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Showhome Inspiration

by - Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Showhomes are great sources of inspiration. Often a collaboration of many different designers, showhomes are great for showing the latest design trends and can give you ideas about new materials and furnishings, paint colours, and how to layout and decorate rooms. Some of my favourite showhomes are the Hampton Designer Showcase, the annual HGTV Dream Home giveaway, and the Kips Bay Showhouse.

So when House & Home magazine (my fave design mag) recently designed a showhome, you knew the results wouldn't disappoint. They've designed the
Princess Margaret Hospital Sweepstakes Showhome in a "modern farmhouse" style. You can check out the videos on the House & Home site (they're revealing a new video tour of a different room every week) and see how lovely this home is. It has a real quiet elegance about it... I love the white oak floors, the serene palette of bone white, natural wood, and gunmetal gray. Its not over the top and I think really fits in with the trends toward more natural Belgian design that Restoration Hardware and others are putting out. There's some great design tips in the videos too - like using a carpet runner at the foot of your bed for a pop of colour (I would never have thought of that!). The best part is that funds from the sale of tickets for the Sweepstakes go towards cancer care and research. As that's a cause dear to me, thought I'd let you know about this opportunity to win something beautiful and do some good at the same time.

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  1. Oh, I haven't even clicked over to see more of this house, but I don't think I should.

    The outside is so enticing but I need to stay in love with my current house, for at least a bit longer!


  2. I don't think I could afford to HEAT that house!! But I could stay warm just thinking about how amazing it is!!

    I think my house would fit in the walkway leading to the front door!!

  3. Step away from the show home.... (that's a note to me!) Omgosh it is gorgeous :)

  4. wow love this...its beautiful
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  5. One day I am going to win this lottery and win a house like this! I love this house. If you get a moment come by my blog and say hi, I blogged about new mommies today and you're one of them :)

    Take care,


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