Scandi Cool #18

This London home has a Scandi vibe that is surprisingly practical, despite its pale tones and minimal canvas.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Wevet estate emulsion and the banisters in Railings dead flat, both by Farrow & Ball. The Spot painting is by Damien Hirst.


A six-storey Georgian terraced house in southwest London. The basement has a family media room, utility room, WC, wine room and gym. On the lower-ground floor, there is a large kitchen-diner. The ground floor has a reception room, study and WC. The first floor contains the master bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. Above are two children’s bedrooms, a guest bedroom, bathroom and laundry room. The top floor is a guest suite with kitchen, living space, bedroom, bathroom and roof terrace.


A Crittall partition (pictured top) separates what was formerly a dark hallway from the reception room, while allowing light to flood the space.


Once a tired, five-storey house in southwest London, this home had a radical redesign, through a series of rear and side extensions, clever glazing and the addition of an extra floor in the basement.

Architect Jo Cowen came on board to manage the project. To achieve an open, flowing space, he recommended the floors be levelled and to lose the returns and half-staircases typically found in properties of this age.

Get the look: These are CH24 Wishbone chairs by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. The pendant light was bought in France. Hand&Eye Studio makes ceramic lighting along these lines.

Now the house is Tardis-like – its contemporary interior a glorious surprise hiding behind a period façade.

The levelling out made a massive difference to how it all looks. There isn’t an old bit at the front and a new bit at the back – the house is a whole.

The dining table (pictured above) was made with the floor planks. The table top then flows in the same direction as the boards on the floor. creating a seamless effect.

Get the look: The white chair is from Ikea. The built-in appliances are by Gaggenau.

An informal dining nook is tucked into the bay window at the front, much used for family meals. The table is a bespoke creation made using an Eero Saarinen Tulip base.

Get the look: The white chair is from Ikea.

The staircase to the lower floors changes direction. Rather than following the pattern of the stairs on the upper floors, it travels towards the contemporary extension at the back.

Get the look: These are Douglas fir floorboards from Dinesen. The pedal car is from Baghera.


This home’s flowing layout and light and uncluttered vibe make it a haven from busy city life. London shouts at the top of its voice all the time. Here, everything is softly spoken.

A beautifully sleek white kitchen stretches along the centre of the lower-ground floor. The island is 4.5m long – but it doesn’t really look it.

Get the look: This is a Bulthaup kitchen from Cameron Interiors. The stools are from Rockett St George. The pendants are by Fritz Fryer.


It isn’t the architecture alone that helps six storeys function as one flowing home. It’s the décor too.

The pale wood flooring brings the whole space together. In addition, a monochrome palette forms the backdrop and a tactile mix of natural materials, including linen, sisal and marble, features throughout.

In the reception room, a classic sofa is teamed with a funky pendant and a sleek glass table. It makes sense to mix old with contemporary here.

Get the look: The sofa is from George Smith. This is the PostKrisi 0049 pendant from Catellani & Smith. The glass coffee table is from The Conran Shop.

While this recipe may seem Scandi in flavour, it’s seasoned with French finds. There’s a mix of contemporary and antique furniture too and lots of art. Yet behind the gorgeous look runs a stream of practicality.

The fireplace was custom-made from blue limestone in Turkey.

Get the look: This is the Ghost Ottoman by Paola Navone for Gervasoni from The Conran Shop.


Raised up from the main reception room, the study is painted a striking black. It has a great bird’s-eye view of the reception room from up here.

Get the look: the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Railings estate emulsion. This is a vintage Eames EA217 swivel chair. The Shinto desk is from Oka. The vintage French cafe lights were bought in France.


Natural materials are found throughout the house and, here, linen bedding and a rough timber bedside table reflect the look.

Get the look: The Lauren Ghost bed was designed by Andrea Parisio for Meridiani. This is a GRAS wall light. The bedside table is the Brick Trunk by Paola Navone for Gervasoni.

The landscape is by the late Oliver Hall.

Get the look: This is the Ghost sofa by Paola Navone for Gervasoni. The floor lamp was bought in France. The walls are painted in Wevet estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.


The bespoke dressing room and walk-in wardrobe is laid out so you can see all the clothes, rather than having everything stuffed in cupboards.

Get the look: The ottoman was custom-made by Chelsea Upholstery & Interiors. The timber is black American oak.


The bathroom is very large, making it instantly feel luxurious. There’s also a TV is mounted into the wall near the bath (not seen), perfect for watching Netflix while having a long soak.

Get the look: This is the Aurelius bath from CP Hart. The towel rail and taps are from Lefroy Brooks. This French farm stool is vintage.

The generous walk-in shower is faced with Calacatta marble.

Get the look: This is bookmatched Calacatta marble from capital Granite. The shower is Lefroy Brooks.

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Photography  ⁄  Paul Massey

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