hello!neighbor - natalie

We're back with another year of Hello! Neighbor posts for you which I'm so excited about. This tour of Natalie Roth's house counts as number 45 which to be honest kind of boggles my mind. When I started this project I thought we would top out around 12 or 15. Over the years we've ventured a little bit out of the neighbourhood of Parkdale but the majority (80% or more) have come from this small pocket of Toronto. I'm happy to say we have a whole lost of fascinating homes and owners lined up for 2014. Let's get started with Natalie's home. Enjoy the tour!

Name: Natalie Roth

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Occupation: Producer & Designer

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Year Home was Built: 1900

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How long have you lived in your home: 11 years

natalie_hello!neighbor-4What’s your favorite room and why? 

The living and dining room because they have south-facing bay windows which drench the place in sunlight all day long.

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How did you find your home? 

I had been looking for a place for months and happened to walk by the place by fluke. My desperation pushed me to take it despite how much work it needed.

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Where do you get your inspiration from? 

My travels. I've lived in Europe. Asia and the South Pacific so I've seen a broad range of unusual and inspiring spaces and different styles of living.

natalie_hello!neighbor-12How did you end up living in Parkdale?

I walked by the place one night and thought, "this place has great bones". I didn't know much about the area - I just got seduced by the 13 foot ceilings. And I could afford it.

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What did your home look like when you first saw it? What work have you done on it to make it your own? 

The place was a right disaster, everything was painted mauve, there was filthy carpeting throughout the place, walls were cracked and the bathroom looked like something out a horror movie.

I was so excited - and a tad niaive- about this huge make-over project. This was in the days before all the home reno TV shows and I had little idea what I was getting into. I spent months, painting, re-doing floors, building shelves, and discovering the horrors of plaster and lath. But it was a labour of love and also a great way to learn home-reno skills.

It's still a work in progress and just last year I re-did the bathroom myself.

natalie_hello!neighbor-9What would your dream house look like? 

My dream house would definitely have a view of water. Warm turquoise waters preferably.

natalie_hello!neighbor-8What was the last thing your purchased for your home? 

Fresh flowers and fabric. I just sewed some new pillow shams and bought some tulips to drive winter away.

Thanks Natalie for inviting us into your house.

Photos by Kristin Sjaarda for The Marion House Book.