Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Renovate Your Bedroom w/ Sarah Richardson

Hello Wednesday! Are you transitioning well from those warm summer days into the cooler autumn nights?  If you are like me (who would like to keep summer all year round), I'd say it's time to extend the relaxed, breezy summer mood into our homes by renovating our bedrooms with some help from Sarah Richardson!

I love spending my summer days by the lake at the cottage ... in fact I am there right now for the last bit of summer!  So it's no surprises that I love the Oasis Collection in Sarah's signature palette.  From 100% cotton bedding, accent pillows to throw blankets and table linens, the various shades of watery blue will surely remind you of the ocean in the winter months.

Here is one fabulous example of how to mix patterns to master a dynamic look!

From ocean blues to pebble grays, the Pebble Collection is light, serene, and sophisticated.  I love how current and impactful this subdue palette looks in this neutral bedroom thanks to the graphic, geometric patterns and the whimsical fans through accent pillows and bedding.

These are some of my favorite beauty shots:

Nothing speaks Mother Nature better than the Grass Collection!

The stripes remind me of lemon grass while the light-hearted leaves make me want to go for a hike  right now!  Bedroom linens aside, I am crazy about the Nate headboard and of course my all time favorite, the Coco tufted chair.

In case you haven't noticed, yellow is one of my favorite colors (see the Mimosa wallpaper from Cole & Son in my bedroom) so naturally I couldn't help but wanting this entire yellow and grey ensemble from the Lemon Collection.

The Pickupstix and the Confetti had me at hello! What do you think? 

|  all images courtesy of Sarah Richardson Design |

I will be busy "renovating my bedroom" this weekend with lots of help from the Sarah Richardson's Home Textiles Collection to give it a whole new look! Come back next week for the reveal but for now, I would love hear what are your favorites from Sarah's collection?

images courtesy of Style at Home & Donna Griffith
images courtesy of Style at Home & Donna Griffith

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Princess Margaret Showhome 2016 ~ Master Retreat

Hello Wednesday! How has your week been so far? Can't believe we are already officially in Fall and fingers crossed that the Indian Summer will arrive and stay forever!! Dreaming aside, I am taking you on a tour at the sensational Princess Margaret Showhome designed by Brian Gluckstein for some major design inspirations to get us through the first hump day of Fall 2016.

We have toured the first floor, the guest bedrooms / baths, and our last stop at this year's showhome is the most important room of all: the private retreat of the lucky new owner!

Space is at a premium in the real estate market and in this top notch neighborhood of Oakville, the master bedroom must come with a seating area and lots of windows to welcome the outdoor in.  Well Brian has most certainly done it elegantly with his signature soft grey palette and the contemporary, streamline furniture from his very own collection.  The green accents through accessories and artwork echo the lush outdoor space awaits right outside of these sensational full height windows.

All the fantastic exterior design elements that give this home its incredible appeal means a fair number of sloped ceilings in various rooms on the second floor.  Love the simple but highly effective trick Brian executed: extend the paint to the ceiling with a decorative detail on the ceiling.  This does not only disguise the slopes of the walls but also double the ceiling height visually.  Think I may try this trick in the next condo when there are multiple "structural" elements on the ceiling.

Aside from the walk-in closet, this sumptuous master retreat also comes with an ensuite and you know it is beyond beautiful when this is the sight line you see: french doors, dynamite glass pendant in Sciolari style, his and hers corners, and a broad leaf tropical plant that screams Hollywood!

Welcome to the bright, luxurious, sensational master ensuite! 

Obviously I am obsessed with this plant but what a fantastic design statement it makes in this nook right in front of the make-up area of the extended vanity.  Brian's master ensuite wows me every time and this one is my absolute favorite with its soft blush and cream palette, the layering of natural elements, mirror not only above the vanity but the on the vanity itself, and the immaculate panel details on the walls to "frame" and to accentuate the different zones in this bathroom room (i.e. the two window nooks, the freestanding tub, the water closet and the shower).

Two design elements I #BRAVO in this bathroom: 
  • subtle yet striking tile pattern on the floor that aligns perfectly with the trim work on the walls no matter where you stand in the room
  • curved corners to give the room an art deco sensibility, especially with the blush, lightly textured wallpaper

A station with everything you need right by this bright and elegant window.  Now if I happen to be the lucky home owner #fingerscrossed, I may consider a chaise right at this spot to relax after a bubble bath. 

Before we wrap up our tour at the Princess Margaret Showhome this year, here is one fabulous reason why I love doing powder room.

THIS IS EVERYTHING I ever wanted in a powder room.  It is sophisticated, masculine, luxurious, and graphically bold! If I ever get to lay my fingers on a powder room at my family home, this bathroom will be mine!

Congrats Brian for yet another standout showhome for Princess Margaret Welcome Home Lottery and big thank you for all the design inspirations, tips, and tricks on how to turn a house from builder standard to a total knock-out! This gorgeous home is featured in the October Issue of House & Home magazine.  Be sure to get a copy and go through the house with Brian online

Tickets to win this custom designed home and many other prizes are still available on Princess Margaret Welcome Home Lottery.  Get your winning ticket today!

House & Home October Cover courtesy of House & Home Magazine

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Princess Margaret Showhome 2016 ~ Kitchen + Guest Suites

Hello Tuesday! Hope you all had a great weekend and did you check out the brand new Princess Margaret Showhome designed by Brian Gluckstein in Oakville? If you haven't visited this beautiful home in person yet, I highly recommend a short leisure drive to the tree lined neighbourhood to experience the lifestyle and be inspired by all the spectacular design elements Brian showcases into this year's Showhome.

After touring the beautiful and sophisticated living room, dining room, family room and study last week, today will kick start our tour in this sensational kitchen!

Dreaming of a gourmet kitchen? Here is one stunning reference and I am taking notes:

  • serving / bar area with a sophisticated backdrop (this one doubles as a wall divider to disguise the pantry)
  • mega island with seating for four and plenty of spaces for small appliances and practical storage
  • one large sink instead of a divided one to accommodate large pots and pans
  • tile over the range hood for a built-in / seamless look (you can't even tell there is a range hood if it wasn't for the chef-envy stove!)
  • elaborated ceiling moulding for an expensive custom look (art deco inspired in this case #LOVE)

Can't say enough about these glossy subway tiles with a handcrafted aesthetic.  Best of all, Brian has color matched the cabinets to the tiles for one cohesive yet dynamic look!

This is one of my favourite shots of the kitchen:

Heading to the second floor and our first stop is guest room #1.  

Designed for a young lady, this bedroom is fun, energetic, and elegant with a palette of ocean blue, dove grey, and pops of pink.  The whimsical vibe continues into the bathroom and I am loving this dynamite wallpaper! 

Here is guest room #2 and I may just be the guest who will never leave!

I love, love, LOVE the pattern / textile mix in this room.  Though dressed in soothing taupes and creams, the layering of the subtle patterns and textiles added an enormous amount of visual interests + making the room feels incredibly cozy and inviting.

Also love the trick of taking the sloped walls all the way to the ceiling with a simple yet highly effective moulding / paint application.  You don't even notice the slopes around the room at all!   

Again the calming palette carries into the ensuite and what a serene and luxurious bathroom with small square footage.

When planned and executed effectively (down to every detail), this is how Brian makes a small bathroom living large:
  • patterned wallpaper that looks like grass cloth for a high style yet practical solution (you are no longer limited to only paint in bathrooms
  • a single pattern in the shower (mini mosaic) and floor (rectangular tile) to visually expand the space
  • immaculate attention to trim details and hardware choices to up the luxe factor 

Before we visit the master bedroom and ensuite next week, here is a lounge area for the guests:

Whether you are in the mood for a board game with friends or just reading your favourite novels in the afternoon, this space does it all!

Want a sneak peek of the master ensuite? This is the phenomenal sight line leading to an absolutely glamorous and luxurious private retreat!  See you next Monday!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Princess Margaret Showhome 2016 ~ First Impression

Hello Tuesday! Hope you all had a great Labour Day long weekend. The weather was just beyond gorgeous, and fingers crossed the bright blue sky and warm summer breeze will continue until Thanksgiving in October.  Don't you wish we live in a climate where summer is all year round?  While I may need to win a lottery before I relocate to Dubai, the Princess Margaret Showhome is ready for its debut and you could be the lucky new owner!    

Located in the heart of Oakville, this $5 million grand prize features approximately 7,500 sq ft of luxury living in style.  Custom designed by Brian Gluckstein and built by PCM, this house has spectacular curb appeal and with immaculate attention to detail on the windows, rooflines, and decoration on the exterior walls, I am already convinced to buy a ticket before stepping inside the house! 

First impression is key, and what a breathtaking sight the moment you stepped inside the stately main entrance.

I am not sure about you but I would like to self-invite myself to this delicious dinner party! The scholari inspired chandelier, the warm yet sophisticated silvery grey on walls and silk draperies, and striking black and espresso accents, I am ready to pop open that bottle of champagne. 

Now if we take a step back and look to the left of the dining room, your eyes are rewarded by this absolutely stunning view! 

What an inspiring space with loads of design details / tips from Brian: 
  • full height upholstered screen + elaborated crown moulding to accentuate the soaring ceiling height 
  • showstopper photography by Tony Koukos
  • mirrored walls to visually expand the room and reflect the lush greenery from the garden
  • pops of bright coral for a sharp contrast and yet works harmoniously with the light pale grey upholsteries

Here is one of my favorite shots of the living room (love the styling of the coffee table ... so sleek and chic!):

... and one more look of this pure serenity of grey.

From light and airy to dark and sumptuous, it is time to check out the family room.

I have been dreaming of a blue bedroom / office at my next condo, and this striking space will serve as a fantastic reference for my next project.

A few notes for my design folders: 
  • navy / teal blue grasscloth wallpaper for the entire room
  • light colored wood floor in herringbone pattern 
  • round shape coffee table for better traffic flow 

Another key component I want to incorporate in the office / guest bedroom is a gas fireplace and this simple yet elegant marble beauty is definitely high on my list!  

Now if you have a 7,500 square feet home, you too can dedicate a room as an office.  Better yet, how about double ceiling height to house your treasured collection?

I would love to just lounge right here in the afternoon with my favorite reads + a cup of tea, admiring the dynamite chandelier and I am dying over that deco inspired trim that goes around the entire room!  Another detail I need to work into my next home.  Thanks Brian!

Hope you are as excited about the 2016 Princess Margaret Showhome as I do (tickets are available here).  Join me Monday to tour kitchen and the kids rooms + baths!