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
A few easy changes and a handful of one-of-a-kind finds go a long way toward making this suburban house into a charming home, filled with flea market finds with rustic appeal.
A subdued palette of grays and browns gives the open layout of the home a sense of cohesion. In the hallway, antique-look pendants replaced basic builder fixtures and hint at the homeowner's personal style. The beehive-shape light fixtures add plenty of vintage character at a much lower price than true antiques.
After years of gathering decor ideas, the homeowner decided it was time to infuse her home with some of her favorites. Here, using an idea she saw on a TV show, she covered the upper portion of the dining room walls with chalkboard paint. Not only did the walls become a focal point, but they can also serve as an easy-to-read menu board while entertaining. Warm wood floors and furniture warm up the black-and-white walls.
Subdued colors enhance the home's coziness, while flea market treasures and homespun accents add intrigue. Here, a variety of textural fabrics, such as burlap curtains and flour-sack pillows, add depth in the living room. The large coffee table turns the living room into a casual eating spot and is big enough to be reach from every seat.
A seltzer-bottle collection adds bold impact as a mantelscape. The large metal star on the stone fireplace surround once hung on a barn; it serves to distinguish the living room's focal point.
In the master bedroom, splashes of bright pink—inspired by the azalea photo that was enlarged and cut into quarters—create a feminine retreat. A dark wood bedroom set grounds the space by providing contrast to the soft blue walls. Lamps mounted directly to the walls above the headboard free up space on the nightstand for decorative elements and reading materials.