Home innovation should solve real-life problems and make life better, focusing on the people, not simply the systems, inside. To demonstrate, we decided to build, furnish, and tech out our ideal house: the BHG Innovation Home. Check out these useful and accessible products and ideas.View Slideshow
See how this once dreary home was transformed into a chic cottage.
Budget Saver: Create an old-world ambience without breaking the budget by shopping for furniture and accessories with an imaginative eye. All these distinctive pieces were found at flea markets and tag sales.
Learn what cottage style is and how you can get the look.
A refreshing space is created by painting the woodwork and walls a crisp white. Aged-paint finishes on flea market furniture hide wear and tear and add to the homeowner's beloved Swedish cottage look. Inexpensive plates hung on the wall are simple and easy artwork.
Space Saver: Baskets tucked under the daybed contribute storage and the warmth of natural texture to the room.
Plenty of paint transforms the dining room into a casually elegant room. Mixing shades of white with a variety of slightly gray, cream, or blue tints add depth to the neutral palette. A round table and chairs are a better fit for the space. Light shelves filled with an array of china and pitchers replace dark wood loaded with books.
Get the Look: To make a home center chandelier sparkle, spray paint it white and add inexpensive crystals. The final product is a creative custom light fixture.
Fruit and flowers displayed in simple ceramics make a beautiful tableau. The homeowner collects white pitchers and serving pieces for their versatility.
The homeowner removed all the doors and hardware from the upper cabinets to increase accessibility. The painted interiors highlight pretty, blue glasses and dishes.
To make a custom message board a mirror was removed from its frame and then the wood backing was painted with an $8 can of chalkboard paint.
This attic bedroom began as disorderly. Low ceilings and neglected corners result in wasted space. Mismatched frames and knickknacks cover the walls and tabletops.
Lightening the walls allowed the room's special features, such as its sloped ceilings and wide-plank wood floors, to shine. A flea-market nightstand and lamp from a discount store are affordable solutions that let the homeowner splurge on luxurious bedding.
Designer Tip: To maximize space in an attic, choose small pieces that can be tucked into cozy corners. A petite table can be used as a desk or a vanity.
Wainscoting and a chair-rail-height shelf are elements of cottage style that would be easy to add to any room. A mirror from a discount store got a coating of cream spray paint on top of its silver.
Built-in shelves backed with beaded board give the room style and functionality. Corner shelves use every inch of space. Pretty baskets lined with white fabric hold basic bathroom supplies.
A backless cabinet houses the washer and dryer and offers a surface for folding. A curtain on clip rings conceals the units.
This screen porch needs a facelift. The large screen panels make it feel dark. It has strong structure and functionality, but needs a fresh coat of paint and some thoughtful accessories.