Scandi Cool #16

This stylish and chic family home is full of clever ideas that allow it to evolve.

Get the look: The design is by The Vawdrey House.


A Victorian terrace in west London. The ground floor has a living room, dining room and kitchen. The basement has a laundry area, playroom, wine store, cloakroom and a guest suite. On the first floor there’s a family room, guest bedroom, shower room and study with a roof terrace. The main en-suite bedroom, plus kids’ en-suite bedroom are on the next floor. The loft includes more kids’ bedrooms and a bathroom. 


An in-depth approach was taken when it came to the reworking of this family home in west London, so the owners called upon the expertise of Jennifer Hamilton of interior design and architecture practice The Vawdrey House.

The first leg of the renovation was to create a new basement level with a playroom for the kids and a wine cellar for the grown ups. Seamless cupboards run under the stairs (pictured top) and are built into the walls, while a glass balustrade on one side of the stairs and light walls and floor keep the mood bright and airy.


The Vawdrey House produced several layouts for the new basement, but the chosen favourite included a standalone utility and laundry area incorporating a wall of storage units, which leads into a light-filled playroom, which also links back to the garden via steps.

Get the look: The artwork is by Jane Perkins.

The Obama print in the basement playroom was bought to celebrate his election.


A useful and beautiful utility space adjoins this envy-inducing laundry area in the basement, yet still feels light.

Get the look: Find the Dots wall hooks by Muuto at Utility.


In the dining room, abstract shapes add dynamism to the classically cool dining table. 

Get the look: The painting over the mantelpiece is by René Roche. The Conran Shop sells the Saarinen dining table. These are the Ilios wall lights from Atelier Areti. The artwork, right, is by Michel Thompson.

A clear sightline leads from the living and dining rooms through to the kitchen extension and into the garden beyond. 

Get the look: Orange & Brown sells similar Danish mid-century chairs. The artwork is by Michel Thompson.

The dining room is separated from the hallway via a traditional sliding door, offering a glimpse at the classical style staircase.


An enveloping paint shade that’s not light, but also not too dark was used for the living room.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Dove Tale estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. Louis Poulsen’s PH Artichoke light is available at Skandium. The leather sofa and chair are from Flexform. The armchairs are from Living Divani. The Handvärk 90 coffee table at looks similar. The floor lamp is vintage – for a similar style, try

A contemporary photo collage adds interest above the fireplace.


In this sleek kitchen, crisp white Corian contrasts with the deep matt texture of a black polished plaster splashback and a limed oak joinery box. 

Get the look: The kitchen was designed by The Vawdrey House and made by Higham Furniture.

This house is designed with hits of black that reappear as you travel through it, from the textural kitchen splashback to black metal glazing and the statement headboard in the main bedroom.


This is one of two clear sightlines from the front of the house through to the garden, giving the layout a cohesive feel.

Get the look: The Eames DKR chairs for Vitra are available at John Lewis. The 265 wall light by Flos is available at Heal’s.


This generous space works graphic black and white on one side, with softer feel lighting and artwork on the other. 

Get the look: These are Duravit Starck 1 basins with Hansgrohe Axor Montreux brassware.

Elements more usually seen in a living space (spot the artwork and hanging pendants) make this a supremely relaxed bathing space. 

Get the look: The glass pendant lights are by Curiousa & Curiousa. The art is by Lucie Bennett.


A matt black headboard unit works as a functional focal point.

Get the look: The unit is bespoke by The Vawdrey House, with Bert Frank Shear wall lights. The cushions are from John Lewis. The blanket is from Hermès. The paintings are by Michel Thompson.

The headboard also hides a practical shelf for a changing array of art.

Get the look: The unit is bespoke by The Vawdrey House, with Bert Frank Shear wall lights. The cushions are from John Lewis. The blanket is from Hermès. The paintings are by Michel Thompson.


Ample built-in storage also incorporates a wallpaper with character, which can easily be adapted as children grow up. 

Get the look: The Nottambule owl wallpaper border is from Cole & Son’s Fornasetti II collection. Check out Rowen & Wren for a similar rocking sheep.


The back of the house is clad in sweet chestnut and a roof terrace is accessed from the first-floor study.

In the garden, two distinct pathways link up with the two key sightlines of the house. The first follows the line of the hallway, into the kitchen and continues through the black metal Crittall glazing. The second runs parallel, through the dining room to a window in the kitchen and beyond. The garden is linked to the perspective of the house itself, but in a very subtle way.

Get the look: The garden is by Helene De Witte. The kitchen design is by The Vawdrey House.

And, just as contemporary additions work within the old Victorian frame of the building, the garden design also melds old and new. Weathered clay pavers were used that recall historic gardens, alongside more rigid, formal structures. Then, of course, to loosen things up a bit, there is always the swaying, fluidity of nature.

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Photography ⁄ Chris Tubbs

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