hello! neighbor - clay & liz

I am super excited about this month's edition of Hello! Neighbour. First, because this house is on the same street as the Marion house and second because this home is full of so many amazing vintage finds that you don't know where to look first. Almost every item in Clay and Liz's home has a different story to tell. Ask about the dining room and you will hear how Clay made the light fixture and that the vintage suitcases were free from Craigslist. In the living room, their is a first edition copy of J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories on the mantlepiece. The front porch features a table made from an old director's chair and fridge racks that Clay cobbled together after watching too many episodes of the Junk Brothers. Even one of the children's rooms boasts a vintage E.T. TV tray that Liz's found at a garage sale. Pretty soon, we will all be able to benefit from Liz's keen eye for vintage finds when she opens her new online store, The Arthur. The store will feature unusual and hard to find vintage items that she has collected for years. Stay tuned here in the coming weeks for details.

Enjoy the tour!


Liz Ikiriko & Clay Stang

Occupations: Liz - Photo Editor/Toronto Life Magazine

Clay - Photographer

How long have you lived in your home?

3.5 years

Any animals, kids?

Yup! 1 Dog – Gracie and 2 Kids – Otis & Esmé

What is your favorite room? Liz: The Living Room – from every vantage point I find something new I like about it. It’s cozy and I really love how it’s a perfect blend of our styles. Clay tends to be a bit more modern and streamlined than I am but it all comes together in the living room. We got the Sai Baba bust on the mantlepiece from a GREAT garage sale. There is also a JD Salinger collection on the mantle (1st edition Nine Stories) between thrift store owl bookends.

I also love the tv room...we’re pretty lucky with the amount of space we have. So we have a tv room upstairs. I love this room with its non-working fireplace and big bay window. We reupholstered the George Mulhauser plycraft chair that I found at a garage sale. We traded photography for the hanging light from Kate at In Abstracto and the couch was our biggest purchase so far, from Pavillion. My fave item in tv room is the Breathless (a Bout de Souffle) poster I found at a shop on Queen East (above Mulhauser chair)

Clay: The Bathroom - it feels like the perfect blend of old and new. It was the beginning of our many renos, before we moved in. I learned a lot during the process.

Liz: Clay and I have found the perfect way to work together. He does the big major transformation reno stuff and I come in and do the details.The only original element from the bathroom is the medicine cabinet. Though, I have to say our taste has definitely come together over the years. The bathroom really seems like it’s a perfect mix of us. Simple, modern but with vintage found details.

What is your favorite object/thing/moment in your home? Liz: Tom Waits photo by Dan Winters (best birthday/Christmas gift from the hubby. EVER) & napping with Esmé on our new back deck (built by the hubby!).

Clay: Tom Waits photo by Dan Winters and the afternoon light coming down our 3rd floor stairwell.

What are your future plans for the home? Finishing kitchen, painting/adding some colour character (we have boring white walls everywhere) and we’d love to finish off all the little details in our house – sprucing up windowsills, baseboards, adding quarter round, etc.

Anything you would change? Wish we had a 2nd bathroom with a lovely clawfoot tub. I dream of it on a daily basis...

Best thing about living in Parkdale? We have amazing neighbours. Seems like we live in pleasantville with all their loveliness. And it’s great being so connected to the city center without feeling like we’re in the midst of the hustlebustle. Also, 90% of our friends live within walking distance and since we have no family in the city – that is a super bonus. Our friends are our family so it’s nice to be so close.

What original feature(s) of your home will you never get rid of? Our 2 fireplaces (though, it’d be nice if they worked), all the ceiling medallions and the original turn-of-the-century solid wood doors.

Links, acknowledgments

All photographs by Kristin Sjaarda for The Marion House book except photo of Tom Waits by Clay Stang.

Dining Room

- big photo – Clay took in NYC

- portrait by Simon Willms

- wood block print from Smash

- bowling floor console by Clay!

- table from Craigslist, chairs from Bungalow

- light fixture by Clay!

- suitcases – free Craigslist

- Stool – Liz’s 1st reupolstery project


- theatre chairs from Aberfoyle Market

- antlers Clay painted

- buddha from friends

- illustration on wood block commissioned by my close friend on my 30th birthday, by Leeay Aikawa, it’s a portrait of me when I was 3.

Back Porch

- Patio chairs – free on street

- Patio table – from Black Pug

Front Porch – Clay redid our porch in the spring and its made such a difference. I love sitting out there on a rainy morning with coffee. The sideboard was in the house when we took possession and where I store my gardening tools. Think I’ll switch out glass in the sideboard doors and replace with chicken wire...

Patio doors are Pollard Windows and Doors