Princess Margaret Lotto Home Designed By Brian Gluckstein

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Last week I had the immense pleasure of meeting Mr. Brian Gluckstein and was able to tour the home that he designed for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery. For those not familiar, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is a world class cancer research facility and teaching hospital in Toronto, Ontario. Each year donors give generously through product, expertise and time which can be won by purchasing a ticket. This is all in the hopes of raising funds to allow the good doctors of PMCC to continue their work. They see more than 1,000 patients a day and more than 400,000 a year. 

Tickets are $100 each, a 3-pack is $250 and a 5-pack is $375. You might be wondering what you can win. Well, up for grabs is a few luxury cars like a 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB, or an Alfa Romeo Spider, a Mercedes CLA 250 and many, many more! You can also win luxurious trips, electronics, a condo in downtown Toronto, a cottage in the Muskokas, or you could win the grand prize...

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this stunning home in Oakville, designed by the one, the only, Brian Gluckstein! And with the home, you will also be awarded $1,000,000! That's right, one million smackers to do with as you please. This brings your total awarded value up to $5 Million dollars and thanks to Canadian tax law, this is considered a windfall and you do not pay taxes on any of it (God bless Canada!). 

When my boys were young, we lived in nearby Mississauga and since I was a stay at home mom, I had lots of time for exploring with the boys. Once a week we would drive to Oakville to have lunch and pick up groceries at Whole Foods, then walk along Lakeshore Road and visit the sweetest shops and finally drive home, the long way, looking at all the beautiful homes in the area. I can't think of a town in Ontario that is prettier that Oakville. Which is to say that who ever wins this home will be one lucky you-know-what! A home designed by the world's greatest interior designer (yes, I said it!) in the prettiest town around, with a cool million in your pocket. If that doesn't entice you to buy a ticket, I don't know what will! (You can buy tickets here, btw) 

Are you curious about what a $4 Million dollar home in Oakville looks like? Of course you are! Let's go on a tour, shall we?

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Let's start in the kitchen because this is THE most important room in any home. The floor to ceiling cabinet caught my eye instantly (think of the storage!) as did the marble slab backsplash, which Brian told me (yes, we are on a first name basis now) is one of his favourite features of the kitchen.

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I also loved the floor to ceiling window in the kitchen that let in an incredible amount of natural light! The shutters flanking the window gives the illusion that it is a french door and reduces the need to have any curtains. Which is great in my books, I am not a fan of curtains in a kitchen. 

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When Brian and I talked about the ceiling he let me in on a real design secret. There is no second floor above the kitchen so Brian wanted to have the kitchen ceiling as high as possible to give this space interest and grandeur. The secret is that if you raise the ceiling too high, they count it as additional square footage, even if it is not usable space. The rational is that if you *could* put another floor up and divide the space at a later date, then it's counted. So, what Brian did was make sure that the height of this ceiling was just below that threshold. The kitchen still has it's great vaulted ceiling and the counted square footage of the home is all usable space.  

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Here is a view of the island, dark base and marble top. You can see there are a few appliances built right in reducing the need to clutter up the counters (brilliant!). The walls are a soft colour that changes with the lighting. This moment captured here was of Brian going live on CTV Toronto and yours truly was on TV for a hot second. It was a lot of fun to watch a live production take place. So many people giving directions over one another, I don't know how they keep it all straight! 

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Let's take a step down in the dining room, make that a few steps! The sunken dining room, which sits between the library and the family room, has open space on each side giving great sight lines throughout the entire space. A beautiful table with amble seating, seats underneath this handsome brass chandelier. The dark curtains make the room feel warm and ample extra seating shows that this home really was designed with entertaining in mind.

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This is your view into the family room. The walls in this home are of particular note as you can see moulding and chair rail throughout (watch for a special surprise when we get to the library!). You can also see one of three of my favourite art pieces in the home. I'm not sure of the artist (I'll update here if I find out) this piece and the two below, are wonderfully warm architectural photographs. I think they were a great choice to add just a hint of colour and warmth to this cool neutral room. 

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This view is on the opposite wall and looks into the library where you can almost see the exciting walls...

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They are grasscloth! I have been dying to use grasscloth (navy is my fave!) in a room. It adds such a wonderful texture to this large room and makes it feel so cozy. Can you imagine having a sparkling Christmas tree in here? The first thing I thought of when seeing this room was how I would decorate for the holidays (only 15 weeks people!)

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Now we are heading back to the family room that has views into the side yard and the swimming pool in the backyard. I love how the coffee table problem was solved. The room is so large that a very large coffee table would be needed but then would be difficult to move, if needed. They have placed two identical coffee tables side by side to create one large space! I know my family and I could use a large coffee table such as this, we have piles of books, magazines and dvds everywhere! 

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At the moment I am loving all things orange so I was quite happy to see that all the pillows in the home are in this of the moment colour.

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I was especially drawn to this Asian lion print. It would be the perfect pillow if you were looking for the slightest pop of orange, or a nice complement if you're like me and have a giant orange pillow on your couch!

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It's probably a good time to mention that the home comes with all the furnishings. No sense in making you fall in love with a piece, such as this painted bamboo side table, and then not include it in the home!

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One last look at the family room from the large couch. Personally, I would remove the artwork and replace it with a flat screen tv and surround sound. But that's just me.  

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There's Brian, again! I was actually trying to capture this lighting fixture because I think it's just so elegant and unique but I think this photo captures how the day went. Brian mingled and talked to anyone and everyone. I found him to just be so down to earth and genuinely interested in what you thought of the home and interested in you as a person. When I first introduced myself he was warm and was very excited when I mentioned that I was a blogger. I've met some celebrities in my day (*ahem, I met Martha this year*) and I just can't stress enough how wonderful he was. 

I was lucky enough to spend more than a few moments with him and in that time I learned so much about design, the issues that come with building on an existing lot, a little about his childhood and I shared some of the struggles with living in a newish subdivision (no mature trees). I could have talked to him for days! I want to know all about the new releases of GlucksteinHome his home decor line (I swear by his wine glasses, I buy them in a case of 12 because, well, I have boys and dogs and they love knocking them off tables)

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Heading upstairs now, you can't help but notice this dramatic dark railing and extra sparkly chandelier. 

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In the upstairs hallway they made great use of this space by adding a shelf and letting the spines of National Geographic add a pop of colour. 

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There is also an upstairs laundry room, centrally located to each bedroom (mothers everywhere rejoice!)

The home boasts four bedrooms. Let's take a quick tour.

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Each bedroom has GlucksteinHome bedding. Here is the Grant collection in a room perfectly suited for a young man...

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A wonderful room for guests with the Josephine collection bedding

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The Marais Stripe bedding looks elegant in this room fit for a princess

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And finally the exquisitely designed master suite, with Summer Palace bedding. What a room! The canopy bed, the french doors that overlook the swimming pool, the chaise to lounge in, the dreamy shades. It's exactly what you want in a bedroom. 

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I take that back, this master closet is everything you would want in a bedroom! You could fit all four seasons of clothing in here and still have room! What a treat it will be for the lucky winner to get dressed in here each morning. 

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The master bathroom is my most favourite room in the house. A freestanding tub with large views of the outdoors and a table to hold a cup of tea and my iPad whilst taking a soak. I'm already picturing myself here! 

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A separate shower, le toilet is on the opposite side and is glassed in just like the shower. The vanity is also duplicated on the opposite wall giving the space perfect symmetry (a Brian Gluckstein signature). I darn near teared up seeing the vanities, I have one bathroom for two adults and two teenagers and it's not even a double sink (I over exaggerate but come on, how great would it be to have your very own vanity!)

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 This small bathroom ensuite was in one of the bedrooms (the other two bedrooms shared a jack and jill bathroom). This is slightly smaller than my bathroom at home but not by much. We are hoping to overhaul our bathroom in the next few years and I got so much inspiration from this bathroom! I love the tan honeycomb tiles in the tub surround and the white and mirrored vanity. The full wall of mirror really helps a small space feel much larger!

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Headed to the basement now I just love this leaning art ledge. What a clever way to use an otherwise awkward space. 

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The basement is set up as a real man cave (that's what my teenagers called it when I showed them the photos). There is a pool table, a card table beside it (not shown) and a wet bar completed with vintage soda bottle wall and gumball machines. 

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There is also ample seating for your children and all of their friends! Just off this room is a dedicated gift wrapping/crafting room, which I sadly don't have a picture of as it was being used at the time, and a personal home gym. 

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One of the other dedicated rooms in the basement is this Lego room! My boys were heavy Lego users  as wee men and I could have used a dedicated space like this (instead of stepping on them in every room of the house. Ouch!) 

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A close up view of the exterior - painted brick, with smoky grey windows and black carriage lighting. 

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The outdoor spaces are sure to delight those who entertain outdoors. There is lots of space to add tables and seating and very little grass to be cut (which everyone in my house liked :D)

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This is the side yard that is right beside the main roadway. The landscaping was done in such a way as to provide as much privacy as possible. In the hot summers, this spot would be great for a few chairs as the house provides a good amount of shade. 

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The swimming pool is unique and not just because there were swimming mermaids (not included in the home) it is a new way of treating your pool. Gone are the days of chorine burning your eyes or changing your beautiful hair into something green and hideous. This pool utilizes Ozone and UV technology to keep it clean. No chorine, salt or backwashing needed! I had a chance to talk to the Gib San representative, they are the company that installed the pool, and he said this is the closest you can get to swimming in bottled water. 

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Phew! That was quite the tour! What do you think of the Brian Gluckstein designed show home in Oakville? I'm absolutely in love! When you think Brian Gluckstein you think comfortable luxury, symmetry, dark woods with black and brass accents and warm neutral colours. They are all present in this 6,500 sq.ft masterpiece along with many of his signature GlucksteinHome items. This will make a perfect prize for the Brian Gluckstein enthusiast! 

If there is anything in this home that you are looking for, you can check this handy source guide. It lists everything in the home, and if you're looking for any of the paint names, you can find that here

Don't forget, you can't win if you don't buy a ticket! You can buy them here or better yet, why not head to Oakville to check out the home for yourself and purchase your ticket there! The home is located at:

372 Pinehurst Drive, Oakville

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Weekends & Holidays: 1:00pm - 6:00pm

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2 comments

  1. Great tour, Rox-Anne! I love seeing the PMLotto Oakville home each year. Brian Gluckstein is one of my faves, too. His designs are clean, precise, and approachable, too. Absolutely adore the floor to ceiling windows throughout the home!

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