Monday, September 22, 2014

Princess Margaret Showhome 2014 w/ Brian Gluckstein

Hello Monday! How was your weekend? I am still up in Collingwood enjoying an extended long weekend and an early view of fall colours.  If you are planning to head up north for some picture-perfect moments in bright orange and red, you have got to drive up north this coming weekend.

While I was hiking in Collingwood on Saturday morning, Brian hosted a fabulous brunch at the 2014 Princess Margaret Showhome!  You know I am a big fan of Brian's work and was totally inspired at last year's show home, so you could imagine how much I wanted to join everyone for the house tour with Brian!  Thanks to my dear friends (check out Jordana's post and Jen's post), I'd joined the group on a virtual tour via instagram and today, we are walking through this gorgeous home together!

image via Princess Margaret Lotto and House & Home
Brian's style is classic, sophisticated, yet current, and that is exactly the feeling you would get the moment you stepped into the grand foyer with a fireplace on your left and a stunning staircase with soaring ceiling height on your right.  I am crazy about that herringbone floor for a sophisticated classic look, and the dark grey colour is also practical choice for the application.   

One of Brian's concepts for this home is to maintain a sense of openness throughout the rooms.  There is a translucent quality to this house.  No matter where are you in the house, your eyes will always lead you to the next space and wanting to see more.  For instance, the sensational living room / dining room is right behind the openings of the stately fireplace! 

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
This open concept living / dining room is the first space you will see from the foyer.  Brian has flooded the space with natural sun lights, dressed the room in a serene palette of cream and pale grey with pops of emerald green, and accented with brass metals and exotic wood details.  Understated luxury is what Brian aimed to achieve in this space and I say BRAVO!! 

My absolute favourite in this room is the fireplace wall (you can see through to the foyer) with the stunning mirror and sconces for unbelievable character and charm.  This creamy palette is also brought to life thanks to those luxe emerald green velvet pillows! 

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
The kitchen … I've lost my words when I saw this exquisite creation.  The brass accents via the chandelier, pendants, hardware, and shelving, the pale lavender/grey upholstery and drapes, the light coloured wide plank hardwood floor, the continuous use of stone throughout (love the waterfall style both at the island and the sidebar), just to name a few ideas I am "borrowing" for the next #ProjectChris.

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
The juxtaposition between light and dark is another concept Brian injected into this home, and the kitchen is the perfect spot to showcase such contrast.  This beautiful matte black chef-envy gas stove looks just absolutely incredible next to the crisp white cabinets and stone surfaces.  The jet-black island with same profile as the white cabinets adds visual interest and helps ground this white airy kitchen.

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
Behind the stylish feature wall in the kitchen is the family room.  From intimate conversation in the evenings to casual lounging on Sunday morning, this family room is the ultimate sweet spot for all.    

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
The family room shares the same level of detail and design aesthetics as the adjacent living / dining room.  However, the colour palette in this space is considerably darker and again, creating that contrast between light and dark between the spaces.  Accented with green accessories and rich wood tone, this grey and white family room feels cozy and warm.

May I just say, I LOVE that camera artwork! What an unexpected contemporary treat in this classic family home!

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
Grand, spectacular hallway is one of Brian's trademarks and in this year's show home, it takes your eyes straight to my absolute favourite room of the entire house: the conservatory.  Small in square footage but WOW!!  Unbelievable natural lights from the soaring windows (love the black frames), the elegant furnishings, and yes, there is a life tree planted inside the room! 

A little design trick to note here: add mirror to the third wall and you have effectively doubled the amount of light and an illusion of a much larger space! 

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
I wasn't kidding when I said the house is grand.  For example, the staircase has windows and drapes going from the second floor all the way to the basement, while the landing on the second floor comes with a pair of sconces and a sculptural bench.

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
The master bedroom is sleek and sophisticated with a light cream & grey palette and espresso furnishings from Brian's furniture line of course, and hello to yet another heavenly walk-in closet!

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
The master ensuite is definitely one of the highlights on this tour.  It features a bold and dynamic mosaic floor, a floating vanity + mirrors in front of a window, a classic freestanding soaker tub (Brian has the same tub in his own home), and as if all these are not luxurious enough, Brian has put in a gas fireplace!! I could just live in this room all winter if Brian would let me! 

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
To add more fun and personality to the second floor, Brian used some bold colours and graphic patterns in the other bedrooms.  I am loving this nautical spirited bedroom with in shades of blue, bunk beds, beadboard detail, and that dynamite trim on the drapes!    

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
Mandarin orange / apricot is such a tricky colour to decorate with but are you not in love with this chic and pretty bedroom? The marble lamps, the geometric patterned fabric for the headboard, and use of minty green to complement the pastel orange drapes, I love them all!  I have never decorated a space in orange / apricot before but I am now a big fan!! 

image via House & Home
Taking a few steps down to the basement, here is our dream laundry room with plenty of storage and a long run of counter for folding surface.  For those who enjoyed crafting and other artistic creations, Brian has got you covered as well.

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
For the ultimate movie watching experience, this sexy space is the spot for you to pre-screen all the Oscar's nominations!  It is such a masculine space with the charcoal grey walls, the leather and steel armchairs, and with furnishings taking on a more angular, tailored silhouette.  As for the ladies, Brian has the long and comfy sofa upholstered in light grey and a contemporary rug in stripes to balance the dark colours in the room.  

image via Princess Margaret Lotto
Thanks to House & Home, you can also tour this sensational home with Brian! 

image via House & Home - main floor
image via House & Home - second floor
image via House & Home - basement
Tickets are available for purchase now and if you love this classic red brick Georgian home with a modern twist re-imagined by Brian Gluckstein, you have got to order your tickets here now!  

Special thanks to Brian for once again inspiring us with his impeccable design and Princess Margaret Lotto for making this dream house the home for the lucky winner!  Fingers crossed for all of the ticket holders!    

Before I let you go, we also have a winner to the Black Rooster Giveaway! Congrats Jordana, can't wait to see this luxe faux leopard pillow in your beautiful home!  

1 comment:

  1. YAHOOO!!!!! Looking forward to seeing this pillow in real life! It will look great on my Danish teak chairs or in my bedroom. Roar!