White walls, a soaring white ceiling and a white-painted floor give the attic bedroom a sense of airiness and lightness. Above the bed is an antique floral hooked rug in deep shades of red and brown, stretched on a canvas and hung on the wall. \"The rug was the beginning of this,\" says HGTV Dream Home designer Linda Woodrum. \"I loved the brown and red together.\"
Using the rug as her design inspiration, Linda chose a variety of red and brown accents to use against the creamy white basic palette. A brown and white striped rug warms the floor, and semi-sheer white curtains with a pale brown floral pattern enhance the large view window. Red and cream sheets and a white quilt from Pottery Barn cover the queen-size bed, and red-patterned throw pillows add even more color. Two botanical prints in red frames provide a splash of color by the door.
Just off the attic bedroom is one of the home's many surprises: A screened-in sleeping porch, complete with a pull-down queen-size bed. The walls of the sleeping porch are covered in poplar bark, mirroring the bark siding that covers the upper story of the guest wing, the bays on the front and back of the house and parts of the outdoor living area. Linda had a mattress specially made for the bed that's covered in an outdoor fabric that won't mildew.
\"This half of the house is not as formal; it's much more countrified,\" Linda says. The white quilt has a less intricate, more casual stitching pattern than the quilt in the more formal master bedroom, for instance, and the checks, stripes and cottage prints of the other fabrics in the room all contribute to the rustic feel. \"It really is a unique, sweet little bedroom,\" Linda says, \"with a real sense of old Americana.\"
In the bath, neutral colors provide a restful feel, and the faux bois framed mirror over the sink continues the rustic theme.