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Writer:Joanne McPhail

Joanne McPhail, B.A. LL.B., Partner, Burgar Rowe Professional Corporation; Chair United Way of Greater Simcoe County and Estate on the BayMary Dobson, Mary Dobson Designs, CityLine ExpertMarlene Mitchelmore BAA (ID), M. Des., Professor of Interior Design, Coordinator Interior Decorating Program, School of Design and Visual Art, Georgian College. shown with the design boards each Design Professional as submitted for their rooms in the Estate on the Bay.


I am back with an update on the "Estate On The Bay Design Showcase" at Arch & Helen Brown's house on Barrie Terrace.  What a way to celebrate the United Way of Greater Simcoe County's 50th anniversary!  Some of you may have had the opportunity to visit this beautiful home on Kempenfelt Bay over the many years that the Browns lived and entertained there.  For this home was most assuredly built to entertain.  All in all it is 10,000 square feet of beautiful architecture, with incredible views of the Bay from every room.  The home boasts wood floors imported from Africa, a stunning top-of-the-line kitchen, a second entertainment kitchen, one of the first infinity pools in the area, a boat house that will hold a yacht up to 55 feet in length, and some of the most spectacular vistas on the Bay!  Built in 1991, the home is now perfect for a design transformation.  The bones of this place are still rock solid, we'll just be re-dressing her for the year 2009.  It will be an incredible fashion show!

So here's the low down on what we have happening so far.  Marlene Mitchelmore, Professor of Design from Georgian College, has put together the overall design scheme for the home, which has now been approved by the Browns.  The design is inspired by nature - with a theme of bringing the outside in.  This makes perfect sense with the many contemporary elements in the home already creating a connection between the exterior and the interior spaces, which is evident the moment you walk through the front door.  Have a peek at the General Concept and Finishes Board on the web site at www.estateonthebay.com/photogallery.html.

The Steering Committee for this event and the Design Sub-Committee, headed up by Ron Clark (Jazmar Contracting) and Sarah Stevens (Program Coordinator and Professor at Georgian College), have been hard at work bringing all the players on board.  Having Mary Dobson in our corner has certainly been amazing, as her connections in the design world have helped us to bring in American Standard to supply fixtures for three of the bathrooms, and Rubbermaid, which will be helping her to reorganize the garage.  I have a feeling the garage will be a big hit!  Some of the other participants giving us a hand are Sue Kay & Company (supplying the entire home with Benjamin Moore paint), Cambria (supplying quartz countertops), DiPietra Design (granite countertops), Napoleon (supplying gas fireplaces), Can-Save (providing Cabinetsmith cabinetry), Way More Cleaning (deck and window cleaning - and there are a lot of windows!), Wallwin Electric Services (official electricians for the project) and D.R. Amos Plumbing (official project plumber).  Also on board is the MacLaren Art Centre, which through its art leasing program, will be providing artwork to the designers for their rooms.  And I haven't even started talking about the designers yet!  But they only give me so much space - so I will be back next time with more information on the creative minds behind this amazing event.  Stay tuned!
Check out the house as it is now at thebarrieexaminer.com or simcoelife.ca

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