Sunday, November 3, 2013

Minto Dream Home

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to check out peoples' homes and how they live.  So, the opportunity to tour a dream home gets me very excited.  I recently toured the Minto Dream Home for the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery.  The house is over 5,500 square feet of pure luxury.  Check out some of the highlights:

Living Room: Right from the start this room set the tone for the rest of the house.  A very neutral, soothing scheme with pops of colour.  I noticed right away that the scale of furniture and decor pieces were oversized and made a statement...perfect for this house.  This house is huge so what goes in it needs to be as well!  I loved the natural, rustic look to the wood flooring and the organic feel that was created.

Dining Room: Here you can see what I was talking about about scale...huge chandelier, artwork, planter and centrepiece.

Study/Office: You will see here that the carpet on the floor is not an area rug, but it is actually carpet squares fitted together to make a rug.  I have considered using this in the past when I could not find a rug that worked perfectly in a space.  This option lets you customize your rug to the size and design you like. 

Family Room: I really liked the simplicity of this room and how it was injected with a little personality with the ottomans.  Love the coffered ceiling!!

Kitchen: It was nice to see a kitchen that was not too trendy...this one will stand the test of time.  Clean and simple!  You cannot see from the photo, but the kitchen was on the other side of the family room...a wall separated both rooms, which closed them off from each other.  In my opinion, I would have eliminated the wall opening both rooms just felt a little closed off and small for this grand house.

Craft Room: I need one of these!  How much fun would this be?

Media Room: In the basement of the house.  This was a fun room with a small kitchen for entertaining.  Definitely a great man cave! 

Upper Foyer: I loved the double staircase and the feeling of grandeur created.  Also loved the oversized chandelier...a little quirky. You can see in the background a seating area with some interesting art on the wall.  It matched well with the cool vibe created in this area.


Upper foyer (continued): Although I liked the vignette created here, I felt like it didn't really work with the vibe in this area.  If you look at this photo and the one directly above, I don't think you would say that they are part of the same space.

Bedroom: When I first entered this space, I thought it was the master bedroom (except for the two beds).  This room was spacious and had a two-way fireplace that was open to the bathroom (see next photo below).

Bathroom: This bathroom convinced me further that this was the ensuite to the master.  Beautiful free-standing bathtub, double vanities, etc.  This room was HUGE!!!

Bedrooms: Two beautifully decorated bedrooms with lots of light.  You see the rugs created with various colours and these!  Compared to the all the rooms of the house, these felt...dare I say, a little small.

Master Bedroom: I could really get a great shot of this room, but this room again, was amazing.  I loved the simplicity of the millwork around the fireplace.  This room is a great place to escape and relax!

Ensuite: I have to say the even though this is an amazing space, I liked the other bathroom a lot more.  This one just did not live up to the other one down the hall.  I know I may be a bit critical but, don't you agree?

Overall, this house is amazing.  What do you think?  I could definitely handle living here!  Thankfully, the winner of this house gets house cleaning for a year.  

If you want to see more, I've included the YouTube link to take a virtual tour. 

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