Scandi Cool #4

Natural light, luxurious textures and sharply drawn black outlines are the staples of this chic family home.

Get the look: The extension was created by MK Architects. The flooring is from Parquet Flooring.


A Victorian house in northwest London. There’s a living area/kitchen-diner on the ground floor, plus a family room and WC. The first floor has the children’s bedrooms, a study/guest bedroom suite and, on the half landing, a bathroom. The master suite is on the top floor.


A side return with a pitched glazed roof maximises sunlight (pictured above). As you look through from the family room, all you see ahead of you is space and light.


Comfort comes first in this living room. The design feels sophisticated but also robust enough for family life. There are no fragile materials  or hard-edges used. Instead the a focus is on simple shapes and super tactile furniture.

Get the look: This is the Branagh ottoman from Source a similar sofa at The Conran Shop. The rug is from West Elm. The print is by South African artist William Kentridge – find his work at

Natural light, luxurious textures and sharp outlines are the staples of this family home.

You often see a beautiful kitchen extension that makes the living room redundant, as everyone loves the new area so much. Not so here. This layout is a perfect division of space. All the spaces effortlessly merge, rather than feeling separate.


Fine black lines run like a thread through all the rooms, on pendants, picture frames and as the glazing that envelops the extended kitchen area.

Get the look: This is a Dwell sofa. The leather snuggler is from John Lewis. The rug is from West Elm. This is the Sweep floor lamp by The ikat cushion and Angelica, left, and Phantasma, right, prints are all from Rockett St George, with both the latter hung in frames from

In all the spaces, art adds to the effect – without overwhelming. A mix of modern and collected pieces means none of the art dominates the rest of the décor.


Glazing above and around the kitchen extension makes the most of available light, with the open feel enhanced by clever structural techniques that remove the need for supporting pillars.

The kitchen cabinetry is ice-white and simple, with all the textural impact emanating from a splash back of rich copper and the glass pendant.

Get the look: The kitchen is by Goldman & Rankin. Metal Sheets can supply a burnished-copper splashback. The mixer tap is by Vigo. This is the Diner 125 pendant by Davey Lighting at Original BTC. The Industrial leather bar stools are from Rockett St George. This is the Dot vase by House Doctor at Lef Living.


On the top floor, the master bedroom is a masterclass in achieving the boutique-hotel vibe at home, with velvet, warm timber tones and lush metallics.

Get the look: The loft conversion is by MK Architects. The bed is from Living It Up. This is the Penelope bedside table from West Elm. The pendant is from Old with New at The bedcover is from Nordic House. The walls are painted in Down Pipe estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.


Sleek, smooth tiling and curvaceous modern basins were the starting point for this bathroom. Simple and textural.

Matt-black taps were added to the bathroom and to mimic the clean black lines that feature elsewhere.

Get the look: The Milan basin mixers are by Tre Mercati at QS Supplies. The basins are from Lusso Stone. The mirror is from Next Home. The wall lights are from Holly’s House. The Italgraniti wall tiles are from Tower Ceramics.


This roomy, first-floor space doubles as a guest bedroom.

Get the look: Find the Acorn desk and Helvetica office chair at West Elm. The Random pendant light is by Bertjan Pot for Moooi. The rug is from Urban Outfitters.


Concrete, brass and deepest blue meet create a glam slam in the smallest room in the house.

Get the look: The basalt basin is from Living’ROC. The mirror is from Abigail Ahern. This is’s Starkey chandelier. The walls are painted in Hague Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. For concrete work surfaces like these, try Topcret.

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Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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