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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Before and After: Affordable Sunporch Makeover

Give a sparse porch a summer makeover with a mix of wicker furniture, modern accents, and affordable decorating tricks.


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    • Bare-Bones Sunporch

      Before, the empty sunporch was wasted space. But the space featured good bones, such as the windows, blue ceiling, and checkered floor. A surge of color and affordable furniture transformed this space into a stylish summertime hang out.

    • Sunny Delight

      Summery sherbet colors pep up this space. Aqua blue recalls the color favored for vintage porch ceilings, and heavy doses of orange create bright focal points. To give the room a dramatic focal point, four small patterned rugs layer over a large jute rug to create a graphic pattern.

    • Table Settings

      For easy living, make sure every seat has a table within reach. Two inexpensive side tables form an easy-to-reconfigure coffee table.

    • Cozy Seating

      An assortment of table linens is the unexpected source for pillows and cushion fabrics. The settee seat cushions were made from a tablecloth. Napkins and dishtowels were transformed into pillows.

    • Wicker Wonderland

      Wicker furniture is a summer staple. Find affordable pieces at a flea market or garage sale. Spray paint the pieces bright white for a fresh look.

    • DIY Window Treatment

      White vinyl roller shades were painted to resemble awnings. To re-create this look, tape off stripes on the plain window shade. Next, press tape edges to seal. Apply latex paint with a foam roller, remove tape immediately, and let dry.

    • Bright Hues

      Mino's Eye 6003-9B and Soft Duckling 3001-2A, both from Valspar, add a dose of summer color to the window treatments.

    • Quick and Easy Window Seat

      Wooden benches lined up under the window have the tidy look of built-ins, but they're completely movable. They also morph between seating, storage, and display space. Slide a table up to the benches to create a banquette eating area or line them with pillows for window-seat-style perches for guests. Pullout baskets multiply the storage capacity of the benches. Use them as a filing system to organize summer reading or entertaining supplies.

    • Fabric Finesse

      Do-it-yourself seat cushions transform benches into extra seating. Table linens provide colorful and affordable fabric for pillows and cushions. Table runners were just the right width for bench cushions.

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      Drink Station

      Set up a beverage center for impromptu get-togethers. Start with a simple table and outfit it with baskets, trays, and pots to hold bottles, glasses, and napkins.

    • Front Porch Ideas
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      BONUS: Front Porch Makeover

      See how a front porch gains style and storage with these colorful, one-of-a-kind makeover ideas.

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      Sunrooms are common additions because they support a casual lifestyle and add flexible living space. These sunroom ideas show the many ways to build and use four-season spaces while complementing the existing exterior style of your home.
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