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.

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  1. Posted May 16, 2010 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

    I love these home tours, thank you for sharing

  2. Posted May 16, 2010 at 1:52 PM | Permalink

    so warm and bright. i would love to stop by for a cup of tea. just lovely. you captured it well.

  3. Pamela
    Posted May 17, 2010 at 10:07 AM | Permalink

    what a lovely home and family ! I love that Derek sewed a pillow, what fun !

  4. Posted May 17, 2010 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    Great new look on your blog…feels fresh and just right! Oh and this neighbour post rocks!

  5. Posted May 17, 2010 at 4:54 PM | Permalink

    Love this series! All of your neighbours have such great taste!

  6. Posted May 17, 2010 at 6:58 PM | Permalink

    I absolutely love this home….so warm & interesting. Beautiful pieces and so much fun. Of course I want to know about the art that wasn’t mentioned :) The little bird with the number 3 on it? I love that….Also, love your comfy & handsome bedroom, great blanket and great colors throughout. thank you so much for sharing this! I love it!

  7. kristin
    Posted May 17, 2010 at 7:40 PM | Permalink

    hi melissa, the bird painting is also by Rachel Riordan. her etsy site is mentioned in the links. Her company is called thrasherandwren.

  8. janet
    Posted May 18, 2010 at 5:17 PM | Permalink

    Kristin’s home looks as warm and inviting as it is in real life! Beautiful shots. Love the blog’s new look, Emma & Rachel!

  9. Josephine Geux
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM | Permalink

    The Van Wijk blanket factory in Leiden (Holland) has ceased to exist in 1957.
    So my partner was right not to get rid of my grandmothers blankets!

  10. Posted June 24, 2010 at 5:26 PM | Permalink

    This house is adorable, your blog is great, and I love your “hello neighbor” series…

  11. Posted November 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM | Permalink

    I really love the children’s room. What a great Idea.!

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