The world wide web is nothing if not tangled and, of course, endlessly surprising. While researching The Arthur I followed a link to another local blog called The Marion House Book where I saw the photo above (by Kristin Sjaarda) featuring what could very well be the school map of Canada that used to hang in my former home office (below).
I purchased the map from Electicsaurus on Toronto’s Gerrard Street and when I tired of it a few years later, I flipped it to Martin Augsten of Rogue Gallery who sold it at his stall in the St. Lawrence Antiques Market for about three times what he paid me for it just hours before.
What’s really weird is that the entry hall in the top pic belongs to a couple named Hayley and Greg, both described as journalists. It also so happens that in 2009 I did an interview with a reporter named Hayley for a story she was writing about second-hand bargain hunting. Marion House author Emma confirms that her Hayley is indeed my Hayley. I immediately sent a note off to the reporter who, unfortunately, is on leave at the moment so I’ve been unable to learn whether she and her husband bought their map from Martin. More will be revealed.
And while I’m in this Twilight Zone of stuff, I’ll mention that the orange lamp in my former office has also found it’s way back to me via the internet. Around the same time I sold the map, I flipped the lamp on Craigslist to a very nice woman named April (that’s her husband and my old lamp, below right). Well, April wrote to me recently to let me know that she’s been following styleNorth ever since and has even started her own blog called Money Pit Love, in which she documents the joys and tribulations of her ongoing home renovation.
April, I apologize for dropping the ball on our correspondence and yes, I’d be happy to have coffee with you to share some of what I’ve learned in three years with styleNorth. Gotta keep the circle spinning.