Monday, 30 July 2012

The Princess Margaret Show Home in Oakville

I consider myself very fortunate to live in beautiful South East Oakville within a short walking distance to the lake. We love it here!

In the last 5 years, our neighbourhood has been the location of the fall Princess Margaret Show Home lottery house. I have watched as these magnificent homes have been built, just a 5 minute walk from our front door. And I toured each of them many times. Lynda Reeves and her team from  House and Home magazine have been responsible for decorating the homes and as a home decor fanatic, I love seeing each one. They have certainly been the talk of the neighbourhood.

So I wondered where this year's house would be. I knew it would be in Oakville but didn't know the exact location. I watched for clues - an older smaller house being torn down to make way for a new multimillion dollar home, a sign by PCM ( Project and Construction Management) who has built all of the other 5 homes  and finally a structure which is not 'typical' for the neighbourhood. Until 2 weeks ago I still had no idea where it was. And then finally on one of our bike rides, I found it!  - 220 Pinehurst Drive.

The Fall 2012 Princess Margaret Show Home
 Last weekend I decided to bring my camera on my bike ride so I could take some photos of the house. It won't be open for another 4 weeks or so, but here's a sneak peek!

As you can see, it is a modern farm house design with clean lines and a beautiful stone front. The front door is off centre to the left of the middle window. I love the glass panelled door and dark frames.

An unusual glass front door
The 2 car garage is a separate structure and is connected to the house with a wooden trellis pergola.

A grey palette is used once again in this house and the outside is painted wood in a midtone grey. 

I love the rustic farmhouse lights
 While my husband stood on the street holding my bike, I took my camera and shot some pictures through the windows. Here's what I saw.

This is the view from the front door. The floors are 'almost white' wood planks. The background is neutral but is punched up with hits of colour. A chartreuse coloured rug and pottery accent the entry hall. The look is clean, not fussy and rustic. The large scale picture  above the weathered console table is of a horse, setting the tone for the farm house theme. In the background is a modern version of a grandfather clock - haven't seen one of those in a long time!

Here is a view of the kitchen which is located at the back of the house. There is a dining area, as well as a seating area and TV.

The kitchen is again simple and rustic, but looks comfortable and inviting, and would be a great entertaining space. There are no upper cabinets but a large dark pantry to the left would hold lots of dishes and serving platters.

It is difficult to see but the photo below shows the TV on a free standing easel. The furniture has yet to be placed.

The house is still being staged and I knew I was at the right place when I saw all of the props, cleaning supplies etc. through the back window.

This photo below is also from the back of the house looking through into the living room. The windows and window coverings are stunning!

Next to the living room is a smaller den/ TV room. Orange upholstered chairs add great colour, as do the cushions on the sofa.

The fireplace in the den
Around the back, there is a deck across  one side and a larger deck off of the kitchen with a table and BBQ. The landscaping is very pretty and it feels secluded and private.

So that's as much as I could see from the windows. I look forward to the opening so I can tour inside and see upstairs and down. The house is usually open to the public for 2 months so they can sell tickets and the lucky winner gets the house!

Watch for the lottery details and come for a tour. It's worth the drive to Oakville!


Laura T said...

Thanks for the sneak-peek Laurie; I'll be sure to take the tour when open to the public... and get my ticket.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the sneak-peek. Can not wait to see!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the investigative work, and pics Laurie! Looks like another beauty!

Sara said...

I LOVE this house! So fun to see the sneak peek :)

Seema Persaud, House and Home Web Promotions Editor said...

Well-spotted! For more photos, video tours and info about this year's showhome, please visit