HGTV Dream Home 2012: Foyer Pictures
A blend of contemporary and traditional furnishings, the home's entry space hints at the home's overall design story.
A quiet and subdued space, the foyer draws visitors comfortably in and provides a pause before one advances toward the great room, dining and kitchen areas, as well as the home's most stellar views.
A cozy reading corner doubles as a design vignette. A club chair, upholstered in ikat, represents the first of the home's many references to the tie-dyed, woven fabric. "It's a rustic, historic weave from tribal villages," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "You have that contrast between the modern art and this historic print — I think that's important."
Four-foot giclees on paper by Romanian-born painter Eugene Motz monopolize the wall. Identical in size and style, one of the two art pieces is flipped upside down to fool the eye.
The room's second piece of art, a crystal archive print by photographer Mimi Plumb, connects to both the home's location and its conceived history as a working ranch turned homestead.
Stairs lead from the foyer to the master suite, a private oasis where the homeowner can escape from the hustle and bustle of downstairs activities.
A modern twist on a traditional staircase, clear glass and Douglas fir mortis-and-tenon timbers stand in for traditional wood-turned balusters and handrail.
A hallway connects the foyer to a powder room that showcases the handiwork of carpenter David Brown. Wood scraps — a mix of cherry, plywood, weathered oyster pole wood and scraps from an early American door frame — are artfully arranged to form the frame.
A geometric pendant light with an ecru linen shade casts a soft glow on the space.
The front closet provides access to a below-grade crawlspace, which houses the home's three Energy Star-rated gas furnaces and provides space for storage.
A seamless transition is made from HGTV Dream Home's introductory space to the great room, where Utah limestone clads interior and exterior walls. A whitewashed galvanized urn makes a design statement while subtly referencing the area's ranching heritage.