November 17, 2017

Cosy neutrals make this grand Millionaire Lottery prize home easy to come home to

The kitchen keeps it fresh and new with a bright, airy design, elegant symmetry of bar stools and dining chairs, and a blacksplash with plenty of personality.

Airy, bright and down to earth

By Catherine Dunwoody

The VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation Millionaire Lottery prize homes just keep raising the bar when it comes to setting the standard for what a West Coast dream residence is all about.

We recently visited the Elgin Park property in South Surrey and were once again wowed. This six-bedroom house is worth over $3.3 million, has magazine-worthy furnishings valued at $140,000, and cuts an elegant presence in the neighbourhood that is hard to miss.

The home has high ceilings, a large landscaped back yard with a Zen-esque water feature, and rooms dedicated to everything a modern family would want. The colour palette throughout all levels is relaxing and airy in creamy whites, taupe and the occasional suggestion of colour. All furniture and accessories were provided by Valley Direct Furniture in Langley, and window coverings by Shelby Snow and Budget Blinds of South Surrey-White Rock. Interior design and staging was expertly done by Sandra Hurtley from Positive Space Staging + Design.

Builder Vic Sanghera from Red Tree Creative Homes achieved maximum impact by placing the dining room right near the front door. The kitchen is any cook’s dream, with top-of-the-line Jenn-Air appliances and a separate spice kitchen ideal for keeping food aromas out of the open-concept entertaining space. White, airy and clean seem to be the trend in modern kitchens and this home has that covered in a lovely way. Notably, the kitchen island’s stools match the nearby table’s chairs exactly; it’s just a matter of low versus high.

“I always find myself being more of a symmetrical person. I love the look and feel of balance,” says interior designer Sandra Hurtley when asked about the open-concept living room. She placed two identical sofas in ivory facing each other with a mixed-material coffee table and an oversized club chair between them.

Other jaw-dropping features in this home? A temperature-controlled walk-in wine room holds 96 bottles. A library with 20-foot ceilings has built-in shelving complete with a rolling library rail ladder. Two basement rooms are dedicated to health and wellness, one as a yoga room and the other a gym. A stone feature wall in the hallway brings the outdoors inside, and the media room seems like a private screening room any Hollywood bigwig would enjoy.

The Elgin Estates show home is at 3078 144th St., South Surrey. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Get the trend

Since every lottery home comes complete with the hottest décor trends around, here are some we loved.


Think warm, glamorous golds in draperies, throw pillows, bedding and objets, especially in some of the bedrooms. “Any time I do master bedrooms and ensuites, I like to make them feel like a retreat, serene in the colour palette, with all the crystal and beautiful sparkle. We just want to complement what is here. Any other colour palette would have taken away from it,” says Hartley.


This new neutral has taken over in everything from floor coverings to furniture to paint, indoors and out, and in a wide range of colour saturation. This not-brown, not-grey hue plays beautifully with pretty much any colour scheme you can throw at it. From earthy soft neutrals to bold brights, taupe holds its own. In this home, we saw it in the hardwood floors, in bedroom furniture, leather sofas, everywhere.


Move over white subway tiles. Interesting tiling is showing up as feature floors (in the rock-star-worthy walk-in wine fridge) and as backsplashes in the rec room bar —but the kicker here is the tiles have an optical illusion element that sets them apart from the rest.

Colour pops: Burnt orange

With such a soft neutral colour palette throughout the entire home, it would be easy to add the wrong accent colour. Burnt orange seems to have made a comeback, and appears as accent cushions, throws and a feature wall in the hallway. See Benjamin Moore’s Boston Brick for the exact shade used here. Says Hartley: “Orange is always a warm, cosy colour to work with.”

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