Family holiday home, Cornwall

Family Holiday home with a seaside theme
St Ives, Cornwall

Iris is one of three boutique holiday homes, shaped around a secluded courtyard on the beautiful “Digey” of St Ives in Cornwall. I had the privilege of designing all three – setting the overall style, including an emphasis on Cornish stone and slate inside and out, and ensuring all three were hard-wearing, yet high-spec. But while the external look is harmonious and traditional, inside each property has its own character, reflecting the likely users. That combination begins at the hand-forged metal gate, which features a simple elongated fish motif, produced locally in Cornwall by Jays Gates

While Iris sleeps four, it has space to host many more in the open plan living area upstairs. I opted for a built-in bench with a large dining table that provides a wonderful location for family meals prepared in the galley kitchen. The whole space is bathed in natural light, which I accentuated with hand-crafted oak beams and high ceilings. A contemporary wood-burner is embedded into the stone feature wall, making it a room for all seasons.

The bedrooms are downstairs and have a contemporary feel with slate flooring and bold colours, plus a wave-patterned wallpaper in the second bedroom. Again, there’s a nautical theme to the artwork and accessories, with a particular highlight being the canoe-paddle hand rail alongside the staircase, made of maple wood by Rutland Woodcraft.

“Samantha Johnson was responsible for reviewing the architects designs to make the most of the internal layout and for creating the gorgeous interiors. Her attention to final detail was exceptional with a wonderful seaside theme running through all three properties.”

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