HGTV Smart Home 2013: Living Room Pictures
The home's entertaining hub, the living room opens via telescoping glass doors to outdoor spaces. A vaulted ceiling visually expands square footage while furnishings celebrate vintage Florida.
What Linda describes as a "very evolutionary room" began with a charcoal chaise positioned in front of telescoping glass doors. The low profile of furnishings keeps views from the deck in and the living room out unobstructed.
A tufted nylon rug in a Moroccan print continues a focus on Hollywood regency style. Layered with animal and Floridian prints, plus solid colors, the room pops. "All these bold patterns keep the room up to date and modern," says Linda.
Filled with a Philodendron leaf, a found glass demijohn in a soothing sea-blue shade stands in for a more formal floral arrangement.
Crafted with industrial-grade components, the aerodynamically inspired ceiling fan features a wall unit that controls speed. The energy-efficient fan circulates warm air in the winter and has the potential to lower summer indoor air temperature by 8 to 16° F.
Heavy-duty fretwork upholstery fabric covers two cozy accent chairs that face the back deck. Tribal-print pillows break up the sea of geometric prints.
"The first thing we saw was that bench — it's so contemporary," says Linda. "And that helps keep that room in a wonderful place. It was just the perfect piece."
An 80-inch art piece, cast from an authentic blue sailfish mold, presides over the wall of glass doors. Both edgy and vintage chic, the wall-mounted sculpture connects the space to the home's coastal location.
Semi-sheer linen drapes may be drawn to create a wall of privacy between the dining and living rooms.
Continuing a focus on sustainable, locally sourced materials, a wall of pickled pecky cypress houses three flat-screen TVs, programmable via the home's smart tablets.
Motorized TV covers feature artwork by Isabelle Gautier, transferred to a flexible surface that lifts and lowers via the home's smart tablet.
"The living room was all about playing around with fabrics and figuring out what works," says Linda. "There's a lot of versatility in that room. You could remove those pillows and go with all turquoise blue."
Tabletop accessories, including nature photography books, resin-cast coral sculptures and clear glass desk accessories draw the eye without dominating the overall design scheme.
A bubble sphere paperweight references sea foam along the shores of Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Decorative accessories play on both wall and area rug color.
Cast-resin clamshell sconces by artist Karen Robertson flank the entrance to the home's outdoor dining area and grilling station. Stripes of color frame the view and draw eyes up to the vaulted ceiling.
The low profile of a chaise contributes to the room's contemporary style. The heavy-duty upholstery fabric stands up to heavy traffic.
A series of transom windows and the peaked ceiling, vaulted to a height of 19'8", contribute to the room's expansive presence.
A focus on Floridian prints that evoke circa-1950s Copacabana style and bright citrus hues dominate the design scheme.
A smart tablet enables the homeowner to control TV covers, select TV stations and whole-house audio, monitor security camera activity, and control home security within the comfort of the living room.
Telescoping glass doors open to reveal outdoor living areas, which expand the living room's square footage during warm-weather months.
As part of the home's sturdy, hurricane-proof construction, the living room is reinforced with 2 x 8 studs and corner posts.
Handcrafted pedestals frame the view from the living area to the dining room. Topped with cast-stone urns and greenery, they reference Hollywood regency style and its focus on ornamentation.