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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Colorful Sunroom Makeover

This sunroom featured outdated minty walls, detracting trim, bland carpet, and scattered furniture. See how a few simple solutions streamlined the space and added functionality.


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    • Updated Palette

      Sunrooms should never be somber spaces. To update this drab room, the homeowners chose a cheery palette of aqua, grass green, coral, and sandy yellow that creates a relaxed, summery feel. The bright walls are now the perfect backdrop for striped roller shades that resemble outdoor awnings.

    • A Sunroom in Need

      This sunroom looked great on paper -- lively walls, eight windows, and two sets of beautiful glass doors. However, designer Elaine Griffin had a challenge in store with minty green walls, detracting white trim that made the room look small and boxy, and bland carpet. But with a handful of streamlined touches, Griffin transformed this sunroom from drab to fab in no time.

    • Smooth Moves

      Before the makeover, scattered furniture made navigating the sunroom a nightmare. Pulling furniture into a U-shape improves traffic flow throughout the sunroom and eases conversation. A large graphic area rug sets off the space as the main gathering spot -- and tops new laminate wood flooring.

    • Statement Piece

      The oversize ottoman, upholstered with plush patterned fabric, adds an unexpected touch of personality and texture. Plus, it earns its keep as a footrest, coffee table, display space, and comfy bench.

    • Bring the Outside, Inside

      In a sunroom, it's easy to pass outdoor pieces for indoor ones. The wicker sofa looks less porchlike thanks to clean lines and neutral cushions. The weathered reclaimed-wood end tables also lend an air of indoor/outdoor casualness.

    • Trunk Show

      Three large trunks nestled together form a unique L-shape window seat that serves as a secondary sitting area. With plenty of light pouring in from the large bank of windows, this corner becomes the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon nap. A basket-weave-inspired ottoman, painted in a bold shade of yellow, looks chic and modern and blends easily with the other outdoor pieces throughout the space.

    • Creative Cushions

      The window seat cushions are mitered to meet smoothly in the corner, which keeps them from sliding around. A soft pattern gives the cushions character, but is subtle enough so that it blends with other bolder patterns throughout the room.

    • Trim Style

      Before the makeover, white window trim looked stark and prevented the eye from freely seeing views beyond. Now window trim painted the same color as the walls moves the eye outside. A bouquet of small flowers and a beautiful white orchid keep the space looking fresh and lively no matter the season.

    • Fabric Finesse

      Patterned pillows scattered throughout the room add easy-to-change hits of color. To keep costs low, these pillows were covered with repurposed bedspreads and napkins. To ensure various patterns will blend well together, make sure you choose ones with complementary colors and motifs.

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      Artful Interpretation

      Woven mats nailed to the wall serve as a neutral backdrop for a group of four intricate wall sculptures, which are actually ceiling medallions. While they are interesting all on their own, the medallions look even better when hung together in a balanced composition on the wall. The pieces were given an aged look with nothing more than brow shoe polish.

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      Serving Space

      A large console table located between the two sets of doors can easily shift into a bar or serving space. The weathered surface blends effortlessly with wicker and rattan pieces throughout the rest of the sunroom.

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      Sunrooms Ideas: Seamless Exterior Additions

      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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