HGTV Green Home 2012: Craft Area Pictures

An open and airy space perched above the barbecue courtyard offers a cozy haven to concentrate on artwork.

With a vaulted ceiling and plenty of elbow room to spread out and sketch, the craft area beckons the artist.

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Colored pencils, beeswax crayons, acrylic paints, goat-hair brushes and sketching pads scatter across the tabletop. Durable resin wicker chairs, designed for outdoor use, offer comfortable seating.

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Finger paints and natural sponges are set out so children can work alongside parents.

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Modern in design with an antiqued finish, adjustable task lighting on each end of the 12-foot hickory counter shines a spotlight on works in progress. An oiled beechwood easel is set with canvas, should inspiration strike.

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A palette of acrylic paints provides the room's needed pop of color.

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A nod to farmhouse style, French canning jars corral art supplies, including synthetic paint brushes and fine-tip washable markers.

An oversized mirror crafted from street signs showcases nailhead trim, a recurring design theme.

A trio of windows showcases views of the barbecue courtyard and woodlands beyond. Two of the three windows open to ventilate the space.

Conveniently located near the kids' bedroom and the craft area, the laundry room offers both a front-loading Energy Star-rated steam washer and a dryer.

The room's workstation, topped with steel-troweled concrete, offers space to sort and fold laundry, and treat difficult stains in the undermount single-bowl sink.

A one-handle, high-arc faucet offers both style and functionality. Features include a pulldown faucet and aerated stream, pause and powerful rinse functions.

The room's stand-out design element, shimmering penny round mosaic tile, lends glamour. "It's nice to have something really attractive and interesting in front of you as you work,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "It's gorgeous. And you need that in your life."

Playful word signs crafted by carpenter David Brown grace the entrance to a 57-inch-wide by 50-inch-deep closet, outfitted with shelving and hanger space.