Cornwall Living 2018

News & views

Interior design tips: Camellia & Co’s Elaine Skinner talks us through accessorising our holiday homes

With a reputation for refurbishing holiday homes across Cornwall, we catch up with Elaine Skinner of interior design practice Camellia & Co., and get her top tips on how to give your holiday home the edge over others in today’s competitive market.

We ask Elaine what signature finishing touches she adds to her interior holiday home projects.

Firstly, create groupings. Small, singular objects can disappear or look out of place in a room when displayed on their own, whereas grouping a few items together will add weight and impact to your accessories. Stagger the heights of your accessories on a bookshelf or create symmetry with your wall hangings. “Remember to follow the rule of three; odd numbers of recurring fixtures tend to look more natural and effortless when incorporated into your design scheme!”

Finally, consider texture. “Texture creates instant visual interest in your design scheme; use different fabrics and finishes throughout your soft furnishings to add dimension and give your room an instant lift.

“Those special personal touches will reflect your individuality and personality, and your guests will love them!”

For more information call 01208 863690 or 01872 248952, or visit

Peruse an ever-changing display of talent at The Cowhouse Gallery

Run by a group of local artists and craftspeople, The Cowhouse Gallery offers a wide spectrum of original arts and crafts, all at fabulously affordable prices.

You’ll find a range of paintings, sculptures, prints, photography, ceramics, jewellery, glass, wood and leatherwork, all beautifully displayed, with a list of guest exhibitors that’s always changing, meaning there’s always something new to see.

The gallery is located just above Perranuthnoe cove, which offers breathtaking coastal walks in either direction, with dizzying views over
St Michael’s Mount and the opalescent waters of Prussia Cove. So, if you’re out and about on the south coast, making the most of the end-of-summer sun, why not pop in and say hello?

For more information call 01736 710538 or visit

Charity show celebrates 20 years in the community

Cornwall Hospice Care’s Holmbush Community Shop first opened its doors in 1997 and 20 years later the shop has just doubled in size, expanding into the store next door. When it first opened, volunteer Joy helped serve the customers as they found bargains and hidden treasures, and if you go in now (on the right day) you will still find Joy there with her welcoming smile.

Joy explains why she’s volunteered for the Cornish charity for so many years, “I’ve had two relations cared for at the hospice, and it’s such a wonderful place.”

“I’ve loved being able to give something back.” Talking about the expansion Joy says, “the shop has changed throughout the years but this is so exciting, I look forward to seeing our regular customers and lots of new ones too!”

For more information call 01726 66868 or visit

2017 marks another successful St Mawes Sailing Club Regatta Day

On an August summer’s day what more could we expect from the weather? Grey skies, Cornish mizzle and a fair southwesterly breeze – perfect conditions for racing in Falmouth bay! The day brightened and competition looked fierce from the safety and warmth of the sailing club. As the sailors returned, wet, cold and hungry the Philip Martin flag was raised behind Irish tones of Black Velvet. Teas were served, pints were poured and the evening got underway just after the prize giving. On the quayside, of which the Philip Martin team were the sponsors, the Tors took to the stage and the weather just about held. The St Mawes Ferry continued its taxi service from the Prince of Wales Pier to and from St Mawes. The tickets were courtesy of the St Mawes Ferry Company with donations to the RNLI. A good time was had by all.

Exciting times ahead for Cornish Kitchens and Bathrooms

With over 20 years’ experience in the installation of kitchens and bathrooms, Cornish Kitchens and Bathrooms owner Nicholas Ellis and the team pride themselves on displaying the latest choices in resin and quartz worktops, coupled with traditional laminate and granite styles.

Friendly and knowledgeable, the team always endeavours to provide an effective design to installation service to the best of its ability, and is always pleased to answer any questions and offer the best advice possible.

Recently, Nicholas and the team introduced two bathroom ranges, plus two new stainless steel kitchen sinks from 1810, a brand you should certainly keep an eye out for when you next visit. What’s more, the website is set to be redesigned and will even include a video tour of the showroom, so watch that space!

For more information call 01326 376788 or visit

Do you want to develop your listed home?

If you’re living in a wonderful, listed Cornish building and you’re thinking of altering or extending your property, you’ll first need to get a heritage appraisal to help guide you on what your options are. This will form an important part of any listed building application to the Council.

The appraisal is essentially an inspection of the building to understand its age and changes over time, as well as a detailed look at the archives and old maps, which are all set out in a bound report. It could be likened to a ‘who do you think you are’ of listed buildings!

Andrew Hayes, a Conservation Accredited Chartered Surveyor of Court Design and Conservation specialises in such work, and urges you to get in touch if you’re itching to develop your listed property.

For more information call 01326 376000 or visit

New designer hair salon arrives in Falmouth

Zebra Finch Hair is the brainchild of stylist Zeb Luke Gethen who, over his 15-year career, has worked alongside industry legends, including Nicky Clarke. Zeb has worked on photo shoots, catwalk shows and television, doing hair for high profile celebrities and models, including Surrane Jones, Sue Perkins and even a Spice Girl. He now brings his talent to Falmouth with the opening of his new salon, for both men and women. The interior has been elegantly styled with bespoke and antique furniture making the most of the shop’s Georgian features with heritage colours, beautiful artwork and curios. “The idea was to create a calm, relaxing environment for our clients to enjoy while being pampered,” explains Zeb, “with no pressure to buy products.” The salon specialises in wedding hair and styling for events, so if you have a big day coming up, you know where to go.

For more information visit, Facebook@zebrafinchhairInstagram@zebrafinchhair or call 07548 539267

Essa Collection announces exclusive anniversary event 

Known and loved throughout Cornwall for having an eye for seasonal seaside fashion, Essa Collection
on Fore Street, Porthleven is set to celebrate the third anniversary since the shop’s opening in October 2014.

Vanessa travels around Asia, buying from Thailand, Nepal, India, Bali, Cambodia and Laos and also stocks products from Italy, which makes for a handpicked range that’s both exclusive and eclectic!

The celebration will take place in the form of an invite-only shopping evening on Wednesday 4th October. Showcasing new designs made exclusively for the shop in Bali, entry will include a free gift for purchases over £50, a glass of fizz and one-night only discounts on all wares, making this event one not to be missed!

To receive your exclusive invite, email Vanessa at or send her a message on Facebook@Essacollectionporthleven

An exciting autumn programme at The Summerhouse Gallery

This autumn sees an exciting array of artists on show at The Summerhouse Gallery. During September, the Marazion gallery showcases the work of esteemed and much loved artists Michael Praed and John Piper, in a joint show entitled ‘Partners in Paint’, running until 22nd September. The show provides a unique insight on not only the work, but also the longstanding friendship from an artist’s perspective.

Another date for the diary in October is ‘Of Time and Tide’, Kit johns and Kate Richardson, a show which will capture the dramatic beauty of this time of year. The gallery showcases and celebrates a wide range of talented Cornish artists, from the established to the up and coming.

For more information on shows and future events, visit

The perfect escape for horse lovers

If you love horse riding as much as you love Cornwall, then why not combine the two? We’ve discovered the perfect location to enjoy both and explore the rugged coastline from a truly unique vantage point. Newton Equestrian Centre near Mullion on the Lizard peninsula is a fantastic place to learn to ride, or simply brush up on your skills amid stunning scenery. But the real beauty is that you can stay in one of the cottages onsite and experience the ultimate weekend away for the horsey person. You’ll also enjoy use of the onsite facilities including the indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, games room, sports hall and gym. With prices only £100 per person per day rider, and £75 for non-riders, it’s great location for reuniting large groups of family or friends, accommodating parties of 6, 9 or 15 people. What could be a more magical experience than riding a horse across the golden sands of a Cornish beach?

For more information call 01326 240388 or visit

Cotton Mills Interiors opens new Truro showroom this autumn!

The purpose-built premises on the corner of Charles Street and Infirmary Hill will feature shutters, carpets, paints, furniture and lighting in addition to the extensive fabric selection and bespoke curtain and blind services Cotton Mills is known for.

The award-winning business evolved from a much loved fabric shop into the well respected company it is today, with their work being featured in House and Garden magazine and on the Channel 4 programme George Clarke’s Old House, New Home.

“It is exciting to have premises of our own where we have the space and freedom to showcase the work that we do for homes, yachts, guest houses and hotels,” says Ali Cary from Cotton Mills.

For more information visit

New Kettle Co showroom to open in the south west

Kettle of Fowey has long held a reputation for its stunning bespoke kitchens, interiors and in-house design service, so it’s no surprise to discover that the enterprising business is expanding to meet demand. In addition to the existing St Austell showroom, the newly rebranded Kettle Co opens its chic new showroom at Coypool Retail Park in Plymouth at the new HBH Woolacotts store this September. Director of Kettle Co, Dale Williams, tells us: “We’re really excited about opening our new showroom this autumn to bring our products to a wider audience across the south west.” What’s more, later this autumn, Kettle Co launches its brand new online store, showcasing the company’s most in-demand products and exciting suppliers. If you are looking to refresh your home or holiday property, keep a look out for the official opening.

For more information call 01726 817778 or visit

Lucy Orr Interiors opens stunning new showroom in Rock

Interior designer Lucy Orr has opened a stunning new showroom and interiors shop in Rock this month.

Lucy understands that any design project in the home can be daunting, whether you’re looking for help with a new build or simply a new pair of curtains. In her shop you’ll find a mix of carefully selected furniture, lighting, mirrors and art, together with exquisite displays of fabrics, wallpapers, throws, cushions and many one-off pieces.

In addition Lucy offers a personal shopping and sourcing service, together with wedding and wish lists.

For more information call 07811 383308 or visit

Add some sparkle to your home

Mel Chambers of Alchemy Tiles is a self-taught artist based in Cornwall, near Falmouth, who specialises in using the ancient 13th century techniques of inlay tiles to create amazing and inspirational works of art. She blends beautiful images, inspiring quotes and poetry to create bespoke, unique and original pieces that are impossible to replicate. Due to the special techniques and long-lasting ware, the tiles are extremely versatile. Not only does she create one-off bespoke pieces for special occasions such as weddings and birthdays; Mel’s real talent lies in creating specialist designs for kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces and house plaques. So if you feel you have an area that needs something that little bit special then Alchemy Tiles has the answer.

For more information call 07768 193848 or visit

Be proud of your patio with Eco Clean Tech

Surface cleaning specialist Eco Clean Tech understands the desire to be house proud from the moment you pull up to your drive, without having to spend hours making it pristine. With this in mind, after selling its product nationally, the team has decided to offer Cornwall an exclusive cleaning service.

With the help of European partners, Eco Clean Tech has introduced the Terrazza Mc brush to Cornwall. Designed in Belgium to clean any external and internal surface, this unique, patented system will restore stone, decking, block paving or one of countless others, with just a small amount of water and no damaging high-pressures. Indeed, this environmentally friendly company leads the way in patio and driveway cleaning, offering a bespoke service that enables you to protect the home you love.

For more information call 07817 574450 visit

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