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Modern Mediterranean meets the sleek and chic Scandi style: A Scandi-Med home tour

Heard of Scandi-Med before? It’s not a style we come across very often, but when you take a look inside today’s home tour, you’re definitely going to want to see more! Think Mediterranean holiday vibes meets the pared back sleekness of Scandinavian style.

We were delighted to take a look around the latest project from Christal and Chris Fysentzou of Zou Build. We’ve featured a few Zou Build homes on Style Curator before, and just like the others, this one does not disappoint.

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Scandi-Med home exterior
Exterior of home painted Dulux Natural White
Integrated appliances — Egger, Vicenza Oak and Premium White laminate | Customised internals — Hettich Advantech | Miele appliances throughout | Benchtop — Stone Ambassadors Ottoman Grey and White Truffle on the island | Cabinetry finish — Egger Vicenza Oak and Premium White
Back profile of modern Scandi-Mediterranean style home
Pool — Get Wet Pools

As a design and build team, Christal and Chris have had their fair share of practice. So when it came to building their own family home, it was destined to be something pretty special.

“Zou House is our latest project,” says Christal — the designer behind this spectacular build. “Generally speaking, we renovate the homes we work on. There were extensive challenges to the original home we purchased, along with a sloping site and myriad of council enforced character overlays.

“It made more sense for Zou House to become the first knock down project we’ve taken on. It gave us the opportunity to design and build a home that would embody our functional and aesthetic desires.”

Living room with extra large tan sofa and custom curved coffee tables
Sofa — Trit House | Coffee tables — Custom made, Pop Plus | Rug — Rugs for Good
Scandi-Med home exterior
Bathroom with textured cabinetry and double arch mirrors
Benchtop — Meganite, Hazel Creme | Cabinetry fronts — Meganite, Hazel Creme | Wall tiles — Edge Tile & Stone | Floor tiles — Edge Tile & Stone | Mirrors — Zou Build | Tapware — Meir | Basins — ABI Interiors

Located in Brisbane, Queensland, the original home left much to be desired.

“It was originally a post-war, 3-bedroom home on a 405-square meter block. We purchased it 6 years ago… from a hoarder.

“The inside was in quite a state! It was definitely not love at first sight,” Christal laughs.

“However as build and design professionals, we just knew it was a smart buy. We fixed up the aesthetics and rented it out while we focussed on other projects.

“Then in 2020, we decided to tackle our home… just in time for Covid! The home was designed in collaboration with Koda Design. I oversaw the interiors, while my husband Chris lead the build through our business, Zou Build.”

Living room with fireplace
Sofa — Trit House | Coffee tables — Custom made, Pop Plus | Fireplace — Regency Fire Place | Stone surround — Edge Tiles and Stone | Rug — Rugs for Good
Curved bed with rust bedding and floral art
Artwork — Adele Naidoo | Bed — Create Estate | Bed linen — Adairs | Side Tables — Trit House
Custom built Greek inspired day bed by pool
Pool — Get Wet Pools | Day bed — Custom built | Day bed cushions — Square Fox Designs

As a couple who works extremely hard, they wanted their own home to feel like a haven, centred around their love for the Scandi-Med.

“I wanted to create a different form of Queenslander. A Scandi-Med home with a relaxing, modern vibe. It’s our family home — myself and husband Chris, our 2 daughters Andrea (13) and Sophia (10). And of course, our beloved dog Teddi,” says Christal.

“The property is situated in an area with a traditional character overlay. And we wanted a property that had longevity, so our weekends could be spent enjoying our home, rather than maintaining it.

“Unlike other projects where we renovate to sell, this was our long-term home. So we really took our time and made sure we thought of everything.”

If anything, our previous builds helped us know exactly what we did and didn’t want.

Scandi-Med home exterior
Exterior of home painted Dulux Natural White
Custom built dining table with 3 basket pendant lights above
Table — Custom made, Pop Plus | Chairs — Uniqwa | Pendants — Uniqwa
Wet room bathroom with standalone bath
Benchtop — Stone Ambassadors, Firtina | Floor tiles — Edge Tile & Stone | Cabinetry fronts — Egger, Cashmere Grey | Wall tiles — Edge Tile & Stone | Tapware — Meir | Bath — Fienza | Basins — ABI Interiors

Priorities for the build included plenty of natural light, and space for their daughters to grow into.

“We knew we wanted a light, airy feel to the home. We achieved this with 16 Velux skylights through. As a family, storage is always key, so we incorporated abundant storage,” Christal explains.

“The home’s layout was designed to allowed space for us to come together as a family, but equally have time apart when necessary.

“With our girls going into their teen years, it was important they had spaces that felt like their own. Their loft-style beds allow their bedrooms to function as a study and lounge space where they can hang out when their friends come over.”

Statement window in upstairs living room
Sofa — Lounge Lovers | Occasional chairs — Lounge Lovers | Coffee table — Globe West
Modern kitchen with curved elements
Integrated appliances — Egger, Vicenza Oak and Premium White laminate | Customised internals — Hettich Advantech | Miele appliances throughout | Benchtop — Stone Ambassadors Ottoman Grey and White Truffle on the island | Cabinetry finish — Egger Vicenza Oak and Premium White
Inside of Scandi-Med home with skylights
Internal walls of home painted Dulux Lexicon Quarter
Tween girl bedroom with floral wallpaper and loft bed
Wallpaper — Graphico | Bed linen and cushions — Pillow Talk, Sunday Society | Swing chair — OMG I Would Like
Cool built in bunk bed with ladder and statement wallpaper in girls bedroom

This beautiful Scandi-Med home features sculptural curves and sun-drenched interiors.

“Our heritage is Greek, so we wanted to give it that Mediterranean feel. We also have a shared appreciation for Scandi minimalism.

“We opted for an interpretation of a gable facade that ticked the box for council requirements. Then inside, we went for organic tones, textures and subtle curves to evoke a modern Mediterranean feel, bathed in natural light.

“Glass walls and extensive downlights help keep the house light and bright. And the multiple skylights ensure that neighbouring properties will never be able to build out our home’s light. This was really important to us,” says Christal.

“We wanted something fresh and a little bit different. In the kitchen, the curves work to soften the space. Sculptural curves reoccur throughout the house.

“You’ll see them in the bedheads, mirrors, furniture and lighting. And of course the custom rangehood and kitchen island. We had this finished in Rockcote ‘Cerano’ render by Bespoke Finishes who did the rendering throughout.”

Modern kitchen with curved features
Integrated appliances — Egger, Vicenza Oak and Premium White laminate| Customised internals — Hettich Advantech | Miele appliances throughout | Benchtop — Stone Ambassadors Ottoman Grey and White Truffle on the island | Cabinetry finish — Egger Vicenza Oak and Premium White
Half curved doorway to pantry
Occasional chairs in master bedroom beside curved wall
Occasional Chairs — Freedom

The outdoor spaces at Zou Home are just as spectacular as the rest of the house.

“There are so many space to love. I seriously love the outdoor spaces. They have the best of both seasons,” Christal explains.

“Summer and spring days can be spent by the pool. And autumn and winter nights by the fireplace. We can entertain here year round.

“The statement spiral staircase that connects the home’s alfresco area with the pool and outdoor fireplace is pretty special. And we went with astroturf as a low maintenance option.

The inspiration behind the pool area was Take me to Greece. A secluded zone with white wall, custom curved concrete day bed… It’s heavenly!

“We also included a clever design feature, that really works to maximise the block. There is a multi-purpose space that sits under the house.

“The area can fit four cars, but also acts as an extension of the backyard and pool. It can be closed off to the weather with the use of the Luxaflex Magnatrack blind — a vertical blind that automatically drops down.”

Daybed by pool in Greek inspired backyard area
Pool — Get Wet Pools | Day bed — Custom built | Day bed cushions — Square Fox Designs
White statement spiral staircase
Back profile of modern Scandi-Mediterranean style home

Credits
Photography Louise Roche, Villa Styling
Builder — Zou Build
Design — Koda Design

The Zou Build team rarely put a foot wrong, and their own home is no exception! We loved taking a look around their stunning Scandi-Med home. So much design inspo! You can find out more about Zou Build through their website, or take a look at their Instagram page.

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Custom built white firepit and faux grass backyard
Exterior deck with dining table and outdoor kitchen
Table — Early Settler | Chairs — Early Settler | Wine fridge — Vintec
Exterior deck with dining table and outdoor kitchen
Timber and white laundry with statement splashback
Benchtop — Stone Ambassadors White Truffle | Cabinetry — Egger Vicenza Oak |
Timber and white laundry with statement splashback
Dining room with view to living room
Upstairs living room with statement window
Walk in pantry with timber accents
Double coffee table in living room with fireplace
White spiral staircase to Greek style pool
White spiral staircase to pool area
White outdoor kitchen
Laundry splashback and sink
White sofa in upstairs living room
White bathroom with timber cabinetry
Walk in shower with subway tiles and shower shelf
Extra large front door in Scandi-Med home
Grey and white splashback with curved rangehood
Sideboard with statement art piece
Sideboard — Globewest | Artwork by Jen Sievers | Read our chat with Jen here
Master bedroom with white walls, artwork and rust coloured bedding
Ornate metal staircase balustrade in home with American oak flooring
Stone surround fireplace in living room
Bathroom with textured cabinetry and double arch mirrors
Bathroom with double vanity and walk in shower
Modern bathroom with pill shaped sink
Master ensuite with extra large arch mirror
Ensuite bathroom with white vanity and arch mirror
Tiles — Edge Tile & Stone
Artificial grass with outdoor fireplace in low maintenance garden
Pool with custom built day bed
Ornate metal staircase balustrade
Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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