Modern Rustic #2

Soft colours, tactile surfaces and a lot of hard graft were all it took to turn a dated and unloved property into a super-stylish yet practical family home

Get the look: The armchair was found at The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair and the vintage Danish sideboard is an eBay buy. Above it hangs a print of a Bert & May x Darkroom textile. The coffee table was built by the home owner, who topped it with a vintage Danish gym mat. The fireplace is tiled with Majadas tiles by Bert & May. The rug and cushions are by Larussi. The curtains are made in Bert & May’s Lily and Amaryllis.


A characterful and cosy Victorian mill house in North Yorkshire. On the ground floor is a living room, dining room, kitchen, garden room and cloakroom, while upstairs are four bedrooms, a bathroom and shower room.

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The living room is the oldest part of the house, and original features such as beautiful cornicing, good sash windows and original plasterwork help add character to this modern scheme. Plasterwork in the living room was left exposed, but waxed to enhance its surface pattern.

Get the look: The sofa is from Béton Brut. The ladder shelving unit is from French Connection Home. The central light fitting and the wall lamps are fitted with Tala light bulbs from Heal’s.

The interior is a clever combination of tactile surfaces, contemporary pattern and well-chosen pre-loved pieces.

Get the look: The vintage Danish sideboard is an eBay buy. Above it hangs a print of a Bert & May x Darkroom textile.


The kitchen is part of an Eighties extension, but has been given a radical new look thanks to a wall of bold striped tiles. The whole kitchen was done on a budget and cost about £2,000 thanks to a few clever ideas. Floorboards and woodwork were sanded and repainted, simple painted MDF cupboards were topped with concrete and new tiles on the back wall gave the kitchen a fun twist.

Get the look: The kitchen was designed by Rory Robertson. The cabinetry is painted in Chia oil eggshell by Bert & May, which also supplied the concrete fittings. The wall and splash back are clad in Pesadilla tiles by Bert & May. The Danish table and chairs are from Béton Brut.


The dining room has an informal feel and is an eclectic mix of finds from a variety of different vintage fairs and dealers.

Get the look: The table is built from reclaimed Spanish shutters. The curtains are made in Bert & May’s Majadas. The vintage chair was bought from The Yorkshire Antiques and Art Fair. The machinist’s stool was an eBay buy, as was the overmantel mirror. The painter’s stool was found in a garage.


The master bedroom has a warm, cocooning feel thanks to the rich colour palette and bold textiles.

Get the look: The headboard is upholstered in Bert & May’s Alalpardo in Indigo. The bed linen is from The White Company. This is Bert & May’s Blake Border jacquard throw. The walls are painted in Chia eco emulsion and the woodwork in Deadly Night oil eggshell, both by Bert & May.

The property is naturally dark, so the owners embraced the lack of natural daylight by using muted, moody colours to make it feel cosy. A bright chair in the corner offers a cheerful pop of contrasting colour, and prevents the room from looking gloomy.

Get the look: The vintage chair was found in a second-hand shop in north London. The walls are painted in Chia eco emulsion and the woodwork in Deadly Night oil eggshell, both by Bert & May.


The vintage floral wallpaper came with the house. To give it a fresh look, the dado rail was painted in a complimenting a pretty pink shade.

Get the look: For a similar bunk bed, check out the Amber in the Sky by Thomas Maitz for Austrian brand Perludi, available at Smallable. Wallpaper Direct is a good source of both Anaglypta and vintage-style floral prints. The wall beneath the dado is painted in Serenata eco emulsion by Bert & May.


The brass taps, shower head and spotlights add warmth to a modern and minimal scheme. Built-in shelves in the shower offer practical storage.

Get the look: The wall-mounted mixer tap is by Studio Ore at Bert & May. The concrete basin is also a Bert & May design.

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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