Cornwall LivingIssue #149

A Mid-Summer’s Makeover

Is it time to embrace the three ‘R’s this summer? Replace, restore, revolutionise! Here at Cornwall Living we’ve come up with some ways to help you bring out the best in your property.

Although traditionally the beginning of Spring sees us making improvements to our homes and gardens it doesn’t mean that, as we head into summer, new projects can’t be undertaken. In fact, there are some great offers to be had when it comes to home improvements during this time of year. Here are some of the best places to put on your list of suppliers to visit, in person or on-line, if you’re considering replacement blinds right through to adding a new conservatory to your home.

Turn up the heat

If you’re looking to replace or upgrade your home heating system then Eden Hearth & Home ( should be on that list. They can advise on the best fit for your lifestyle and property ensuring you have a system that works for you. Their in-house team have many years of expertise in the fireplace and heating industry taking exceptional pride in excellent customer service and value for money. Catering to all tastes and budgets, they are confident in having something to offer everyone.

Their fitting teams provide a fully comprehensive survey and installation service, handling everything from gas work and plastering to electrics and joinery. Just sit back and watch your dream fireplace come to life.


What better way to add a focal point to you garden, however large or small than by introducing a water feature? Be it a simple pond or a ‘flowing river’ replete with decking, then Cornwall Ponds ( are certainly worth having a look at.

They have a host of watery projects under their belts. From natural stone and grassed edging, to paved and timber surrounds, ornamental and wildlife ponds to contemporary water features and reflective ponds, Japanese water gardens and larger projects that include design and landscaping, they can both advise and install.

What’s more a pond actively encourages wildlife to your garden, adding beauty to your outdoor space, creating something you and the local fauna can enjoy for many years to come.

Style and sophistication

Shutters have never been more popular than they are today in terms of quality, affordability and versatility. At Westcountry Blinds ( you’ll find some of the best versions on the market in terms of design, quality and choice.

With over 20 years of experience, they can offer a collection of premium shutters that will enhance the value of your home. You’ll find that they’re are not only stylish, with many materials to choose from including, engineered wood composite, waterproof ABS and premium hardwood but also practical, allowing you to control light levels and privacy. Each shutter is made-to-measure, ensuring a perfect fit for any window or door, regardless of size or shape. And on top of this, all of the ranges they supply and fit are subject to stringent environmental controls, ones that encourage sustainable practices and minimise the manufacturing carbon footprint.

A critical curation

Situated in one of the oldest streets in Falmouth and also in Truro, The Grey Lurcher ( is a dream emporium for those seeking the curious and eclectic. Established in 2017, you’ll find a curation of conversation pieces, healthcare products, ethically created ornaments, seasonal plants and gardenalia along with attractive alcove fillers galore.

All of their products are sourced to fit snugly within the company’s ethos of sustainability and environmental mindfulness, from Cornish Milk Mineral paints and scented candles and diffusers from St Mawes to limited edition printed velvet cushions and scarves from Arcana.

If you’re after something that little bit different to grace your home or want to embark upon a little bit of upcycling then The Grey Lurcher is the place for you.

Engaging outdoor spaces

Whether you’re seeking innovative ideas to redesign your garden, professional landscaping design for commercial projects, general outdoor and garden maintenance, or a stunning natural swimming pool, a company you can always rely on for impeccable service and quality is Mid-Cornwall Landscaping (

This landscaping specialist design fresh, contemporary spaces for everyone to enjoy, from families and businesses to care-home residents and patients. Combining home-style gardening with commercial landscaping, the team has created some impressive outdoor spaces across Cornwall. At the core of the company’s ethos is a commitment to projects that are both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional.

Protect and enjoy

Two words can be used to encapsulate what ColourFence can provide for you – stunning and strong!

ColourFence ( stands out as the ideal alternative to timber fencing and is priced comparably to mid-range options like feather edge or close board systems. Made from advanced zincalume steel, this long-lasting fencing product requires minimal maintenance, is incredibly strong, and aesthetically pleasing. It can withstand wind gusts up to 130mph; in fact, they’re so confident in this durable fencing solution that they’ll even back it with a 25-year guarantee!

With many designs available, in a range of different sizes, there’s sure to be a solution that will protect and add a pleasing backdrop to your garden space.

Ancient beauty with a modern take

Blackman Rowe ( is a family-run business based in Devoran, Cornwall, one that is driven by an enthusiasm for tiles and exceptional customer service. They have over 50 years of combined experience within the sector supplying and installing some of the most beautiful porcelain, natural stone, decorative and mosaic tiles in the county.

Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor project they’ll have something to match up to you design expectations. Their expertise and commitment to quality have made them a trusted name in the industry, offering unparalleled craftsmanship and a personalised service second to none.

Where tradition meets innovation

Based in Helston, Wendron Stoves ( are the wood burning stove specialists. With over 30 years’ experience in selling and installing wood burning and multi-fuel stoves they have always been at the forefront of developments within this sector. From sourcing wood-pellet-burning stoves to ensuring that all their installation engineers are HETAS qualified, they are not slow to meet the challenge. That’s why you’ll find stoves in their range that now incorporate smart technology in the form of electronic control systems.

If you want out find out more have a look at their website or better still pop down to their showroom, where you’ll be greeted by a knowledgeable and friendly member of staff. Here you’ll be able to experience at first hand the pleasure of owning a wood burning stove.

Transform your entrance

If you’re thinking about laying down a new drive or pathway then Oltco ( will probably have the ideal solution for you. Specialising in resin bound services they have over 18 years’ experience as a leading specialist for the domestic and commercial markets. With a passion for innovation and a desire to offer superior products, it is a Cornish business with national reach, dedicated to delivering solutions tailored to each client’s specific requirements. The creation of two unique outdoor flooring solutions, Recycle Bound and Recycle Base, has transformed driveways, patios, footpaths and balconies, terraces, courtyards and beer gardens across Cornwall, the wider UK and Channel Islands.

Resin driveways offer numerous benefits, making them an excellent choice for homeowners. Their compliance with Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) ensures effective water drainage and prevents flooding issues. Additionally, the installation process is simplified as no planning permission is required.

Comfort and functionality

There is something quintessentially English about a conservatory. Probably a result of our unpredictable climate – dry one minute and showery the next, and on some days not quite warm enough to sit out on the garden, but sunny all the same. At Philip Whear ( you’ll find just the answer to extend your property and the hours spent admiring your garden.

Conservatories can vary from simple, functional designs to stunning, transformative living spaces. From their factory and showroom in Cornwall, they can create the perfect addition to complement any property, whether traditional, contemporary, or anything in between. With a wide range of materials and colour options, they ensure your conservatory enhances your home’s aesthetic appeal and its functionality.

Here are some of the best places to put on your list of suppliers to visit, in person or on-line, if you’re considering replacement blinds right through to adding a new conservatory to your home.