27 September 2013

Be Our Guest | Princess Margaret Lottery Show Home

We're heeeeere! If you're curious, that's the one-and-only Lynne Knowlton "riding the pony" on the sidewalk.

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to receive an invitation to a blogger social and guided tour (by none other than Brian Gluckstein himself) of the Gluckstein-designed 2013 Princess Margaret Lottery Show Home. I may or may not have engaged in a Happy Dance resembling the Hokey Pokey on crack.

Fast forward to this past Wednesday, when I wriggled into my favourite dress and joined a group of amazing bloggers for a fabulous evening of socializing, networking, design-admiration and home-envy. It was kind of a big deal. 

It goes without saying that I would move in to this house in a heartbeat. Or does it need to be said? If so, mission accomplished. Bottom line: I secretly tried to move my luggage in and stake a claim. I was thwarted.

However, IF you purchase a ticket to the Princess Margaret lottery (officially, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Welcome Home Sweepstakes) and IF you win, this house could be YOURS. 


And you'd be contributing to a great cause. That's win-win in my book.

In the meantime, because I love you, I thought I'd take you on a walking tour in photos through the house. Also, I know you'll need to plan where your family mementos will go and who gets which bedroom for when you win. I'm a planner, too, so I get you.

Ready, Freddie? Let's go.

The Foyer. Welcome home.
Formal Living Room
View through the house, from front to back
Dining Room
The Kitchen.... Oh my gosh, the KITCHEN. I died.
Media Room. I dig the integration of the television into the gallery wall. TV in "disguise".
Second Floor Landing. Gallery walls of framed photographs and a statement table adorned with a collection of terrariums made this space a destination rather than a pass-through.
Bedroom - one of five, in total.
Master Bedroom
Master Bath. I died AGAIN.
Basement Wet Bar

Basement Family Room. This is my FAVOURITE room in the house. That double-wide couch just speaks to me. I want to date it.
I took so many more photos of this beautiful, beautiful space, which I'll share with you in the next few weeks. I was enthralled with the attention to detail paid to each and every room; especially amazing when you consider the build took just five months from demo to completion (may I remind you that it took us nearly a year to renovate a 9' x 12' bathroom? So yes, building and decorating an entire house from scratch in just 20 weeks sort of blew my mind.)

Specifically, I am obsessed (OBSESSED) with the lighting choices of BG and team in this home. Expect a post very soon focused exclusively on celebrating the fixtures. It's going to be glorious.

But this post would not be complete without a photo of the mastermind behind the Blogger Social, Cheryl Kozoriz, GlucksteinHome's Marketing and Communications Manager. Is this girl gorgeous or what?! (hint: she is.) And crazy-good at what she does.


And of course, the man of the hour himself, Brian Gluckstein.

Brian. Like you couldn't guess.

Not a winner of a picture, unfortunately, but I did forewarn him that all the terrible photos of him circulating online are courtesy of me, and I apologized in advance. My terribly bad shutterbugging doesn't at all convey my gratitude so I should probably just say it again to be safe.

Thank you to everyone at GlucksteinHome who made Wednesday evening possible, and for creating such a gorgeous home for such an amazing cause: Brian, Cheryl, Victoria and team.... you've done an outstanding job. 

Don't forget to get your ticket sooner rather than later: they're 50% sold out already! Good luck!!