Modern Rustic #4

This Edwardian terrace has a pared-back Cape Cod aesthetic that’s fabulously forgiving of boisterous family life

Get the look: The table is from The Old Cinema. The vintage Ercol chairs were found at Drew Pritchard. This is Pooky’s Timothy pendant. The Hugo Guinness prints on the wall are from John Derian.


An Edwardian villa in south London. There’s a hall, living room, kitchen-diner with a seating/study area, utility room and shower room on the ground floor, with the master bedroom suite, three bedrooms, a family bathroom and WC upstairs.


Acres of panelling have been painstakingly aligned around corners and window frames and painted in a palette of creamy off-whites, putty and taupe. Every wall – and we mean every wall – is clad with panelling, inspired by Scandinavian and New England décor. In the dining area (pictured above), horizontal panelling gives a hit of New England style to the scheme.

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Different styles of wood panelling were used for each different room, but each style works brilliantly in whatever room it’s in, from the more traditional hall to this contemporary kitchen.
This isn’t a house with a seamless flow from room to room – it’s not just the walls that are different – the flooring changes too, from polished concrete to painted wood, oak boards to carpet. But still, there’s a clarity of vision and a gentle simplicity that pulls the whole look together.

Get the look: The British Standard by Plain English cabinetry is painted in Purbeck Stone eggshell by Farrow & Ball.

The panelling is complemented by the simple solidity of the British Standard kitchen. The diner-style extractor above the Aga was made bespoke.

The antique ‘pot filler’ tap was found at an antiques fair.

Get the look: The cabinetry is by British Standard by Plain English. Find a range of butler sinks at Victorian Plumbing.

The bay window frames a sofa and chairs at one end of the kitchen. The linen upholstery softens the scheme and adds a hint of colour and texture.

Get the look: The vintage armchair was found at Drew Pritchard. The console table was sourced online at Decorative Antiques UK. For a similar polished-concrete floor, try Topcret.


Period-look panelling adds elegance to the already grand hallway. That definitive Farrow & Ball palette of cool neutrals, such as Cornforth White and Purbeck Stone, has been mixed with the inky navy of Railings – used on the staircase.

Get the look: The Chehoma pendant is from Holloways of Ludlow. The Swedish bench is an antique.


A squishy sofa and rustic bench subvert the grown-up panelling to give a relaxed take on Edwardian style.

To prevent the space from feeling too austere, chunky oak floorboards were laid down in the living room.

Get the look: This is the Otto chaise from The rustic oak flooring is from AJ Rogers & Sons.


Shelving built into the alcove creates a great spot to catch up on family admin.

Get the look The building and carpentry is by Boldline Construction. The insect print is from Graham and Green.


Two bedrooms were linked to create a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom. Here, horizontal panelling creates a boutique-hotel vibe (the super-king-size upholstered bed helps too).

Get the look: This is the Inferno bed from The Chehoma wall light is from Holloways of Ludlow.


This glorious bathroom is testament to the power of bargain hunting. The Crittall doors were an eBay find – they came from a bungalow in Bury St Edmonds.

Get the look: The Chadder & Co bath was another eBay find, originally painted an ‘unappealing terracotta’. The twin Victorian sink was rescued from a manor house in Warwickshire.

Get the look: The mirror is from Les Sardines Antiques and Interiors. Find similar ticking fabric for blinds at Emily Bond.


Here, the panelling takes on a Scandi feel, accented by the sleigh bed and painted floorboards.

Get the look The bedstead is from The Swedish Room. The desk is by Nordic Style. This is the Titan pendant by Original BTC.

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Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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