has since been restored.

Self-Sustained Smart Structure Villa Sera is a self-sustained structure that harnesses power from solar panels, collects rainwater and uses gray water for plants, creating a microcosm that not only reduces the carbon footprint but contributes to the ecological system. The architecture is structured with steel and glass elements to form a strong, modern and spacious building. Greenhouse sections with innovative heat and air circulation for organic farming and plant growing

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen has dedicated much of his life to creating eccentric dwellings, like this one. Now he’s getting some mainstream love. Here, he teamed up with HGTV’s “Tiny House Builders." Constructed in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, the “Glass House” has a facade made entirely of reclaimed windows, with its own distinctive style. Enchanting Glass House Built In Just Four Days | Tiny Homes

When it comes to 'over-the-top' modern American mansion grandeur, this is still one of my favorites :: Grand Italiannate villa style. A private home in Minnesota (not a shopping area in Milan). TEA2 Architects.

Classic Outdoor Miami Wedding

Guests then entered a clear tent where they were able to dine under the stars at long banquet tables lined with lush green table runners accented with white blooms. Wedding Decorations, Miami Wedding Venues

Crazy about this conservatory addition to Villa Nocture in Monaco. The home was beautifully revitalized by architect Marc Corbiau and designer Timother Whealon. Feautured in the May 2012 AD.