Here at House & Home, I've spent a lot of time thinking, writing and looking at photos of the 2012 showhome. (It's tough, I know.) The most exciting part of this process for me was visiting the home in Oakville, Ont., at the beginning of September. While there, I did what everyone else does: I imagined myself living there. Watching a movie with family on the lower level, hosting formal dinner parties in the dining room, cosying up by the fire in the great room — you get the point. I imagined living in every space, including these, which weren't in the October 2012 issue but are still just as exciting as the rest:
1. The Closets
Hello, closet space. Connected to the principal bedroom, this walk-in includes ample room for shirts, dresses, skirts, sweaters, shoes, bags, etcetera.
The opposite wall features a number of drawers outfitted with California Closets' dividers for scarves, jewelry and whatever else you'd like to store. Dreamy.
Over in the room with twin beds, even the smaller closet space is cleverly designed. See that light in there? You can actually see what's tucked in the corners.
2. The Craft & Laundry Room
3. The Gym
Too tired to make it to the gym after work? No excuses here. Mirrored walls, a ballet bar and top-of-the-line equipment provide everything you need for yoga, dance and other forms of exercise. Need to follow along with an instructional DVD? There's a TV mounted on an adjacent wall. Really, no excuses.
Tucked into recesses on either side of the room are cabinets for storing supplies (think yoga mats, towels, gym clothes) and even a beverage fridge for post-workout thirst quenchers. With this much space, I'd invite my friends over for a group fitness session. Who volunteers to lead?
4. The Upstairs Landing
The spacious landing on the second floor, which connects to the guest room, features a stylish zone to pen a few quick letters, check your email or whatever else you'd like. It's minimal but still warm.
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