The Man Behind Small Shop

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Does today’s blogger really need an introduction? If you haven’t already been reading Shop Talk , the blog behind the brand styling studio Small Shop, you need to get on it, stat. I’ve long admired Erika’s incredible talent, from her wonderful design skills to her incredible eye for interiors. She’s mentioned her husband Justin several times on her blog before, so I was intrigued to learn a little more about him! I love a guy with a wry sense of humor, and of course, how proud he is of Erika. An architect and a designer (my, my, the talent this couple has)…it’s no wonder their home is so fabulous!

Take it away, Justin… 

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{Top Image Credit: Jennifer Daigle}


  1. Rachelle said: replied:

    I love her blog and shop, another great one.

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  2. meg said: replied:

    Another great guy!
    Also, what an adorable family!

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  3. FripperyVintage said: replied:

    I’m a huge fan of Erika and her blog! Love, love this

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  4. I love Ericka’s blog. I’ve been following for awhile she is so talented. She has a beautiful family.

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  5. Geez, Victoria. You really need to find more attractive people to feature on your site.

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  6. jacquelyn |lark&linen said: replied:

    Ugh I swear this is my favourite series in ALL of internet land. So much fun to get to know the other half of all these ladies I love so!

    I think you need to get your man to do one ;)

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  7. YOLONDA said: replied:

    Very well said. What cool guy!

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  8. Kayla said: replied:

    Just love these little posts! Will definitely have to check her blog out! :)


    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  9. Elisa said: replied:

    Fabulous response. They are the cutest couple!

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  10. Natalie said: replied:

    loveeee her and this makes me adore him. Our guys are our biggest fans.
    Natalie @ DRB

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  11. Erika [small shop] said: replied:

    Thanks V and all of you in this wonderfully supportive blogging world! So appreciate the positivity you all bring!

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
    1. Such a great feature!!

      17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  12. Natalie said: replied:

    Such a sweet family! Love this.

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  13. I love his short answers, such a bro! Him and Erika certainly are the hot couple with a beautiful love child!

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
    1. Erika [small shop] said: replied:

      Jessie! You crack me up, gurl.

      17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  14. Kat said: replied:

    What a beautiful couple. I’ve been a huge fan of Erika’s work for years – she is SO talented! Love this post!


    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  15. Maryn said: replied:

    That hapa beauty is giving me baby fever! Love this series Victoria, you are an inspiration.

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  16. nora said: replied:

    Erika’s portfolio is amazing! love all her designs. i’ll have to start following her blog now. thanks for sharing.

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
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  18. Seriously, they are the cutest couple ever! And I love all of Justin’s responses, sure is one proud husband!

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  19. ame said: replied:

    Day-um, what a hot couple these two are. Quite the gene pool!

    I love her blog, and I love her work, and I could totally stare at her husband all day now too.

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  20. Julia said: replied:

    I absolutely love this series! What an awesome husband and adorable family!

    17 Jul 2013 | Reply
  21. Clara said: replied:

    Loved this post! I heart Erika so much and feel so lucky to be working with her!

    18 Jul 2013 | Reply
  22. Andrea said: replied:

    Whoa! Mad Men much? Nice!

    I love the question about waiting to eat. So wouldn’t be happening at my house. Maybe an aftermath picture. I’d like to see more of those!

    19 Jul 2013 | Reply
  23. Oh I love this series!! Especially when its about ladies who I adore and whose blogs I follow religiously….I love the angle and new insight. Love Erika and her beautiful family!

    21 Jul 2013 | Reply
  24. They must have met at age 12! So cool to get to see this peek into their lives. That picture of him and their adorable daughter couldn’t be sweeter. It’s cool that he understands how hard blogging well really is!

    23 Jul 2013 | Reply
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