Playing with striking artwork, witty ideas and a cool pastel palette makes this family home a treat for the senses.

Get the look The Light Agency sells brass pendant lights like this one. Find a similar table lamp by Hans-Agne Jakobsson at 1stdibs. com. Talisman sells gilt side tables like this. This is the Dunwich sofa from Sofas & Stuff. The rug and cushion are by Designers Guild. The armchair is from This is the Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. The Palmeral blind is by House of Hackney. The pair of framed photographs are by Nick Meek. Get Stuffed sells bird taxidermy like this.

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A detached Victorian house in Kent. On the ground floor there’s an open-plan kitchen-diner, family room, larder, living room, study, utility room and WC. Upstairs are five bedrooms – two of which are en suite – and a shower room.


The gone-to-seed grandeur of this Victorian villa provided just the right opportunity for the designer, Lovisa, to work her magic. Visual delights are deftly worked into a cool family home that’s as relaxing as it is edgy, thanks to a serene Scandi backdrop that stems from Lovisa’s roots (Swedish born and raised, she then headed to Central Saint Martins before joining London advertising agencies in her twenties and now also co-runs interior design company, Swenglish Home).

Design classics by Arne Jacobsen, pale timber flooring and ice-cream shades all help to cast a calm mood through the rooms. Which means more strident European accents – Otl Aicher’s punchy Olympic art and Italian lighting fripperies – can blend in harmoniously.


This room sums up the couples’ aesthetic tastes. Simple Scandi outlines livened up by some contemporary art.

Get the look Try Alfies Antique Market for a Sixties Murano glass chandelier like this. The vintage leather sofas are by Danish brand Stouby. For similar, see Ideas to Steal. This is the Deena coffee table by Habitat, now discontinued – Tom Dixon does a similar style. Georgia Lacey Antiques sells wall sconces like these. The rug is by Designers Guild.

The owners are always on the lookout for up-and-coming artists and photographers, so an ever-changing display of artwork keeps this Victorian space creative rather than formal. The vintage Swan chair is one of a pair – the couple bought them in lieu of Tiffany wedding rings they’d originally been shopping for.

Get the look Head to Jonathan Adler for ceramics like these. The leather Swan chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen was bought at The Modern Warehouse stand at the Midcentury Modern show.

Lovisa and her husband embarked on a large-scale refresh, which included knocking through two internal walls and extending to create a big kitchen-diner, which flows around the corner into a more snug family room (shown above).

The kitchen cabinetry, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe and gleaming with marble and mirror, was a key piece. Rather than heading to the usual suspects, Lovisa went to a small local company, as the craftsmanship and the price were way better.

An oversized skylight over the island lets in maximum light.

Shades of aqua and milky verdigris deliver glacial cool in this open-plan space. Lovisa went for a Scandi-feel base, then added personality with art and vintage finds.

Get the look This is a Woodwork Kitchens of Southborough kitchen, painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe. These are Pilaster shelves by John Kandell for Källemo. The artwork is by Jenny Ahlner, left, and Shuby, below right. To see more, go to and Find the Optic Flora pendants at Rothschild & Bickers. The wall lights are from Terre d’Hautaniboul. The flooring is from Timbered. The faux-flowers and vase are by Abigail Ahern.

The couple inherited the Aga, while the tiles were a stroke of luck. Lovisa had chosen a different style, but the order went astray, so these were sent these as a replacement at no extra cost. To her delight, they were much nicer and more expensive.

Get the look This is an Aga range cooker backed by Fired Earth’s Paris Cabaret tiles and the bar stool is from Norman Cherner.

Calamine Pink is a favourite shade. Lovisa uses it here to frame items in her ceramics collection, which is a mix of Scandinavian, East German and British.

Get the look The wall light and pedestal were bought at online antiques auctions. Find similar at Tommy Mitchell. The reclaimed wood dining table is by DT-69. These are vintage white Ant chairs by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen and Peppermint DSW chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Ammonite and Calamine Pink estate emulsion.


The blackboard started out as a fun thing for the kids, but it’s turned out just as useful for the parents to scribble reminders on.

Get the look Find a table like this at Sunbury Antiques Market. For a similar desk, go to Habitat. The 1972 Munich Olympics posters are by Otl Aicher. Pick one up on eBay. These are the DSS-N and DSW chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. City Cows sells similar hide rugs. Find desk lamps like these at John Lewis.


This space is kept clear and restful. The only clutter is printed on the wallpaper, so it never needs tidying up.

Get the look This is the Vintage Bookshelf wallpaper by Young & Battaglia for Mineheart. The bed is from Sweetpea & Willow. This is the Pineapple table lamp from Graham and Green. The cushion and throw are by Designers Guild.


The cute bathtub is from a restoration yard and the perfect fit for this bijou space.

Get the look Find a similar bath at UK Architectural Antiques. For similar hook brackets, see Ideas to Steal. The tiles are from Topps Tiles.

To see more of Lovisa’s design ideas, see

Photography / James Merrell

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