Scandi Cool #7

This stylish country house has a feeling of grandeur – yet retains a relaxed and contemporary vibe

Get the look: This is the Etch Web pendant by Tom Dixon. The stair runner is by Roger Oates. This is the Zehnder Charleston radiator.


A detached Victorian Italianate-style villa in Kent, with a kitchen, dining room, living room, lounge, study and cloakroom on the ground floor. There are six bedrooms (one with a dressing room, another with a mezzanine and study area) and two bathrooms and a shower room on the first floor, and a gym and storage in the basement. The house sits in a half-acre garden that has a summerhouse bar and outdoor cinema.


The impressive hallway (pictured above) blends period character with a striking yet neutral scheme and a dramatic
modern light fitting.


This house overlooks the countryside, but is a ten-minute walk from all the shops, bars and restaurants and it has great character, with high ceilings and a fabulous feeling of space. In the living room, a dark timber floor and pale walls emphasise the feeling of grandeur.

Get the look: This is the Ornametrica pendant by Bloom! at Made in Design. The Finley armchair is from Rowan & Wren. This is the Zeia Navy Tile rug by Graham and Green. The floor is burnt oak from White & White. The walls are painted in Elephant’s Breath estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.

In the beginning, a huge amount of modernisation was required, and the configuration of rooms ‘just didn’t work’, so the home owners turned to architecture and interior design practice The Vawdrey House. The design agency approached the property like a blank canvas. The kitchen moved into the adjacent double-height coach house and was given a dramatic glazed façade, the cellar was opened up to create a gym, and the whole house was rewired and replumbed (including two new bathrooms and a shower room), with new flooring and double-glazed sash windows throughout. Reconfiguring the first floor and linking it to the coach house made room for six bedrooms where there had been only four. The hard work paid off.

Get the look: This is the Zeia Navy Tile rug by Graham and Green. The floor is burnt oak from White & White. The walls are painted in Elephant’s Breath estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.


This was once the cramped kitchen, with fitted cupboards all around and a small table in the middle. Stripped out and given new flooring and wall panelling, it’s now a spacious and handsome dining room.

Designers at The Vawdrey House added unusual twists – like mounting three ceiling lights, each of them with five glass globes, over the dining table, to create a super-glamorous bespoke fitting at a fraction of the usual price.

Get the look: The wall panelling is painted in Dulux 70YY 46/053 eggshell. These are Canteen utility chairs by Very Good & Proper. The light fitting is made up of three of CB2’s Firefly pendants.


By giving the old coach house a double-height, glazed façade and linking it to the main house, The Vawdrey House created
an awe-inspiring new kitchen that’s a world away from the cramped space it used to be.

The chandelier in the kitchen came with the house but was painted bright pink for a modern look.

Get the look: The kitchen units are from Krieder and are finished in sprayed lacquer, with worktops in Corian and banana leaf veneer. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Charleston Gray estate emulsion. These are Argento Larch porcelain planks from Mandarin Stone. This is the Josef armchair from Swoon Editions. These are Jerry dining chairs by Habitat.


This new corridor, with recessed LED lighting and bespoke shelving, connects the coach house extension with the
main house. The panelling on the left hides a secret door into a bedroom.

Get the look: The Hector Pleat wall lights are by Original BTC. For bespoke bookshelves, contact Chamber Furniture.


This gorgeous ground-floor cloakroom has reflective surfaces all over for a light, bright feel.

Get the look: This is Lustre Tile wallpaper by Zoffany. The mirror is from Cox & Cox. The copper basin is by William Holland and the tap is by Crosswater, both at Ocean Bathrooms. The countertop was made bespoke in weathered oak by Tandem.


Despite being slightly reduced in size to make room for the adjacent bathroom, the master bedroom still feels spacious and welcoming. New fitted wardrobes are complemented by storage space in the dressing area behind the headboard.

Get the look: The walls and joinery are painted in Dulux’s Potters Clay 1 emulsion. This is the Caboche pendant by Foscarini. The Type 1228 wall light is by Anglepoise. The rug is from John Lewis. The cushion is from Graham and Green.

See more of The Vawdrey House projects at

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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