HGTV Dream Home 2012: Great Room Pictures

A sea of calming blue and serene cream in the home's gathering space complements interior stone cladding and connects the room to outdoor spaces.
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November 25, 2014

Designed to resemble an old stone structure, the great room stands as the home's hub with wings radiating out like spokes.

Four giclees on paper, which draw out golden tones in the limestone, form the room's focal point. The matted and framed artwork was mounted on plywood, which was anchored to the stone wall.

"I wanted there to be lots of interesting textures," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "I wanted the perimeter of the room — the stone wall and the windows — to be dominant. Then I wanted your eye to go outside."

Why shades of blue in this and other first-floor spaces? Linda was inspired by the color of Utah skies, the Provo River, Mount Timpanogos and the Cascade Mountain ranges at sunset.

No matter the weather or season, the great room remains in a perpetual state of springtime.

Furnishings upholstered in ikat, a fabric woven from tie-dyed threads, lend ethnic-chic style to the otherwise quiet and demure space.

Mortis-and-tenon timber trusses, stabilized with stainless steel collar ties, visually lower the vaulted ceiling and transform an otherwise voluminous space into a cozy escape.

An example of unrefined elegance, a surveyor's lamp is just one of the room's surprising visual elements.

French doors connect the great room to an outdoor living room and grilling station that extends space for entertaining during three seasons of the year.

Statement-making pieces include a hammered metal bowl that sparkles in the early morning sunshine.

The heirloom quality of an antiqued mirror fits the farmhouse-like setting of the great room.

Ticking stripe, houndstooth and ikat upholstery and pillow fabrics continue Linda's story of texture.

A design vignette that bridges the space between the great room and the kitchen offers up its own tabletop treasures and ottomans, which tuck away during quiet times.

The elegantly turned legs of a desk call to mind old farmhouse furnishings.

Nothing too stark, rigid or refined defines the great room, where sofas are covered in oatmeal, rather than white, herringbone upholstery fabric.

Hyacinth bulbs, forced in river rock-filled glass canisters, burst forth with near-violet-hued blooms. A handful of distinctive elements lends interest while not distracting from the views.

Six cottage-style glass-topped tables form one large center coffee table; slatted shelves provide storage for magazines, pillows and home entertaining essentials.

Transom windows on north- and south-facing walls flood the great room with natural light.

As if aged and weathered by the elements, timbers, washed in a finish of water and gray paint, play up the room's invented farmhouse history.

Limestone, quarried near Utah's Starvation Reservoir, clads the fireplace surround. The two-inch thin-set veneer recalls the stone construction of Midway's oldest homes.

The staggered height of decorative elements assures the importance of each in the artful tablescape design.

"I like that the ikat prints are very clean, very crisp and strong enough to hold their own," says Linda. "And they relate back to the ikat pillows and the chair in the foyer."

Two of the three sets of French doors open to let fresh mountain breezes blow through the home. They also provide access to the front porch, where larger parties can overflow.

The nature-inspired color palette flows effortlessly from the great room to the cooking and dining spaces.