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Interior: Simple winter style

A shop owner celebrates the season in her own soothing and subtle way.

Unlike some overstuffed holiday homes – mind the tangle of tinsel, heed the plastic Santas! – Lisa Besseling’s house is all about being mellow. In the entryway, pinned to the staircase by a cream-coloured ribbon, a solitary birch wreath signals the season. Similarly subdued are the Christmas gifts, simply wrapped in kraft paper and raffia string.

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Homeowner Lisa Besseling

“I try to be mindful of every piece that comes into the house: Either I love it or it serves a purpose,” says the owner of Stony Lake Furniture Co., located in Lakefield, Ont., a quaint village 20 minutes outside Peterborough, where the decorator grew up. Lisa shares the 2,800-square-foot house with her boyfriend, Marlon Hazlewood, a photographer, and Owen, their Brussels Griffon, a small dog with a Marlon Brando under-bite and wispy goatee.

At one-and-a-half storeys, the home has a Scandinavian style. Awash in soothing grey and white paint, the interior’s fall-into-me furniture inspires lounging with a cup of hot tea and a book. A river runs through the backyard, and during December, when the snow settles on the tree branches, it’s like a cozy cabin retreat straight out of a travel brochure.

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