All summer long I’ve watched [via facebook] the progress of this ‘Mystery Showhouse’ designed by Atmosphere Interior Design (AID). This week it was finally revealed as 2012 Saskatoon Hospital Lottery Home with proceeds benefiting Royal University, St. Paul’s, and Saskatoon City Hospital Foundations.

Last year I interviewed Atmosphere Interior Design’s resident designer Curtis Elmy on the 2011 Hospital Lottery Home which seamlessly combined both traditional and contemporary design. This year’s home possesses AID’s signature style along with the added bonus of more color than the previous year’s home. Let’s take a look.

Known for keeping a neutral palette, AID covered walls in grasscloth providing visitors with a warm welcome. This wallcovering continues throughout much of the first floor. 
DESIGN TIP: Don’t be afraid of using color on trim. It offers an impressive alternative to traditional white painted moldings.

Here in the South, there’s no shortage of kitchen featuring white painted cabinets. In Saskatoon, gray lacquered cabinets reign supreme. The stained island topped with a generous slab of Calacatta Vagli gold marble provides the perfect contrast. Lighting by Visual Comfort.

The breakfast nook draws you in with its glorious bay windows which provide a continuous stream of natural light as well as a clear sight-line to the backyard.  

DESIGN TIP: Notice their use of a round breakfast table, a great solution for navigating a table surrounded by angled walls.

Hello orange! Tangerine Tango (Pantone’s Color of the Year) continues to win me over again and again. There are many lessons to be learn in this space. The primary lesson being REPETITION. 

DESIGN TIP: When introducing a color accent in a room, be sure to repeat it a least three times, preferable at different angles within the room. 

Custom upholstered wing chairs reinforce the color story with its orange piping, while pillows in the same orange ikat fabric introduces the same pattern on the opposite side of the room.

In last year’s interview, I asked how readers could copy the look of the 2011 living room. Elmy’s advice applies to this space as well.

Ironically, attention to detail creates an effortless look. For example, upholstering the back of the club chairs in this toile fabric highlights the shape of the chair and accents its curves.[ Last year’s chairs featured toile, this year it’s ikat] Keeping accessories simple and clean maintains the freshness of the space. Last, choose artwork that coordinates with the room’s decor. – Curtis Elmy, Atmosphere Interior Design

While the $1.4 million showhome doesn’t officially open to the public until August 25th, these newly released photos will surely garner much attention and hopefully raise needed funds for the three aforementioned hospitals in Saskatoon.

There’s much more to see of this home on both the Saskatoon Hospital Home Lottery website and Atmosphere Interior Design’s Facebook page. Stop by each site for tour information and additional photos.

If you plan to visit this showhome or one in your area, be sure to read my post “How to Tour A Decorator Showhouse” in order to get the most out of your visit.

As always, thanks for reading!

images courtesy of Atmosphere Interior Design
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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Robin Davis Says:

    Absolutely love the orange accents- especially the ikat upholstered backs of those chairs!


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