Me in Paris

Me in Paris

My mission is to share my appreciation of antiques and historical interiors with heritage home owners, students and the world. I love almost anything old!

This means old houses, and antiques, and I am fascinated with history of just about everything. It’s lucky that what I do and have done for a long time as work is also what I do for fun.

My company, From Times Past Ltd. is an interior decorating company that specializes in the decoration and restoration of heritage homes. It started as a retail store here in Edmonton, Alberta back in 1994 and for 13 years I helped owners of historic homes source the right kind of products and furnish their homes.

My store carried beautiful antique furniture and all sorts of collectibles and over the years I became very knowledgeable in the categories of antiques that interested me. I closed the store five years ago and now, apart from helping them restore or decorate their heritage homes, I also help clients by appraising their antiques or helping them sell their pieces through private sales.

Restoring a heritage home requires more than just creativity. It takes knowledge of and appreciation for the past. There’s nothing I love better than to go into an old house and smell that wonderful musty odor of old wood. OK… I’m weird.

Sharing my interests with other kindred spirits is very rewarding to me. One of the ways I do this is by teaching. This includes teaching the history of furniture and western art at our local university and giving seminars about restoring the interiors of old houses for our city’s heritage planning department.

Another way I do this is by writing for magazines. Over the years I have written for such magazines as “Discovering Antiques”, “Legacy”, “Edifice Old Home” and “Heritage Home” to name a few. My first book “Historical Interiors of Alberta – A Guide to Restoring and Decorating your Heritage Home” was published in the fall of 2012.

I am a passionate proponent of preservation but I also understand that no one wants to live in a museum. I believe old homes can be preserved yet fulfill the needs of 21st century living. The key is balance. I serve on two historical association boards and this allows me to meet many people and see some fantastic heritage homes. I love what I do!

By the way did I mention I live in a 1912 house?

Look for pictures and stories of our own restoration experiences under “My Old House” in this blog. I’d love to hear about your own experiences. I look forward to meeting or speaking with you. Any questions? Please contact me directly.


Johanne Yakula