Shop Visit: Esther Lee of @thiswildheart

We recently had the pleasure of having Esther Lee from the Toronto-based blog This Wild Heart visit our shop in Parkdale. We met Esther last year while selling at a local market alongside fellow vendor Rugged Lot, who specializes in hand-crafted leather goods made by her husband, Roy Lee. We're big fans of Esther's Instagram account, which showcases her beautiful photographs of captured moments around the city, so we thought to ask her a few questions about her aesthetic, inspirations and favourite spots in Toronto:

What is your design motto?

Simplicity is key.

All my design influences come from the idea that less is more. We're moving into a small home soon and I know this is going to help us make the most of our space and not live on top of one another! 

Where/whom do you look to for inspiration?

Everything inspires me. I find myself constantly people watching, finding inspiration in peoples' outfits and style, in architecture and what surrounds me and from what I find through social media/ Pinterest of course!

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I would say my design aesthetic is fresh, simple and minimalistic. I'm not a huge fan of colour but if they're muted and put together just right, they can be the perfect amount of colour I need! I adore things that have multifunctional purposes. For instance, I find myself using a lot of glassware cups as vases as well.

What is your favourite hidden gem in the city?

This is a tough question! I love my local coffee shop spaces like Early Bird Espresso and Sorry Coffee Co, but my favourite place to go for some inspiration is Allan Gardens. It's a free public space and no matter how many times I visit, it never ceases to take my breath away. It's my go-to place for inspiration and all things pretty!

What is your ideal way to spend a day off?

Grab some coffee, maybe even brunch, people watch for hours, visit Allan Gardens, and finish it off with a picnic in the park with the hubby for dinner just before sunset.

What inspired your Slow Living content section?

I found myself feeling inspired by local people who I've been fortunate to meet at events or gatherings. Each contributor has their own special talent or hobby or small local business. They inspired me to showcase what they have to offer as much or as little as they'd like to share. Thus, Slow living is a reminder to go back to remind us to appreciate the little things and gratitude for being surrounded by so many talented people who we are fortunate enough to learn from and be inspired by.

Thank you Esther for taking the time to answer our questions! We're thrilled to announce that we've teamed up to offer both our followers and Esther's a chance to win a Cambie blanket! For details on this exclusive giveaway and Esther's blog post about Cambie, please visit This Wild Heart.

(Photos 2, 3, 4 + 5 taken by Esther Lee courtesy of This Wild Heart and Photos 1 + 6 of Esther at Cambie, snapped by us)

87 comments

fan girl! all these images make me feel so calm and warm. Also I think the inside of my brain would look like a brightly coloured Cambie blanket :)

ateqah khaki March 07, 2016

Gorgeous as always! Love your blankets

Melissa March 06, 2016

I want, no, need one!!! :D Love, Esthers #1 fan.

Laura March 06, 2016

Thank you for this lovely interview with Esther! Her words and beautiful instagram account have really brought home just how many inspiring places there are in Toronto (and put me to shame for having lived here for so long and never once visited Allan Garden!). P.S – I can’t wait to visit your store! :)

Bella March 06, 2016

Very sweet interview, love This Wild Heart and her aesthetic! Also, one can never have enough blankets, :) and the Cambie ones are adorable!

Dee Christoff March 06, 2016

Love love love these blankets! I saw them about a year ago and regret not purchasing one.

Dominique P March 06, 2016

I love this blanket! It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Since I live in New York, this is a must have!

Natalie Sisco March 06, 2016

Your stuff is seriously gorgeous! Would love to have a piece in my new house :)

courtney devries March 06, 2016

I have a botanical garden close to me as well. Ihadn’t thought of using the space to clear my head. It’s a great idea! Thank you for the inspiration!

Colleen C March 06, 2016

What a great giveaway and collab! Absolutely lovely all around <3

Emily K. March 06, 2016

Love ‘this wild heart’’s instagram!! Allan garden is also breathtaking. It was inspiring to read about Esther, thank you.

Lettie March 06, 2016

The Cambie blanket is gorgeous, I think everyone needs at least a few colours. Allan Gardens used to be my boyfriend’s and my fav spot when we lived close by it – a gem in the city.

Stephanie March 06, 2016

I’m loving this bright & airy look ❤️

Abrianna March 06, 2016

I would love a blanket, been eye balling them for months now!! ?

Emma Kopstein March 06, 2016

Great to see the brand so much now!

Tang March 06, 2016

I love visiting Allan Gardens as well, always put me in a good mood. Great post!

Kelly March 06, 2016

Great interview and lovely aesthetic!

Eve March 06, 2016

Your blankets are beautiful!

Leanne March 06, 2016

Love these blankets! Beautiful.

Quinn March 06, 2016

Love all the prints and colours!

Vickie March 06, 2016

Love these blankets! I’ll have to make a trip to Allan Gardens soon…I moved to Toronto in August and still haven’t been!

Joycelin March 06, 2016

I love these blankets! :) And I agree, Allan Gardens is the perfect place in the winter!

Noelle March 06, 2016

The simplicity of your aesthetic is refreshing and stunning. Like a breath of fresh air.

Arin March 06, 2016

Been a fan of Cambie blankets since the early days at the Junction Flea. So beautiful, versatile and a perfect gift!

Anne March 06, 2016

These are gorgeous! Need one for my new home but should pick up some as gifts, too !

Lindsay March 06, 2016

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