Decorating & Design
October 12, 2021
Inside The 2021 Princess Margaret Showhome By Brian Gluckstein
Has the definition of luxury changed in these unprecedented times? Well, intangibles such as sunlight, space, air and time have become almost as important as finishes. That’s something designer Brian Gluckstein understands and executes very well in his ninth Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery Showhome. This 7,220-square-foot home’s rotunda, cerused oak panelling and silk-lined dressing room are all in keeping with the neighbouring stone châteaux that line the lake in Oakville, Ont. But the crux of the design lies in its modern, open approach, which goes beyond amenities.
“It’s about getting natural light into a space, to see through it and enjoy the sight lines — not creating closed, boxy rooms,” says Brian. “This house doesn’t have a lot of hallways, which waste space, so the rooms can be so much bigger.” As a result, the five-bedroom, updated Georgian-style house is bathed in light, with plenty of laptop-friendly spots to work from home and indulge in self-care. “I’m a person who needs sunlight to inspire me when I work,” says Brian. And below stairs, the lower-level fitness centre and spa let you hit the punching bag, do yoga and take a steam or soak. “Having a home exercise space is more crucial than ever when you’re sitting at your desk for hours,” he adds.
In the kitchen, a medley of finishes (caned cabinet doors, a plaster vent hood and ebony lacquered island) make an appearance in Brian’s most open-concept Princess Margaret Showhome kitchen to date. “A white kitchen just wouldn’t have worked — there would be no connection to the rest of the house,” he says. “That’s why it’s important to tie in the wood from the study with the wood of the kitchen so when you look across the house, there’s a warmth to it. The black island mirrors the black shelving in the living room — the color palette encompasses the whole main floor.”
This Princess Margaret Showhome is about open, multipurpose spaces but also a sense of occasion. At the heart of the house is a courtyard-style dining room with double-height windows looking out to the patio lounge area and a petite oval pool. The round dining room table is set like a sapphire in the space, on par with the best table in an exclusive restaurant because, these days, the simple act of dining with friends is a luxury to be savoured.
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House & Home November 2021
Brian Gluckstein; Architecture, Richard Wengle Architect