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!
Outdoor kitchens, dining areas and living rooms are a great way to expand your home's living space. Designers offer advice on how to make the most of the great outdoors—in your own backyard.
Exercising outside, close to nature, makes you happier than exercising inside, according to a study from the University of Essex.
April can be such a frustrating month for an outdoors-woman in Colorado.
Getting kids outdoors in the winter can often prove challenging. Try these fun and creative activities to get your kids outside and connected to the natural world.
Natural Home chose bamboo for its kitchenware line because it's both sustainable and beautiful.
bambu creates modern goods for the kitchen and home, created from renewable materials, including bamboo and cork.
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.
Nothing screams summer like ice cream. Rodelle and KitchenAid are partnering together to present the first ever ‘Great American Ice Cream Challenge.’
Getting kids outdoors and into nature helps promote healthy child development physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially.
Getting kids outdoors can sometimes prove challenging. Help your kids lead a happier, healthier life with these six inventive outdoor activities.
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.
Patagonia’s Simple Fly Fishing campaign offers gear, easy techniques and basic teachings for any skill level.
Natural Home bamboo kitchen tools are made without formaldehyde or other harmful additives, through a process that eliminates waste.
MIT students have developed an outdoor rocking lounge chair that doubles as a solar charging station, recasting power generation as an integrated and distributed public activity.
It's time to think about decorating your outdoors with eco-friendly funriture, rugs and of course, organic flowers, vegetables and plants.
Landscape designer Alma Hecht turned a tiny house into a welcoming home and studio with cozy outdoor 'rooms' that extend her living space.
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.
Sharing the love of cooking with children is a wonderful way to get kids in the kitchen and introduce to them the simple pleasures of life from kneading bread to chopping carrots to create a delicious and healthy meal.
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.
Smooth, tangy, full of flavor, it just takes a few minutes to whip this up for spreading on focaccia or roasted chicken.
A kitchen garden offers many benefits beyond saving money.
Consider the environment when choosing deck materials. Here’s a breakdown of your options.
Getting kids to play outside isn’t always easy, especially if they aren’t into a particular outdoor activity. It’s important to get them outside though—and not just for the physical benefits.
Container water gardens are easy to design and maintain, making them a perfect low-cost accessory to your outdoor living spaces. Learn how to make a container water garden!
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
Garlic does best if planted in the late fall and early winter. If you can find a sunny spot with a foot of soil, you can plant garlic.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley shares her favorite ways to brew iced tea for a refreshing, healthy and green summer treat.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley plans a green Fourth of July celebration.
Planting herbs in pots is a great way to jump into gardening, and you'll be able to use your harvest every day.
Clutter taking over? Organize your kitchen with these decluttering tips and storage solutions.
Create this small set of high-quality knives to take on any recipes that comes your way.
Here are some ingredients to make cooking with kids a tasty experience!
Building a deck can be a challenge, but building with being “green” in mind can be an even bigger challenge. Learn what to look for and what questions and considerations to have when researching and selecting the best green building materials for a deck.
In the final installment of my series "7 Tips for Everyday Outdoor Gardening", I help you explore some simple yet effective tips to grow and propagate healthy plants, scare away pests and learn which common plants may be hazardous to your health.
Every good home needs a porch. From fireside chats to sleeping—and even hanging laundry—porches can accommodate every aspect of our lives. Here are five inspiring examples to put a fire under your porch-sitting fantasies.
Guest blogger Kathleen Gasperini shares one of the challenges of urban farming: traveling while the garden is ready to harvest!
ThermaCell’s Outdoor Lantern can simultaneously be used as a mosquito repellent and light, making it a great choice for the patio, cottage or camping.
These are the herbs that I simply have trouble envisioning any kitchen garden living without.
Tea towels are the perfect accessory to add life to your kitchen. Wipe your hands on them, or hang them up as décor. Hammocks & High Tea's collection of tea towels features global prints in rich colors.
My parents’ customers reused their containers to buy honey in bulk. Now I reuse jars to store all kinds of foods.
Natural Home editorial intern Kristin Standley finds healthy road trip snacks.
Obama is poised to sign the Food Safety Bill. Learn more about how you can guarantee the safety of your own food.
Try this recipe for a tasty, healthy and versatile salad.
Gorgeous greens and fresh mint make a tasty, healthy, and quick soup.
This marinade not only tenderizes meats and chicken, but it also has a wonderful zesty taste that is easy to get hooked on!
Natural Home editorial intern, Kristin Standley, begins an indoor herb garden on her windowsill for fresh herbs year-round.
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.
This recipe is great for summer picnics because it doesn't use mayonnaise.
Jessica's favorite green gifts for the upcoming holiday season are stylish and eco-friendly.
To lead a healthier lifestyle, green your home with these nine cost-effective solutions.
Keep your little ones busy outdoors with these five fun and innovative outdoor crafts for kids found on Pinterest. From backyard teepees to homemade slime, we've got you covered.
Turn terra cotta planter pots into candle holders. This super simple project is an inexpensive way to bring a little romance to your garden.
Follow these tips to banish clutter and increase your efficiency, from your home office to your garage.
Make this succotash recipe to use up your garden's excess of squash, corn and zucchini.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz bakes her first batch of organic cupcakes from scratch.
Hova Design’s FabricPots makes indoor gardening easier.
Got kitchen clutter? Turn a picture frame into a beautiful, useful storage solution.
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.
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.
If you are new to cooking with herbs, try adding flavor to your meals with these six culinary herbs.
Vintage tins add decorative accents to your home while also providing storage.
For a zero-waste kitchen, learn how to reduce food waste with these tips from guest blogger Letitia Star.
From a little-known sugar substitute to a conversation-starting book, this list of items for the green kitchen contains a few surprises.
Learn how to keep your kitchen a safe and healthy space for your family by following these tips.
Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!
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!
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
Stephanie tackles moving and furnishing an empty house by picking salvaged, hand-crafted or environmentally friendly pieces.
Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.
Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.
Decorate your home with zero-waste decor that can be reused, recycled or consumed—instead of toxic landfill trash. The Christmas decorations of Colonial Williamsburg offer inspiration for using natural decor.