I'm so happy to kick off a new season of Hello! Neighbor posts with this house tour. I profiled Bre of Scout & Catalogue fame last month when she offered up one of her navajo pouches as a giveaway. When we went by to see her studio I knew immediately that we should also shoot her house for a Hello! Neighbor feature. She and her boyfriend, V, have kindly answered all my questions (some of which are new) and have also agreed to show their faces. The idea of including a photograph of the homeowners was something I was toying with last year and I think it's a nice touch. It brings another dimension to the house tours. So thank you Bre & V for being the first! Oh and if you haven't done so already stop by the Scout & Catalogue store and see the new Spring 2011 Collection. I'm definitely going to pick up one of these and probably one of these. So hard to choose - I like it all! Enjoy the tour!
Breanna and Viator
Bre: I run the accessories label Scout & Catalogue.
V: Translator, S&C intern, server.
How long have you lived in your home?
Any kids or pets?
Bre: One cat named Mouse.
V: She is our recently adopted cat from the Humane Society. She is a slender cat, other than her Garfield sized pot belly that she shows off when she naps on her back.
Which room do you spend the most time in? Why?
Bre: I work from home so I send most of my time in the studio (aka. the second bedroom).
V: Probably Bre's studio. That''s where I've managed to carve out a little work space for my laptop, amongst her pyramids of leather, textiles and tumble weeds of thread.
Is there anything you would change about your house? Future plans?
Bre: Yes, we would own it instead of renting. We live in a great character apartment that could use some serious TLC but it doesn't make sense to really get in there and change things when it's not your own place.
V: We do love our old Georgian home very much, but there were a few late 80's renovations done that we wish were restorations instead. In the near future we would love to purchase a place where we could really warrant going in and making the changes we want.
How did you end up living in Parkdale?
V: It really came about by looking for a large 2 bedroom online. Although we were both familiar with the city before moving here last summer, neither of us had a real feel for the neighbourhood. We found a place online that sounded great, and looked good in pictures, and when we came to see it, we both fell in love with the house, and with the beautiful Parkdale street on which it sits.
Bre: We noticed that in Parkdale we ended up getting way more for less. The neighborhood is a little rough around the edges but it has a heart of gold and has been really good to us.
V: My favourite "moment" was the first week we moved in. Although the experience of moving can be daunting, I always find it rejuvenating. That initial week was my favourite because this is Bre's and my first Canadian home together - a wonderful new beginning.
Bre: I love our giant picnic table that V found for free online and then fixed up for us. It holds a ton of people and many a good dinner has been eaten on it.
Where did you come up with the name for your company?
Bre: I am originally from Vancouver but moved to Toronto from Mexico where V and I lived for a little over a year. While I was there I noticed that I was constantly writing the same things about my new surroundings to friends and family and decided it would be easier to have a blog where I could write something once and everyone could access it. I called my blog Scout & Catalogue because I felt as though I was observing a new culture (scouting) and recording my findings (cataloguing). When I began to work with fabrics and dyes I talked about the process on my blog and the name stuck.
What influences you? Where do you get your inspiration from?
Bre: I think I am mainly inspired by my surroundings. My line Scout & Catalogue changed drastically when I moved from Mexico back to Canada and I believe that it has evolved differently in Toronto than it would have in Vancouver. I am, always, inspired by the west coast but am also enjoying novelties like snow and gorgeous old architecture. I am also pretty much constantly online reading blogs which clearly affects my aesthetic.
Where is your favorite place to visit?
Bre: Vancouver - going home is always the best.
V: The ocean. Although I prefer when it is a tropical one, any time I am near the waterfront, I feel a true sense of belonging.
If you had to choose one object that best described you what would it be?
V: A set of assembly instructions; I really love knowing exactly how something should be done, yet I opt for my own opinion and decision of how it should actually be done.
Bre: One object seems almost impossible to define! I would say that the objects I treasure most are ones that have been given to me by family and have a sense of history to them. If that leads you to believe that I have a tendency to be over sentimental you would be very very right. It must be the Pisces in me...
What are you reading at the moment?
Bre: This is going to make me sound like such a Scout & Catalogue keener - I'm reading 'Colour' by Victoria Finaly. It takes you through the history of all the colours in the paintbox one at a time. I've recently begun incorporating natural dyes into my line and have just discovered that one of my favorite dyes was once harvested by out-of-work pirates in South America. The book is definitely adding a whole new romanticism to my weekly dye sessions...
V: Other than online literature, I read the occasional Globe and Mail.Debbie Carlos.