How swede it is

A tra­di­tional din­ing room makes the most of a Gus­ta­vian style es­thetic.


FOS­TER FAM­ILY TIME The serene pal­ette and quiet de­tails form a gen­tle back­drop that al­lows con­vivial gath­er­ings to thrive. “We wanted this room to re­flect the warmth, time­less­ness and char­ac­ter suit­able to the cel­e­bra­tions—and the quiet mo­ments—that take place here,” says Haber­mehl. Adds Kirsten, “It’s be­come a sanc­tu­ary from the ev­ery­day busy­ness of our kitchen, and a cozy place to mark spe­cial oc­ca­sions with our fam­ily.” HON­OUR THE HIS­TORY “I was in com­plete agree­ment with the home­own­ers on mak­ing the most of the orig­i­nal leaded win­dows,” says Haber­mehl. “They lend such lovely char­ac­ter to the space.” Pretty pat­terned drap­ery draws attention to this side of the room, and hang­ing the cur­tains above the win­dow frame adds the il­lu­sion of height. STORE IN STYLE The hutch, side­board and dresser are large-scale pieces that could have over­whelmed the room, but their del­i­cate lines keep them in check. Opt­ing for sub­stan­tial fur­ni­ture works to ground the look, and as long as peo­ple can still safely move around, choices with stor­age ca­pac­ity are just a bonus.

ADD AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL IN­TER­EST “In­stalling a plate rail three-quar­ters of the way up the wall lends in­ter­est that re­lates to the home’s 1920s prove­nance,” says Haber­mehl. Paint­ing the bot­tom three-quar­ters white keeps the room light and bright, while us­ing a lighter grey for the top quar­ter con­tin­ues the Gus­ta­vian colour scheme and adds fresh­ness. TURN TO TEX­TURE Haber­mehl in­cor­po­rated a va­ri­ety of tex­tures to give the room lay­ers of depth. “We used nat­u­ral and pat­terned cot­ton and linen, both matte painted and pol­ished wood, and brass and pewter with patina,” she says.

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