Have you ever wanted to unlock your door with a fingerprint? Control the indoor and outdoor lights with your phone? You can do those things and more with a smart home. We show you how to get a home with connected technology and remote-operated devices that are designed to improve and simplify your life. We sift through the many options, including smart appliances, new apps, and smartphone and tablet innovation, and only bring you those that can make your life better. We give you tips and tricks for navigating the new home technologies and help you with buying decisions.See More
Starting over with an old, traditional-style home might seem limiting to a young family, but with the addition of fresh colors, playful patterns, and thoughtful updates, classic style becomes bright and inviting.
Judicious use of soft yellow gives this Colonial-style home a breezy, inviting exterior that doesn’t overpower its traditional architecture. Paired with white, deep gray, and stone accents, the classic abode is charming yet refined. A medium-tone stain accents the front door and signals guests where to enter.
In the living room, a tranquil, nature-inspired color palette is layered with leafy patterns, giving the room depth and interest without looking too busy. An area rug fashioned after an Irish gate design adds style and warmth underfoot. Furniture gathers around a Chinese prayer table, a unique substitute for a standard coffee table.
A copper sink and bronze faucet complement the butcher-block countertop with fresh color and texture. The sink is integrated within the island to provide easy access during meal prep.
Stripe and floral fabrics elegantly mix in the dining room, creating a style as fresh as it is inviting. Dark wood tones supply warmth and contrast, and an upholstered antique bench adds a vintage touch.
This freestanding wood-burning stove gives the sunroom an inviting feel. The antique architectural frieze layers a floral pattern and wood texture on top of a rough stone wall, once again incorporating the idea of mixing texture and pattern.
Neutral tones are carried through the bedroom and into the master bath, where earth-color mosaic tiles cover the walls. The wood accents in the bookshelf and cream-color vaulted ceilings give the space an airy, nature-inspired feel.