October 29, 2009

This beautiful Belgian-inspired home can be yours!!


Breast Cancer Awareness month is coming to an end, but we need to keep supporting the cause!! If you’re like Victoria and me, you’ve been touched by cancer in some way. Victoria wrote this wonderful tribute to her friend Roni, who’s battling cancer. My dad’s mom was a cancer survivor and lived to her early 90s, but his two sisters and brother died from cancer. A girl I went to high school with died from brain cancer. Even dogs get cancer… it has no boundaries.

Trish Snyder at House & Home asked if we would help raise awareness and funds for cancer research by telling you about the Princess Margaret Hospital Sweepstakes Showhome. Of course we’ll help!! Because it’s a beautiful home and a great cause — and because I want to be able to come visit and see the house any time I want, which really is the least you can do for me if you win the house, right?? ;-)

The showhome is in Oakville, Ontario. The modern farmhouse design was inspired by romantic farm houses that House & Home’s Lynda Reeves had seen in Belgium and France…


The home’s design was a collaboration between Lynda Reeves and other House & Home designers with architectural designer Ray Murakami. It was built by PCM Homes. The home and its contents is worth $3,500,000.00. That’s a lot of zeros!! There are french doors throughout, five fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, exposed wood beams, and hardwood floors. Most of the wood in the house—including the custom-built cabinetry—is natural white oak.

Let’s go inside and take a look…

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You can see the Belgian influence in the home’s design, starting with the gorgeous wine barrel chandelier in the great room…

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The great room is light and casual and has cathedral ceilings that are almost 20 feet high…

great room

The coffee table has a white oak base and a zinc top…

coffee table

The unfitted kitchen is next to the great room. That’s a European-style pot rack in front of the window.


The living room has two linen-covered sofas. The ottoman is covered in a Robert Allen fabric that’s a modern take on paisley (Donna, this one’s for you!!)

living room

Think you could sit down in this chair at the desk in the library and get some work done??

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Probably not — too many pretty things to distract you!! ;-)

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That’s a canvas runner at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom. It adds a great hit of colour to the otherwise neutral room…

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A comfy spot in the bedroom to sit down and relax…

bedroom chaise

This bookcase is a reclaimed piece. It was painted black, and the books are covered with burlap covers (I bet Brooke would like them!!)

bedroom bookcase

The chipped paint on this dresser adds some rustic charm and antiquity to the elegant bedroom…

bedroom chest

And a couple more spaces in the home…


To see more pictures and watch video tours of the home (with great design tips and secrets from Lynda Reeves), go to the House & Home web site. And if you live in the Greater Toronto Area, go check out the home in person. Tours are free — here’s the address and map.

So what do you think — would you like to live in this beautiful Belgian-inspired home?? Well, you can… and it won’t cost you $3.5 million!! All you need to do is buy a ticket —$100 for one ticket, or three tickets for $250. Tickets are on sale until November 26th, but if you buy your ticket before midnight on November 5th, you’ll be entered in the early bird draw on November 18th. The big draw is on December 9th.

If you don’t live in the Toronto area or don’t want to move to Oakville, why not make a donation to your local cancer charity and support the cause that way :-)

And remember, if you win the house, I’m expecting an invitation to dinner!! :-)

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I’m linking this beautiful Belgian-inspired home to A Beautiful Life blog party hosted by Melissa at The Inspired Room.

Check out the home’s source guide here
All pictures from House & Home


Maria Killam said...

I wonder how long it will take when everyone wants gray in their space. Beautiful home, I love it Kelly (thanks for your comment, it made me smile :)

Anonymous said...

SO charming! When can I move in?!?!


Christy said...

Wow what an absolutely gorgeous house! I had no idea I was such a fan of Belgian interiors and exteriors - but it turns out, I am. That orange patterned throw over one of the beds is to die for. I love it all. I now want to visit Totonto and tour this house! And meet Kelly, of course!

Room Seventeen said...

Hi Kelly, thank you for your comment on my blog.
I know the Dutch language is not easy :-) but mayby you can try Google translator?

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful house! I love that library ~ would I get any work done? I doubt it!

Karena said...

Kelly, beautiful home and I love your site!!

amariaf2000 said...

I want that house!! And if I won it, you could come over any time for dinner!
~angela @ peonypatch

Leanne said...

What a beautiful home and furnishings. Thank you for sharing the great pictures.

Fifi Flowers said...

VERY nice!!!

furniture Toronto said...

Hello. Yes, I agree that this house is simply beautiful! As a professional home stager I love beautiful design and just a look at these pictures makes me happy. I admire the simplicity of the design and smart color combinations!
Take care,

Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

Wow - what a beautiful home! And such simple decor. I don't think I could get any work done in any part of that house. Sighhhh....I should have married for money ... sighhh! :D

That chandelier is Restoration Hardware right??? Thought I saw it on the cover of their latest catalogue - by Rudi Nijssen and Mark Sage. Beautiful...

Greet Lefèvre said...

Hi Kelly,
I agree this is a Belgian styled home.
I have seen yet some pictures of it on the Windlost blog today.


Leanne said...

Thanks for visiting and for your comment. I love your site. Thanks for the home tour. It's incredible.

Moore Minutes said...

Oh yes! That is a lot of zeros, lol.

This is a gorgeous home and I'm so glad you shared these photos. The colors of the home are very calm and pleasing.

Velvet and Linen said...

You're right! Love the home and love the cause.
You two are some of the biggest hearted bloggers I know.


Courtney said...

I'm loving this calm and soothing but not boring. And am digging your blog as well! I'm glad I stumbled upon it. :-)


Beautiful House - Great Cause!

Janis @ White Alder [Home] said...

Wonderful cause. My Dad was diagnosed last Christmas, but he's a fighter and has done AMAZING with the treatments. Right now he has a clean bill of health and with support like this many more people each year will also kick cancers butt. Thanks so much for posting.

PS: The house is a stunner!! I'm a big fan of the serene and understated.

Doriana Gray said...

That´s gorgeous! I hope the winner is very happy there!

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