WHEN KIRSTEN AND HER HUS­BAND, AN­DREAS, DE­CIDED TO REN­O­VATE THEIR KITCH­ENER, ONT., HOME’S

Canadian Living - - HOME & GARDEN | DECORATING -

din­ing room, they had a clear idea of what they wanted, but they needed help with the ex­e­cu­tion. Their collection of Gus­ta­vian antiques, in­clud­ing a bureau, a chan­de­lier, din­ing room chairs and a Mora clock, steered them in the di­rec­tion of the Swedish es­thetic they were drawn to, but the mock-tu­dor room was at the time dark with heavy fur­ni­ture and fab­rics that fea­tured a Wil­liam Morris vibe. “We knew we wanted the room to be lighter in feel and in­spired by Gus­ta­vian style’s clas­sic el­e­ments and pale colours,” says Kirsten, “but we wanted to re­tain some of the for­mal el­e­ments we love in a din­ing room.”

De­signer Ali­son Haber­mehl was able to bring a light and airy feel to the space while giv­ing the fam­ily the tra­di­tional eat­ing and gath­er­ing area they de­sired—all while in­cor­po­rat­ing some of An­dreas and Kirsten’s beloved antiques. Here’s how she did it.

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