Moving glass wall systems can maximize your living space, opening interior rooms to decks and patios. But don’t forget to account for the floor or deck space taken up by folding doors themselves when in the open position. “Folding door units are always stacked perpendicular to the opening. The amount of space that the folding doors will take away from the opening is dependent on the number of panels, panel width, height and thickness,” says Ximena Rojas, Marketing Director for Panda Windows & Doors.
In this corner of the living room hangs a piece of art that holds special significance for the family. Although not a particularly famous piece, the work has been in this family for three generations. Designers replaced the frame and mat with ones that would complement the colors of the artwork more. They then added a console and chair to ground the piece without taking away from it. The fresh flowers on the console help to make the colors of the painting pop.
“To create a warm, soft and romantic glow, I used pillar candles in a few spots on this front porch. The candlelight offers just the right amount of lighting, not to take away from the breathtaking view of the sunset over the hillside vineyard,” says designer Miyuki Yamaguchi. “Use battery-operated pillar candles — they’re a much safer option to enjoy from dusk till dawn,” she adds. The natural flame look is a perfect fit for the bohemian style of the decor.
A happy tablescape pays tribute to the sunny Southwest location of HGTV Dream Home 2010 with a bowl of chili peppers, Southwest art picture books and antique Native American baskets. “I always start out and keep taking things away and adding things until I feel like I have it right,” says designer Linda Woodrum.