The traditional Florida room takes on a new face at HGTV Green Home 2012. The weatherized yet unconditioned space is designed to live like an interior room, with vaulted beamed ceilings and a stylish mix of contemporary and antique furnishings.
A direct-vent gas fireplace serves as the room’s heat source. The surround and hearth, clad in slate tile, complement the room’s selection of rustic and industrial home furnishings.
Carpenter David Brown constructed the room’s rustic coffee table from pieces of rough-sawn heart pine, reclaimed from an old fence.
A plantation-grown mango wood pedestal table serves as a display column for Linda’s favorite find from the Canton Street Antique Market: a table lamp fashioned from an old machine bit. “The red pillows and the red lamps make this room just buzz with energy,” she says.
Sliding French doors lead to the home’s front porch, where earth-friendly composite decking forms a solid surface and stands in contrast to the structure’s steel cable railing.
The adjacent powder room continues the home’s rustic-chic design focus, with walls clad from floor to ceiling in rich green mosaic tile.
A sculptural vessel sink rests atop a wood pedestal, hand-crafted by carpenter David Brown from cedar fencing.
First, interior designer Linda Woodrum discovered the leaf-print pillows. Then came the wall color, an intense shade of ginger that contrasts with the living room’s neutral palette. Pull in industrial-chic furnishings and the room suddenly came together. “The retreat to me and Jack (Thomasson, the house planner) also was a metaphor for Serenbe,” says Linda. “It’s that room that makes you feel a million miles away. It’s warm. It’s cozy. It’s an escape.”
Menswear fabrics coupled with floral and geometric prints prove a winning combination in a space designed as a place for reflection — and escape from large gatherings.
A hammered metal bowl, surrounded by primitive-style accessories, adds the needed hint of glamour and shine.
A pocket door may be drawn during times of private reflection. “The retreat is a place to sit quietly with a friend, or read a book or watch TV or do something on your iPad or your computer,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. “It’s the room where you are more by yourself.”
Floral-print upholstery fabric stands in contrast to the room’s more vibrant fabric patterns and colors.
Black-and-white photography, purchased at Bungalow in Atlanta, references Serenbe’s equestrian community. “One of the things I love about Serenbe: It’s so real. It’s a real community,” says Linda.
Lending charm, as well as rusticity and texture, birch logs serve as filler for transparent cubes.
To promote a feeling of unity between the courtyard and the living room, interior designer Linda Woodrum chose a neutral, controlled palette. Furnishings, though captivating, do not distract from the view.
To differentiate living from dining room, walls are clad in poplar wood — a significant yet subtle detail. “It’s the most important room in the house, but we have to do it in a really understated way,” says Linda.
Refined, neutral furnishings gracefully pair with both rustic and industrial fixtures.
A trio of extension arm lamps shines a spotlight on the living room’s contemporary sofa, upholstered in a neutral, eco-friendly fabric.
Side chairs lend architectural interest and offer an intriguing view from the kitchen. “Those chairs are gorgeous from the back,” says Linda. “The gray wood treatment is perfect — it’s that little bit of dark that helped pop that room.”
A wall of glass connects the living room to the courtyard. Custom-crafted drapes frame the dramatic view. “There’s something wonderfully dramatic about drapes that are two stories high,” says Linda.
The room’s 8-foot mirror, framed in rough-sawn heart pine, resembles a picture book cover.
Eco-friendly area rugs anchor spaces on the main floor and create transitions from one room to the next. Buttery shades pop against engineered hickory wood flooring