Old meets new in Finland: hotel interior design ideas

Lobby area of Runo Hotel

leather armchairs in lobby area of runo hotel featuring

While many of us want to bring a touch of chic hotel design to the interior decoration of our homes, most hotels strive to create a luxury home-from-home look to their interiors. One such hotel that has achieved this beautifully, is RUNO Hotel in the historic coastal town of Porvoo, Finland. In our regular series of interior design ideas from hotels around the world, we explore the stylish interior of this rustic-meets-modern masterpiece.

With its soft neutral palette, understated style and proclivity for salvaged materials that stand the test of time, the RUNO Hotel is a wonderful example of how to transform a historic building into a laid-back modern space without losing its heartbeat. Many of the original features of the building, such as the majestic staircases, fireplaces and external reliefs, have been retained and lovingly restored using a blend of contemporary Nordic design and classic Scandinavian furniture.

exterior of Runo Hotel

Celebrating reclaimed furniture

Much like the reclaimed wood furniture we love, the theme of reborn is seen in every detail of the hotel. From the repurposed traditional textiles and locally handcrafted pieces of rustic furniture, some of which were crafted from centuries-old reclaimed floorboards or salvaged wooden hay sticks, the hotel respects the old while searching for the new.

lounge area in hotel with large corner sofa and wooden coffee table

The large open contemporary ground floor space that houses the lobby, lounge and restaurant combines a mix of Shaker-style furniture and modern classics including Hans J. Wegner’s iconic J16 rocking chairs and Space Copenhagen’s Spine lounge chairs with a harmonious colour palette to create a warmly inviting and homey atmosphere.

hotel bathroom with reclaimed wood ladder and wooden rocking chair in lounge area

In the Runo Kitchen modern Finish food is served on contemporary wooden table and chairs or wooden trestle tables.

rustic dining table with trestle legs

wooden bar stools with leather seat at hotel bar

The neutral colour scheme is carried through in all of the 56 bedrooms, where an abundance of natural light gives the feature wooden furniture a natural warming glow.

bedroom at Runo hotel with hanging pendant light and wooden bedside table

leather armchair and stone fireplace in bedroom of Runo hotel

Get the look

reclaimed wood dining table with trestle legs

Farringdon Reclaimed Wood Trestle Dining Table

mango wood console table

Eastwood Mango Wood Console Table

Want to find out more? For more information visit RUNO Hotel Porvoo at www.runohotel.com. Or to get the the look, see our collection of rustic and reclaimed wood furniture at Modish Living.

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Home decor ideas: Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Santa Monica Proper hotel bedroom

hotel lobby with wooden furniture for home interior decor ideas

Our interior design ideas from around the world this month take us to the sun-drenched technicolour shores of Los Angeles to soak up the easy luxury coastal vibes of hotel Santa Monica Proper.

Occupying a 1920s building in the beachside neighborhood of Santa Monica, American interior designer, Kelly Wearstler, created a relaxed and eclectic aesthetic using a mix of contemporary furniture and rustic furniture with vintage influences. The public spaces and bedrooms are inspired by the local coastline and have been designed to help guests relax. Curved, organic and heavily textured materials and finishes blend with sandy palettes and natural elements, such as grasscloths, oversized plants and of course, palm trees.

rustic wood dining table with brown leather dining chairs

Interior decoration: tactile wood

Wood and wood tones feature dominantly in the hotel. From the patterned hardwood oak floors and custom-made reception desk to the wood-effect wall cladding and warm brown patinas throughout, Wearstler worked with local artisans and artists to create a welcoming yet sophisticated atmosphere that embodies Santa Monica’s iconic beachside identity.

white hotel lobby desk with patterned wooden floor

Bedroom interior design

The organic tones and sandy hues continue into the suites and bedrooms. Curved fabric headboards and warm wooden furniture glow in the natural California light that spills into the space through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

king size bed with curved fabric headboard and wooden bench

Fabric armchair next to king size bed with curved fabric headboard

Get the look at home

Photo: Serenity Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

Photo: Cleo Faux Leather Dining Chair

Want to stay here? For more information visit Santa Monica Proper. Or to shop the look, browse our collection of rustic and modern furniture at Modish Living. All images credit The Ingalls.

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A refreshingly different Italian retreat

Apfelhotel Torgglerhof

Exterior of Apfelhotel Torgglerfhof, Italy

Our dose of home interior design inspiration from around the world this month takes us to the South Tyrol region of Italy to discover a unique wellness hotel where nature, architecture and people work together communally to create an oasis for the senses in a contemporary yet ultra-relaxing space.

Apfelhotel Torgglerhof is nestled between the mountains, woods, apple orchards and meadows in the small town of Saltaus at the entrance to the Passeier Valley, Italy. This award-winning family-run hotel is an architectural gem that beautifully combines old and new with finely crafted details, natural materials and a well-thought-out design. The focus at Apfelhotel is on rejuvenation and guests are encouraged to connect with nature in a modern yet homely design interior that blends tradition with a modern aesthetic.

Apfelhotel Torgglerhof bedroom

Apfelhotel Torgglerhof bedroom exterior

Nature and the characteristics of the region play a key role within the interiors with wood cladding, milling and rustic natural fibres used throughout to complement the rural surroundings. The addition of dark metal details contrasts beautifully with the materials running like a thread through all the carefully designed bedrooms, whilst textured and patterned finishes to the rustic furniture radiate cosiness and freshness.

interior of bedrooms at Apfelhotel Torgglerhof, Italy

The new wellness centre is an award-winning masterpiece of design and architecture. Embedded in nature, the building is clad entirely in grass and has been carved into a natural green slope so that it blends seamlessly into the landscape, so much so that it is hardly visible. Inside muted hues, stone, wood and wooden furniture, along with plenty of natural light ensure a pure and relaxing experience.

exterior of spa at Apfelhotel Torgglerhof

Guests are encouraged to eat outside ‘farm-style’, but the light and airy dining room exudes a contemporary rustic charm that is design-conscious yet inviting. The wooden dining tables featuring black-painted spider-legs have a matt finish to blend with the modern grey stone floors, whilst the curved spindle back wooden dining chairs in black and black wishbone chairs bring a cool Nordic feel. Natural rattan hanging pendant lights and plants soften the scheme.

Apfelhotel Torgglerhof dining room

Get the look

hotel bedroom interior with cutout of reclaimed wood sideboard


reclaimed wood round dining table


garden armchair in outdoor seating area


If you’d like to stay at this stunning hotel visit Apfelhotel Torgglerhof for more information and inspiration. Or to shop the look, browse our stunning collection of modern and reclaimed wood furniture at Modish Living. All images courtesy of Apfelhotel Torgglehof and @AlexFilz.

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Discover rustic interior vibes at Habitat hotel, Mykonos

rustic coffee table and leather armchairs at hotel Habitat

Rustic console table in bedroom of hotel Habitat, Mykonos

How many times have you walked into a hotel and thought, ‘I want my home to look like this?’ Hotel interior designers know exactly how to create that relaxed-yet-refined ambience and when it comes to gathering inspiration for your home, we think a beautiful design-led hotel captivates the imagination.

In a new regular monthly feature, Modish Travels, we roam the globe to discover some of the most inspirational and beautifully designed hotels that capture the essence of easy rustic living with a dose of luxury.

We start our journey at Habitat, a new hotel on the island of Mykonos. Not short of luxury hotels, the party hub of the Cycladic islands knows how to spark an unmistakable sense of escapism and Habitat captures the laid-back rhythm of Mykonian life wonderfully with its modern bohemian style.

wooden armchairs and rustic coffee table in lobby area of the Habitat hotel, Mykonos

leather armchairs with wooden frame in lobby area of Habitat hotel, Mykonos

Effortlessly mixing simple, rustic details with contemporary comforts, all elements of nature are visible around the hotel and within the luxury suites. Handmade rustic furniture, plush linens and unique materials exude understated elegance and a feeling of total relaxation.

Habitat Suites are an inspiring mix of earthy tones, natural materials and rustic wooden details. The earthy indoor colour palette matches the surrounding landscape, respecting local architecture and maximising the resort’s feeling of escapism.

rustic dining table and leather armchair at hotel Habitat, Mykonos

rustic wooden bench at foot of king size bed with natural covers at hotel Habitat, Mykonosrustic furniture and accessories at hotel Habitat, Mykonos

Get the look

farringdon reclaimed wood dining table

rustic console table with drawers

If you’d like to stay at Habitat, Mykonos, visit its website habitatmykonos.com for more information and inspiration. Or to shop the look, browse our stunning collection of rustic and reclaimed wood furniture at Modish Living. All images courtesy of Habitat, Mykonos.

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House tour: A rustic beach cottage in Cornwall

Sarah Jane of Just a Little Build at Leat House in Cornwall

Leat House cottage in Cornwall

This slice of Cornish history embodies the very essence of coastal living, with original flagstone floors and thick local slate walls, the light and airy interior creates a cottage that’s picture-perfect from inside out.

Step inside

Set on a cobbled lane down to the sea in the tiny hamlet of Port Gaverne on Cornwall’s North Coast, Leat House is a wonderful 200-year-old coastal cottage and handiwork of the talented dynamo, Sarah-Jane, creator of Just a Little Build and Instagram account @justalittlebuild. With stunning uninterrupted views of the beach, sea and sheltered rugged cliffs, Sarah-Jane has turned this four-bedroom, two living room, dining room and two bathroom holiday cottage into a wonderfully welcoming space that feels fresh and modern whilst retaining the cottage’s original charm. Rustic furniture complement the painted panelled walls, original flagstone floors and neutral-toned interiors to create a space where visitors can surrender to the call of the sea and let the salty relaxed vibe get under their skin.

Living room at Leat House in Cornwall

Living Areas

Brimming with Cornish character, Leat House has two living spaces both of which strike the perfect balance between bright coastal style and a sense of cosiness. A stylish neutral palette runs through both rooms on the walls and windows with subtle accents of pattern, texture and colour bringing warmth to the spaces. The thick original flagstone floor in the more casual of the two rooms is softened by a natural jute rug and a squid ink blue velvet sofa, whilst in the more formal reception room, Sarah-Jane opted for a light carpeted floor and muted rug. A mixture of blue velvet and light tan leather sofas allows for the delightful large bay window with views of the bay to take centre stage in this room, whilst rustic furniture such as a rustic coffee table adds natural texture.

Living room in Leat House Cornwall

Living room of Leat House in Cornwall

Dining room and kitchen

kitchen of Leat House in Cornwall

Sarah-Jane continues the neutral tones with soft blue and grey accents in the kitchen and dining areas. The beautiful rustic dining table and grey painted wooden dining chairs with spindle back sit comfortably on the flagstone floor, whilst a blue wooden dresser with metal detailing gives a classic country cottage mood, not to mention handy storage. In the kitchen, the neutral colour scheme extends to the painted cupboards, we love the Aga and the small painted breakfast table with rustic stools and built-in seating in the bay window – the ideal sunny spot for a morning coffee whilst looking out to the sea. Blue furnishings and plants bring added colour and a contemporary feel to the room.

rustic dining table in Leat House Cornwall

rustic dining table and close up of hanging pendant lights at Leat House Cornwall


The relaxed coastal vibe and muted colour scheme continue upstairs in the four bedrooms. Rustic influences include exposed wooden beams and painted wood panelling on accent walls throughout, together with furniture, such as a wooden bench at the end of the king-size bed in the master bedroom (perfect for perching to admire the magnificent views of the crashing Atlantic waves from the window), a rustic chest of drawers and painted wooden chest of drawers. All bedrooms are good sized doubles, with two benefiting from zip and link beds, making them ideal for family sharing rooms.

Bedrooms at Leat House in Cornwall

Master bedroom at Leat House Cornwall

If you’d like to stay at Leat House, check out the website leathouse.com for more information and check prices and availability.

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