5 Simple Ways to Get the Decorator Look of the Showhome in Your Home

Every time we walk into a home designed and decorated by celebrated designer Brian Gluckstein, we know we’re going to fall in love. If you’ve seen the images of the Oakville Showhome, part of the $6 Million Grand Prize, you’ll know his latest creation for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery does not disappoint!

Get inspired! Brian shares some great designer tips and techniques... One of our favourite features is the is the stunning photo mural in the living room.

Here are 5 simple ways to give your home some star treatment:

Photo murals make a bold statement

Living Room

When you step into the glamorous living room, it’s impossible not to notice the stunning floor-to-ceiling wall mural. It’s a unique conversation starter and enhances the elegance of the room.

This mural is one-of-a-kind, made from a photograph shot specially for the lottery showhome in Paris. If you want to try it for your home there are many websites where you can have your own photographs blown up in the same way. Or, you can choose from all kinds of pre-made murals to suit your taste. A wall mural adds interest to a room, and can make a room look even bigger.

What beautiful scene would you enjoy looking at every day?

Display art and photos on shelves

Family Room

Instead of choosing just one or two art pieces to hang on a wall, Brian has artistically arranged a variety of pictures and objects on two low, floating picture shelves oneither side of the family room fireplace. The staggered sizes creates interest and depth.

Floating shelves can be bought inexpensively and they’re easy to install. Have fun customizing your display, and when you want to switch things up, it’s a breeze to swap out one item, or everything. Best of all, you won’t have any holes in the wall to fill or try and hide!

Get creative with paint, even if you’re not an artist


Brian is an expert when it comes to working with paint. The paint treatment in the lower level of the Oakville showhome is a great example. The hand-painted retro graphics along the bowling alley are the perfect nod to the games theme and the custom-designed and painted oversized wall mounted board games are both usable and stunning to look at.

You don’t have to be a trained artist to get this same look in your home. Bold, graphic patterns can be painted on by making templates for tracing, or masking off areas and painting them one at a time. And if it doesn’t work out the way you like, just paint over and try again - no one will ever know but you!

Make an ordinary space extraordinary with patterned wallpaper

Master Ensuite

Just because a space has to be functional, that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful, too. In all three ensuite bathrooms, the principal walk-in closet and the main floor powder room, Brian has used wallpaper to bring texture and interest to the space. It’s a simple but effective way to make a smaller room absolutely pop!

Wallpaper is much easier to hang than it was “back in the day”, and in a small space, you can get the job done in no time. Don’t be afraid to choose fun or dramatic patterns and colours with impact. Just remember to make the rest of the decor in the room fit in with the look. Have you got a room in your home you could transform with wallpaper?

Cluster framed prints for more impact


A small art piece can look lost on a wall if it’s hung by itself. A great workaround is to hang multiple pieces together in pairs or groups. Check out the cluster of black and white prints giving a dramatic look to the front vestibule of the showhome, and the pairs of nature prints in the breakfast nook and the upstairs hall.

For a personal touch, try framing your own photographs, maybe from a vacation. Or, look for mismatched prints that share a theme. We’ll bet you’ll spend more time looking at them and enjoying them when they tell a story!

Of course, the dream is to live in a home decorated by a world-class designer! But first, you’ve got to get your Princess Margaret tickets! Order yours today, and then come out to see this magnificent home for yourself. We’re open to the public 7 days a week starting Friday, August 31. Check the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery website for hours and location. We’ll see you there!

Order your tickets now: www.princessmargaretlotto.com

Will Jardine