To promote a feeling of unity between the courtyard and the living room, interior designer Linda Woodrum chose a neutral, controlled palette. Furnishings, though captivating, do not distract from the view.
To differentiate living from dining room, walls are clad in poplar wood a significant yet subtle detail. \"It's the most important room in the house, but we have to do it in a really understated way,\" says Linda.
A polished chrome starburst sculpture from the C. Jeré studio pops against a weathered wood tabletop. \"I like how it pulls the eye to the table it's strong, shiny, unusual, bold, big and interesting,\" says Linda.
Refined, neutral furnishings gracefully pair with both rustic and industrial fixtures.
The sculptural quality of a vintage spool-style table lends interest as well as an additional layer of texture.
An oversized fern rests atop a 60-inch square tapered column, reclaimed from the porch of a Craftsman-style bungalow. \"We needed something interesting and wonderful in those corners to make a statement,\" says Linda. \"They also flank our 'theater' as you look outside.\"
A trio of extension arm lamps shines a spotlight on the living room's contemporary sofa, upholstered in a neutral, eco-friendly fabric.
Artwork discovered during a shopping excursion with house planner Jack Thomasson provides the room's needed pop and drama. The portrait makes reference to Serenbe as a premier cyclists' destination.
Side chairs lend architectural interest and offer an intriguing view from the kitchen. \"Those chairs are gorgeous from the back,\" says Linda. \"The gray wood treatment is perfect it's that little bit of dark that helped pop that room.\"
Lime-green designer pillows provide a soft envelope. \"Sometimes when you have a really great intense pop of color you don't have to go too far,\" says Linda.
The room's centerpiece, a half peck of Bartlett pears, continues the room's subtle color story.
The dark, musky color of a recycled paper knapsack stands in contrast to the tabletop's starburst sculpture.
A wall of glass connects the living room to the courtyard. Custom-crafted drapes frame the dramatic view. \"There's something wonderfully dramatic about drapes that are two stories high,\" says Linda.
The room's 8-foot mirror, framed in rough-sawn heart pine, resembles a picture book cover.
Modified sconces complete the room design. \"I would have loved to find something huge and funky and kind of sloppy, but we didn't,\" says Linda. \"So we found those and carpenter David Brown cut down an 11x1 board, painted it and mounted the sconces on the board. It gave them the weight and the scale we needed for the room.\"
So as not to block views from the kitchen, the dining room's host and hostess chairs were relocated to the living room where they carve out a seating area.
Old fencing material, reclaimed from a property along the May River in Bluffton, S.C., finds new life as a mirror frame. The precious heart pine showcases a natural patina, the result of more than 40 years of exposure to salt air, moisture and sunshine.
Linda gilded the space with elegant appointments, including a super-soft acrylic throw, down-filled designer pillows and a potted Dendrobium orchid.
Linen upholstery and nailhead trim lend rusticity to classic wingback chairs.
Eco-friendly area rugs anchor spaces on the main floor and create transitions from one room to the next. Buttery shades pop against engineered hickory wood flooring.
With easy access to two courtyards, the living room stands, along with the gourmet kitchen, as the home's heart and social center.