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