House Call: Heather Shaw in Toronto
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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.