Private Beach House Mawgan Porth

This dated 1960s property on the north Cornwall coast was snapped up within a week through Savills due to its stunning plot overlooking the water. The owners intention was to knock it down and rebuild it, but they had three young children and didn’t want to wait three years to use it while it underwent planning and development. The clients needed an interior designer to meet a tight schedule, who could phase the work in stages to allow the owners to enjoy their limited time at the property.

The brief was to redecorate, furnish and upgrade all elements of the bathrooms and kitchen to create an eco beach house. The building was an ugly 1960s bungalow and the owners wanted modern contemporary and minimal furniture, but also liked vintage style and comfort. Everything Elaine and her team installed also had to be British made, sustainable or recycled and had to be reused and fit in with the next property, which had not been designed yet. The team had nine weeks to deliver so the owners could use it for the Easter holidays.

The team took out a wall in the kitchen to open up the space. The owners also wanted to ensure that 12 people could all take a shower at the same time, so Camellia installed an additional boiler and a large utility room to keep sandy toes at bay. Since the house was going to be knocked down, the team steered away from wallpaper using paint instead. Elaine took her decoration cues from the surrounding environment using a palette of strong deep colours including ochre, deep teal and greys. A rich deep orange was used to highlight the poor rooms that lacked views.

The team pulled off the project in nine weeks flat and the client loved the interior design so much they decided they wouldn’t knock it down after all. The owners praised the Camellia team for ‘really working and designing for the house’ and this is a perfect example of needing to approach the job with no set idea and no intention of putting your own stamp on it.