AIA Home Design Trends Survey
The American Institute of Architects' most recent housing trends survey shows housing sizes inching back up again after the first declines in decades. Will people still want smaller houses in better economic times?
A National Association of Home Builders report and a Better Homes and Gardens survey find that builders and homeowners are moving toward smaller, more energy-efficient homes.
For part two in our 2010 Predictions series, Natural Home forecasts warm, vibrant colors and more natural light as the top interior design trends
An annual survey of home buyers found that Americans want smaller homes with a focus on casual living and togetherness. From larger kitchens to outdoor living spaces, these 10 features were the most popular. Find out how you can get them, too!
The American Institute of Architect’s Home Design Trends Survey confirmed what Natural Home predicted in January—Americans are moving to smaller homes.
Americans are turning to smaller, affordable housing. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence looks into this trend.
This year readers were concerned about bedbugs and greenwashing, and everyone wants to know more about smaller homes.
For part three of our 2010 Predictions series, the experts predict that consumers will demand—and create—healthier, more efficient homes. Cool by us.
Homeowners want energy-efficient features and functional rooms that will expand on small homes’ square footage, according to a recent American Institute of Architects report.Homeowners want energy-efficient features and functional rooms that will expand on small homes’ square footage, says an American Institute of Architects report.
Victoria Gazeley considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin, located on 7 acres of fertile earth in British Columbia, a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
Denise Franklin's 280-square-foot cabin in British Columbia provides everything she needs--and more.
Last year The Fresh Ideas Group predicted the top consumer trends for 2009. Are they psychics or just near-sighted? Find out.
Jessica discusses the process, including several reader surveys, the Natural Home staff goes through to choose each issue's cover.
Springtime is here! Floral motifs in interiors are popular—and also a great reminder that the new season has arrived.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller offers an introduction to the Passive House standard, including what makes Passive Houses energy-efficient and how they differ from passive solar homes.
Follow along as architect Mark Miller takes his energy-efficient design skills to the next level with the Passive House standard.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers advice on how to incorporate reclaimed materials into home design without the end result looking like "junk."
Wabi-sabi has infused Western design for centuries—though its advocates rarely knew it. It’s in the plain, efficient homes built by the Shakers, the unsentimental Arts and Crafts style, Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie houses and midcentury furniture.
While giving her small home a deep green retrofit, designer Tracy Parker finds that reclaimed wood flooring is grounding and gorgeous.
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson shares five of her favorite interior design products companies.
Architect and land planner Helena van Vliet incorporates biophilic design principles into her renovated house to create a home connected to nature.
Natural Home guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews green home decor from MIO.
The 10 Project Green Search finalists head to Hollywood for the final round of the eco-modeling competition.
Project Green Search is looking for eco-conscious models to participate in its green modeling competition.
To meet its goal of making all new buildings carbon-neutral by 2030, the American Institute of Architects introduces an online tool that help designers predict how much energy their buildings will use.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller continues his introduction to the Passive House standard.
Natural Home is ahead of the most recent trends, highlighted in the National Association of Remodeling Industry’s builder poll.
Keep your storage off the floor and decorate your home using birdcages.
As nursery renovation begins, Jessica is just beginning an investigation into remodeling options.
These tips mined from the second issue of Mother Earth News, published in 1970, will make your housekeeping more enjoyable and efficient. Mother has always known best.
Caroline Saul uses recycled plastic milk jugs as the main material in her weightless sculptures.
Reacting against the built-for-resale mentality that's destroying our modern homes' liveability, Slow Home Studio offers a path to a more satisfying home.
Patters and personality galore, Plover Organic’s organic cotton bedding and kitchen textiles add just the right amount of spice to your green home decor.
Robyn reflects on the past 10 years of Natural Home and the green building movement.
Turn a tree branch into an ideal storage solution for your jewelry.
Get creative with your Christmas tree! Save the forests, skip the plastic greenery and really go green this holiday with a different kind of tree.
Brand views her work, process and personal philosophy as the product of a mini ecosystem.
The Windfall reclaimed wood engineered panels are Douglas Fir and Hemlock Fir raw material harvested from demolition sites in the Pacific Northwest, and given new life as decorative panels for interior design.
Our favorite natural homes of 2010 range in size and grandiosity, from a 280-square-foot mountain cottage to an urban warehouse-cum-artists’-loft. Every one of them can teach us a lot about living green.
Discover 10 natural remedies for allergies from author Michelle Schoffro Cook to make the spring allergy season more tolerable.
For an investment of less than $10,000 and about a week of labor, you could have a custom workshop, barn, garden shed or office.
The Canadian government’s ecoENERGY program stops giving financial assistance for energy-efficient home improvements.
Expect to see more modular homes, a boom in the green remodeling business and a ton more “green” products when it comes to green building trends in 2010—and be prepared to ask a lot more questions.
Reach for these taste-tested, healthy granola bars next time you need a snack.
The $300 House Project challenges student and professional designers to create housing that shelters the poorest of the poor with safety and dignity. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to see their $300 houses built and reproduced.
President Obama revealed plans for his new Home Star Program, also known as Cash for Caulkers, which will offer rebates for energy-efficient home renovations such as replacing windows, adding insulation and sealing ducts.
Nearly 20 years ago, Robert Laporte began experimenting with building a house using straw and Iowa's excellent clay. In the process, he discovered what makes a home's soul.
Create a happy and healthy home with these helpful tips.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program reached a major milestone this week when it qualified its 1 millionth Energy Star home.
Guy and Kay Baker and their three sons spent five years building a small weekend cabin in Alabama from scraps and salvage. When the 1,100-square feet house was complete, they loved it so much they made it their permanent home.
Clayton Homes’ first green prefab home project, i-house, will feature a plethora of green technologies and innovative designs.
The Herb Companion is ahead of the trends. One of our featured "List of Likes" products was seen on ABC's hit television show "Desperate Housewives." Learn how you can win the featured Jessie Steele apron.
It's officially seed catalog season. The Herb Companion has been receiving tons and tons of beautiful seed catalogs. Check out my favorite ornamental echinaceas from Burpee. Enter for a chance to win some yourself.
Natural products research firm Compass Naturals predicts shoppers will get savvy; rebel against chemicals, over-packaging, GMOs and animal cruelty; and grow more of their own food.
Have you ever wondered how much saffron you should use in a recipe. We have the answer.
At the Healthy Homes Conference in Denver, a health care pioneer said healthy housing is as important as diet and exercise in maintaining well being and that access is a social justice issue. The Home Depot Foundation is addressing that.
Americans continue to believe that green homes make a difference--but they need to be more affordable.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson considers quality over quantity, slow homes and creating something beautiful.
The original weeHouse prefabricated kit house is 435 efficiently designed square feet and comes with everything you need to live well. Need more space? You can snap together two or more of the modules to satisfy your needs.
In Bethel, New York, a developer that has specialized in large luxury homes is building modest houses to appeal to a younger crowd--more anecdotal evidence that smaller homes are here to stay.
Instead of flowers, give a homemade token of your friendship and support.
It's easy to make your own air freshener spray. You'll avoid chemicals and delight in the fresh smell.
As Passive House Institute standards up the ante, USA Today’s "Best Green Homes of 2010" list reflects Americans’ desire for affordability, efficiency and style.
Small house builder Rich Daniels seeks to cluster 100 homes under 400 square feet in a former sawmill.
This morning in my inbox: Orlando Bloom announced at Wednesday night’s Global Green pre-Oscars party that he’s building a green, solar-powered home in London. And an RISMedia report stating that despite the downturn in the general housing market, demand for green homes continues to be a hot trend.
For less than the cost of an SUV, a Michigan couple rehabbed their historic home to include solar panels and a geothermal system. The 110-year-old house now produces more energy than it needs.
You don’t have to abandon your love for herbs to stay up-to-date with the latest technology. Keep herbal knowledge at your fingertips with the new iPhone and iPod Touch application “Natural Cures.”
This baked pear dessert not only totes health benefits but is very delicious. Serve it warm with honey next time you're the host.
Take advantage of what's in season right now.
As a new year unfolds, Natural Home forecasts 2010 predictions—and it's good news—Americans will become smarter, greener consumers.
Create kissable cheeks with hot chocolate. Is this a crazy idea or would you try it?
This year I got the chance to attend the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California. Check out the highlights.
JWTIntelligence predicts big green changes in the coming year (including tube-free toilet paper).
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
Making your own compost bin is simple. Compost bins are great for disposing kitchen scraps to make fresh, rich compost for your garden.
Guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson explores furniture, fabric and flooring options for those with children and pets.
A man’s room, or “man cave” is a private dwelling that a man can use to hang out with his buddies, watch tv, play games, etc. It can be decorated in a masculine fashion. There are some great natural products for this room.
Express yourself by decorating a blank wall with eco-friendly wall treatments and low-VOC paints.
Organic Architect's Eric Corey Freed shows designers what green really means during Dining by Design, a charity event featuring tabletop installations in New York.
Made from repurposed shipping containers and recycled steel, based on Prius engineering, with a gray water system and a living roof, this Mojave Desert residence and workplace is a prototype for low-cost prefab kit houses everywhere.
Deconstruction, breaking down houses bit-by-bit, is a great way to find free building materials to build small low-cost homes.
The NewenHouse kit home has officially received Passive House certification! The Passive House is also the highest-rated Energy Star home in the state of Wisconsin.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers inspiration to anyone wanting to build their own home from salvaged materials.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares her plans for Blackbird Studio, a 333-square-foot she plans to build.
The U.S. Green Building Council recognizes the top projects, developers and home builders participating in its LEED program for 2011.
Existing homes that are certified as “green” sold for 30 percent more than homes without such a designation, according to an analysis of the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region released today by Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource. Newly constructed homes with a sustainability certification sold for 8 percent more than non-certified homes.
This result continues a four-year trend in which new homes with third-party certification for sustainable construction and energy performance have consistently sold for more than newly constructed homes that had not been certified. The term 'certified home' includes homes that received an Earth Advantage New Homes, ENERGY STAR, or a LEED for Homes designation, or a combined Earth Advantage/ENERGY STAR certification.
Consider these environment-friendly tips when remodeling your home.
See how an energy-efficient house faired it’s first winter in Maine.
Can you craft delicious home cooked meals without eating up a ton of energy? Discover whether your slowly cooked Crock-Pots are any more energy efficient than stove top or oven cooking.
Here are three great reasons that hemp cultivation should be legal in the United States: food, health and shelter.
Adding solar panels can increase a home's resale value by as much as $17,000, a new Lawrence Berkeley Lab report finds.
Location near public transportation and walkability are as important as green materials and design in creating a green home, study finds.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence looks forward to good, green building news for 2009.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains how hemp, a renewable resource, can aid in building zero-carbon homes.
A new Environmental Protection Agency website helps homeowners and renters decrease their energy consumption and cut carbon emissions.
For the past year, I’ve been chronicling the progress of a green-built home here in Boulder, Colorado, where I live, via this blog and accompanying videos. Watching the project unfold has been enlightening for many reasons, not least of which is the opportunity to see firsthand many of the cool technologies we read about and hear about. Sometimes that entails a little sacrifice.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse Here Sonya gets ready for a busy week of subcontractors for the NewenHouse kit home. The interior of the home is nearing completion!
As the paper garden catalog is slowly sinking in the west, the Lemon Verbena Lady is searching out herb seed catalogs and websites offering the best seed catalogs and herb seeds of every kind. This is the first installment of several catalog and website postings.
A National Restaurant Association survey found that serving more local food tops chefs expected trends for 2012! Keep you home diet seasonal and local, too, with this vegetarian recipe featuring winter vegetables.
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the super-insulated, sustainable and small NewenHouse kit home she's planning to bring to market in 2012. The prototype, being built in Viroqua Wisconsin, is striving for LEED Platnium and Passive House certifications.
Kate and Jeff are building their off-the-grid dream near Taos, New Mexico. As they build themselves a small straw bale house and make do with a few solar panels, they're realizing how little they really need.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes moving into the first NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).
Simple rosemary mayonnaise makes an exceptional sandwich spread.
Who needs to make a trip to the grocery store when you can make these tasty cheesy crackers at home?
Simple salad dressings provide bursts of herbal flavor to your salad greens.
Matt divulges into his New Year's resolution of using greener cleaners and more natural cleaning methods.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares how she built her home's front porch from salvaged wood—and how she finds beauty in flawed materials.
Adding houseplants to your home’s décor is an easy, affordable way to enliven your home.
Brighten up your bathroom with lively organic cotton shower curtains from Amy Butler, VivaTerra and West Elm. Say goodbye to plain white curtains!
Blogging about beginner gardening.
Bored with your headboard? Freshen up your bedroom’s look with one of these DIY headboard ideas.
Americans are tired of cheap, built-to-fail products made overseas. We want products we can pass down through generations. Slow Consumption, with its call for a return to “heirloom design,” could be our ticket out.
We can create eco-friendly clothing without producing waste. Find out more about zero-waste design and its effect on the fashion industry.
Salt glaze pottery, primitive colonial furnishings and pewter bring wabi-sabi into your home—while honoring our American traditions.
You've probably heard of a BB cream, or at the very least seen one in your supermarket. But what is a BB cream, what does it do, why should you care, and what should you look for if you decide to buy one?
After trying derma e's new skincare product, Very Clear Cleansing Scrub, I soon discovered that tea tree oil may be the best natural disinfectant for my body.
Kale is gaining popularity as a healthy, versatile superfood in the kitchen. Kale can be used for cooking soups, salads, stews and can be eaten raw or cooked.
On the lookout for healthy snack food options, I discovered this quick and easy recipe.
A hot (literally) exercise trend is sweeping the nation. Learn more about hot yoga here.
The Herbalista begins her search for pictue perfect skincare. Herbs can keep your skin healthy and glowing and John Masters Organics combines rose and aloe to create a useful toning mist that the Herbalista uses to get a head start to each and every morning.
Research into the potential causes of obesity doesn't lead exclusively to a poor diet and lack of exercise: Environment and exposure to endocrine disruptors can also play a role in weight gain.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
Terrariums are beautiful in any room setting and they are a great activity to share with children. In honor of Earth Day, build your own!
Gone are the days when I longed to present my home to guests filled with everything bright, shiny and new. My taste is now an eclectic blend of vintage and new.
Create storage and design interest in your home by repurposing existing areas with built-in seating and other furniture.
Make your home feel like new again with these five home improvement ideas that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Think having a green home is out of your price range? Here are some easy, realistic ideas to create an eco-friendly living space that might actually save you money!
See how one blogger made the decision to build a tiny house and her plans to build it herself.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems rely on the earth’s constant underground temperature of 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to provide comfortable indoor climates. The technology works in any size or style home, in nearly any setting on earth.
These seasoned off-the-grid veterans have found that hefty batteries make for a happy home.
Anecdotal evidence from coast to coast indicates that Americans have had enough of granite countertops and whirlpool tubs. They want smaller homes with green finishes instead.
Sonya Newenhouse describes how she uses the southern-facing 17-inch-deep windowsills of her Passive House-certified home to grow seedlings.
When Paula and Matt learned that running a utility line to their rural Vermont home would cost the same as buying solar panels, they never hesitated. Now they're living the good life, off the grid.
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.
When Steve Sikora and Lynette Erickson-Sikora restored Frank Lloyd Wright's first small, affordable home, they discovered how green the iconic architect really was.
Maintaining indoor air quality is important in a healthy home, but poor craftsmanship can lead to water damage and eventually mold issues.
For the first time, acclaimed Not So Big House author and architect brings quality-over-quality design to a residential development.
One of the nation's largest home developers announces it will offer solar arrays as standard features on new homes in California.
We asked our readers to share their tiny homes: The only criteria was that they be 1000-square-feet or less. Gain inspiration with these small homes from our community of readers who love their tiny homes.
Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova talks about the advantages of downsizing to a small home as her family moves to Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage.
Learn how to be happier at home with these simple living tips.
Dedicated to the Midwest’s winters, guest blogger Stephanie Nickolson offers practical tips and ideas for decorating interiors in white.
In her new book, Micro-Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, Mimi Zeiger profiles 36 creative, innovative small dwellings that represent a 'new, rich architectural typology.' Here are eight great examples to start fueling your fantasies.
The weather outside may be frightful, but it’s a delightful time to curl up with a stack of gardening books and begin planning next season’s harvest.
Every year—every day, in fact—we learn something new. During my time working for The Herb Companion I have learned a lot. Here are 10 of the most interesting things I learned about herbs in 2010.
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Homemade Household Cleaners resource app. Make your own natural cleaners with this easy guide.
This recipe for homemade mango ice cream has the creamy goodness of ice cream and the refreshing taste of sherbet. Grab a spoon and dig in!
Learn how to make homemade yogurt with this seasonal yogurt recipe.
Highlights from the 'Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies' workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair: How to use vinegar and baking soda to clean just about everything.
Does the huge task of cleaning windows leave you feeling overwhelmed? Follow these six simple steps—using inexpensive materials you already have around the house—to get your windows sparkling and streak-free.
Try these natural deodorant alternatives to eliminate body odor without the potential toxins of many commercial products.
When Joan King Salwen is invited to speak with Bill and Melinda Gates about The Power of Half, she learns how valuable homemade gifts can be.
Conventional household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that could have adverse effects on your health. Learn how to mix up your own homemade cleaners with these suggestions from Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence.
My grandmother taught me everything I need to know about keeping my house clean—without chemicals.
Keep your family healthy by paying close attention to your home's 10 germiest places.
Guest blogger Kim Wallace shares a simple recipe for homemade holiday sangria.
Jessica shares her sustainable wedding food find after locating eco-minded caterers in the Kansas City area.
Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova works with her children to turn the heaps of candy they collected at the St. Patrick’s Day parade into homemade art projects.
Don't throw away that leftover loaf of bread! Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs and croutons. Waste not, want not!
Sustainability starts at home—but it sure does help to have community backing. Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence takes a closer look at the Cambridge Energy Alliance, a nonprofit, community-supported program that offers free energy audits and customized plans to make homes and buildings more eco-friendly.
Do you dream about living in a tiny, super-efficient home but worry about living with less space? This list of reasons for living could help push you off the fence. Dream big, live small!
The newest articles of Natural Home are in. See what's inside.
Honeybees are the best of friends for blooming fruit trees flowers, and herbs, such as apricot, cherry, members of the daisy family, lavender, oregano and sage. We’ve known that bees
Add a pop of color to a dull decorating scheme with these brightly colored recycled glass vases from Z Gallerie.
With more than 32 designs to choose from, you’re sure to find an organic cotton throw pillow for your home’s décor from Wabisabi Green’s EcoArt pillow collections.
Mod Green Pod’s vinyl-free wallpaper is printed on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper using water-based inks and glazes. Check out the 12 funky, colorful designs.
Individual reactions to color vary, but choosing color for your home’s rooms can have a strong effect on how you feel when you’re in them.
Finish your walls with clay plaster for a natural look that will last for years.
Decorating with mirrors is an easy way to increase your home’s natural light, make small rooms feel bigger, and improve your home’s interior without spending a fortune.
The 2009 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado, displayed innovative and beautiful eco-friendly sculptures.
This week green building author, architect and Natural Home columnist Carol Venolia dispenses advice on green remodeling during workshops sponsored by Design~Build~Live in Austin, Texas.
Learn about the new Garden Planner we used to design our own office community garden.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley shares her thoughts on humanitarian organization Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit group which creates sustainable design for communities in need.
Recycled glass can make a stunning addition to your home. Discover recycled glass countertops, tiles and mosaics for your home.
Peruse our articles about healthy living from the July/August 2013 issue. In this issue we teach you how to enjoy your bountiful garden harvest all year; give you product recommendations to create a healthier, simpler, more self-sufficient home; show you simple solutions for quick breakfasts; discuss the basics of simple and affordable DIY body-care products; and much more!
These three homes--in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina--use passive cooling techniques to eliminate the need for mechanical air conditioning. Check them out and learn a few tricks for reducing--or eliminating--your AC bills this summer.
A lookout tower home featuring reclaimed materials connects its homeowner with her past, present and future.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace chats with HGTV green building expert Carter Oosterhouse about simple ways to green your home.
This tiny kit home—less than 90 square feet—is energy-independent and so well-designed that you'd never miss the space.
Managing editor Jessica Kellner discussed her early house hunting experience and her hopes to do green remodeling.
This 433-square-foot floating home on the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, feels spacious and airy on the inside.
In the down real-estate market, more people are choosing to renovate rather than relocate. Use these tips to create a customized home that supports your lifestyle.
The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, which passed the House on May 5, would provide $6 billion in rebates to homeowners who make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes.
Made from bamboo, wood and grass seed, this tiny house could be our future.
Homeowners and renters who made five or more energy-efficient improvements found satisfying savings, a new study finds.
One Iowa city used herbs as a way to de-ice their dangerous roads.
Eco luxury brand VivaTerra kicks off Home for the Holidays, a 25-day/25-products half-off shopping spree featuring some of their most popular items from the year.
Sustainsia’s compact, green-built work pod could solve my office needs.
Matt divulges into who really wins in the end when McDonalds' stock is up and the stock market is down.
Herbs might not be the first thing that come to mind when you start considering ways to save money, but they actually can be a great help in cutting costs while boosting health, flavor and the general deliciousness of life.
DiggersList, city-by-city home improvement classifieds, has expanded its website to bring its services to homeowners and contractors across the country.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes how and why the Passive House conference inspired her to change the NewenHouse kit home's design to meet Passive House certification.
Designed as a shotgun-style house for natural ventilation, the Alligator House was designed and built as part of the rehousing effort in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Elizabeth Richardson lays out her plan for building her own salvaged home.
The Reincarnated McMansion Project aims to tear down one inefficient, climate-insensitive suburban house and replace it with two small, green, handcrafted homes.
Though used like timber, bamboo is a grass that self-propagates as it spreads underground via a network of rhizomes. A white oak tree takes 120 years to grow to maturity; bamboo takes three-and-a-half to seven years.
Alchemy Architects builds its first weeZero, or net-zero weeHouse, in the desert near Moab, Utah.
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison explores creative storage solutions to declutter her small space.
The miniHome by Sustain Design Studio puts a modern twist on traditional trailer design.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller details plans for a National Passive House Alliance in the U.S. and shares the activities of current regional Passive House alliances.
Air pollution abounds in our homes and businesses, but many air purification systems are not safe to use. Try cleaning your indoor air with plants.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller explores high-performance windows, a key element in reaching the Passive House standard.
With a little do-it-yourself effort, wooden shutters found at flea markets and antique stores can turn into shelves, room dividers and other home décor.
It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.
Janeen Solberg developed these homemade cleaner recipes more than 10 years ago and still uses them today.
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
They don’t call them the dog days of summer for nothing. Surprise your pup with these easy and delicious homemade frozen treats to keep him cool in the heat.
Light up your Valentine's Day with all natural, herbal homemade candles.
Start decreasing your reliance on store-bought, pre-packaged foods by preserving produce at the peak of the season. Try this easy recipe for homemade sauerkraut and enjoy this season’s cabbage crop all year.
Good stock is an important base to flavoring a lot of recipes. Learn how to make your own chicken stock at home with these instructions.
Replace the sugary, salty store-bought version with this wholesome Homemade Chewy Granola Bars recipe.
Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, a gardener’s best friend.
Guest blogger Erica Binns travels to Mood Designer Fabrics to find fabric for her homemade wedding dress.
From a homemade furniture polish to a skin and hair conditioner, olive oil has many uses around the home. Just check out these 15 uses for olive oil!
Sacred Seed Bread delivers the healing power of medicinal seeds in a delicious, homemade loaf.
White sage is a large herbaceous perennial shrub native. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and offers many health benefits. Then find natural headache relief with our homemade salve.
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
Mayonnaise is a sandwich staple that you can easily make at home. It takes just minutes to make and you can experiment with new and exciting flavor combinations.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her likes and dislikes of homemade pizza and some of her favorite pizza parlors in the Seattle area.
Because it could cause eye and skin irritation and harm reproductive systems, the Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding it. Baking soda is a solid, safe alternative.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
Swap out your bottled ranch dressing for this easy and nutritious recipe!
Sausage can be healthy if made at home. Try it! It's easy.
I make the cookie-of-the-month for my brother-in-law, and he loves it.
With just three ingredients and two simple steps, you can clear away germs and freshen your home's air to welcome spring.
Making granola at home is simple and allows you to customize it to your liking. Experiment with this basic recipe and discover your perfect granola.
These homemade orange ornaments will add bright colors and a citrusy aroma to your tree this year.
Readers vote on whether they'd be most interested in learning to make hard cider, apple wine, mulled wine, ginger beer, eggnog or amaretto at home.
Cap off your Hemp History Week celebrations by making hemp soap. Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.
Try one of these three simple but tasty homemade salad dressings the next time you’re in the mood for a lighter lunch or dinner.
Make your own all-purpose cleaners, dishwasher detergent and mildew remover with safe, simple ingredients. Ever think you'd be doing dishes with Kool-Aid?
Some of the nastiest chemicals we bring into our homes are used to clean ovens and drains—and they're not necessary. Learn how to clean your entire kitchen using vinegar, baking soda and a little salt and lemon juice. You'll love the results!
Save money and win your sweetie's heart with a beautifully set table and handmade candy hearts this Valentine's Day.
Alka-Seltzer can give your cleaning routine a little extra fizz. Try it for unclogging drains and cleaning toilets.
Whip olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice into a cheap, effective polish for wood furniture.
Baskets make great storage, helping you to reduce clutter around the house. Add a touch of character and culture to your home’s décor with a fair trade storage basket.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the designs for the new Bibliosphere in Germany.
From August 4 to 6, Plover Organic will discount its non-sale items to 50 percent off. Plover sells organic cotton quilts, duvets, sheets and crib bedding.
Getting into the garden for people with disabilities may require careful and creative planning and design to accomodate each person's unique physical needs. Providing safe access is important for physical well-being and enjoying gardening.
Bring the designs and ideas of talented gardeners around the world into your own growing space.
Pebbles, rocks and stones are beautiful, natural materials that add beauty and a very classic look to any style design.
I’m no stranger to moving. As a recent college graduate, I’ve moved four times in five years. After the hassle of packing, hauling and lifting all of my stuff, the part of a move that I look forward to the
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley takes a look at the Marrakesh House, the new sustainable home of filmmaker Chris Paine.
Hova Design’s FabricPots makes indoor gardening easier.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the Sprouting Building of Montpellier and its living green facade.
West Paw Design adds two new patterns to its line of Bumper Beds, filled with a material created from reclaimed plastic soda bottles and turned into a soft, durable fill.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is not a video game player, but she says designing your garden just got a lot more enjoyable with the Herb Garden Planner.
Alabama Chanin makes sumptuous fabrics from scraps, Mona Hoffman imagines the people she's crafting each lamp for as she makes it, and potter Shiho Kanzaki believes that attitude is everything. These are a few of my favorite wabi-sabi artists.
Wabi-sabi is sinewy, flecked browns and yellowed greens, the myriad stone and moss shades, a slate-gray cloud’s washed violet underside. Like nature, wabi-sabi paints in multidimensional swatches that are never what they appear to be.
Jessica Kellner's recent trip to three green conferences in San Francisco yielded some great conversations and fun lessons.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller pinpoints areas where unconditioned air could be leaking into or out of homes.
Made from recycled glass and handcrafted in Pennsylvania, Plates with Purpose helps raise money and awareness for a wide variety of nonprofit partners.
Although each home is different, these five keys to good entryway design will help you create a personalized, functional space.
Think your balcony's too tiny to provide food and fun? Check out Apartment Therapy's great tips for making the most of your outdoor space.
When you are overwhelmed by the big picture or aggressive herbs take over, focus on smaller herbal vignettes.
'Green' cleaning products are awash with misleading labels and false claims. Always look for a third-party certification to assure you're buying the healthiest, most environmentally friendly cleaners.
Natural Home has been invited to decorate rooms in Blair House, the President’s guest house that hardly anyone ever gets to see, and the U.S. State Department’s Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, DC in the first-ever Magazine Holiday Design Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Magazine Publishers of America.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley examines the successes and failures of the Beddington Zero-Energy Development.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the HRV (heat recovery ventilation) unit and insulation installation for the NewenHouse Kit Home.
Ed and Joan Kobrinski left a large family home for a smaller, simpler cottage—and they’ve never looked back. Their tips for downsizing and living in smaller spaces could help make your transition easier.
Midwest Living designers give the Smart Home at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry a green makeover that features zero-VOC paint, furniture made from recycled steel and reclaimed wood, and other planet-friendly home decor.
The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies offers scientific backing to herbal and natural medicine.
Home design apps for smart phones and iPads make visualizing your dream home even easier.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren weighs the pros and cons of live and artificial trees in her quest for an eco-friendly Christmas tree.
Victoria Gazely lives in a 650-square-foot homesteader's cabin built by a man who didn't need closets. She's found five great ways to stash her stuff without renovating—and her solutions work for anyone who needs to hide a few things.
After working four jobs to make payments on their larger home, Debra and Gary downsized—to 320 square feet. The family lacks for nothing, and guests are always welcome. 'I've got everything I need,' Debra says. And their $20K house is paid off.
Hemp can be made into a wide variety of products, including fashionable, functional clothing.
Ryan Mitchell, founder of TheTinyLife.com, is saving up to pay cash for a 130-square-foot home on wheels in North Carolina. He’s seeking perspective, clarity—and a girlfriend who gets it.
Diana and Tony Varnes are the happiest they’ve ever been, and they attribute their well being to living in a small home. They have more time for reading, talking and enjoying the outdoors—and their relationship is better than ever.
Clutter taking over? Organize your kitchen with these decluttering tips and storage solutions.
Natural Home chose bamboo for its kitchenware line because it's both sustainable and beautiful.
Vermont Natural Coatings, manufacturer of high performance naturally derived whey-based wood finishes, recently introduced new Heirloom Wipe-On PolyWhey, a durable, safe furniture finish with the look and feel of traditional hand rubbed finishes.
International eco-artist David Trubridge designs furniture, lighting and home accessories that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but also environmentally responsible.
Michael Funk's 6,000-square-foot off-the-grid home and retreat center on 1,200 acres in the Sierra Nevadas is an heirloom, handbuilt with reverence for the spectacle that surrounds it. He hopes it will inspire every visitor to preserve the paradise.
Beer brewed with herbs is a tasty alternative to traditional malts and hops.
This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping list.
An easy description of making your own baby food from scratch. Create nutritional options for your baby and safe money!
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
Stand against animal testing with certified cruelty-free cosmetics and homemade lip balms and lotions.
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
Buck’s Biscuits Gourmet Dog Treats are made with organic ingredients and contain no preservatives, making them the perfect, all-natural dog treat for your furry friend.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
Naturally healthy skin need not be a daunting, complex task. It can be a delightful ritual using natural ingredients found in your own home. The important first step is to simplify your beauty routine. Learn about the five necessities.
Instead of buying your friends gifts for the holidays this year, save money and lighten your impact on the planet by making homemade gifts. These ideas will get you started.
If you’re nuts about almonds, try out this simple recipe for making fresh almond butter at home.
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
Find home office furniture for your office space without spending a fortune with these tips.
Hanging baskets on your walls helps to create storage and still offer decorative design in your home.
From perpetually sunny Orange Country, California, Humble sells extremely eco-conscious home décor accessories featuring designs that will remind you of summer’s past.
PRIMAVERA organic airsprays naturally scent your home using essential oils.
Liza Fleischer was a suburbanite through and through when she met her husband, Ted, who she says was 'born 100 years too late.' Now they live in a solar- and hydro-powered hand-built home on 160 acres in Vermont—and she loves it.
This is the first of a series of blogs about construction of a LEED Platinum-certified home on an organic farm in middle Tennessee.
Got kitchen clutter? Turn a picture frame into a beautiful, useful storage solution.
Built from a recycled shipping container, the 160-square-foot Surfshack uses folding, moveable panels and smart design to fit all the creature comforts of home into a durable, weather-proof frame, creating a home-away-from-home on the Washington coast for an avid surfer.
Salvaged products can be attractive components of a new home. Salvaged materials help save resources and money while adding distinctive features. One source of salvaged materials, Habitat Home Stores, also supports housing development for low-income families.
Jessica hunts for eco-friendly and secondhand items to make her new townhome greener. Greening an apartment or home you don't own can be a challenge, but searching for eco-friendly products is fun.
All it takes is a few deliberate and creative tweaks to turn our living space into a healthful, stress-free environment. Follow these 10 simple solutions to do just that.
After a year with her family spent in a high-performance home, one blogger shares the joys of living in a home that offers low utility bills, energy independence, comfort, lasting memories and much more.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson packs up her natural space and moves to a new apartment.
Transforming Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson’s space started with an empty living room, and now it slowly resembles a livable space with seating. After buying a used love seat and ottoman, she recovers both so they match the room’s theme.
Vintage tins add decorative accents to your home while also providing storage.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson builds an end table out of a salvaged window frame and four legs.
The Yube modular furniture system makes organizing simple and stylish for every room in the home.
The Lemon Verbena Lady finds herb garden design inspiration in Port Murray, New Jersey.
When seeking out natural flooring materials such as hardwood, bamboo, cork and natural stone for your home, consider the pros and cons of each option.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller offers solutions to thermal bridging.
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
Get a creative nightstand without spending a lot of money by repurposing thrift store finds and old items around the house into functional but cheap bedside tables.
Raising the garden height through raised garden beds to meet a person's physical needs allows for a stress- and strain-free gardening experience.
This home in the Florida Keys stays cool by capturing prevailing breezes and taking advantage of passive cooling techniques such as open, screened walls and a reflective roof.
Children’s lunches aren’t kept cool enough before lunch, leading to the possibility of food-borne illnesses.
Bringing gemstones into your home can add beauty, and some believe they offer healing benefits, too. Find out how to incorporate beautiful gems and stones into your home and life.
Take the initiative and reduce your carbon footprint at home with these six tips.
Skips the hazardous commercial varieties and opt for one of these five natural air freshener options.
Reclaimed furniture can add a rustic yet elegant touch to your home. Find out why you should choose reclaimed over new and how to incorporate it in your home.
Summer is heating up! Discover how you can cut costs, lower your energy usage and reduce your carbon footprint all while beating the hot summer sun.
Dan and Karen Cripes made a few big upfront investments—including solar panels and a geothermal system—when they built their home in Round Rock, Texas. Now they're reaping the rewards with nearly nonexistent utility bills and a home they love.
Sonya Newenhouse describes the roof truss system and air-tight barrier between the second floor and the roof for the Passive House NewenHouse Kit Home.
Ranging in size from 528 square feet to 960 square feet, miniHomes are a combination of park model trailer, manufactured home and code-compliant residences that combine modern design with state-of-the-art building technology.
Natural Home bamboo kitchen tools are made without formaldehyde or other harmful additives, through a process that eliminates waste.
Try these pumpkin candleholders and tell us about your favorite pumpkin decorations.
Sayra and Dominic live with their 5-year-old daughter in a charming 550-square-foot home in rural Idaho. There are challenges, but they've found that less really is more. 'It's like living in a fun clubhouse,' Sayra says.
The PopUp House from House Port, Inc. embodies the definition of model green home as it utilizes sustainable methods, not only within the structure of the dwelling, but also within the interior of the home.
Don’t let the flu, a cold or any aches, anxieties and pains get the best of you this season. With the season already upon us, here are a few herbs, fruits and foods to consider to help relieve your aches, pains and anxiety.
Natural Home guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews certified-organic fabrics from Harmony Art.
Design your dining room with patterned placemats from Amenity. Made of organic cotton and hemp, these placemats come in a variety of colors and designs, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your room.
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
Hang used fabric on your walls instead of paint or wallpaper.
When stacks of mail, cards and school pictures start taking over your kitchen table or refrigerator, wage war with this project to keep it all organized and unclutter your life.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes how she and her team insulated under the slab of the NewenHouse prototype home and the importance of air sealing to achieve Passive House certification.
The first Tiny House Conference will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 16.
Swamp Hut is a complex of four 8-by-12-foot huts surrounding a deck with a fireplace. This an off-the-grid, light-on-the-land summer getaway could easily be replicated in your favorite vacation spot.
Two new federal programs, the Home Energy Scoring program and the PowerSaver program, make it easier for homeowners to save energy.
Perched atop a cliff overlooking Montana’s Flathead Lake, this 830-square-foot off-grid cabin steps lightly on its site so as not to disturb osprey nesting in the surrounding forest.
If the heat is getting you down—and out of your comfortable sleeping—take your bedroom outside and let Mother Nature cool you while you slumber.
Put your money where your principals are—supporting eco-conscious living projects. Invest in green companies to make a greater impact on our environment.
In partnership with the Department of Energy, Chevrolet offers free home charging stations to 4,400 owners of its newest electric car, the Volt.
Back to the Roots (BTTR) is collecting 20,000 pounds of coffee grounds each week, cultivating them into a rich substrate from which to grow oyster mushrooms and make grow-it-at-home mushroom kits.
An overview on how the IPad and new apps relating to home automation can help you save energy through better control of heating and cooling, lights, window coverings, irrigation and security systems. The leading systems providers each have IPad apps
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison takes time out this holiday season to honor and appreciate the planet.
La Chanh Nguyen's eco-friendly designs are changing the function common household items. Her process is simple; she deconstructs an object and recreates it with a green purpose and function.
My Mobilegro invention is much more than the next new innovative home gardening product to hit the market.
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company founder Jay Shafer teaches Americans how to build efficient homes of less than 1,000 square feet.
Make your own tiki torch and fend off mosquitoes at the same time.
If you find yourself with a bag that seems to swallow up all of your things, consider adding snap-in coin purses to help you organize.
At only 156 square feet and just 4 feet across at its widest, the Keret House in Warsaw, Poland, might just be the skinniest tiny house ever.
Jessica offers her top tips for shopping for used and antique home furnishings.
Ditch the sponge and the harsh chemical cleaners for this natural bathroom and kitchen multipurpose scrubbing cleaner.
Today's a great day to follow our tips for creating a home office that's easy on you and light on the planet.
Made from Tagua, Habitus tiles are natural sustainable and suitable for floors or walls.
To lead a healthier lifestyle, green your home with these nine cost-effective solutions.
Get inspired by early winter to decorate your home.
To help you keep your house free of vermin, we’ve compiled a list of five top tips on how keep pests from ever entering your home.
Use these easy storage solutions to keep every room in your home organized and clutter-free.
In Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, high-performance houses experience much more comfortable temperatures with little electric output.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she and her husband, John, are aiming for LEED Platinum-certification for their rural Tennessee farmhouse.
Designed to be a comfortable, modern home with a minimum impact on the environment, the Cube generates its own energy and proves that you don't have to sacrifice creature comforts to live in a small space.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove picks natural, native sandstone to use in her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse that she is building to LEED Platinum standards.
These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
Share your favorite fantastic natural beauty tips and DIY treatments with Natural Home magazine. The best tips win a prize!
Find winter comfort in a high-performance house. With a heat recovery ventilation system you can more-efficiently heat your home.
Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!
Your simply imperfect arsenal for getting the whole house clean--naturally.
Consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, yet most Americans consume more than the recommended amount. Reduce your sodium intake with these seven simple steps.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares six recipes for homemade salad dressings, including favorites like Ranch, Caesar and Thousand Island.
Need to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year? Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares six simple ideas for homemade gifts to give your sweetheart.
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
Making your own baby food not only saves you money but allows you control over what's in your baby's food. Get started—and find out just how easy it is—with these homemade baby food recipes.
Gather herbs for crafting herbal remedies with our expert help. We share basic guidelines for determining the appropriate time of year to harvest each part of a plant and teach you how to harvest herbs from gardens.
December 25th is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season, make these Relaxing Sage and Lavender Bath Salts. This homemade gift is budget-friendly, is quick and easy to make and speaks from the heart.
Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.
Join the Lemon Verbena Lady as she visits some community gardens in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia to get you ready for this year's gardening season.
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller shares discusses the lack of energy-efficient, insulated doors in the U.S.
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson creates a planter table to hold her everyday items and incorporates plants into the design.
Have a skirt with a tear or a stain? Don't compost it - re-make it! A few simple cuts and stitches and you can re-purpose your worn out wardrobe into a new closet full of new fashions. Start by turning a skirt into a halter top.
Conventional fabrics are doused in chemicals that can make you sick. Choose healthy, organic fabrics made from sustainable materials.
Stephanie tackles moving and furnishing an empty house by picking salvaged, hand-crafted or environmentally friendly pieces.
Eliminate unpleasant odors in your home by using natural products.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove considers rainwater cistern options for harvesting rainwater at her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse that she is building to LEED standards.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove recounts the unexpected expenses she faced while building her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse. Selove is building her green dream home to LEED Platinum standards.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove narrows down her choices of Energy Star-rated appliances for her LEED-certified home in Tennessee.
Want to be sure about what you're putting on your skin and hair? Save a little money and have a little fun mixing up these DIY beauty treatments. These natural home beauty remedies are made from basic household and kitchen ingredients!
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she chose Southern Forest Initiative-certified wood for the framing lumber of her sustainable Tennessee home that she is building to LEED Platinum standards.
Two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, our indoor air quality is worsening. Embrace these five healthful practices for cleaner air.
Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.
Dehydrated foods are high in nutrients and easy to transport and store, but buying them at the store can be costly. Investing in a food dehydrator can save you money, allowing you to make your own beef jerky, dried fruits and fruit leather at home.
As you combat dry facial skin this winter, consider using a moisturizing face mask, such as Kahina Antioxidant Mask, once a week to treat your skin to an extra dose of high-power hydration.
Take some pressure off resolutions season by choosing “world improvement” instead of just “self-improvement”. Add a green resolution to your list this year.
Tired of looking tired? Try these home remedies for dark under-eye circles.
My home is going nearly 100 percent solar thanks to a local solar leasing program.
Add eco-friendly home décor to your space by displaying upcycled art such as vintage fabrics, old t-shirts, magazines and ephemera. Personalize your art with family memorabilia and a unique frame to make a one of a kind eco-friendly creation.
When it comes to “going green” at home, the purpose is clear: to conserve and manage your home’s energy intake and expenditure. A good start, especially during the hot months of summer, would be to take a look at fiberglass windows.
Building a tiny home from an old camper trailer brought a sense of community when family and friends pitched in to help.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the framing process and how she finds opportunities for borrowed light in the inner walls of the NewenHouse kit home.
Rescue old windows and recycle them into beautiful light fixtures.
Brighten whites with this bleach substitute.
Natural, eco-friendly cleaners are great for your family and for the planet. Try our formula for a natural, herbal all-purpose cleaner.
Follow these tips to banish clutter and increase your efficiency, from your home office to your garage.
Chris Larson's Asheville, North Carolina, home--already a superb example of smart, passive solar design--gets even better with the addition of solar hot water collectors.
Roux Maison Detergens are now available in Sweet Tea and Ambrosia.
Re-Nest's list of its favorite Etsy stores makes navigating the handmade goods shopping site easier to navigate.
Build a sustainable dog bed out of recycled T-shirts or newspapers. When placed in a revamped end table, it makes a nice piece of doggie furniture, too.
A graduate student experiences the comfort and efficiency of a superinsulated, passive solar home in Taos.
Relieve ear infections with this at-home remedy. One young mother takes a crash course in using herbs for this common childhood complaint.
Go ahead, play outside. These tips will keep you from being eaten alive by mosquitoes.
Bee stings can cause pain and swelling. Treat your bee stings naturally with these home remedies.
A pillowcase and foam board are all you need for a simple, cheap and environmentally friendly way to organize notes and lists in this project.
Here Sonya describes moving into the the NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test (reaching an amazing score of .51 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals)and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).
Recently, I discovered Thymes, a very girly company that sells paraben-free body care and home fragrance products. It was love at first sight.
Sonya Newenhouse describes how she and her team insulated the perimeter of her model Passive House slab and installed an EPS foam frost skirt around the slab for cold climate construction.
Experts say that that bathroom and kitchen remodels--once a sure-fire way to move a home for sale--aren't necessarily the ticket anymore. Creating a house that feels homey and welcoming is most important.
Guest blogger Faith Moser shares five laundry tips (including a homemade natural fabric softener) for cling- and chemical-free clothing.
Create the feeling that you are waking up underneath the trees with a headboard made of aspen branches.
Hammocks and High Tea designer and founder Karen Young describes the creative process and the steps it takes to create a sustainable home decor line.
Mystic Masala offers Ayurveda-based candles, soaps, and body products made from sustainable herbs and fair trade methods in Nepal.
Turn a window screen and picture frame into a perfect storage solution for delicate jewelry pieces.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove shares the lessons she learned building her now completed green home.
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
Short on storage? Repurpose a door into a swinging shelf or basket storage system!
With all the wonderful products that walk across our desks here at Natural Home, here are a few that have stood out during the holiday season. Grab these last-minute gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself. And remember: Green is not just for the holidays. Any of these products would be great year round.
The signs of a carpet beetle or moth infestation can be as small as a few holes in a favorite shirt. These herbal repellents and preventative sachets will protect your favorite fabrics.
Guest blogger Kim Wallace finds four shades of turquoise for her living room accent wall from Olympic Paint and Stain’s “Colors of Inspiration” paint color swatch booklet, which is filled with 1,200 zero-VOC interior paint colors.
This 275-square-foot cabin on the shores of Lake Simcoe in Ontario provides its owners with a comfortable vantage point for watching sunsets and enjoying nature.
Simone Swan built her off-the-grid domed and vaulted home in Presidio, Texas, as a model of how financially and thermally efficient adobe can be. For $50 a square foot, she built a masterpiece. She says you can, too.
Decorating for the holidays does not have to be complicated. Use our recipes for cinnamon spice and gingerbread cookie ornaments to add simple beauty and fragrance to your home.
Jessica talks about her recent trip to the Washington D.C. Green Festival and other locations the Natural Home crew will be visiting this fall and winter.
Use glass bottles or jars over light bulbs to create a beautiful chandelier.
Innermost House, a 144-square-foot off-grid cabin in Northern California, provides a retreat for Michael Anthony and Diana Lorence to pursue simple living.
Jessica gives an update on her townhouse greening: a recycling center, cardboard art, and upgraded lighting and bathroom fixtures.
Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron, the design duo behind Nightwood, deconstruct abandoned furniture pieces and then reconstruct them into folksy-modern works of art.
Guest blogger Mike Samsel provides an overview on how the iPad and new apps relating to home automation can help you save energy through better control of heating and cooling, lights, window coverings, irrigation and security systems.
Making your own natural cleaners is a smart option for savvy-savers.
Try our healthier alternatives to household cleaners with toxic ingredients.
Cyndee and Tony love being in control of their own power and never having to worry about rate increases and outages in south-central Colorado. Solar panels, a wind turbine and a wood-fired boiler keep them plenty warm and happy.
Combine a variety of teas, as well as non-tea ingredients such as spices, flowers, herbs, and dried fruits, to create personal signature tea blends that you can use both for sipping and for cooking.
Can't shake that cough? Clear whooping cough from your life with these natural home remedies for the treatment of whopping cough, also known as pertussis.
A Tulikivi soapstone fireplace and cook stove complement the off-grid lifestyle of a Montana man and his Earthship home.
Jessica reports about all the fun and wonderful information at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
Apartment Therapy's annual Small Cool contest, featuring homes of less than 1,000 square feet, is a gold mine for smart ideas that make tiny spaces elegant, graceful and liveable.
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
The “Cash for Caulkers” home-retrofitting program, known as the Home Star program, is expected to pass the Senate this summer. The bill offers rebates for 13 different types of retrofits, including insulation and air and duct sealing
Cleaning floors can be a bummer. Brighten up with our two recipes for clean floor success. Learn how to turn old towels into eco-friendly cloth towels for your Swiffer and try our homemade floor cleaner recipe.
Handmade from start to finish, Michelle Prosek’s jazzy art glass adds an eco-modern element to any room. Find her unique glass art in her Etsy shop.
Look at your closet, and your shopping, in a whole new way. Repurpose items you already have, making a dress out of a shirt or a handbag out of men’s ties.
J Clay Pottery features all your favorite foodie items—mugs and plates to bowls and sake sets—in all-natural clay and nature-inspired colors.
The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, expected to pass this summer, offers rebates for windows, doors, skylights, window films and storm windows and doors.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes building the 12-inch remote Larsen Truss wall, which, combined with the OSB air barrier, will create a 16-inch-thick insulated wall system for the NewenHouse kit home.
Our Natural Home & Garden cover shoot process has evolved throughout the year. Read a behind-the-scenes take on our covers.
Give your living space the smell of Christmas with these fragrant, inexpensive holiday decor ideas and disguise your artificial Christmas tree with homemade pine cone decorations.
If you are shopping for the holidays, consider dropping off a box of donations too. Recycling goods to be re-sold is just as important as recycling them into new materials.
Mike Benziger, founder and winemaker at Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, California, answers five questions about his 2007 Signaterra Three Blocks Red.
The upcoming Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, Mother Earth News Fair promises hundreds of presentations on sustainable, self-reliant living; dozens of animals on display; delicious food; and tons of fun.
Natural Home guest blogger John Patrick explains why he and his wife, guest blogger Rebecca Selove, designed their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse for passive solar gain and a 5.17-kilowatt photovoltaic system. John and Rebecca are building their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse home to LEED Platinum standards.
Is your scalp littered with ugly white dandruff flakes? Skip the store-bought, chemical laden shampoos and treat your dandruff at home with these natural remedies.
Have a headache? Instead of reaching for that bottle of ibuprofen, try one of these natural remedies for headache relief: lavender, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, feverfew or willow bark.
Treat yourself to an at-home manicure with nontoxic nail polishes from Scotch Naturals, a company that creates more than 40 different nail polishes with their eco-friendly, water-based formula.
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
We aren't the only ones who suffer from seasonal allergies. Try a few of these methods to get your pets back to their energetic, playful selves.
When the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 passes (as expected) this summer, be prepared by learning what to expect when you buy a water heater, heating system, air-source air conditioner or heat pump.
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will stop accepting loans from the nationwide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which helps homeowners pay for the cost of energy-efficient retrofits.
Suffering from the pain of swimmer’s ear? Try one of these natural home remedies to treat your case of swimmer’s ear.
Valued for centuries for its fragrance and flavor, cinnamon has a wide variety of medicinal uses. Studies have shown that cinnamon can be useful in lowering blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, fighting infections and treating stomach ailments.
The Herb Society of America (HSA) was invited by Lake Metroparks Farmpark to decorate a Christmas tree in their main lobby. Learn how they decorated the tree.
These home remedies repel ants safely without the use of chemicals or toxins.
There’s plenty you can do to protect yourself—inside your home and out—from the potential risks of electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation.
An amazing, off-the-grid Welsh hobbit house was built in less than four months and for less than $5,000.
Mike Benziger, founder and winemaker at Benziger Family Winery in Glen Ellen, California, answers five questions about his 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County.
Artist Boris Bally’s edgy, street-smart furniture is made from recycled street signs.
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious.
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest part of your skin, making it more susceptible to irritation. Beat looking tired with these natural remedies for puffy eyes.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.
Get rid of canker sores faster by turning to homemade mouth rinses, probiotics and other natural home remedies for canker sores.
Stylish furniture typically doesn’t involve discarded trash—but the designs of Studio Jo Meesters do. Studio Jo Meesters introduces “Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces,” a fun collection of furniture pieces made from recycled materials that contain just as much panache
Jessica explains how she achieved an entirely biodegradable wedding reception with bamboo disposable plates, biodegradable plastic cups and soy candles.
For a quick (and inexpensive) burst of color, nothing beats painting the walls. Here’s why it’s worthwhile to make the paint you use low-VOC.
Leave the over-the-counter medications at the store and ease your coughing with these natural remedies.
Guest blogger Bill Hutchins outlines ways to build green while keeping a light footprint on the earth.
Natural beauty is as close as the kitchen. Check out these seven foods for skin—as well as some homemade beauty treatments you can make from them.