Scandi Cool #1

This contemporary-meets-country home has thrown out the rule book, fusing soft colour with natural textures and surprising juxtapositions

Get the look: Find a similar bench at Pinch. Similar rug, Moroso, similar vintage mirrors, Kiki Design.


A 17th-century former mill in Gloucestershire, which has been extended over the years to include five bedrooms and four bathrooms upstairs. On the ground floor there is a living room, kitchen, snug, study, utility room and pantry, boot room and cloakroom.


In the hallway, part of the first floor was removed to create the dramatic double-height entrance, designed by architect Richard Parr. Vertical panelling enhances the sense of scale and reflects the mill’s rural heritage.

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Designed to suit the needs of a large family who are all keen cooks, the kitchen includes a range cooker, deep larder and chalkboard for recipe essentials. The simple scaffolding shelving make it easy for to grab utensils when they’re needed.

Get the look: The range is from Everhot. This is a bespoke kitchen from Holloways of Ludlow. Shelving, Holloways of Ludlow.

Instead of neutral tones, the large room is punctuated with deep-black doors, which define the white space and lead to the new larder and utility area.


New windows were installed in the once-dark kitchen to bring views of the three-acre garden inside.

Get the look: These are Loft Suspension pendant lights by Il Fanale. The table and chairs were bought from Heerenhuis Manufactuur in Belgium.

The space is defined by the length of the dining table.


In the sitting room, the original fireplace was restored. The old French windows were removed, replaced with smaller frames to enhance the cosy feel of the space.

Get the look: This is the Cliff Suspension pendant light by Lambert & Fils. Find similar mid-century chairs at Da Silva Antiques. This is the Cesar stool by Minotti. Walls painted in Squid Ink by Paper and Paint Library. Basket, Skandium. The blue throw is by Designers Guild.


On the ground floor, this set of bookshelves help create a study space and add definition to a once open set of rooms which lead to the kitchen.

Get the look: Blue sofa, Hay. Side table, Skandium.

The office is tucked in to a corner of the sitting room where a former UN translator’s desk was chosen for practicality and historical appeal.

Get the look: Find a similar desk, Retro Living.


A new log burning stove and partition wall has helped to create a more cosy space.

Get the look: Chair, Skandium, rug and side table, Moroso.


In the downstairs loo, gloss paint and rustic tiles evoke a Moroccan feel.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Calamine full gloss. The tiles are from Bert & May. This is the Felix original shell pendant by Felix Lighting Specialists.


Upstairs, a once-cavernous master bedroom is re-defined with a half wall that screens a dressing room behind while opposite, new windows afford wide views of the quiet countryside. Tucked under the eaves of the house, Farrow & Ball’s Wevet white provides just the right hint of pinky undertone for the walls.

Get the look: The copper reading lamp is by Lampe Gras. The wall is painted in Squid Ink pure flat emulsion by Paint & Paper Library. Bedside table on right, SCP.


To offset the long, thin shape of the master bathroom, the layout is broken up with a bold mix of tiles and vertical joinery inspired by traditional tongue-and-groove.

Get the look: Tiles, Bert & May. Mirrors, Rowen & Wren. Storage of wheels, Water Monopoly.

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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