A property’s natural environment provides us with endless inspiration as interior designers, but it is not our only source. The hotel is a great example of timeless and classy interior design.
When designing the interior of our Cornish home, we were particularly inspired by Hotel Tresanton (below).
Designed by Olga Polizzi and opened in 1997, this relatively recent addition to the Cornish landscape is a fine homage to its coastal environment in the most understated way.
Seaside motifs provide subtle nuance throughout the interior, but the real nod to the Cornish landscape is evident from the beautiful views out the windows. This is what we aimed to emulate in the design of our own home.
The first floor has been reconfigured to include a master bedroom and bathroom overlooking the ocean, and the orientation of the living room furniture has been changed to position the view as a stunning backdrop to the interior.
Inspiration also came from several other hotels in the area, including St Mawes Hotel and Idle Rocks (below). The design of these interiors is rich in rustic finishes and pretty fabrics, with bare wood and a collection of classic and contemporary furniture in harmony. The result is a livable interior that feels like it has evolved over time.
This collected and curated atmosphere is what we aim for in all our interiors. Antique and brown furniture may sit alongside art deco, midcentury, and white “coastal chic” pieces. They have a wonderfully worn and weathered feel, perfect for coastal designs.
The stunning beauty created within these hotels is a tranquil coastal beauty befitting their stunning Cornish surroundings, with a punch to match the natural beauty of the coastline.
This punch is evident in the Farrow & Ball palette used in both St Mawes Hotel and Idle Rocks, which also includes an uplifting sunny yellowcake. We chose De Nimes, a strong, dark blue for the coastal inland joinery, reminiscent of the waves of the ocean crashing on the peninsula during storms.