Witnessing the seamless assembly of the 2023 Minto Dream Home for CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery unfold before her very eyes, Emily Jamieson, Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Engagement at the CHEO Foundation, acquired a newfound appreciation for the power of this project to foster community collaboration.
Showcasing exquisite design and luxurious living presented by the Minto Group’s Product Development Manager, Karen van der Velden, and designer Tanya Collins, the Dream Home incorporates several exciting additions that make it even more remarkable. Tanya’s effort to include a novel perspective was partly inspired by this being her last hurrah after six years of being at the helm, and the accomplished designer elucidates her decision-making process in cre-ating the overarching equestrian theme.
“Although past years have been light and bright, there’s a global movement in design toward warmer, richer tones,” she explains. As such, the design team zeroed in on the classic British country house aesthetic, blended harmoniously with the rustic charm of a remote hunting lodge, infused with a touch of contemplative academia. Meanwhile, the subtle notes of community involvement are woven into the very fabric of the space as a constant reminder that while the Minto Dream Home encompasses the creation of a beautiful build, it remains equally focused on fostering a sense of community and providing ample opportunities for local businesses to give back.
Timeless and elegant, the expertly crafted climate-controlled wine cellar, provided by Capital Cellars, remains tucked away in the basement, a special touch never before featured, simply awaiting the opportunity to unveil aged vintages, epitomizing sophistication and refinement. A seamless transition occurs from the revered space to unwinding in the cozy TV room or enjoying a momentary escape in a spirited game of billiards, exemplifying just how skillfully the Dream Home accommodates diverse preferences, striking a harmonious balance between masculine and feminine elements, creating a sanctuary for all.
Intricate molding prevails on the stairs to the main floor, showcasing architectural de-tailing made possible by Potvin Construction, injecting character and charm into an otherwise more contemporary design. The main floor exemplifies Tanya’s departure from the traditional whites and greys, giving way to a more maximalist design, incorporating richness and colors like camel, navy, British racing green, and deep burgundy. This classic palette complements the furniture that includes premium products sourced from La-Z-Boy's distinguished collection, thought-fully tailored to order by the renowned furniture brand.
The three-season porch flows from the kitchen to the backyard, creating an extended living space enclosed on one side by protected land, ensuring privacy for the homeowner, whoever that may be. However, the geo- thermal heating system is the standout highlight of the residence simply due to its capacity to generate a modest yet discernible impact on the trajectory of climate change.
Equipped with two 300-foot deep wells in the side yard, expertly hidden from view, the Earth's stable temperature provides efficient heating and cooling throughout the home. While not common in Minto homes, this green technology showcases their commitment to environmental responsibility.
The magic of books unfurls throughout the home, injecting a balanced contrast to some of the more opulent features. The various titles, generously provided by Black Squirrel Books, are displayed in the second-floor bookcase, creating a library feel to the expansive upper hallway. The bedrooms lead off the book display, conjuring images of grabbing a hardcover and lounging in luxurious bedding.
With over 30,000 children on the waitlist for various medical needs, the Dream Home project is more critical than ever, and the funds raised from this initiative will contribute to expanding CHEO's campus and reducing wait times for children who require all forms of medical intervention. A reflection of the community's spirit, passion, and commitment to supporting the most vulnerable members of society, the Dream Home, located in Mahogany, Manotick, remains a testament to the power of collaboration and a reminder that a united community can accomplish incredible things. As Tanya passes the torch, the legacy continues, and the future continues to shine brightly for the CHEO’s Dream of a Lifetime Minto Home.