Inside PR maven Shan­non Heth’s art-filled home.

In Shan­non Heth’s East Van her­itage home, ev­ery piece tells a story.

Vancouver Magazine - - Featuring - by Ju­lia Dil­worth

In a tIme of open-con­cept ev­ery­thing, lo­cal PR maven Shan­non Heth isthank­ful for the cozy cor­ners found through­out her fam­ily’s updated her­itage house in East Vancouver. “There are all these lit­tle ar­eas of refuge,” says the Milk Cre­ative Com­mu­ni­ca­tions founder, who shares this sub­ur­ban-like slice of Hast­ings–Sun­rise with her hus­band, artist Ge­orge Ver­gette, and their two boys, Mau­ritz and Xavier.

From the sec­ond-storey bal­cony off their bedroom(“I have my morn­ing cof­fee up here on week­ends”) to the TV room they tuck into be­hind slid­ing doors, to the kitchen’s cush­ioned read­ing nook (dec­o­rated with hand-em­broi­dered pil­lows pro­cured on a re­cent trip to Sar­dinia), there’s am­ple op­por­tu­nity for pri­vate(ish) mo­ments within the bright and open reno. “I think when you live in a smaller space, it’s im­por­tant to have those site-spe­cific ar­eas where you can kind of get away, even if there’s not a lot of space to be to­tally hid­den,” she says with a smile, as the lit­tle ones are never too far away.

An eclec­tic art col­lec­tion cov­ers all free walls, com­pris­ing Ver­gette’s own work and pieces from a net­work of lo­cal artists (Evan Lee’s Lighted Bush hangs over the fire­place, a Peter Schuyff paint­ing punches up the liv­ing room), but there are touches of the fam­ily’s cre­ative pedi­gree ev­ery­where. An in­her­ited cof­fee ta­ble lives on, re-topped in white mar­ble; a black me­tal Michael Steiner sculpture near the en­try­way was a child­hood gift from Heth’s par­ents; agreat horned owl rep­re­sents Grandpa Ver­gette’s early ex­per­i­ments in taxi­dermy at age 13. “He was play­ing around with teach­ing him­self taxi­dermy and so he stuffed the owl and put in the eyes and the whole thing and it’s been in the fam­ily ever since,” she laughs. “Boys, right? This is what I have to look for­ward to.”

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