with you still

My friend and Hello! Neighbor photographer, Kristin Sjaarda, has a new tumblr site called With You Still full of beautiful photographs like these ones she took on a recent trip to Vancouver.

Can you imagine eating cassoulet with poached eggs for breakfast? And how about those cork pendant lights? Does anyone know who makes those? I love it when restaurant's follow through on their design from the interior's to the mugs to the signage. It really makes for a complete experience.

If you're looking for a dose of inspiration this morning check out Kristin's site.


hello! neighbor update

How does that Dickens' line go... "it was the best of times, it was the worse of times" that pretty much summed up my week! The best was two lovely shout-outs to The Marion House Book from publications I have been reading for a long time and greatly admire. The first was on Vitamin Daily and the second was on the blog over at House & Home Magazine. Thanks to both of you for the kind words. You made my week!

The worst was that I was still having problems with my site this week. I really hope those issues are behind me now. The timing couldn't have been worse! Oh well, you have to take all of these things in stride and realize that in the big picture, things like this are small fries.

Today, I thought I would show you a few new photographs from a Hello! Neighbor post I originally showed you back in May, 2010. The home belongs to Kristin Sjaarda and Derek Shapton. Kristin, as many of you know, takes the beautiful photographs for all of my Hello! Neighbor posts. Recently, we had the opportunity to revisit her home and take some new photographs. (Check back in here on Monday to find out more - there are a few hints below!) Kristin and Derek have actually made quite a few changes since we were last there and I thought you would like to see how they have updated their space. You might remember that one of the things Kristin wanted to change was their dining room light fixture - well take a look at what they chose! This light by Canadian design studio Castor uses discarded fluorescent tubes that are lit from within with incandescent lights - absolutely brilliant. What do you think of their choice?

Photographs: Kristin Sjaarda

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.