HGTV Dream Home 2005: Great Room Pictures

Nothing says Texas like the large, inviting great room of HGTV Dream Home 2005. Open and ideal for hosting guests, the room still maintains a sense of intimacy.

Warm Furniture

Stunning in size and scope with a 30-foot-tall limestone fireplace, massive cedar trusses and towering beams, the great room deftly retains a warm, relaxed feel with numerous wood elements and comfortable, inviting furniture.

Limestone Fireplace

Faced with the challenge of an immense 30' x 30' wood-and-stone great room, designer Linda Woodrum rose to the occasion. Although it's easy to embrace the grandeur of the room and its 2600-pound support trusses, she felt that it was important for people to feel at ease and relaxed, and that starts with the furniture.

Grouped Furniture

\"We used standard sofa sizes and kept the leather fabrics the same,\" Linda says. \"They are well-grouped on a geometrically-patterned rug, and the colors in the rug pick up the copper and burnt sienna of the stone.\" As a fitting complement to the rug and fireplace, Linda deftly chose a large wood coffee table made from an old Mexican door.

Redwood Finished Floors

The sense of age and history persists with the massive French clock face — a one-of-a-kind local find that is 150 years old — and the oversized, rustic lanterns. The plank wood walls have an aged patina, and the oak plank flooring is rich and timeless. \"These floors are six-inch tongue-and-groove, and, more importantly, hand-scraped with a beautiful redwood finish which is just what the great room needed,\" project manager Jack Thomasson says.

Casual Dining

The dining area, essentially an extention of the great room, has a handmade, old lumber dining table that is a remarkable 10 feet long and 52 inches wide. This table comes with a distinctive touch of Linda — comfy wingback chairs at either end. All told, the living/dining space is perfect for formal entertaining, but with an easy, put-your-feet-up sensibility guests will embrace.

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