Andrea An started Interiors of Saskatchewan as a photography project in 2016. The goal is to photograph as many interior spaces within Saskatchewan as possible, and to share the tenants/owners stories and experiences about their interior spaces.
Powerful storytelling and imagery go hand-in-hand in this project to showcase the overall essence and meaning behind these spaces.
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Brant Rumpel: “Joyne is a new store, and we opened up as a pop-up to start. We’ve just opened our permanent location. My background was in digital marketing. I was living in Toronto for a couple of years, and worked at a media company where I ran a lot of digital marketing. Prior to that, I ran an independent retail store selling RV parts.”
(2/3) “How does this store help facilitate the purpose and vision of Joyne?”
“Joyne is in a great location on Broadway. We’re by the theatre, and next to Starbucks. We get a lot of people who walk around and find our store. The other great thing is that the space is bright, and light-coloured. We really want to showcase the different people who rent the space and their products, and having light walls is a good canvas for them to come in with their displays and products. They really make it about themselves and their brand instead of about Joyne.”
(3/3) “What do you love most about the design of the store?”
“What I love most, is that when we re-opened permanently, I renovated the store. We built a lot of new things, and a lot of it is just light and bright. We used a lot of plywood with a clear finish on it, and it really opens up the space. If someone puts a coloured product on a light-coloured shelf, it really shines, rather than looking at all of the shelving. That’s what I like the most.”
Joyne is located on 101-733 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK. It’s a retail space that supports small local businesses. The interior is neatly organized with light and warm finishes, and it doesn’t feel overwhelming to be in at all. The space allows each vendor to showcase their products in a creative, clean and calm fashion. The white walls help to display each item in a way that can be easily switched out with each season. If you love supporting the local community, check out Joyne! Their grand opening is on Saturday, April 21st. You don’t want to miss it!
(1/3) “Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the background of Bill’s House of Flowers?”
“We opened in 1962 and Bill was my dad. He had gone up north and made quite a bit of money to open the shop. He had worked in a shop when he was younger and decided that that’s what he wanted to do. In 1962 – same location – we had a few locations over the years but we’ve always come back to this one. This is the main one – it’s running and going strong!”
(2/3) “What do you love most about the design of the space?”
“Not a lot actually because this building is so, so old as much as the architecture is on Broadway. The space is long and skinny, but we make it work. We have some really good windows for our plants up front and we have some storage on the other side. We make this building work. It’s not the best design but we make it work.”
(3/3) “What’s your favourite area of the store, and why?
“Absolutely the front of the store because it’s so bright and it’s great for all of our plants. As you can see, we have a ton of them in here. The front of the store would be my most favourite.”
Bill’s House of Flowers is located on 712 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK. They’re a family owned and operated business. Bill's House of Flowers offer a wide variety of plants, floral arrangements, and gifts that are graciously taken care of by floral designers and plant professionals. There are many benefits to being surrounded by plants and greenery. Plants provide cleaner air, boosts your mood and helps with concentration. If you are looking to add beautiful plants in your home, Bill’s House of Flowers is the place to go!
(1/3) “Can you tell us a little bit about Lifecycle Spin Studio?”
“Lifecycle has been open for almost two years now, and we’re a boutique spin studio on Broadway for people who want to get a great workout in.”
(2/3) “What do you love most about the design of the space?”
“The thing that I love most is the open concept. We have a really big lobby here and a front entrance. It really creates a community atmosphere. When people come in – we got a big space where you can grab a coffee, grab a tea, hang out before and after class, and then head on into studio. The studio is dark, which is important because then you can really focus on your workout and get the best out of your sweat.”
(3/3) “How do you personally connect with the space?”
“I personally connect with the space on so many levels. These are just four walls that are in this building but it’s really the people that make this studio what it is, and they put the ‘life’ in ‘lifecycle.’ I’ve been spinning here for two years and teaching here for a year, and it’s all about the people who fill this space. They fill it with their energy, their passion, and it’s just a great place to be.”
Lifecycle Spin Studio is located on 1002 B Broadway Ave, Saskatoon, SK. Their interior space provides a closely-knit community atmosphere that is well-balanced. The space draws in a ton of natural light which improves the health and productivity of their employees and the spin users. The classes are small which creates a community oriented environment where people can feel more connected with the class and the people they’re surrounded by.
(1/3) "Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the background of Moksha Yoga?"
"Leia and Ashleigh are both Saskatchewan girls. We moved away to different cities after school, Leia- Edmonton- Ashleigh- Toronto and found Moksha Yoga. It was that place we both always felt was our 'home away from home'. We quickly fell in love with the Canadian based series and decided we should bring it Home.
Moksha studios are built on the foundation of clean, green conscious construction. Our hope is that your surroundings will help create an environment that will keep you calm and relaxed as you practice. Moksha Yoga is a form of hot yoga that combines the precision of therapeutic yoga and the foundations of traditional yoga in a specially heated room."
(2/3) "What do you love most about the design of the interior?"
"We love that every aspect of the studio was created from the ground up by yours truly! We put in the time and effort to design and create the space. All the wood used in the space was salvaged from church pews. The desk, the vanities, the backer board for our hooks and mat racks, the frame around our chalkboard all repurposed. The main lobby flooring is made up of recycled vinyl chips. Barn Wood was used to create a shelving unit to house our fridge. Recycled newspaper was used to on the hot room ceiling to eliminate sound being lost in the rafters."
(3/3) "How does this space help facilitate your work?"
"The space is open and welcoming and allows us to continually create an accessible environment with new students walking through the door as well as students who have been a part of our family for years."
@Moksha Yoga Saskatoon is located on 619 1st Ave N, Saskatoon, SK. The interior space promotes a healthy built environment that has been skillfully designed and constructed by the owners. Sustainable design has been successfully integrated by ensuring that the users are comfortable while maximizing the quality of the materials. When designing sustainable interiors, it's important to be mindful and respectful of the environment.
(1/3) “Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves and the background of 9 Mile Legacy?”
Garrett Pederson: “Shawn and I both started home brewing back in 2008. That’s when the concept of 9 Mile Legacy started, although we didn’t have a name for the brewery yet. From our first home brew batch, we always talked about what our brewery was going to be called. I was working for an engineering consulting firm at the time, managing their soil assessing laboratory. Shawn was a lawyer and practiced law just under a decade. We home brewed to a point where we had to decide if we were going to do this, or not do it. We quit our jobs, went traveling abroad, learned about beer, worked at breweries, and then we came back in 2013. We finalized a business plan and started 9 Mile Legacy.”
Shawn Moen: “Every generation of our family have chosen to work together over the years. One of the reasons why they did was because they were located 9 Miles apart. Everybody’s got neighbours – you choose to celebrate the good times and hard times with those that approach your community in the same way. That’s what we’re hoping to perpetuate with 9 Mile Legacy.”
(2/3) “What do you love most about the design of the interior space?”
Garrett: “The things that I like most about this space is that we created a comfortable space. Our demographic spans from young to old. Pretty much anyone can feel comfortable here. They can come in, have a beer or have a conversation here, and connect with people.”
Shawn: “I like that the space is utilitarian. There’s a lot of repurposed aspects that not only call back to our former space – we’ve got various pieces of our former space interspersed in this space. It’s been awesome to hear customers that visited the former space tell the story to other customers. I think it’s a real connection point for a lot of people just by virtue of how we designed the space, and that sums up what I think we’re trying to do as a business as well as serve as a point of connection. And because of our license, we’re allowed to have kids come in. You end up with this dynamic in the community where we’re not really a bar, we’re a place of community connection, and you end up with families. It’s a space that is really open to everyone.”
(3/3) “Do you have a favourite memory here?”
Shawn: “Early on, we had a group of young mothers who booked the place. There was about 12 of them, and they all came in with their bassinets. The middle table was filled with young mom’s having beer, and there was little babies all around. All of their husbands picked them up after, so that was a really cool memory. The other memory that I really like is when we recently hosted a private concert for one of my favourite artist’s, Tom Wilson. To have been able to share that with people that were close to us, and to see our space used in that way was a very powerful moment for me.”
Garrett: “Before we opened - we liked the layout and liked the design. It all kind of happened and came together. We didn’t really know what it was going to look like, but it all kind of happened organically. My other favourite memory was the “A Very 9 Mile Christmas”. I’m not really a holiday guy, but Shawn had planned an event, and we just had a lot of good regular people here. Our families were here, and the event went really well. The place was just packed and it was a fun night.”
@9 Mile Legacy is located on 229 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK. They’re a nano brewery that has great beer selections and light snacks. The interior of 9 Mile Legacy offers a strong sense of place which is an aspect of interior design that allows customers to feel comfortable, cozy and welcome. They are heavily involved with the Saskatoon community and are always putting their customers first. To find out more about 9 Mile Legacy, visit their website below:
(1/3) “Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the background of The Shoe Boutique?”
"My name is Ben Quattrini, and I’m a project manager by trade. I’ve done lots of different work for lots of different companies over the years. The Shoe Boutique is a collaboration between myself, my best friend (Emmanuel Pineda) and my wife (Kellyana Quattrini). We decided to come together and build this store early of last year (2017). We wanted to bring something different, such as some brands that weren’t here and an experience that wasn’t here. We’re in the store serving our customers ourselves. We think that’s pretty unique to this market, and we wanted to do something different."
(2/3) “What is your favourite area in the store and why?”
I would say that my favourite area in the store is our retail space. It’s the front of the store. The store’s not complicated, so you’ve got our back storage room and our front retail area. That basically comprises the whole thing. The way that we designed it is pretty unique, we wanted a really open feel, and we wanted it to be airy with lots of space to feel like a boutique. When you’re coming in, you’re not inundated with products. We’re able to display the product that we sell in a nice and classy way where you can appreciate the quality of the products.
“Why did you specifically choose this design for the store?”
"We worked with a company called Luminary Design in Saskatoon who designed most of what you see here. We changed a few things in the renovation process which I think is normal when you’re doing something of this scale. They took what we were looking for in terms of a light, a really open and classy space that we would be able to display our products how we wanted."
(3/3) “What differentiates your shoe store from others?”
"I think there’s two main things that differentiate us from the competition and other stores across the country. For the products that we sell, we carry about 45 different brands, and most of which are exclusive to us in Saskatchewan. Our goal for this store was to bring products to this market that was not available here, and things that you could only get in larger markets like Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. That’s the main thing that differentiates us from our competition. The other aspect of it is the fact that our service level is very personable. There’s 3 of us that own the store, and there’s 3 of us that staff the store. We’re always here interacting with our customers. They become our friends as well as our clients, and it really makes the whole thing special."
@theshoeboutique is a locally owned shoe and handbag store that is located on 725 Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon, SK. The owners are very friendly and personable, and they offer a personal experience that allows customers to feel welcome and comfortable. The interior of the boutique showcases a fresh clean, light-toned, balanced and organized interior. Organization is an aspect of interior design that is often overlooked, but they have successfully considered every detail to ensure that customers are experiencing their space through an organized and functional fashion.
(1/3) “Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the background of Citizen Café and Bakery?”
“My name is Brittany Brown, and I’m the owner of Citizen Café and Bakery. I wanted to create a café in the city for people to feel comfortable no matter where they were coming from and to have ‘the home’ and ‘the workplace’ feel. I’ve been working towards establishing myself and creating what I wanted to bring to Saskatoon, as well as learning how to run a café through accounting, purchasing, and all of those different elements. Once I gained all of those elements, I opened up Citizen Café! I started as a baker, and I’ve done a lot of baking in different places in Saskatoon to be able to reach a clientele that I know that really likes what I have to offer. And luckily, they love it here. We’ve established ourselves for four years now.”
(2/3) “What do you love about the design of Citizen Café & Bakery?”
“The most important thing with the design was balancing the feminine and the masculine. I want everyone to feel welcome, so whether it’s a piece of artwork, a plant, a light fixture – I always want to make sure it’s balanced in both ways, as well as comfort and workspace. I didn’t want the café to be so comfortable that you’d just want to lounge and fall asleep, but I want people to have some productive energy. It’s about keeping the energy high as well as making the space comfortable, and that is through balancing the masculine and feminine. So we just try to assess that whenever we bring in something new into the store.”
“What’s your favourite area in the café, and why?
“That’s a hard question! But I’d have to say that my favourite area in the café would have to be where people wait for their coffee. I love the graphics that our graphics guy (Dean) did; he is such a visionary for this place. I believe that the graphics that he did on his window really push something into the store. I added some plants and we have our triangle board… I think this is a solid area for our café when it comes down to the colours, the greenery, the graphics, and the energy.”
(3/3) “Do you have a favourite memory here?”
“I got married here so I’d have to say that is definitely my favourite memory! It didn’t look like this when we got married, it was before we opened in 2013. We opened in 2014, 14 days after. There was still mudding on the wall, we just got our electrical in so that was sweet, and there was only 12 of us at the wedding. It was a fantastic time. We just celebrated with food and I got married in the Kid’s Room. I walked down the isle from the entranceway through and around the kitchen. We have different plants like Amaryllis in the wintertime because those are the wedding flowers that we had here.”
Citizen Café and Bakery is located on 18-23rd Street East, Saskatoon, SK. They sell delicious coffee, baked goods, breakfast and lunch which are offered in gluten free or vegan varieties. The interior of Citizen Café and Bakery focuses on the local community through their finishes and overall design. The eclectic and unique nature of the space makes it enjoyable and comfortable for anyone to work and experience a relaxing yet upbeat atmosphere with a great cup of coffee.
(1/3) “Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the background of High Key Brewing Co?”
“My name is Madeline, and I’m originally from Saskatoon. I went to the University of Saskatchewan and did my undergrad and MBA there. I travelled a lot, and through my travels I ended up going to a lot of different microbreweries, and that was always my favourite part of travelling. The more I travelled, the more appreciation I got for Saskatoon. I thought a microbrewery would be great for the city since there’s nothing really like this here yet. That fueled my creativity, and I worked out a business plan and took it from there.”
(2/3) “What inspired you to design a space like this?”
“With our brand and our logo, I wanted to keep things different than how microbreweries had traditionally been portrayed; very industrial, has rough wood, gray and dark colour tones. I wanted to do the complete opposite of that and go with light, white and clean colours. I also wanted to bring in natural greenery and tie it with stream modernline design.”
“How do you personally connect with the interior?”
“I like things very laid back. I’m a very chill person. I’ve always liked places where you could set up a laptop and have a beer with chill music.”
(3/3) “What are your favourite memories here so far?”
“On Sunday afternoons when the sun is shining and people are hanging out. They bring their dogs, they do some work and have some beer. I’m excited for summer since we have longer days.”
Hkbrew is a microbrewery that is located on 1905 Quebec Avenue, Saskatoon, SK. They sell a variety of different types of craft beer, along with food and apparel. They also have a small retail section where they support local makers and creators. Their space has so much natural light which helps people be more calm, productive and alert. Did you know that people are less likely to report negative health symptoms when they are exposed to natural light? High Key Brewing Co is the “it” spot for Saskatoon’s summer days!
(1/3) "Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the background of Hazlewood?"
“I’m Michaela and I’m from Saskatoon. I’ve lived in other Canadian cities, and I’ve always been a thrifter. I’ve always moved home because I felt that Saskatoon is special. So, I thought I’d stay here and get rooted down in Saskatoon. While living abroad, I’d always go thrift store shopping and collect. Looking back, I didn’t know that I would open a storefront or that I was collecting for it. But once I moved back to Saskatoon, I started doing pop-up shops and I started selling out of a collaborative storefront; selling with four other girls. Then, I decided to look into the process of opening a storefront. I wrote a business plan and my passion project turned into Hazlewood.”
(2/3) “What inspired you to design a space like this?”
“As an avid thrifter, I’d go into places that are pretty cluttered and messy. I knew that I wanted to design something more modern where people could feel comfortable while shopping and not feel overwhelmed. Each item is displayed in a way that’s modern.”
“How do you personally connect with the interior of Hazlewood?”
“As a young entrepreneur, I’m constantly growing, learning and having new styles, and I think that the space reflects that as well. When we first started, the space was pretty bare bones. As I grew with the space and discovered what I liked and didn’t like, the space grew with me. I think the space will constantly change as I change as well.”
(3/3) “What is your favourite memory here so far?”
“I don’t specifically have a favourite memory, but I’m always pretty smitten when people come in and they love the space. To have someone come in and they appreciate the style and the way I’ve displayed the items, it’s always a blessing.”
Hazlewood is a vintage store that is located on 120 20th Street West. The store carries contemporary second hand pieces that follow the current fashion trends of each season as well as locally crafted wares, goods, accessories and apothecary. Hazlewood's interior space utilizes natural, reusable and local materials which are essential qualities of sustainable design.
Visit Hazlewood's website at: http://www.hazlewoodcompany.com
(1/2) "Can you tell me a bit about yourself and Sherbrooke?"
“My name is Suellen Beatty, and I am the CEO at Sherbrooke Community Society Inc., which I say, stands for Chief Empowerment Officer. I have been here for 30 years. Sherbrooke is home to 263 people, and so it’s a bustling community. We have over 400 volunteers. We have a childcare centre where 36 little kids come everyday for daycare. We have an iGen classroom with 24 grade 6 students who are part of our community, and we have over 600 staff. And then there’s all the families who come and make up our community – so, in so many ways, we’re like a small town."
(2/2) “What do you love about Sherbrooke, and what differentiates Sherbrooke from other care homes?”
“The thing I love about Sherbrooke, which is not different than other care homes, is the people. We’re drawn to care. All of the care homes certainly would have that in common. We attract amazing, loving staff, so it’s really easy to fall in love with the people here. I think what makes Sherbrooke a little bit different than some of the other care homes is the philosophy that we follow. It’s called the Eden Alternative Philosophy. And basically what that philosophy teaches us is that the bulk of suffering for the people who come to live in long-term care is caused from loneliness, helplessness and boredom. It’s actually of the human spirit. And so with the Eden Alternative Philosophy, we look after the whole person which is the human spirit as well as the human body. So lots of care homes do focus on that. The Eden Alternative takes us down a little bit of a different road. It takes us on the journey of life where Dr. Thomas, who was one of the creators of the philosophy – teaches us that we become the whole world for the people who live here. So that challenges us to create this really interesting place for people to live. So when I look around some of the other homes, I think their view is to care for the whole person, but I’m not sure that the goal is to be the whole world for people. That makes us different.”
(1/3) "My name is Chris, and I'm the owner of Mana Bar. We soft launched on January 1st and we officially opened on May the fourth (be with you)."
"What inspired you to design a space like this?"
"When I was a kid we had an arcade in our small, small town. It was initially supposed to be an arcade, but now it's a bar."