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Ottawa Sun - New Homes - - HOMES -

Ev­ery­one, ac­cord­ing uber cre­ative Brian Gluck­stein, should be en­ti­tled to live in a beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ment.

And, cour­tesy of The Art Of Home, his newly pub­lished style tome, that glo­ri­ous sen­ti­ment is be­com­ing more re­al­is­tic for the world at large.

Fea­tur­ing a dis­tin­guished col­lec­tion of homes that are at once lux­u­ri­ous, chic and liv­able, Brian’s sig­na­ture style, as wit­nessed in his new book, is am­ply demon­strated via an eclec­tic col­lec­tion of as­pi­ra­tional abodes.

From a slick, New York apart­ment to a tai­lored, sunny beach house, and from a time­less Aspen chalet to a re­fined coun­try es­tate, the thought­fully con­spired nests re­veal how to cre­ate el­e­gant, per­sonal style.

From the mo­ment we met Brian, some 12 years past (on the set of City­line, the Cana­dian morn­ing show on which he’s been a reg­u­lar for over 20 years) we were im­me­di­ately taken by his un­stint­ing charm, but above all by his gen­eros­ity.

Af­ter our first meet­ing, in fact, he in­vited us for din­ner at his mag­nif­i­cent Toronto home, which, for two Scots,at the time new to Canada and its wider de­sign com­mu­nity, was a big deal.

We’ve never for­got­ten that act of kind­ness, and his ex­tended arm of friend­ship, a level of warmth that helped us feel wel­come in a brand new city.

Hav­ing en­joyed the great for­tune of get­ting to know Brian, over time, that lovely in­vite, all those years past, makes so much sense.

His suc­cess, as we see it, comes from the fact he’s so per­fectly com­fort­able in his own skin, con­fi­dent in his abil­i­ties and at all times in­clu­sive and in­ter­est­ing.

Se­ri­ously, there’s no bet­ter way to de­scribe the il­lus­tri­ous cre­ative than as a true gen­tle­man.

Lit­tle won­der, then, Brain’s ca­reer has seen him cre­ate highly de­tailed be­spoke in­te­ri­ors for the best part of three decades.

Rec­og­nized as one of the world’s top de­sign­ers in An­drew Martin’s In­te­rior De­sign Re­view, and voted Favourite In­te­rior De­signer by House & Home read­ers, Brian’s pro­fes­sional volt­age has long since en­joyed an elec­tric as­cent.

Since 1999, his ‘Gluck­stein Home’ prod­uct col­lec­tion, avail­able at Hud­son’s Bay depart­ment store, has brought a so­phis­ti­cated aes­thetic to a wider pub­lic who lap up his gen­tle tone on tone ap­proach.

And, of course, his re­strained take on lux­ury, many aspects of which are am­ply demon­strated in the glossy new book.

And glossy it cer­tainly is. Leaf­ing through The Art Of Home is an ab­so­lute joy. As well as a raft of beau­ti­fully pho­tographed in­te­ri­ors, the book is stud­ded with riv­et­ing anec­dotes, in­spir­ing quotes and in­for­ma­tive style state­ments, all of which du­ti­fully re­flect the im­por­tance of com­fort and per­sonal ex­pres­sion through form, func­tion and decor.

It’s fair to say you can hear Brian’s en­cour­ag­ing voice as you pore over his con­sid­ered coun­sel, mak­ing time spent be­tween the pages an in­for­ma­tive jour­ney of dis­cov­ery.

In short, the col­la­tion of stylish res­i­dences show­cases a per­fect in­sight into the per­sonal style of Canada’s reign­ing de­signer king.

And if Brian Gluck­stein: Art of Home proves only one thing, it’s that lux­ury is about en­joy­ing ev­ery­day things in an in­spired and beau­ti­ful way.

Aye, as we see it, Brian’s first book sets a tone to which many other books can only as­pire.

Alive with sage ad­vice, bliss­ful in­spi­ra­tion and re­al­is­tic coun­sel, it’s your one stop lit­er­ary shop to an em­i­nently stylish life. Read it and reap!

Brian Gluck­stein: Art of Home is pub­lished by Fig­ure 1 Pub­lish­ing and is in stores now.

Time­less el­e­gance — a sig­na­ture Gluck­stein in­te­rior.

Brian Gluck­stein - A City­line and in­ter­na­tional de­sign favourite.

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