Emily's Heritage House With a Modern Make-Over

Green House Call

(Welcome to Emily, who's trying out for a spot on our editorial team. Enjoy!)

Who lives here? Emily Smith + Vincent van Haaff
Location: Vancouver, BC

Tell us about this home: Our house was built around 1912, and has very recently been renovated, with a more modern interior. The stove is a testament to the goal of breathing new life into an already charming living space. Made in the 1950s, this charming stove has been rescued, revitalized, and works unbelievably well.

My hobbies involve researching "pre-oil" technologies, and although I've been knitting for quite a while, I’ve more recently delved into spinning, knitting, and dyeing my own wool. I have to say, that it has really opened my eyes to the pace that things were created, pre-industrial revolution. I'm always researching more sustainable methods for spinning and less toxic dyeing, and try to avoid purchasing imported yarn whenever possible. I also host weekly craft nights, where we share ideas, projects, and cookies.

Composting and gardening are also big in my life. I plan to get a vegetable garden going come the spring, and love to see my food scraps turn into healthy soil. In the meantime, I try to buy food from local, small-scale farmers markets and co-ops, as much as possible.

Bicycle culture is rampant in Vancouver, and it doesn't stop with us. We ride our bicycles throughout the city, and aren't afraid to do our grocery shopping either on foot with a wheely cart, or by bicycle with trailor. We also advocate for the newly constructed bike lanes, and engage with friends and family members to start riding, or continue, and rain-proof, with fenders and rain pants.

Thanks, Emily!

(Images: Emily Smith)