When guests first enter the foyer of HGTV Dream Home 2009, they catch a glimpse of the bold dining room walls and can’t help but do a double take. “Red is always a great color for a dining room as it stimulates the appetite,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. “And I loved the way it played off the blue of the living room.” The wall color provides just the first of the room’s many visual treats, which include the quaint tearoom with its lovely view of the front lawn and the inviting farm-style table, set for a harvest feast. How could one resist the temptation to walk right in and pull up a chair?
Linen drapery pools to the floor in the sunlit front parlor where a cozy settee, covered in creamy moiré fabric, a Queen Anne tea table and elegant side chairs make for an inviting tea or wine-tasting area. “It's a great spot to wait for guests since you can see who is at the front door,” adds Linda. “I kind of like the idea of relaxing on the loveseat waiting for company. So civilized.”
The Josephine side chairs, covered in a casual linen fabric, add a touch of Old-World charm to the farmhouse-inspired dining room.
Salmon-colored ribbon, which trims the loveseat’s silk pillows, complements the warm hue of the walls.
Pairing rustic with refined is a theme repeated through HGTV Dream Home 2009. The eye-catching vignette next to the seating area is a case in point. “I love the contrast and this is supposed to be a relaxed home where people feel very comfortable and welcome,” she adds. “The old baskets add that interesting texture.”
Linda added a touch of sophistication and drama to the room with a grouping of mercury-glass candlesticks. “I love the shine of the mercury glass and when they are all lit, it's quite a show,” she adds. Displayed below a recessed light, the candlescape glimmers even during daylight hours.
The room’s focal point, a weathered grape -harvesting basket from France, is filled with olive branches, a nod to California’s thriving industry. Anchored to the wall via its leather straps, the metal basket provides the room’s wow factor. “Again, going with the unexpected sometimes is so much more interesting, and this time it really worked,” Linda adds.
Everyone’s welcome for dinner at HGTV Dream Home. “We used a big farmhouse table and then, to create a more intimate dining experience, added the highback chairs,” says Linda. “It just felt good and very cozy in the big space.” The solid maple table is set for a harvest feast with candle-filled hurricanes and casual dinnerware paired with clear and topaz goblets and Sheffield silverware, an understated look Linda loves. “The tableware, like the furniture, is more plain then fancy because in this dining room wine and food are the stars,” says Linda. “I think it is always important to remember the purpose of your design.”
A china hutch nestled behind the dining table and within easy reach of the hostess displays dinnerware, wine goblets and whitestone urns, and provides storage drawers to cradle delicate pieces of china and silverware.
Linda chose just the right light for this formal dining space: a whitewashed iron chandelier dripping with decorative beads.
The cement backer-board diptych, "Private Revolutions" by San Francisco Bay-area artist Martin Webb, pulls in the wall color and captivates the viewer. “I love the artwork because it is big and crazy and edgy and the total surprise in the room,” adds Linda. “And so visible when you walk in the front door. Art is the soul and personality of a home so you should make it really tell a story.”