hello! neighbor - per & elana

This month's edition of Hello! Neighbour takes us to the home of Per and Elana and their daughter, Sophie. I met Elana for the first time a few weeks ago when she showed up at the door of The Marion House to interview me for the HGTV home tour. Elana is one of the bloggers behind HGTV Canada's Style Sheet and she came by to see the house and to ask me and Myles some questions.

Well, we got talking and wouldn't you know she happens to live in the neighbourhood! It also turns out that her husband and my husband know each other (both photographers) and that the very talented woman who took these photographs for me, Kristin Sjaarda, also knows Per. Small world!

I could tell just from looking at Elana that day that her home was going to be something interesting and beautiful. So, sight unseen I asked her to be a part of this series.

Imagine my delight when I saw these photographs. This home is original and utterly charming. It is also completely achievable. Almost all of the furniture in this home was either salvaged, repurposed or found. Elana definitely has a talent for seeing the beauty in discarded objects and pulling them all together. I hope you are as inspired by this home as I am.

And just for fun, let me know what is your best salvaged find.

Enjoy the tour!


Elana Safronsky & Per Kristiansen


Elana - writer/blogger; Per - photographer

How long have you lived in your home?

4 years.

Any animals, kids?

Sophie, three-year old girl.

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

Hard to choose, it would have to be all my salvaged furniture…the sofa, the dining room sideboard, the living room chairs, the kitchen chairs, our bedframe…I don’t know! Maybe the writing desk? Crazy steal…

What is your favorite room?

Sophie’s room and the living room.

What are your future plans for the home?

Ginormous overhaul. Gut the place. (Never gonna happen.)

Immediate plans? The basement. Basement of horrors. We’d like to dig it out and finish it. Also the 2ndfloor bathroom. Stupidly small, only bathroom in the house, needs to be expanded.

Anything you would change?

A lot. Would gut the house. But leave the décor. Layout/configuration not functional at all. Blow out the wall between the living room and kitchen, put in a island, reconfigure the entire 2nd floor; expand the bathroom into the fourth smallest-bedroom-in-the-world which is now a storage room for boxes we haven’t touched in four years, put in built-in closets in the two main bedrooms on 2nd floor; open up the dormers in attic master bedroom, put in master bath and closets.

Best thing about living in our neighbourhood?

The trees/park/ cherry bomb coffee/our neighbours.

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

Not many left, but I’d try to keep the door and window mouldings, though I’d love to change the windows in the house because they’re from the early 90s and are ugly. That may affect the mouldings.

Links, acknowledgments?