I regret to say that I never got a chance to see this house in person or meet the homeowners. On almost all occasions, I accompany my photographer, Kristin Sjaarda, to the shoots and spend the morning or afternoon touring the home and listening to the stories of the house. (You know, every house has a story to tell!) It's one of my favourite things to do. Luckily, Kristin and Katrina struck up quite a conversation and then provided me with notes afterwards (how nice is that). I thought I would just fill you in on a few of the things that I thought were interesting. The round, silver table in the first shot is actually a dog kennel or den that Katrina designed and that is available for purchase. The satellite chandelier in the dining room was bought at a garage sale for $5.00 and painted Hammerite Grey by the homeowners. And if you look closely, you'll notice that Katrina's office chair is actually an old barber's chair from France! I hope you enjoy the tour!
Katrina Herrndorf & Neil Halliwell
Occupation Katrina - Designer - Red Fred Design Neil - Engineer
How long have you lived in your home? 10 years
When was your home built? 1892
Any kids or pets? Fred - Son - 4 Chester - Bernese Mountain Dog - 10
Which room do you spend the most time in? Why? 3rd floor. It is my office as well as our family room. It is light, bright and a great space to be in.
What were the major changes you made to this house? Although we have made changes to every room, the front of the house has probably changed the most. We have gardened, painted, put in a new path, steps and porch skylights but my favourite improvement is the front door I designed. It is distinctive yet works with the Victorian facade. I also love my new laundry room. I almost enjoy doing laundry now!
How did you end up living in Parkdale? We were on a bike ride checking out the neighbourhood as a possible place to buy property and we saw a for sale sign on the street. Once we looked at the house, we fell in love with it and bought it that day. We never looked at a another house and we haven’t looked back since. As I often say to my son, we are so lucky to live in this neighbourhood.
What is your favorite moment/object in your home? Gloria. She is our resident mannequin. She attends all our parties and always makes a presence on the front pathway at Halloween. Not only is she a conversation piece, she is a good antitheft device.
What influences you? Where do you get your inspiration from? I am a big fan of midcentury modern design. Many great designs of today are still influenced by this era. I have a passion for scouring design resources new and old for the eclectic and the unusual.
Where is your favorite place to visit? Berlin. I did a term of architecture school there and was fascinated by the city. It is edgy, gritty and artistic while also being modern and cosmopolitan. It is an incredible place to explore and get lost in. My husband and I went back for a visit and we hope to go again.
What are you reading at the moment? Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Thanks Katrina and Neil for inviting us into your home.
All photographs by Kristin Sjaarda for The Marion House Book.