HGTV Dream Home 2008: Tropical Great Room Pictures

The great room of this Dream Home in Islamorada, Fla. is transformed into a tropical oasis using outdoor elements.

  • Exquisite Outdoor View

    Three sets of French doors look directly out over the clear waters of the Florida Bay. Interior designer Linda Woodrum says she chose items to take full advantage of the view. \"There are large views of water, so we used tropical foliage, dark floors, white walls, lots of wicker and cane, shells, matchstick blinds and flowing white linen drapes.\"

  • Tropical Furnishings

    The large entertaining area is defined with a coarse wool rug that mimics sisal. \"It adds to the relaxed feel,\" says Linda.

    The furnishings are mainly coral rose in color, including the sofa and matching armchairs. A dozen large throw pillows include deep reds, creams, patterns with small red coral designs and solid beige. \"They keep the room monochromatic, but add texture and interest,\" says Linda. \"When you have a great view, you need to control your color palette.\"

  • Unique Coffee Table

    A unique bamboo coffee table is actually made from an old pigeon cage. A glass top was added, along with large caster wheels so it's also easy to move around. \"The table adds great texture, and it's also a conversation piece,\" says Linda.

  • Mahogany Hutch

    A mahogany hutch with a rattan front serves as a place to store all the electronics, while also reinforcing the tropical motif. Seven large glass vessels of varying sizes on top of the hutch are perfect for holding fresh-cut local flora.

    The hutch is flanked by two large iron topiary forms in the corners. \"They add height and interesting shapes, and it's a bit unexpected to find topiaries inside,\" says Linda. \"Plus, we needed something dark in the corners.\"

  • Additional Seating

    More seating is provided by dark wooden arm chairs with mesh inserts and textured off-white cushions. The sofa is flanked by tri-level dark wooden end tables filled with lamps made of basket weave, wicker serving trays filled with shells and a small glass bowl filled with sand dollars.

  • Local Art

    Linda says a large mixed-media painting by local artist Stacie Krupa, Tarpon Stained Glass Hank Brown Hook Up Honey, hanging on the wall opposite the French doors, is her favorite part of the room.

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