Scandi goes plush in this once-traditional country home, infused with light, texture and more than a dash of modern Nordic style
An Arts and Crafts house in Buckinghamshire, comprising a living room, kitchen-diner/family area, snug, study, cloakroom, utility room, WC and boot room on the ground floor, with five bedrooms (two en suite), a family bathroom, two dressing rooms and laundry room upstairs.
Laid-back stylishness and relaxed glamour underpins the look of this modern family home.
The new welcoming front door was designed to fit under the original Arts and Crafts porch. The hall is serene and layered with natural textures, from the sun-washed wooden floors to the battered leather sofa made comfortable with a soft linen cushion.
To enter the house, you step through a wide glass-framed door, tucked under the slope of the original porch, while the once boxed-in staircase has been replaced by a graceful metal and oak balustrade, and steel-framed doors were added downstairs to bring extra light into the north-facing interior.
The red-roofed, Miss Marple-ish Buckinghamshire property has undergone huge transformations over 19 years, and boasts a contemporary extension at the back. The quirky interior is a mix of styles; Scandinavian, industrial, with a dash of glamour, while still conserving the traditional feel of the house and preserving period details.
At the back of the house, the garden can be viewed through steel-framed windows in the live-and-eat-in kitchen, with its leather, felt and hide furnishings. The dining area is in the new extension, which has opened out the interior, creating a fluid link between the inside and the garden, where the yew hedge has been scaled back to let in more light.
The long, clubbable dining table and the log-burning stove exude the spirit of hygge – warmth and companionship – which is a running theme through this home.
The north-facing house was cosy, but dark, so architects GMTW and designers Kinnersley Kent Design helped to open up the interior to change the awkward flow of rooms and create a better flow, introduce more light and connect the inside with the garden.
The inside and outside merges in this new extension, where the comfortable window seat is an ideal spot to perch and chat. Furnishings are spare, but not spartan, with pieces – such as the vintage leather sofa and the bench designed by Pinch – chosen for warmth and texture.
Natural textures, light, honest materials; that more or less sums up the style of this calm sanctuary which was designed as a year-round hub where the family, along with their friends, can eat, work and spend time together.
The small kitchen was widened to create a spacious kitchen-diner and family area.
The brass pendants match the taps and drawer pulls.
To maximise space and to make this storage area more practical, a sliding door has been installed.
In the living room, original shutters and radiators have been retained. Everywhere, objects are sparingly selected. There are watercolours and personal photos but it is a sense of warmth, not possessions, which defines the appeal of this home.
A soft grey palette has been used throughout and modern classic furniture has been chosen for continuity and flow, including the same Blu Dot coffee table as in the family area.
A small bathroom was removed to create the spacious landing, where a new window is true to the original turn-of-the-century architecture.
The neutral, layered feel of the house is echoed in this room, where the furniture is by contemporary British designers.
Both practical and decorative, the sliding doors here take their cue from traditional barn doors.
The walls are finished in polished tadelakt to contrast with the dark blue freestanding bath. Glossy plaster walls in the bathrooms chime with oak doors; taps, in bronze or brass, add an industrial glimmer.
Photography ⁄ Paul Massey