scandi cool #26

It is possible to have a serene, sophisticated home with four children aged eight and under; it’s all in the planning... and the cupboards!

Get the Look The bespoke storage is by Evoke. This is the Elise pouffe and the Bug armchair by Paola Navone, all from Poliform. The button-upholstered armchair from is covered in a Designers Guild linen. The Mantis BS2 wall light and BS1 floor light by Bernard Schottlander are from SCP. The Nud Aqua pendants are from Haus.

The properTy

A Victorian terrace in southwest London. On the ground floor is a living room and kitchen-diner. Spread over the first, second and attic floors are four bedrooms (two en suite), a guest bedroom-cum-office, a bathroom, shower room and study.

living room

The design of this home was all about creating flow. The once traditional London terrace has undergone a radical transformation to become a light-drenched calm space. It had an awkward layout with a small galley kitchen and a double reception room where the children became “trapped”.

The owners cleverly created a great feeling of space by knocking through partition walls to make a series of open living areas connected via discreet glass panels and parquet floors that flow effortlessly together. These then allow the eye to travel uninterrupted from the front of the house to the back and out into the garden.

In addition, plenty of light wells and customised storage, concealed or disguised, leave each space looking sleek and streamlined. The unit under the TV is made with three very large drawers to house all the children’s toys and games and the cupboard [at the other end of the room] contains all their shoes, coats and sports kit.

Get the Look This is the Carmel sofa by Jean-Marie Massaud.

kitchen and dining area

It proved to be an extensive rebuild: not just rewiring, replastering and repainting the old terrace, but installing the latest mod cons, including underfloor heating and a wireless AV system, removing the hallway wall to open up the ground-floor space, adding a loft bedroom complete with en suite, creating the kitchen side return and putting a utility room into the basement.

Get the Look The kitchen to the left is Bulthaup cabinetry. The herringbone flooring is from Cheville Parquet.

Keeping the original Victorian touches, such as the ceiling roses and cornicing, was important too, ‘so as not to be too slick’, but the key was to create a calm, plain space and then add layers of texture to make each room feel different. The sliding doors open up the house to the garden, blurring the distinction between inside and out.

Get the Look This is a CH20 Elbow chair by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. The table is from Bulthaup. The bespoke bench from thefrenchhouse. is upholstered in an Alma leather. The willow swallows are by Lizzie Farey. The painting by Gemma Fripp is from Wimbledon Art Studios.

master bedroom

The owner’s minimalist style keeps the bedroom sleek and serene.

Get the look The built-in wardrobe is by Evoke. This is the Kanik side table by Trunk. The duvet cover and blanket are from The Conran Shop. The pink sheet and pillowcases are by Caravane.

master en suite

A false wall was built to hide the plumbing and there’s a cupboard behind the mirror. The new wall also allowed for an alcove to be created above the bath.

Get the look The bath, basin and fittings are from Alternative Bathrooms.


This space also doubles as a spare room, so the divan turns into a double bed.

Get the look This is the Princess mattress in Tabac from Caravane. The bolster cushion and metal bowl are from The Conran Shop. The framed photograph is by Jimmy Nelson. The shutters are from Tudor Touch.

childrens’ bedroom

This was an awkward space, so it was difficult to fit in normal-sized bunk beds. The owners had them made slightly smaller with cupboards either side, allowing more room for train tracks and tea parties.

Get the look The bespoke bunk bed and storage unit are by Evoke. The rug is from Heal’s. The Flying Stork artwork is by Tamar Mogendorff at Bobo Kids. The Eames Elephant is from The Conran Shop.

Photography / Paul Massey

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