HGTV Green Home 2010: Tower Photos

A stylish staircase climbs up and up to this third-floor observation tower, which serves as a cozy home office and reading nook with incredible views.

A contemporary rug, designed by Maine native Angela Adams, inspired furnishings and accessories in the Tower room.

A cozy chaise, upholstered in a firefly fabric, provides a perch for reading and reflection. A eco-friendly floor lamp, fashioned from paper mache with a charmeuse shade, offers light during evening hours.

A faux-bois table, painted with low-VOC paint, serves as a perch for reading material. A Peruvian alpaca throw is close at hand should evenings turn chilly.

A steel-plated, sawhorse-style desk topped with glass offers an opportunity to concentrate on work. “I couldn’t do another big wooden desk. The room would have been overpowered. I wanted it to feel light and airy up there,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum.

The Tower is surrounded by 12 windows, which reduce the need for electric lighting during daytime hours.

At the top of the stairs, three manipulated nature photos, purchased at a Plymouth gallery, greet guests. “This is the room in the house where you are most connected to nature,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. “That’s why they worked so well.”

Reversed shiplap pine gives the ceiling a rustic touch. Sky-blue paint and a caged lantern with paper shade complete the surreal feel of the space. “That light is the cherry on top of the sundae,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. “The last place I could use a square design element.”

Whether viewed from the Tower or the Living Room, the staircase – complete with custom oak railing — provides a sweeping view.

A recyclable nylon carpet runner, placed over solid hickory wood stair treads, protects wood surfaces from high traffic.

Steel-plated desk legs continue a linear design story repeated throughout the house.

Clear glass desktop accessories keep the room light and airy.

Embroidered throw pillows echo the sky-colored palette and remind one that the space is meant for relaxation as well as work.