ISSUE 46  |  The Well-Stocked Home

House Call: Heather Shaw in Toronto

November 14, 2011 11:30 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

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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.

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

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

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.

Above: A display of freshly cut branches.

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

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

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

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

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