Finding Beauty in the Flaw

Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares how she built her home's front porch from salvaged wood—and how she finds beauty in flawed materials.

Creating Space for Alchemy

Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson considers quality over quantity, slow homes and creating something beautiful.

Can I Really Build My Own Home?

Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson offers inspiration to anyone wanting to build their own home from salvaged materials.

Decorating with Upcycled, Weathered Wood

Writer Julia Normand reclaims the weathered wood doors from a Quonset hut on the edge of her Alaska homestead to decorate her living room wall and create a living history memorial to her husband’s family history in fishing.

A Green Home: Repurposed Clothing: Skirt into Shirt

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.

Shopping for Salvaged Home Building Materials

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.

Daydreams of Natural Spaces Part Four

Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson creates a planter table to hold her everyday items and incorporates plants into the design.

Daydreams of Natural Spaces Part Three

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.