HGTV Dream Home 2012: Great Room Pictures

A sea of calming blue and serene cream in the home's gathering space complements interior stone cladding and connects the room to outdoor spaces.

Designed to resemble an old stone structure, the great room stands as the home's hub with wings radiating out like spokes.

Four giclees on paper, which draw out golden tones in the limestone, form the room's focal point. The matted and framed artwork was mounted on plywood, which was anchored to the stone wall.

"I wanted there to be lots of interesting textures," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "I wanted the perimeter of the room — the stone wall and the windows — to be dominant. Then I wanted your eye to go outside."

Mortis-and-tenon timber trusses, stabilized with stainless steel collar ties, visually lower the vaulted ceiling and transform an otherwise voluminous space into a cozy escape.

Ticking stripe, houndstooth and ikat upholstery and pillow fabrics continue Linda's story of texture.

A design vignette that bridges the space between the great room and the kitchen offers up its own tabletop treasures and ottomans, which tuck away during quiet times.

Six cottage-style glass-topped tables form one large center coffee table; slatted shelves provide storage for magazines, pillows and home entertaining essentials.

Transom windows on north- and south-facing walls flood the great room with natural light.

As if aged and weathered by the elements, timbers, washed in a finish of water and gray paint, play up the room's invented farmhouse history.

The staggered height of decorative elements assures the importance of each in the artful tablescape design.

Providing warmth, ambiance and energy efficiency, a contemporary-style direct-vent gas fireplace stands in place of a solid-stone walk-in hearth.

"I like that the ikat prints are very clean, very crisp and strong enough to hold their own," says Linda. "And they relate back to the ikat pillows and the chair in the foyer."

Two of the three sets of French doors open to let fresh mountain breezes blow through the home. They also provide access to the front porch, where larger parties can overflow.

The nature-inspired color palette flows effortlessly from the great room to the cooking and dining spaces.