HGTV Green Home 2012: Foyer Pictures

The pairing of modern accents with traditional farmhouse forms continues in the home's formal entry space.

A welcoming space just steps inside the street-level entrance offers hints to the home's overall design scheme. A subtle circle theme lends a contemporary aesthetic.

"Golden Dawn," an oil painting by Roswell, Ga., artist Patrick Taylor, serves as the room's focal point. The piece was selected by house planner Jack Thomasson for its resemblance to the Serenbe community.

A circle theme is conveyed through the design of both an area rug and the green upholstery covering a club chair.

Using a long level and notching the placement of tacks as he worked, carpenter David Brown studded wall surfaces with decorative nailheads. "On upholstery, it's a traditional application. Instead we used them on the walls and it became contemporary, cool and edgy," says interior designer Linda Woodrum.

The home's tankless hot water heater, located in the terrace-level mechanical room, guarantees water conservation and energy efficiency.

An Asian-chic dresser anchors the home's humble entrance. Clad in slats of Brazilian Peroba wood, reclaimed from centuries-old barns and homes, the dresser pairs well with an industrial-style swing arm light, inspired by Jean Prouve's circa-1950s design.

Linda suggests using creative applications when working within a tight decorating budget. In this instance, inexpensive upholstery tacks give dimension to wall board.

Bamboo utensil holders double as planters for ferns, which connect the space to its pastoral setting. A galvanized metal tray complements the finish of nailhead trim.

The informal foyer leads to a sun-filled switchback staircase. An oversized natural fiber-trimmed mirror, strategically placed in the landing, continues the circle motif and provides the hostess with a view of the foyer (and incoming guests) from the kitchen area.

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