How I Styled a BC Children’s Hospital Dream Lottery Show Home

Michelle Hopkins
August 10, 2016

This year’s BC Children’s Hospital Dream Lottery features six stunning grand prize homes to choose from, including a gorgeously decorated South Surrey townhouse set among a natural park and old-growth trees.

The 1,774-square-foot open-concept prize home is situated along a shaded country road, which also has a golf course and park, in new townhome project called The Crossing. The residence itself is a bright, airy, four-bedroom home that comes fully decorated with more than $35,000 worth of furnishings and accessories.

REW took a tour of the property with Sandra Hurtley, interior designer and owner of Positive Space Staging + Design. Hurtley was responsible for creating a warm and inviting home out of the empty space, which already benefitted from high-end wide-plank laminate floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, overheight ceilings and a large patio to take in the forested surroundings.

Blending with Surroundings

The interior was conceived in order not to compete with the natural vistas right outside its doors. Hurtley used wood throughout to add warmth, while her mix of textures provides a sense of easy elegance. “I wanted to warm up the space and create a very organic look to go with all the big trees one sees from the home,” she explains.

Guests entering the home will immediately notice the large burrow wood console – a reminder of The Crossing’s wooded trails and trees. “I found this piece, which is part of a huge root, and I knew it was the perfect piece to set the tone for the rest of the house.”

The designer went on to say, “As soon as I walked into the townhome, the first thing I noticed was how bright it was. Also, because there is so much going on through the windows, I wanted to create a serene, organic, warm palette that brings the outside in.”

Appealing to All

In addition, Hurtley wanted the home to appeal to a large cross-section of the community.

“I wanted someone who walks in here to envision living here – whether they are downsizers or a young family,” explains Hurtley.  “In order to keep it light, we added texture rather than a lot of patterns.” 

She likes to stick to a neutral colour scheme so that homeowners’ special finds will blend right in with the staple items, creating texture and subtle contrasts. Rich, warm earth tones fashion the same tranquil vibe but in a more interesting way than white alone.

This was the case in the living room, where Hurtley picked the furnishings to go with the oversized canvas artwork she fell in love with, which became the focal point of the living space.

“When I saw this painting of two canoes, I knew I was going to design the space around it,” she adds. The earthy browns, silvers and greys in the painting are found in the throw pillows, the sofa and chairs, while soft wisp of silver shimmer in the area rug. 

“I remind my clients that shades of gray mixed with metallics, mirrors, furniture and accessories in a variety of textures and materials can have as much impact as a room full of bright colours,” she explains.

Incorporating Mother Nature

When creating a West Coast nature-inspired look, Hurtley likes to incorporate a little of Mother Nature into the rooms as well.

“I added the pussy willow branches on the dining room table, and because there was no chandelier, the pussy willows also add depth,” she says.  The other focal point in the living space is tucked in between the living and dining rooms – a grouping of large branches.

Meanwhile, Hurtley is a huge fan of mirrors; not only as merely accessories but as essential elements in interior design. Mirrors create a focal point in a room. Just like lighting, mirrors can be added to a space to give a touch of art, drama and character.

“In this townhome, I placed the mirror in such a spot that once someone reaches the top of the stairs, the impact of that big wall mirror creates that wow factor,” Hurtley says. “It also adds glamour, especially when the dining room table is set; there’s a sense of spaciousness and gives a more formal and sophisticated look.”

A Change of Theme Upstairs

For the master bedroom, she went for a nautical theme showcased by hues of white and blue, an ode to the home’s location close to the ocean. “It’s such a light, airy soft room, filled with reclaimed wood furniture handcrafted by a local furniture maker.”

Finally, what makes a house a home are the personal mementoes and accessories you add in. Throughout the home, little touches add interest, beauty and a little whimsy – such as the elephants on the living room widow sills.

As one of the six grand prize choices, the South Surrey prize package comes complete with another townhome at The Watermark resort in Osoyoos, a 2016 BMW X5 Diesel and $800,000 cash. This package is worth more than $2.3 million. Tickets for the BC Children’s Hospital Dream Lottery are now sold out.

The Crossing features 67, two-three and four bedroom townhomes. For more information, visit

Michelle Hopkins
Michelle Hopkins is a Vancouver-based freelance writer with extensive magazine, newspaper and online writing experience in home décor, new home developments, culinary adventures, wine, travel and more. Michelle writes for many notable publications including Real Estate Weekly and other Glacier Media Group publications, Western Living Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Home Décor & Renovations, to name just a few. Michelle is passionate about anything to do with real estate.