Wow, it's the last day of November so I'm sneaking in this month's Hello! Neighbour post just under the wire! When Hasnain and Mahshad bought their hundred year old house just over a year ago it had been completely overhauled by a conscientious but sales oriented contractor. Hoping to attract as many buyers as possible, the house was washed in a sea of beige blandness. However, Hasnain and Mahshad knew that they could breathe life into this space. Having lived in a open-concept downtown condo prior to this, they brought with them their large, over scale modern furniture and impressive light fixtures. With the addition of some of Hasnain's photographs and objects from Mahshad's native Iran the home has become a colourful and exuberant blend of traditional and contemporary styles.

Enjoy the tour!

Names Hasnain and Mahshad


Photographer, therapist in training

How long have you lived in your home?

Just over a year.

Any animals, kids? 1 kid

What is your favorite room? The living-dining-kitchen room, it’s the hub of activities, yet so comfortable. My (Mahshad’s) studio.

What is your favorite object/thing/moment in your home? The afternoon light in the dining room. The Dresser in our bedroom, the master bathroom, and the chalkboard wall Hasnain made.

What are your future plans for the home? Landscaping the backyard.

Anything you would change? The dark brown stain on the floors.

Best thing about living in Parkdale/High Park? The people, Roncesvalles Ave, and High Park.

What original feature(s) of your home will you never get rid of? This hundred-year-old house was completely gutted before we bought it, a perfect contractor’s beige/brown. We’re slowly breathing a little life and colour to the space and making it our own. However, we won’t be touching what was left of the original features (fireplace, staircase and pocket doors between living and dining rooms).

Thanks Mahshad and Hasnain!

All post photographs by Kristin Sjaarda for The Marion House Book.

Wall photographs in house: Hasnain Dattu
Bedroom dresser: The Carroll Street Woodworkers