hello! neighbor – jenn

I can’t remember who contacted who first but a few months into my blogging foray I started emailing back and forth with another blogger named Jenn Hannotte. It turns out we lived in the same neighborhood and were both obsessive about everything and anything to do with design. Jenn finds time to write for not one but two blogs; she is a contributor to Arren William’s Design Lab and also her own blog called The Interiorist.  Jenn’s first home (also in the neighborhood) was featured in a local magazine called DesignLines. When I heard she had bought a second place I was eager to see what she would do with it! As I watched the progress unfold on her blog, I knew I had to ask her if we could show her place here. Luckily, she said yes! If you like what you see, you will soon be able to hire Jenn to help you with your own place. Starting in September, Jenn will be offering her design services through Russet Empire.

Now on with the tour!


Jenn Hannotte


Jenn is excited to start an interior styling service out of Russet and Empire in the Fall.

How Long Have you Lived in Your Home:

9 months

Any Kids or Pets?

Two kids, Willa (6) and Beatrix (19 mos)

Which Room Do You Spend the Most Time in? Why?

We spread ourselves pretty evenly over the first and second floor. I really wanted to make sure we use the space we have, so having the play room on the second floor means the kids spend a lot of time up there. The third floor has a master bedroom and an office/gym/spare so we only go up there when we need to!

Is there anything you would change about your house? Future Plans?
We’d like to finish off the basement at some point, and renovate the third floor. The backyard is pretty abysmal. So is the front. The windows are ugly and inefficient. Nearly all the walls and ceilings have some kind of hole that needs repairing and painting; pretty much every light fixture needs to be changed…the list is really, really long! But, for only being here 9 months I think we’ve come a long way.

What is your favorite moment/object in your home?

The amount of light this house draws is unlike anything I’ve ever lived in before, and I especially love when it floods the playroom in the late afternoon. I also love all the doors on the main floor. Closing or opening any of them totally changes the mood.
And, the front entrance – it’s like having another room on the main floor and it’s the most architecturally interesting space in the house, but we haven’t started decorating it yet.

What influences you? Where do you get your inspiration?

Lately, set design from old films. I’m so interested in learning about how people would have decorated and lived when our home was built. But other than that, the usual: blogs, magazines, tv, books, music, life, seasons, memories.

Where is your favorite place to visit?

Saskatchewan in the summer.

If you had to choose one object that best described you what would it be?

I’m far too complicated and full of life to be described by an object. (yuk yuk)

What are you reading at the moment?

The Internet ruined reading for me. Or maybe it was the kids.

Any links, acknowledgements?
Cera Stone, Arren Williams, Russet and Empire, The Arthur, Craigslist, Crate and Barrel, IKEA, Mom, Dad.

Thanks Jenn. So many great ideas to steal from your home!

All images by Kristin Sjaarda for The Marion House Book.

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  1. Posted April 18, 2011 at 9:44 AM | Permalink

    What a great space – Love it! Wonderfully modern & cozy.

  2. Posted April 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

    brilliant house – love their style!

  3. Posted April 18, 2011 at 11:32 AM | Permalink

    I just subscribed to everyone of her links that you offered. Feel free to throw anymore you have my way. I love her bravado. Best of luck in this new venture, Jenn!

  4. Posted April 18, 2011 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

    This is gorgeous and has me wanting more! I would love to see mroe of the kitchen and playroom – they are delightful. And Jenn, you should be more than OK in your new venture – your taste is extraordinary! :)

  5. Posted April 18, 2011 at 12:49 PM | Permalink

    Hang on – did I just read you have a Master’s in Museum Studies??? Me too!!! :)

  6. Posted April 18, 2011 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

    I love the all rugs and the pelts in your chairs, Jenn! The house looks great!!

  7. Posted April 18, 2011 at 1:29 PM | Permalink

    gorgeous! i love how welcoming it all is!

  8. Posted April 18, 2011 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

    Gorgeous! I especially love their bathroom, and that adorable blue fireplace :)

  9. Posted April 18, 2011 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

    I love what they are doing to that house. And reading Jenn’s blog always makes my day.

    I also want to know, what is that metal framed leather chair in the living room? It’s good looking and looks like it would be awesomely comfortable.

  10. Jo in NZ
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM | Permalink

    Delicious! And beautifully shot. You have me very keen on a Parkdale visit sometime :-) I wish Jenn well with her new business – lots of talent there.

  11. Posted April 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    what a great bathroom!

    Also that blue in the bedroom is luscious….Know the color/Company? Cheers!


  12. Posted April 18, 2011 at 3:47 PM | Permalink

    really like the bathroom, love the wallpaper..

  13. Posted April 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM | Permalink

    thanks, guys! the black/blue in the nursery is Poppyseed by Behr.
    @ Lisa – haha, what school? I did the program thru the Uni of Leicester.

  14. Posted April 18, 2011 at 6:58 PM | Permalink

    Very cute feel . I notice a lot of Ikea, but done well and with style. Not cheap looking at all.

  15. Posted April 18, 2011 at 7:57 PM | Permalink

    wow, so many lovely elements. I think what I like most is how livable it looks. Stylish and well-designed, but completely real and welcoming.

  16. Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:01 PM | Permalink

    This house is gorgeous! I absolutely love the bathroom, kitchen and the blue fireplace!

  17. Laura
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 10:03 PM | Permalink

    I love the bathroom! Especially the green wallpaper above the tiles!

  18. Posted April 19, 2011 at 1:47 AM | Permalink

    Emma, how many times have I said that you find the best & most interesting homes!

    Yet another warm and personal home. With a little Scandinavian vibe! Love their living room and if they get tired of the leather butterfly chair they can send it to me…

    Hugs, Mon

  19. Posted April 19, 2011 at 4:06 AM | Permalink

    Lovely moody blue wall in that last image. I always love it when an unusual colour like that is used in a space such as a child’s room. Although it’s not completely uncommon I still find it delightful, non-traditional and unexpected. We painted one of our boy’s room in a deep rich sable brown. Anything white looked so crisp against it just as the white against the blue looks in your photo. Lovely home!

  20. Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM | Permalink

    Sweet digs but that was a given once i’d seen your bathroom on apartmentherapy. love the blue fireplace?! love the boldness. i need to harness a little of that myself. or just hire you to help me!

  21. Posted April 19, 2011 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    I just fell in love with this home… so lovely.

  22. PhillyLass
    Posted April 20, 2011 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

    Wow! Excuse me while I scrape myself off the floor. I’m in love with everything here!

  23. Virginie
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    Amazing house! Everything looks gorgeous! I’m in love with the grey and white carpet in the living room. Would it be possible to know where it’s from? Thanks a lot!

  24. Posted May 1, 2011 at 3:51 PM | Permalink

    Gorgeous. What a beautiful home….so warm and lovely. LOVE that bathroom so much & that green wallpaper is divine. Where is it from Jenn & Marc? So beautiful and so happy to know of Jenn’s blog.

  25. Posted May 8, 2011 at 4:38 PM | Permalink

    @ virginie – the rug is discontinued from ikea :(
    @ melis – the wallpaper is ferm living!

  26. Posted May 16, 2011 at 9:53 PM | Permalink

    Love the bathroom!

  27. Posted July 21, 2011 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

    Hey Emma,

    I know it’s been awhile, but I saw Jenn’s kitchen on AT, and then followed the link to her blog, and of course then saw you’d featured her, so followed the link here… (And I’m not even supposed to be at the computer with Noah home with me for the summer!) ;)

    Anyway. Just wanted to say a quick hi. I hope to get back on the blog wagon once school starts. Also wanted to say (if I haven’t before) that I love this series – the homes you feature are fantastic – not unlike your own. Endless source of inspiration this virtual space of yours. Thank you.

    Hope you’re staying cool.


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