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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.