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Sneak peek: HGTV Green Home 2012

Melissa Dunlap is a writer, editor and blogger specializing in lifestyle communications. Fueled by curiosity, and a tad too much coffee, Melissa enjoys dissecting current trends for the modern woman. When she's not having dance parties w...

A modern family farmhouse

SheKnows got a sneak peek inside the 2012 HGTV Green Home and spoke to the designers about the decorating process for creating the modern family farmhouse. The HGTV Green Home Giveaway begins April 12, so take a look and see why you should enter.

Georgia porch room

A modern family farmhouse

The kitchen looks out on the terrace and one of our favorite rooms—the Georgia porch room. Thomasson says that Serenbe is a "front-porch community," and this space allows visitors to peek out from the wraparound deck and wave to neighbors, while offering a little retreat indoors. Durable outdoor Sunbrella fabric brings a punch of color, while whimsical accessories like lamps fashioned from old tractor gears and a coffee table made of reclaimed wood (the same wood as the mirror frame) give an artisan spin on eco-friendly design. There are even refurbished chicken fodders (the metal disc that keeps chicken feed dry when it rains) hanging over the white couch for an urban take on farm life.

We agree with designer Woodrum, who says, "Every piece stands on its own." This room is filled with little treasures that make for a coordinated, collected space without feeling super-matchy.

The retreat

A modern family farmhouse

Woodrum tells us that this space was designed to be the "intimate room to escape to." The room’s "warm, gingery colors" create a cozy environment for TV watching or opening up a good book. Thomasson calls the decor "earth-natural." There's a subtle nod to nature in the artwork and accessories, most noticeably the coffee table, a custom piece the design team created using birch logs found in the area. A cool horse photograph from Bungalow Classics in Atlanta sits over an inviting reading nook.

Master bedroom

A modern family farmhouse

The color scheme in the main-level master suite was inspired by the shades found in the rug. Woodrum describes the decor as "rich in depth," with a variety of textures and layers. The bed is an outstanding example of a simple DIY headboard project. The headboard was created from 12-inch plywood squares wrapped in raffia fabric and attached to the wall.

Woodrum also offers a budget-friendly decorating tip on customizing affordable items to fit the space: The side table from West Elm was originally brown, but was such a great price that Woodrum had it painted to fit the room rather than purchasing a different piece.

Off the master bedroom is another outdoor retreat space with a "doggy green home" for the family pet. How cute is this miniature farmhouse?

Kids' room

A modern family farmhouse

Upstairs, this playful kids' room has a sweet bonus space that reminded us of a barn loft. Thomasson says he can picture a little kid hoisting up a PBJ sandwich in the pail for an afternoon snack in the loft.

Woodrum chose a light green as an accent color, but kept the upholstery neutral, using kid-friendly outdoor fabric. "Everything that costs money is neutral," she says, which allows the furniture to easily adapt and transition as needs change. Keeping the space from being overly thematic also allows kids to personalize their space.

The entire green home is filled will local artwork, but we especially loved the bulldog painting Pancake by David Ryden from Teal Gallery that sits between the twin beds.

Guest bedroom

A modern family farmhouse

The sun-drenched guest bedroom allows natural light from the front of the house to pass through interior windows and light the hallway, doing what architect Steve Kemp calls "making the home work for you."

The soft background colors allow multiple patterns to stand out in the bedroom while pops of red add color. "Starting with basic colors gives huge opportunities to create anything you want," Woodrum says.

We like how the chevron pattern on the duvet cover is repeated on the black papier-maché accent table. The handmade table is from Stray Dog Designs, a company that specializes in using recycled materials and providing fair wages for local workers.

HGTV’s green home is a notable example of high-end "green design." The home seamlessly blends local artistry with eco-friendly materials, creating an environment that is perfectly suited for the surrounding sustainable Serenbe community. The decor is a great example of how neutral furniture can have long-lasting staying power when paired with bright, on-trend accessories.

About the 2012 HGTV Green Home Giveaway

Viewers can enter for a chance to win the 2,300-square-foot green home in Serenbe, Georgia, from April 12 through June 1, 2012. The home will also be open for limited tours to the public. More information is available at

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Photos courtesy of HGTV and Melissa Dunlap
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