Scandi Style, Gloucestershire

Our Clients said…

We were new to the area and needed help with renovating the house and a complete change of design style.


The new owners of this modern ‘builder basic’ home wanted to create a more comfortable and relaxing space from which they could appreciate their stunning Cotswold views.

As regular visitors to Sweden, our clients were keen for the room designs to reflect and blend both the clean lines and uncluttered aesthetic of Scandinavian homes with the artisan feel of Stroud.

With the whole house requiring a cosmetic update as well as new furnishings, including gut renovations of the bathrooms and kitchen, we split the project into two phases.

Where possible we repurposed furniture, but as the clients wanted a radical change of aesthetic many of the furnishings were new.  We chose quality pieces designed for longevity and able to withstand visits from grandchildren, such as stain repellent fabrics on the dining chairs.

At the end of phase 1 our clients said

Julia listened attentively to our brief and used her professional knowledge and flair to produce a more interesting and creative result than we could ever have done without her.  All with the minimum of hassle.


At the end of phase 2 our clients said

Julia guided us through gently and professionally.  She and her team of trades people worked with flexibility and good humour.  All were very communicative about the progress of the project, both in terms of time and finance.   We now have an attractive, comfortable and peaceful home that works well for us.

The House Ministry Scandi Style Living Room

The TV snug and library with joiner made adjustable shelves with concealed lighting and views over the garden.

The House Ministry Scandi Style Living Room Close Up

Comfy seating was a must in this library.

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A room for all seasons and multifunctions – conservatory, living and dining.  The ergonomic dining chairs were upholstered in stain repellent and wipeable herringbone weave fabric.  The Scandi-style furnishings in the conservatory were chosen for comfort and relaxation.

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The clients asked for a ‘kitchen to give them joy’.  We collaborated with Stonehouse Furniture to design and deliver it.

House Ministry Scandi Style Pantry

Walk-in pantry off the kitchen.  Hidden away but still an elegant space.

Scandi Style Utility Room The House Ministry

Utility rooms don’t need to be dull!   This doubles as a guest cloakroom WC.

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The Gallery – a quiet space for contemplation and reading in the daytime or cocktails, conversation and games in the evening. 

House Ministry Scandi Style Wallpaper Close Up

Where shall we go to today?  A OS map mural in this home office is both fun and useful.

Master Bed After

A craftsman made upholstered bedframe with oversided headboard is flanked by two made to measure bedside tables and complemented by custom made bed cushions in harmonious colours. 

The House Ministry Scandi Style Master View

An adjacent ensuite in a calm and neutral colour palette with a his and hers vanity unit. 

Scandi Style Master Bath

A soak in the bath with twinkly views up to the stars at nighttime.

The House Ministry Scandi Vibe Bedroom

The bedframe and side drawers were rewaxed and given pretty knobs, as well as a new life, in this guest bedroom.  The lamp bases were treated to new shades with a smart navy ribbon trim to match the hand made cushions and bedcover.  The sheep photos by a local artist give the room a lighthearted feel.

The House Ministry Scandi Style Bathroom 2

We removed a awkward cupboard to give this family bathroom a more airy layout and bigger shower cubicle.

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Privacy and light reduction was important in this bedroom.  A sheer roller blind lets light through in daytime and the pretty, linen roman blind with blackout lining ensures a good night’s sleep. 

The House Ministry Scandi Style Yellow Bedroom

Artwork is often the inspiration for a colour palette, as was the case in this occasional bedroom.  A trundle daybed and custom cushion and lampshade are simple but effective in giving this space zing.