Linda Woodrum's Design Basics

HGTV Dream Home designer Linda Woodrum shares her tips on how to fix decorating mistakes and find inspiration.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionWalking into the bright green sitting room is a little like entering a hobbit haven, complete with ferns, birds' nests and tables made from twigs.

All About

HGTV: How do you decorate when you're starting from scratch with an empty room?
Woodrum: You always need a starting point. With the 2006 HGTV Dream Home, we had that location and those views. Most of us in our real lives don't have that. So your starting point can be a color, a room, a piece of furniture, a memento, a place you've been and responded to emotionally and want to re-create.

In the HGTV Dream Home, the sitting room that connects the main part of the house to the guest quarters didn't have those dominant views, so I really was starting from scratch. Lake Lure in winter is a cold, mountainous area where the trees all lose their leaves and it?s very brown. It made me remember how much I miss spring now that I live in the South. Spring in the Northeast is so powerful — you have the gray gloominess of winter, and the first green of spring is a wonderful time of anticipation and expectation.

So I designed that entire room with the image of spring in mind. First I found the Tibetan rug, and the brown and cream weave made me think of the ground in late winter. Then I added the Sherwin Williams paint on the walls ("Sassy Green") and the upholstery in the same color. Then I just kept piling it on – I brought in pots, because spring is the time when you repot your plants, and ferns, and the twig table. Once you get your idea, you just build on it in any way, shape or form you can.