Monday, 31 August 2015

Princess Margaret Lottery Home 2015
If it is the end of summer in Oakville, it must be time for the annual Princess Margaret Lottery Home to open it's doors. September 5th is the official viewing date but I got a sneak peak last week.

Located at 1109 Linbrook Road not far from my home, this grand prize showhome designed once again by Brian Gluckstein is valued at $4.2 million!

According to Brian Gluckstein, " Designed to entertain in style, the traditional exterior of this home opens to a spaciously modern interior."

Here's a look at some of the unique elements that caught my attention.

1. The massive living/dining room with over-sized mural.

2. The library situated on the landing decorated in this year's Pantone colour of the year - Marsala - from top to bottom.

3. The children's play room with draped walls and tented ceiling.

4. The master bathroom with the most amazing wall treatment accented with translucent resin flowers.

5. The generous en suite shower with enclosed shaving station.

6. The lower level home theater with 5 chaise lounges.

7. An in home spa room for house calls by your masseuse.

8. A practice putting green surrounded by 4 walls of panoramic golf holes.

Join us in southeast Oakville for a visit. Tickets for this dream home are on sale now - princessmargaretlotto

Thursday, 23 July 2015



I am so excited - I have a minor renovation starting next week! Woo hoo! 

It has been almost 10 years since we moved into our house and we have loved every minute here. Although the house had great bones, there were a few things that needed to change to make it ours. One project was a new colour palette for the main floor and a kitchen refresh. 

Original Kitchen

The high end cabinets were in great shape but the original pinkish colour had to go. Working with the existing granite - " Blue Pearl"-  we selected a dark grey paint for the cabinetry. 

We also decided to remove some uppers around the window and extend the uppers above the range to the ceiling. 

I loved the new look of the kitchen and it has served us well. But after almost 10 years, it was in need of a new coat of paint.

So if you are going to paint, I told my husband, why not change the colour and create a whole new look? And that begins the domino effect. If I am going to paint the walls and cabinetry a lighter colour, the counter top needs to change too. And besides, I have always hated having the sink in the middle of the peninsula. With a new larger counter top, I can shift the sink into the corner. We also need a new fridge and range and now is the time to shift the dishwasher beside the sink where it belongs. And to create a more updated look, we will  remove more uppers ( gasp!). 

Here's a look at our new  paint colours and beautiful quartzite counter top. 

For the walls

For the cabinetry SMOKE AND MIRRORS ( BM CSP- 105)

Dolce Vita Quartzite Counter Top

The kitchen people are coming on Monday so I will be spending the weekend cleaning out the cabinets. We will be living in a mess for 3-4 weeks but I couldn't be happier! 

Stay tuned for reno updates! 

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Colourful Salads

Blue potatoes and watermelon radish salad with Mahi Mahi 

We eat with our eyes first and a beautiful presentation full of gorgeous goodness and colour certainly whets the appetite. How delicious ( not to mention healthy!) is a colourful salad?

 As our gardens ripen with a rainbow bounty, a healthy and stunning harvest never tasted - or looked - so good!

Yellow beets, carrots and blood oranges create a bright salad - perfect for a Sunday morning brunch! 

From www.skinnymetea,com


 Ribbons of heirloom carrots compliment this salad.