Susanna Hawkins, founder of byshnordic.com, has always had an eye for beautiful things. Six years ago, she and her husband bought a handsome, red-brick Victorian home in Buckinghamshire which they have decorated according to Scandi principles but with a maximalist twist. A muted palette, natural materials, clean lines and natural light characterise this tranquil, four-bedroom home. Now the couple share the space with their two small children (and pet cat) – so the interiors need to be both beautiful and practical. “I just want my home to be the way I like it. I don’t care about trends or being bold,” admits Susanna.
<p>“The colour palette is very light and muted downstairs and darker upstairs. Our kitchen is painted in Strong White, and the bedrooms in Railings (both by Farrow & Ball). I do like occasional splashes of colour too, such as the coral Charleston bedspread.”</p>
<p>“I don’t think my home style is strictly Scandinavian. I’m more maximalist than that, although I do try and maximise the light in our house. I like clean lines and lots of natural material, such as wood and textured throws.”</p>
<p>“I have tried to maximise our storage space so I have quite a lot of furniture that is just for storage. I always try to recycle stuff that doesn’t get used regularly. I try not to hoard things that we don’t really need or want any more.”</p>
<p>“I love living in an old house. Our house was built in 1901. All that history just creates an atmosphere that can’t be recreated in a new build.”</p>