Scandi Cool #3

From the front, it looks like your traditional Victorian mews. But head inside and the rear extension of this Scandi-style house tells a different story.


A Victorian mews house in north London with a pared-back Scandi feel. On the ground floor is an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area and WC, with a lower-level basement comprising a study and utility room. On the first floor is a nursery, two guest bedrooms, a family bathroom and terrace. The master bedroom suite is on the second floor.


Get the look: The feature wall is painted in Maritime marble emulsion by Mylands. The flooring was custom made by Mosaic Del Sur.

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As soon as anyone arrives at this home, first impressions are of a stylish and calm interior. Soft blues (pictured above) tone everything down.


This open-plan layout is perfect for entertaining. The kitchen provides everything a family could want in one space – an eating, relaxing and socialising zone that leads through to the garden beyond.

Get the look: The cabinetry and worktops are from Roundhouse. These are Midas bar stools from Rockett St George. The Amp pendants by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen are from The oak herringbone flooring is from Siberian Floors. This is the Psychedelic Cactus coat stand by Paul Smith for Gufram.

The interiors are by Alex and Mathew Orme at Space+Matter, who took care of everything from the planning and building to the sourcing. Mathew oversaw structural issues, while Alex took charge of decoration. Alex’s brief was to steer clear of anything fusty and to inject more life and daring into the house. The result is a calm, relaxing and creative home – from its winter landscape palette of blues, greys and subdued greens down to clever design touches that crank the overall effect up a notch.


Warm wood, overhead lighting and contemporary furnishings mean the dining zone looks fresh, welcoming and relaxed.

A glass ceiling at the garden end of the extension offers a front-row-seat view of the ever-changing night sky.

Get the look: The table is a design collaboration between Space+Matter and Frances Bradley. These are Mathilda dining chairs by Patricia Urquiola and Tord Boontje’s Shadowy armchair, all for Moroso. The trio of Industrial pendants by Dreizehngrad are from


Painting the far wall in the same soft shade of green used for the rear wall creates a cocooning effect.

Blue-green walls contrast with the oak floor and lime-washed kitchen cabinets.


Trad fittings contrast well with the dado-level panelling and graphic wallpaper.

Get the look: The Deluge cistern and Victoria Petite basin are from Catchpole & Rye. The panelling is painted in Maritime eggshell by Mylands. The custom-made wallpaper is by BAF Graphics.


The higher you go in the house, the calmer it feels. The upper landing has a sense of intrigue thanks to bespoke troupe l’oeil panelling that conceals each doorway.

Get the look: The woodwork is painted in Fired Earth’s Dowager eggshell. These are Zipper stools by Visser & Meijwaard at Mint and the Oona rug by Normann Copenhagen at The String Light Sphere is by Michael Anastassiades for Flos at Cimmermann.


Serenity is the key theme at the top of the house.

Get the look: The rug is by Golran for Moroso. This is the Circus pendant by Corinna Warm for Innermost at The Cloche table light is by Sebastian Wrong for Wrong.London at Amara.


A combo of classic fixtures and cool tiling helps create a modern Victorian vibe.

Get the look: The freestanding bath is from Aston Matthews. The shower system is by Lefroy Brooks. These are Tratti floor tiles by Inga Sempé for Mutina at Domus.


This specially constructed roof terrace boasts a living wall of cascading foliage. It’s very much the grown-up area – for drinking a glass of wine and just hanging out.

Get the look: The Float sofa is by Francesco Rota for Paola Lenti at The Modern Garden Company. This is the Filo + Irony coffee table by Paola Navone for Gervasoni at Exterior-Interior. The Tio chair is by Massproductions at Twentytwentyone. These are Flaster tiles by Ivanka at Strata Tiles. The living wall was designed by Space+Matters with planting by The Girl who Gardens.

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Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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