Explore this historic villa in Malmö where distressed meets decadent

This villa in Malmö marries hot Latin looks with a cool industrial vibe, shot through with quirky, individual touches

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A renovated and extended modern home in a 1908 villa in Malmö, Sweden, comprising a hallway, library, office, living room, dining room, kitchen and cloakroom on the ground floor with the master bedroom suite, children’s bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. There’s also a guest bedroom in the loft.

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Located in a picturesque part of the city, the villa – built in 1908 for the chief of the local fire brigade – was dubbed ‘the haunted house’ by the neighbourhood kids and it was easy to see why. Subsidence was a major issue and the exterior was suffering from neglect and decay. But the wreck also offered an abundance of space as well as the chance to expand.

In the living room (picture above, and below), aclassic Swedish fireplace takes centre stage.

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There's a deliberately uncluttered feel to the space, allowing the original architectural features to speak for themselves.

The patinated workbench (pictured above) was rescued from the back of an antiques shop in Rome.

The built-in bookcase was installed once the structural work on the house was complete.


A canny mix of Scandinavian chic and Latin good looks is evident throughout this renovated home. Much of the furniture was shipped over from Rome and fits effortlessly into the reworked rooms, now made structurally sound. But it’s the way that it’s been used that adds a modern edge to what might have been a traditional design. The vast glazed dresser in the kitchen, for example, was originally a shop fitting in a jewellery store. Broken down into pieces for transit, it was reassembled here and trimmed to fit the space.

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The rest of the kitchen was designed to match the display unit, with cabinets painted in a similar deep mahogany shade.

An inspired mix of elaborate antiques, industrial-style fittings and distressed-leather seating is perfectly showcased here.

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In the adjoining dining room, two benches – reclaimed from the waiting room of an Italian railway station – sit comfortably alongside a rustic-style dining table, adding an element of rough-luxe allure to the monochrome setting.

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The studded leather chair is an antique piece brought back from Rome. It adds an elementof textural contrast to the glossy table andpure white walls.

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Removing the plasterboard ceiling to reveal the support beams and apex above creates a bright, attractive space, more akin to an art gallery than a little-used thoroughfare.

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Soft linen bedding has a casual, lived-in feel that’s well suited to the relaxed atmosphere in this private retreat.

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Bare-brick walls lead into the bathroom, where a copper-lined bath and basins inject a dash of rough-luxe style alongside the vintage furniture and upcycled vanity unit.

villa in Malmö

Within the bathing space itself, the lime-covered walls are treated with bee wax, which makes them both eco-friendly and water repellent.

villa in Malmö

There's a purposeful ‘distressed-meets-decadent’ look throughout in the villa, by way of exposed brick surfaces and unclad pipework, and the copper towel rail in the bathroom.

Check out more of this home on malin.elledecoration.se

Photography ⁄ Petra Bindel/House of Pictures

Styling: Malin Persson/House of Pictures

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