Thursday, September 29, 2011

House & Home Show Home

The House & Home design team (led by Ms. Lynda Reeves) has once again created a breathtaking show home in a family friendly, tree-lined neighbourhood in the heart of Oakville.  I must admit this is my first time visiting the Princess Margaret's Welcome Home project and wow was I ever blown away by the attention to detail, quality of craftmanship, and choice of materials in this $3.9 million estate!

I can totally imagine myself walking up to this picture-perfect front door (check out those sconces!) enjoying the light scents of lavender.  Sounding like a romantic country home in Provence? This is exactly what the talented House&Home design team envisioned!

What a statement the moment you stepped into the house.  With herringbone floor installed throughout the main floor, a huge mirror wall expanding the visual perspection of the entrance, the hand crafted wine barrel chandelier, a beautiful and trendy second life rug, and a classic barcelona bench, what else can one asks for an entrance?

A cozy nook next to the front foyer.  Love the drapes and how the rich wood tone on the armoire warms up the high contrast black and white scheme.  Man, I just can get enough of this chandelier and I'm using it at the Builder's Dream project!

Once you're in the home, you are immediately greated by the great room and the dining room.  Lets check out the dining room. The hutch offers both open and close storage without feeling heavy thanks to the greyish weathered wood finishes and the open legs.  The wall sconces look amazing next to the hutch and they sit perfectly above the two chairs, which can easily be pulled to the dining table to accommodate dinner for 10.

I am also banana crazy about these pendants!  The rope disguises the cord, the shade is paired with burlap for an elegant and yet casual sensibility: the perfect choice for a country side estate.  

Remembered I said I wasn't a big fan of hanging plates on the wall.  Well, the design team has clearly changed my mind with their creation.  This feature wall is absolutely stunning!  It provides visual weight and interest to balance off the hutch on the opposite wall.

Ready to step into the great room? There are so many amazing elements in this room I don't even know where to begin!  The pair of full height mirrors create depth and they are the perfect accessory sandwiched between the three sets of handsome french doors.  The relaxed style white sofa looks very inviting and it allows the accent pillows to pop.  Also love the contrast between the smooth vintage camp chairs and the rustic wood side table.

What a fantastic focal wall with the exquisite stone fireplace and gorgeous sightline to the library.

A little reading/writing nook is nestled next to the library.  The leather bound journal and horn magnifying glass add a masculine touch.

A beautiful abstract interpretation of a traditional chandelier by Daniel Schneider and can't you tell that I'm in love with this butter smooth vintage leather chair by Ralph Lauren?

A pair of console tables in weathered wood and iron table lamps lead our eyes to the classic library.  The dark metal accent carries into the library with the hardware on the jaw droppingly beautiful built-in bookcases, the frames on artwork, and the ebony legs on the sofa from Crate & Barrel.

On the opposite side of the great room is this picture perfect gourmet kitchen.  This kitchen has all the bell and whistle: a custom hood in iron and stainless steel, industrial trade appliances (gas range from CornuFe and Fridge from Fhiaba), caeserstone countertop, and heated floor with this earthy tumbled marble in a brick pattern. I do love the mustard yellow on the custom cabinets, just not sure if I will like it in 5 years.  And if there's one thing I would add to the kitchen is pot light.  Maybe it was just the time of the day during my visit, but I probably would like the kitchen a little brighter.

Note: two more pendants were added above the harvest table after my visit.

Don't you all love such an organized coffee bar, doubles as a microwave station, and triple as a garbage/recycle central?  What a beautiful piece of furniture: this hutch is made for this charming country kitchen.

Through this cheerful wallpaper from Thibaut, the kitchen blends seamlessly into the adjacent servery and mud room. Such a handsome cabinet and "locker tower" from Restoration Hardware.  The rustic wood tone is the choice for a country inspired mustard palette.     

Lets meet the handsome prince and this hard working little guy.

Off to the second floor, say hello to this romantic guest room.  The curvaceous furniture are well balanced by rustic/masculine touches such as the chunky side tables and the use of burlap on drapery panels and upholstery.

Sumptuous beding in classic blue and white: the perfect accent color to pair with natural linen.

This guest room has an ensuite.  In fact, all bedrooms in this estate come with an ensuite!  Talking about getting ready in the morning without a fight!  Tastful mirror, vanity and chair from Restoration Hardware and classic carrara as floor.  Blue accent is carried into the ensuite through artwork and shower curtain from West Elm (sorry didn't capture the shower curtain in pictures and can't find the exact one online).

Guest Room #2 features two twin beds with a grey and yellow palette as its inspiration.  The four poster beds demand attention while the light, airy sheer panels soften the strong presence.  This stylish writing nook vignette surely provokes me to write myself a postcard!

Tailored and subdued furnishing, hardware, and accessories all work together to ensure guests for a relaxing stay.

I really like the tile play in this bathroom.  At a glance, the shower is in a singular tone (taupe tumbled marble).  However, if you take a closer look, the House & Home Team had put in subway tile in brick pattern on the wall, honeycromb mosaic on the floor, and a solid piece of travertine as shower jamb.  This is how you do it folks: adding visual interest without being busy.

And here is the moment you have all been waiting for: the Principal Bedroom.  This is the room the lucky winner sleeps!  The rustic, relaxed design direction continues into the master bedroom.  Like the unconventional use of pedestal tables and floor lamps as bedside tables and lamps.  This army inspired iron console offers a sharp contrast against the warm wood tone in the room.

Super chic black and white ensuite equipped with his and hers sinks and mirrors sitting on this solid vanity in ink, french country inspired wallpaper, high gloss polished honeycromb mosaics, daring shutters in black, and a pair of vintage sconces. 

Modernized Louis XV chair in black cotton linen and double showers with no doors!  As Lynda says, this bathroom is meant to get wet and it's very french!  Oh we love french!

A close up of this chair with a fun fabric mix which I love, and I am totally going to West Elm to pick up these hand towels!

That's a wrap for the upper floors and now we are in the lower level (a.k.a.basement) but hey, if I didn't tell you, would you have guessed this bright and airy media room is located underground?  Love the 12" x 24" tiles that mimic the wood floor throughout the rest of the home.

This media room showcases how the House&Home Team transformed everyday IKEA pieces into a designer showroom.  The teak console table, a pair of white lamps and sea grass "floor cushions", and a black and white photography together form a zen vignette in this media room.  Love the painted brick on the fireplace and the LACK floating shelves!

Behind the media room is the lounge.  To all you wine lovers, this is wine cellar at its best!  Lounge chairs on either side of the room welcome you to read your favourite novel and enjoy a glass of wine.  The table and chairs set in the middle is yet an alternative gathering place for the family to enjoy cool beverages and fun board games. 

This side table is high in style and low in price: yours truly has one sitting in storage, and who doesn't want a little nook for additional storage and neat organization?

Laundry/craft room is next!  Boy wouldn't you want to work on craft projects and do laundry all day long if you have a room like this? Maybe this should be mandatory on cruise ship!  Anyway, this room is flooded with light thanks to the pendants, pot lights, and the two generous sized windows.

(photo via PCM)
You all know I like working on DIY projects.  This my friend will be the inspiration for my dream home office/craft station one day.  Only mine maybe cramped into the closet (due to lack of space).  I am digging the tufted bulletin board and the elegant cabinetry.

Here is the "fresh zone" for the ulimately laundry experience.  I don't know about you, I love the scent of fresh laundry ... just not too crazy about the hanging part.  However, if I also have such dynamite drying stand, I may start enjoying my laundry moments.

With the beautiful pendants, polished concrete counter top, and a tv in the room, I WILL be in this room all day long!

Just as I thought the house tour had come to an end, there was one more room around the corner and wow, this might well be my favourite bedroom of the house!  Another four poster bed only this time done in creamy white.  This room screams a happy cheerful vibe with its red and white color scheme.  More warmth is added to up the cozy factor in this room through the sea grass carpet and sheepskin rugs.

Looks expensive doesn't it? In fact, most of the pieces in this room came from IKEA. The trick to achieve this high end look is through the Pierre Frey wallpaper and customization of big box solution such as the closet in this room.

Love the artwork in the office and this causal sitting zone with my favourite polka dot ready made pillow case from IKEA.

If you are still not convinced yet after touring all these beautifully designed and decorated rooms by Lynda and her talented design team, take a look at this backyard oasis! 

Thanks Lynda for a very informative walk-through of this exquisite romantic country home and Michelle for inviting me to the event!

You can also read Vanessa's reviews of the Home&Home's show homes from early years.  Act quick, the deadline to purchase the early bird ticket for this gorgeous home is November 3rd!


  1. LOve this House! Thank you for sharing with all of us who couldn't be there! Yeah for French inspired Decor..!!!

  2. What a detailed post - loved it! Mine seems so lame in comparison! Thanks for the mention. I need to go back when there's less people there and snap some more photos. Loved the home!

  3. Thanks ladies! I love the house too.. What a fantastic French getaway! Believe it or not, these pictures were taken on a Saturday when the house was packed with people and VIP tours as Lynda Reeves was there for the walk-thru!