Scandi Cool #10

Turning a total wreck into a little gem takes more than dedication – this home renovation took skill, graft and an eye for fine design.

Get the look: The log burner is by the London Stove Company for The Architectural Forum. The concrete wall and floor are by Kote London. This is the Mags sofa by Hay. The vintage Ercol coffee table is from Everything But The Dog. Find a similar Berber rug at Larusi. The inherited standard lamp is fitted with a shade by Next Home.


An extended late-Victorian cottage in a north London conservation area. The ground floor has an open-plan living room and kitchen-diner, plus a snug and cloakroom. There are three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.


As the majority of the original fireplaces in the house had been replaced by generic designs, the one in here was stripped out in favour of a woodburner teamed with a concrete finish on the chimney breast (pictured above).

An exposed brick wall offers a glimpse at the ‘bones’ of a building.

Get the look For a contemporary take on a classic dresser, try Neptune.


The flipside to the light and airy living space rear of the house, the snug is somewhere to take it easy. The upbeat burnt orange velvet sofa helps soften the look.

Get the look: The sofa is by Roger Lewis for The Conran Shop. The table is an eBay find, as is the lamp. The walls are painted in Livid absolute matt emulsion by Little Greene.


An original fitting from Criterion Auctioneers in Islington, the pinboard is now used to display prints and collectibles. 


The standout island worktop was crafted from reclaimed parquet flooring, while two structural beams became the perfect spots to hang lighting and a quirky display shelf from.

Get the look: The bespoke kitchen was built by Gregos Builders and is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Black Blue estate eggshell. The pendant lamps are vintage German Bakelite found at Sunbury Antiques Market. This is the Grottesco tap from Stockholm-based company Tapwell.

A rear extension enabled an open-plan living space centred around a massive, showcase kitchen island. It houses the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, so it became larger than originally envisaged. The cupboards were made a bit deeper for extra storage.

The island’s reclaimed parquet worktop is as elegant as it is eye-catching.


Neutral walls are the perfect backdrop for a mix of inherited and vintage finds and Seventies-style houseplants. The artwork above the sideboard is actually a tea towel.

Get the look: The vintage Ercol table and chairs are from Everything But The Dog. The G Plan sideboard was inherited by the owner – find something similar at The Old Cinema. The framed tea towel is a Keaton Henson design. The industrial wall light was imported from Croatia – try Trainspotters for similar vintage industrial light fittings.


A muted palette is made interesting through mixing different shades in blocks.

Get the look: The doors and corridor are painted in Dulux’s Brilliant White emulsion and Setting Plaster estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The bedroom walls are painted in Paint & Paper Library’s Cotton V pure flat emulsion. The French style bed is from And So To Bed. The bedside table is vintage G Plan. The sideboard is from Etsy. The abstract artwork is by Jeanie Sondheimer.

Built-in wardrobes are complete with dressing table area.

Get the look: The wardrobes and dressing table area are painted in Paint & Paper Library’s Cotton V architects eggshell. The stool is from Ikea.


Polished brassware adds a bit of zing to the unpolished concrete feature wall.

Get the look: The bateau bath is from The brassware is by Studio Ore. The cast-concrete basin is by White Wolf. The honed Carrara floor tiles are from Mandarin Stone. The towel rail is from Plank & Pipe.

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Photography ⁄ Anna Stathaki

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