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Scandinavian Interior Design How To: Get Inspired By This Stunning House

Susanna Hawkins’ Scandi-inspired family home

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.

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Invest in a sound structure

“I think it’s a mistake to scrimp on the structure of the house. If you’re on a limited budget make sure you invest your money in good quality walls – you need a plasterer who knows what they are doing. And get the best flooring, windows and doors you can afford.”

The new extension

“We bought the house from a lovely couple who had lived here for 42 years. It wasn’t a wreck, but it needed some updating. We built an extension for the kitchen, which is now my favourite room in the house. It’s a beautiful space, but very practical as well. It’s where I spend most of my time. The lanterns were one of my biggest indulgences. We bought them two years before the extension was built!”

Trends versus taste

“I don’t follow trends, but I have seen more and more houseplants recently, which I like. And I think brass and gold details are going to be strong this year. I’ve also noticed a wave of darker interiors which I do really like. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to do it myself though – apart from in the bedrooms …”

A neutral colour palette

“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.”

Scandinavian principles

“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.”

Find the right furniture

“I choose our furniture based on practicality, prettiness and price. I really like our new glass-fronted Rankin storage unit. It holds all of our glassware and crockery, and it’s really sturdy so I don’t need to worry about my kids around it.”

Minimise your clutter

“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.”

Hearth and home

“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.”

Article written by: Nell Card
Photography by: Oli Douglas

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