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Behind The Scenes At The 2013 Princess Margaret Showhome

This year Brian Gluckstein and his team, with architect Michael Pettes and builder PCM Construction Inc., took on the design of the 2013 Princess Margaret Showhome. We couldn’t wait to see what the Gluckstein crew had come up with: we knew the combination of great design for a great cause just had to be in the November issue of House & Home.

Brian Gluckstein is a master of classic interiors, and his attention to detail and finishing were evident even before the furniture was installed. Here is a little sneak preview of a few of the rooms (not quite done), and corners of the home that we just did not have room to show in the magazine. Be sure to read Brian’s interview in the November issue; he shared many great design tips with our senior features editor Kimberly Brown. Here are some snaps I took to whet your appetite.

Here is the foyer where we grabbed a portrait shot of Brian. Yes, the walls are indeed stone and not just wallpaper (the plastic is still on the painting’s frame.)

One of my favourite rooms in the house is the kitchen. I love the classic millwork and finishes. A glass window in the floor looks into the basement wine cellar, which lets natural light filter down — a clever idea for basements.

This is the great room off the kitchen. When I first scouted this space, the bones were pretty much obscured by boxes, but you can see Brian’s telltale use of symmetry in the bookshelves.

Here’s another example of Brian’s use of symmetrical elements in the study, notice how the scale of the window matches the door to frame the fireplace.

Here is a shot of the un-faced drawers before installation in the principal bathroom’s marble vanity.

Everything is ready now, so are you ready to move in? Make sure to pick up your copy of the November issue of House & Home (on newsstands early October) to see how we shot this showhome for the magazine. And don’t forget to buy a ticket!

Photo credits:
1-10. Morgan Michener