Houzz Tour: A Love for Scandi Design Revitalised This Family Home
Treasured pieces and a bold approach to decor lie at the heart of this Scandi-inspired 1930s house
Apart from a sizeable rear ground floor extension that had been added previously, the rest of the house hadn’t been updated for around 20 years. Floors were ripped up and replaced throughout and the kitchen units needed an overhaul. Elsewhere, bathroom fittings needed renewing and the layouts improved to make more of the available space. Three months after Katie saw the property in September 2020, the plans were finalised and work started in February 2021. It was completed seven months later, just a year after the first viewing.
Who lives here? A professional couple and their young daughter
Location Little Abington, Cambridgeshire
Property A 1930s detached house with a mature garden
Size Five bedrooms and three bathrooms
Designer Katie Malik of Katie Malik Design Studio
Photos by Maciek Platek
The couple had a strong idea of the colours, finishes and materials they wanted to use in their new home, and the existing Aga and cream, country-style kitchen with laminate worktops weren’t on their wishlist.
As the kitchen cabinetry was sturdy and well made and the galley layout was ideally suited to the space, Katie decided to keep the carcasses and have new unit door and drawer fronts made. The Aga was replaced with a sleek induction hob and extractor, and the space underneath used for deep storage drawers, with integrated ovens slotted into the nearby tall units.
A marble-look solid surface worktop was chosen as a hardwearing and seamless replacement for the laminate surface. The product could be made to fit off site and easily installed. It’s also supremely hygienic – perfect for a young, growing family.
Tall units painted in Twilight Zone 2127-10; base units painted in Cement Gray 2112-60, both Benjamin Moore. Worktop, Minerva.
Dining table, Carl Hansen & Son. Wishbone dining chairs; Octo 4240 pendant light, all Skandium.
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Appliances, Samsung. Walls painted in Edgecomb Gray HC-173, Benjamin Moore.
Along with the original tiled fireplace, an Eames lounger and ottoman take centre stage.
Walls painted in Evening Dove 2128-30, Benjamin Moore.
The monochrome colour palette highlights the carefully chosen furniture and light fittings, while the window treatments are pared-back so as not to fight with the leafy view.
Formakami JH3 pendant lamp, Skandium.
Material wall lamps; Frame 35 cube units, all Nordic Nest.
Walls painted in Old Navy 2063-10, Benjamin Moore. Elm mini basin in Fossil, Kast Concrete Basins.
A white-painted sliding door, top-hung from a steel track, makes good use of the limited space and reinforces the functional details theme that runs throughout the updated home.
Wooden gallery shelves and an engineered wood floor add warmth.
Building out the wall in the shower not only neatly disguised the pipework, it gave Katie the opportunity to create a useful niche for toiletries.
Cot, Stokke UK. Eos feather lampshade, Amora. Balloon wall light, Nordic Nest.
Contrasting floor tiles bolster the effect of two separate spaces.
Brooklyn outdoor and bathroom Globe pendant light in pewter, Industville.
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