hello! neighbor - derek & kristin

Hello! Neighbour this month visits Derek and Kristin and their three sons, Emmett, Cormac and Wyatt. Derek and Kristin have lived in the neighbourhood a long time but they only recently moved into this house. It's not uncommon for people in our community to move from house to house as their families grow larger or their needs change. However, it is very rare that anyone ever leaves the neighbourhood.

Derek and Kristin's house is a blank canvas that they have filled with interesting art, beautifully made furniture and bursts of primary colours. I love the way the children's toys, objects and books merge seamlessly with the whole house. And I absolutely covet the Dutch vintage blanket on Derek and Kristin's bed. Does anyone know if these are still being made?

Enjoy the tour.


Kristin Sjaarda & Derek Shapton



How long have you lived in your home?
8 months

Any animals, kids?

3 kids: Cormac 2 yrs, Wyatt, 7 months and Emmett 4 yrs.

What is your favorite room?

The back mud room because it is very sunny and it holds all our useful, everyday, messy stuff.

What is your favorite object/thing/moment in your home?

The books on the teak sideboard including the wooden books that Derek's sister, Leanne Shapton painted.

What are your future plans for the home?

Kristin: front lawn landscaping and front porch reno.

Derek: open up the third floor.

Anything you would change?
Kristin: I hate the mantel place. It was chopped down and painted black by the previous owners. I'd like it to look more original to the house. We are also in search for a new dining room light.

Best thing about living in Parkdale?

Kristin:I have everything I need in the neighborhood, I never have to leave.

Derek: Roncesvalles Ave.

What original feature(s) of your home will you never get rid of?

Kristin: the front door.

Derek: the banister.

Links, acknowledgments?

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

Photo of Chinese lanterns in living room and prints on bedroom wall are Derek's. http://www.derekshapton.com

Children's alphabet prints above fireplace from Thrasher and Wren etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/thrasherandwren

Master bedroom bed by Bruce at Wood. http://www.woodtoronto.com/. Their old house is on this site.

Leanne Shapton's article about Derek:


The piece in the dining room is by Steve White: http://stevenwhite.ca/site/.

The popsicle piece in the baby's room is by Jenny San Martin. watch this cool video: http://video.saatchigallery.com/artist/profile/12138/Jenny+San%20Martin/JennySanMartin.html

The chairs in the dining room were given to them by Kristin's brother who is an Emeco dealer: http://www.paulsjaarda.com/

Vintage darkroom easel on living room wall (above sideboard) found in a junk shop in Penatanguishene ($10.00!)

Sunflower painting on dresser in kids room is by Doris Purchase.

Wooden pull toy (same shot) -- made by Derek's father, Bob Shapton, as a school project when he was an industrial design student at OCAD back in 1965.

Derek also made the little blue robot pillow (in the rocking chair) in Grade 8 Home Economics class.