House Call: Heather Shaw in Toronto by

Issue 46 · The Well-Stocked Home · November 14, 2011

House Call: Heather Shaw in Toronto

Issue 46 · The Well-Stocked Home · November 14, 2011

Toronto artist Heather Shaw makes lovely domestic goods—hemp pillows printed with drawings, linen tea cosies, pencil cases embroidered to look like lined paper—under the name Pi'lo and also writes a blog that is suffused with the same spare charm.

She lives in a Victorian home in downtown Toronto and cultivates a "very calm and tranquil space, even with all the toys that end up being strewn all over," says Shaw. Her home centers around handmade accents and minimal color: "Every wall in our house is a slightly different shade, but most people only see white." To browse her shop, go to Pi'lo.

Photos by Heather Shaw.

Clustered vintage frames on the wall in Pi'lo's house in Toronto

Above: A weaving shuttle and a small broom are among an array of framed objects displayed over a sofa upholstered in slate-colored linen.

Vintage buttons and yarn framed on the wall

Above: A braided skein of flax and vintage buttons are arranged in box frames.

White-painted fire place at Pi'lo's house in Toronto

Above: The fireplace has been supplanted by a radiator, but it still gives off a warm glow thanks to the hanging tealights over the mantel.

Fresh cut branches and a small nest sitting on the table

Above: A display of freshly cut branches.

White bedside table and framed artwork in the bedroom

Above: Shaw created the wall hanging by covering a patchwork of fabric with a layer of organza.

Vintage ironstone dishes sitting on open shelves

Above: A collection of mainly ironstone dishes are displayed on open kitchen shelving.

Dried canella berries in a vase sit next to a paper table lantern

Above: An arrangement of dried canella berries with a paper lamp from Ikea.

Antique folding desk and vintage radio

Above: Shaw's kitchen desk is an antique table and writing desk that opens up to "lots of little compartments."

DIY children's craft table in Toronto

Above: The children's craft table is outfitted with a roll of paper that hangs from a repurposed Grundtal Kitchen Rail from Ikea.

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