Monday, October 7, 2013

Princess Margaret Show Home 2013 ~ Gluckstein Design

Happy Monday! Thanksgiving long weekend is a few short days away and for our 6th anniversary, Chris and I are going back to our favourite spot up in Collingwood.  I will be leaving town on Friday morning, that means I only 4 days in the city to wrap up work, prepare for another exciting feature (you will hear about this soon enough I promise), and to go online to pick up a couple of early bird tickets of the 2013 Princess Margaret Welcome Home Sweepstakes.

The mastermind behind the 2013 Princess Margaret Lotto Home in Oakville is Brian Gluckstein of Gluckstein Design.  Brian's design concept for this year's showhome is:

 "The ultimate entertaining home with traditional and modern elements for glamorous living."  

I was floored by the impressive exterior: the architectural details, the symmetrical design, the sophisticated stone, trim, and roof palette, and check out the incredible landscaping by Ron Holbrook Landscape Architects.

What a grand foyer!  To mimic the historic look of century-old luxurious buildings in Europe, Brian installed stone tiles on the wall and have his talented team to apply a faux finish on the crown moulding and baseboards to match the stone tiled walls.  The neutral backdrop allows the space itself to be the focal point and the use of black to contrast with pale grey limestones: sensational!

Brian's spaces get me every time! I LOVE this study and really, which gentleman wouldn't want a study like this to lounge and read his favourite novel?  While the windows flood the room with natural sunlight during the day, this study is truly designed for the evenings.  The panel details on the wall, the elaborated crowd moulding on the ceiling, the sculptural chairs by GlucksteinHome, the brass and marble coffee table by Barbara Barry, the layering of fabrics and textures, the simplistic yet graphic fireplace, and the super modern art work: this room is moody, sexy, and warm.  

A few more close-ups of this spectacular study, and more reasons to HEART Brian.

Adjacent to the study is this serene, elegant living room.  The palette and aesthetic are polar opposite of the study.  It is light, airy, and feminine.  The element that ties the ladies and gents together: symmetry and balance.  If you look closely, you will notice the windows and fireplace placement are identical in both rooms.  Instead of having four chairs in the living room, Brian opted for a pair of chairs with a sofa for a more intimate and cozy seating arrangement.

Off the living room is this delicious dining room.  With its back opens to the main hall of the house, the dining room feels extremely spacious.  What an incredible sense of space!  I love that Brian installed panel details on one wall to create visual interest and created the perfect spot for art work.  Very CLEVER!

right image via Princess Margaret Lotto
Here comes the heart of the house: the kitchen.  This one has everything Chris and I want in our dream kitchen: a combination of open and closed storage, a mile long counter surface for food prep, a sleek marble island in ink black to contrast the creamy white cabinets, double wall ovens, a full height pantry, and hello to these stunningly geometric pendants over the island from Universal Lighting! HEART!

top image via Princess Margaret Lotto
Next to the gourmet kitchen is this super chic causal dining zone.  Located at the end of the grand main hall and in front of a "window" wall, this table & chairs combo + the simple yet dramatic floral arrangement had me mesmerized the moment I entered the main hall.

To the left of dining/ kitchen zone is this hip family room.  Destined to be the ultimate sweet spot to bring the ladies and the gents together, the family incorporated the soft, feminine elements such as the tailored sofa + full height drapes in light grey, and a pair of these edgy leather + metal armchairs to satisfy the male audiences.    

With the constant juxtaposition between the sexes, Brian found these perfect lamps that exude both qualities: smooth, cylinder silhouette with clear glass base vs the mod black shade and gold lamp base. BRAVO!

The high sheen dark mahogany finish on the coffee table and the side table add warmth to the black, grey, and cream color palette.  I am crazy about this Pinstripe side table from Brian's collection for both style and function.  It even has a drawer! Fingers crossed it will work in Chris' new place.

For those who would like to attempt a gallery wall but don't want to commit to "one look", here is a great idea to showcase your ever evolving art collection.

No matter how big or small the space is, Brian has showed us how to create two functional and attractive home offices.  This spacious beauty in creamy white sits next to the family room, and small one with grey accent is on the second floor.  

Now that we are on the second floor, you have got to check out this sensational upper hall.  Brian has once again showed us a hallway isn't just a passage way from one room to the next.  It is a space that can be ever bit as captivating as the rest of the house!  Cathedral ceiling, large scale pendants (I LOVE THEM!), gallery walls on both side of the room, and an organic "indoor garden" right on the custom table.  STUNNING to say the least!  

top image via Princess Margaret Lotto
There are four bedrooms on the second floor, and I of course love the master bedroom the most! It is calm, serene, and luxurious: ideal for a restful retreat.  Again, loving the symmetry here and a canopy bed is perfect to create a dramatic effect without overpowering the space.

For those who have the three windows combo in their home and struggle with window treatment options, how about roman blinds + full length drapes? I am adding this ingenious idea to my little note book.

The ensuite ... it is the jewel of the master bedroom.  This incredible tub with a full height bookcase is positioned between the water closet and the shower.  Mirrored vanity with marble counter in waterfall style on both sides of the ensuite and did you see the intricate pattern on the floor? I am so using this mosaic pattern in Chris' new home!

Just another illustration of Brian's dedication to perfection and meticulous attention to the finer details: sandblasted glass for the water closet and the shower for privacy.  

I wasn't kidding when I said I could live in this master bedroom.  Just check out this dream walk-in closet and its jaw-droppingly stunning millwork.  As it turned out, I'd also found myself two roommates: Jen of Rambling Renovators and Leigh-Ann of Hue La La!

Another item I added to my MUST-HAVE is this vanity in the guest ensuite.  Love all the details and just so classic and timeless.

Our last stop of the tour is the lower floor and it houses this recreation room (who is ready to kick back for a movie? I AM), a wine cellar, a home gym, and the laundry facility.  I am sure Chris will love this floor! 

top image via Princess Margaret Lotto
What an absolutely incredible master piece with all things refined, luxurious, classic, and contemporary.  The design concept is certainly superb and the quality/ execution is definitely exceptional.  Brian and Cheryl, thanks so much for having me and now I need to get some of these ideas into Chris' new home!  

Remember, tickets are on sale now and they are going fast.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to be the lucky winner of this beautiful show home!

OH I almost forgot, Brian also did three amazing videos with House & Home for a private walk through of this stately show home.  Check these out!

House Tour: Main Floor 

image via House & Home
House Tour: Second Floor

image via House & Home

House Tour: Lower Floor 

image via House & Home


  1. Thanks for a great tour, Tim! The study is one of my favourite spaces in the house too. I could read in there all day long. Can't wait to see how Chris's new place shapes up. x

    1. me too! let's set up a book (in my case, maybe magazine) reading night in the Study!

  2. gorgeous home. i'd personally like a tad more colour and energy.

  3. Awesome home tour Tim! There wasn't a single room I walked into and didn't say to myself, "I could live here..." Fingers crossed I have the winning ticket!

    1. love your recap too Brittany! Which room would you pick to live in?

  4. I would love to know where to find the Lucite shelf in the gym area.