Scandi Cool #17

Cool and classic, with handcrafted pieces, a dash of vintage, antiques and taxidermy… This Victorian home shakes it all up in pure style

Get the look: The kitchen is from the Tio Collection by Rational, teamed with White Fantasy Quartzite from Stone World. These are Bolle Sola pendants by Massimo Castagna for Gallotti&Radice. The stools are from John Lewis.

THE PROPERTY

A two-storey Victorian house in west London, built in 1860, comprising a living room, kitchen-diner, studio and WC on the ground floor, with four bedrooms (two en suite) and a bathroom upstairs. 

KITCHEN 

The kitchen is without doubt the pièce de résistance of this home.

The clean lines and minimal looks of the cabinetry are softened by the rich, textural warmth of herringbone oak floors and the energetic patterning of a white Quartzite worktop and kitchen island. The Quartzite imitates the feel of marble, but it is much more hard-wearing.

Get the look: The kitchen is from the Tio Collection by Rational, teamed with White Fantasy Quartzite from Stone World. These are Bolle Sola pendants by Massimo Castagna for Gallotti&Radice. The stools are from John Lewis.

Double-height paned French doors were installed rather than sliding bi-folds to avoid the space feeling too modern.

Get the look: The kitchen is from the Tio Collection by Rational, teamed with White Fantasy Quartzite from Stone World.

DINING AREA

Double-height French doors allow light to flood into the dining space (pictured top), creating a low-key luxe style.

Get the look: This is the Ava dining table by Tom Faulkner. The Tulip chairs are by Eero Saarinen for Knoll and can be found at The Conran Shop. The oak herringbone floor is by Cheville. The chandelier is antique – find similar at the Vintage Chandelier Company. The artwork is by Mandeep Dillon.

LIVING ROOM

This classic double-fronted 19th-century house in a leafy suburb of west London has unusual proportions. It’s only one room deep, but very wide.

Get the look: The green sofa is from George Smith. The artwork is by Mandeep Dillon.

With its south-facing garden, tumbledown conservatory at the back – complete with a resident 150-year-old vine originally from Hampton Court – there was enough space to build a two-storey kitchen, bedroom and bathroom extension that wouldn’t affect the light quality.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Oxford Stone estate emulsion. The green sofa is from George Smith. The burr elm coffee table is by Faolchú. The rug is from Chaplins. The artwork is by Mandeep Dillon.

The renovations stayed true to the house’s original proportions and detailing – from the soothing neutral colour palette to replicating the cornicing and restoring the balustrades. Against this relaxed backdrop, the vibrant colours in the artwork really pop.

Get the look: The console table and crystal-base lamp are by Simon Horn. The stuffed rook is from London Taxidermy. The artwork is by Mandeep Dillon.

Luxe, natural materials such as oak, stone and marble feature throughout – with special handcrafted pieces made by designers John Galvin for Faolchú and Tom Faulkner.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Oxford Stone estate emulsion. The grey sofa is by Kingcome and the green sofa opposite is from George Smith. The burr elm coffee table is by Faolchú. The rug is from Chaplins. The console table and crystal-base lamp are by Simon Horn. The stuffed rook is from London Taxidermy. The artwork is by Mandeep.

STUDIO

Opposite the living room is a studio. Teamed together are modern and antique lights and classic vintage Saarinen chairs, alongside Alexis Turner’s taxidermy rooks and gazelles.

Get the look: The Tulip table and chair are by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. The chandelier was found at a Southall market – for similar, try the Château Chic chandelier at wayfair.co.uk. This is the Samba rug by Graham and Green. The gazelle head on the wall is by London Taxidermy.

HALLWAY

When restoring the tiling in the house, tiles were chosen with a small-scale pattern that felt authentic to the period.

Get the look: The Ascona tiles are from Stone & Ceramic Warehouse. This is a Jacobsbyn pendant from Ikea.

MASTER BEDROOM

This part of the new extension is warm and cosy, but very light. A gorgeous spot to lie in with the papers on a Sunday morning, the epic headboard centres the room.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Calluna estate emulsion and the woodwork in James White estate eggshell, both by Farrow & Ball. The Max bed is by Savoir Beds. The walnut side table is from Faolchú and the bed linen is Biella by Designers Guild.

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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