Modern Rustic #7

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

Get the look: Marylebone Antiques stocks a chaise similar to this one. The bare light bulb is the Diamond light by Eric Therner at Frama.


A renovated and extended 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.


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), a classic Swedish fireplace takes centre stage.

Get the look: Pedlars sells reclaimed school furniture that echoes the style of this workbench. The painting is by British artist Martin Bradley – find examples of his work at

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.

Get the look: Empatika specialises in bespoke, contemporary storage solutions. offers a selection of travertine coffee tables in this style. For a similar wire chair, check out Knoll’s Bertoia Side chair, available at The Conran Shop. Romo is a good source of velvet upholstery. For similar scatter cushions,
try Andrew Martin.


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.

Get the look: D&A Binder sells reclaimed vintage shop fittings, much like Malin’s former jewellery display case. The raw-iron bar stools are from House Doctor. The Old Cinema is a good source of antique leather armchairs.

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.

Get the look: Ikea’s Laxerby doors in Black-Brown are a comparable design. The range cooker, extraction hood and fridge-freezer are all by Ilve. Där Lighting’s Speckle 1 light is a match for the pendants. Lazenby specialises in polished-concrete floors.


In the adjoining dining area, 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.

Get the look: Try The French House for a similar antique dining table. Lassco stocks reclaimed railway station fittings like these benches. For a large white pendant light, see the Wohlert by Vilhelm Wohlert for Louis Poulsen at Felix Lighting Specialists stocks vintage industrial-style floor lamps.

The studded leather chair is an antique piece brought back from Rome. It adds an element of textural contrast to the glossy table and pure white walls.

Get the look: Elisabeth James Antiques sells similar Jacobean-style dining chairs. For a matching paint shade, try Little Greene’s Gauze absolute matt emulsion. Check out LSA International for comparable glass storage jars. Graham and Green stocks ceramic phrenology busts.


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.

Get the look: Mylands’ Leadenhall wood and metal eggshell is a similar paint shade to the one seen on the staircase – its Pure White marble matt emulsion is also a match for the walls. Abigail Ahern’s Linn twisted rope lamp has the look of this design.


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

Get the look: Find similar bedding at LinenMe. Buster + Punch’s Heavy Metal pendant is a match for this design. Paint & Paper Library’s Salt II pure flat emulsion is another cool grey.


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.

Get the look: The slipper bath is from Swedish outlet Qvesarum Byggnadsvård – find a similar tub at Catchpole & Rye. A distressed-effect rug like this is available from the Livingetc collection at Visit Perrin & Rowe for brushed-nickel brassware. Overmantels sells ornate gilt-framed mirrors.

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

Get the look: The slipper bath is from Swedish outlet Qvesarum Byggnadsvård – find a similar tub at Catchpole & Rye. A distressed-effect rug like this is available from the Livingetc collection at

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.

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Photography ⁄ Petra Bindel/House of Pictures

Styling: Malin Persson/House of Pictures

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