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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A Bold Outdoor Room Makeover

Create this relaxing outdoor room in just one afternoon -- then enjoy it all summer.


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    • Before: Empty Patio

      This patio was bland wasted space. With a few easy projects it was transformed quickly into a beautiful bohemian retreat.

    • After: Tropical Oasis

      Tie-dye and solid curtain panels define a soothing oasis beneath a second-story deck. Easy projects, such as embellished pillar candles, and a coffee table decorated with wood trivets lend flavor to this exotic, temporary getaway.

    • Tie-Dye Panels

      Add color to inexpensive white cotton panels with fabric dye. Shirr the panels, interspersed with solid panels for contrast, on dowels and hang each dowel from two cup hooks.

    • Coffee Table

      Embellish a coffee table with wood trivets, and then paint the whole thing a high-energy citron hue. The shelf provides storage for extra pillows.

    • Ribbon Pendant

      Use hot glue to attach lengths of ribbon to a round wire frame and embellish with strands of beads to make this lantern-like accent.

    • Colorful Strand

      Paint wood discs and rings (from a crafts store), drill two small holes in each, and thread on fishing line to make your own hanging accents, a bargain alternative to ready-made wood and capiz-shell strands.

    • Stenciled Serving Tray

      Stencil a wood serving tray, then fasten it to a vintage plant stand with glue and short screws (so the screw tips don't protrude) for a chic drinks stand that keeps your sangria handy.

    • Candle Jewelry

      Slip stretchy bead bracelets (from an import store) around pillar candles. Be sure lit candles don't burn too close to the bracelets.

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      Outdoor Fireplace Ideas

      Use these outdoor fireplace ideas to give your deck, patio, or backyard living room a dramatic focal point. Browse pictures of fireplace designs for decorating ideas, inspiration, and tips on how to build an outdoor fireplace.
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