Inside the Innovation House

We pulled out all the stops to bring the latest home tech features to our Innovation Home. See the 16 coolest things from the home and be amazed by how smart one home can be.

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Bathroom Countertop Ideas

Good-looking countertops -- whether made of marble, limestone, or concrete -- create high-functioning bathrooms that spill over with style. These popular countertop materials are sure to inspire a bathroom remodel.

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Find Your Dream Backyard

Whether you dream of sunning by a state-of-the-art pool or strolling through a simple cottage garden, there's an outdoor oasis with your name written all over it. Take this quiz to find out where you really belong.

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DIY Patio Ideas

Want to boost the beauty and usefulness of your outdoor spaces? Put one of these inspiring DIY patio ideas to work in your landscape.

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Easy Fireplace Upgrades

Does your fireplace need a facelift? Check out these 20 ideas for updating your fireplace with easy-to-apply embellishments and simple-to-make constructions.

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8 Cutting-Edge Exterior Features

The wow-factor of the Innovation Home starts with great curb appeal. See the eight things that make the home's exterior stand out.

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Budget Curb Appeal

Be the best home on the block for less. These budget curb appeal updates will show you how.

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Zen and the Art of Outdoor Living

A garden room offers the perfect platform for unwinding, yoga, or quiet reflection. Close your eyes, relax, and let stress melt away in a Zen-inspired space.

Achieve Zen-like beauty, harmony, simplicity, balance, and tranquility on your patio or deck by combining natural materials, soothing colors, and clutter-free design.

Define your room with a rug, such as this water-resistant floor covering with a sisal look. (Natural sisal will deteriorate and absorb rainwater, making it so heavy that it could cause your deck to collapse.) Lay a smaller rug or tatami mat on top to define the seating area.

Choose furnishings made of natural materials, such as cotton and linen fabrics, bamboo, stone, seashells, wood, earthenware, and metals, in a color palette of earth tones. Concentrate on solid colors rather than patterns.

Add a low table and large, plump pillows covered in easy-care cotton sheets for cushioned seating comfort. For subtle sound effects, incorporate a small fountain or container water feature, or hang wind chimes.


Lay the groundwork for outdoor relaxation with a hand-woven rushgrass tatami mat. This square mat is filled with polyester and edged in tan fabric. 35 1/2 x35 1/2 x 1/2 inches, $79 from; 800-961-2555


Take five on your deck and sink into a comfy Sunbrella all-weather floor pillow. 26 inches square, 7 inches deep; #25524; sand; $69 each from; 888-263-9850

Bliss out in your garden room by playing to your senses. Introduce soft lighting, soothing scents, and restful sounds.

We put together an assortment of candles with smooth stones and succulents, such as sedums, in a metal planting tray.

Choose aromatic candles with the calming fragrance of lavender, chamomile, jasmine, or sandalwood.

Bring Mother Nature on deck. Decorate rails or benches with plant-filled containers. Choose pots made of natural materials, such as redware and stoneware -- simple, shapely extensions of earth.

Mix easy-care flowers, such as petunias, with stunning ornamental grasses and a fragrant herb or two, such as rosemary or myrtle.

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Contemplate beauty with an orchid plant. Moth orchids such as Phalaenopsis Ching Her Golden Princess x P. Ching are the easiest types to grow.


Enjoy the rich sound of a wind bell. We like the Emperor Gong made of brass and ash. $72;; for an Internet retailer or store in your area


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