Friday, September 21, 2012

House & Home Showhome: 2012 Edition ~ Part II

Happy Friday! Is it just me or you all feel that summer has once again left us and fall has stepped in a touch too early? While I'm still hoping for an indian summer (one that will last for weeks ... a boy can dream right?), it is time to get cozy up at home and bring out the fall decor.  My dear friend, Igor at Happy Interior Blog, has been a fantastic inspiration and advocate for calm, serene, organic fall decor, and I think I might have caught the fall bug!

Speaking about serene, elegant spaces, we will continue our tour of the 2012 Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweepstakes designed by the talented Canadian House & Home team led by Lynda Reeves.  If you have missed our tour of the main floor, you can catch up here.  Our tour today starts on the second floor and the first stop is the sumptuous master bedroom.  I'm already loving it even from standing outside of the room!          

Consistent with the design aesthetics from the main floor , the master bedroom feels light, airy, and inviting.  I love the use of black in the space via curtain rods, a couple of pillows, and a pair of stools at the foot of the bed.  Nothing is overlooked by the design team.  See the door hardware? Yes, they are black and they look amazing!

This may not be new to you but it is to me: floor lamps as "bedside table lamp" ... somehow I have never thought of that and what a great idea!

The ensuite is truly a sanctuary with tumbled marble floor, double mirror/sink at vanity done in light wood tone, and a statement soaking tub.  Who wouldn't want to take a bath in this private retreat to unwind and rejuvenate?  

See the two glass boxes on either side of the tub? The one of the left is a beautiful and spacious shower with carrara in a classic subway tile design.  The element I love the most in this shower is this cutout.  Beautifully trimmed, with mini multi-tones mosaics as backdrop and a glass shelf to hold your soap: luxe, crisp, and practical at all once.

Now what's this frosted glass box on the right you wonder? Well, it is actually the water closet!

We are now on our way to the other bedrooms and to get there, we will take this fab "walkway" with the view of the gorgeous garden on one side and the super stylish great room on the other.  I am so digging these pendants and again, that touch of black.

Here is the Tween bedroom and what an amazing mix of  patterns, colors, and natural texture.  The upholstered beds in charcoal grey linen are super chic and I love how sophisticated the room looks with the use of grey and mustard yellow.  LOVE!

The guest bedroom features an incredible high ceiling, which allows for this stunning chandelier over this elegant comfy bed in creamy linen with an espresso frame.  Don't you just love the chateau chic flair in this room?  I would love to be an overnight guest here.

Yes, the overnight guests get their own bathroom as well in this 6500 square feet home.  You all know I love herringbone and hello to the tile work!!  Idea to steal for my future home for sure, and thanks Jen of Rambling Renovators for this fantastic illustration of the tile work.

Now let's join Lynda Reeves for a private tour of the bedrooms.

While we are on our way down to the basement, and I would like to take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty of the staircase.  Love the elongated main post of the staircase for impact and drama.  The iron railings look so sophisticated with the touch of black.  Beautiful wood work on these steps!    

We are now in the basement, and to our right is this casual and relaxing family room.  The bold tribal patterned rug is the perfect choice to add warmth to the space.  With a comfy couch, a pair of chairs, and a feature wall houses the fireplace, a TV, and plenty of storage, I am ready to get cozy up on that couch for a movie!

Popcorn maybe in the cards for movie watching, and this contemporary kitchenette can surely provide you with all the late night snacks you need.    

The laundry room, which also doubles as the craft room has a french country vibe thanks to the skirt, the farm house sink, and the open shelves with wicker baskets.  So charming.

Now this is something you don't see in every showhome: an exercise room for yoga, workout, and even ballet practice!  With all your needs in mind, the design team has also equipped this exercise room with refreshment bar and a contemporary spa-like bathroom.  What a luxury to have your private exercise room right in your home.

Our last tour of the home with Lynda: the lower level

I had so much fun touring the Showhome and had a blast catching up with my blog buddies.  Thanks Seema and Joel for inviting me to the media preview!  Seema has written up a recap of our fabulous evening, check this out.

So are you in love with the Showhome?  If you haven't seen it yet in person, you have got to go check it out.  The house is now open to public and early bird special is still on.  Get you tickets before they are sold out!

image via House & Home


  1. Aww Tim, you put me to shame with your thorough posts! I can see why you were the last one to leave! (And love that your shoes matches my purse! :) )

    1. V your post was fab too! haha... so funny but yes, I think my shoes are the same green as your purse! Great minds think alike!

  2. Too far for me, I'm glad to to take the tour though with you. Thanks. :-)

  3. Lucky you to have had a chance to tour the house! Did you buy a ticket? Fingers crossed you win if you did!

    1. I sure did! Fingers (+ toes) are all crossed!