PEEK THROUGH THE KEYHOLE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ST IVES HOME
PUBLISHED: 13:32 27 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:36 30 August 2017
St Ives remains one of Cornwall’s most desirable addresses - and this former derelict home now newly refurbished is among its smartest residences
St Ives has long been a favourite with homeseekers and sunseekers – and the idea of a condemned townhouse sitting in this most desirable of harbour towns couldn’t stay derelict for long.
Regular readers will be familiar with the work of interior designer Kerry Knight of Beatengreen Design (beatengreen.co.uk) from her projects in the town including the Old Police Station and Sergeant’s Retreat – both critically acclaimed for the standard of their revamp – and now The Town House is the latest lost property to be given a complete make over to become the perfect coastal retreat.
The Town House was my most exciting challenge yet, in terms of it’s starting point in relation to the transformation at the end,’ admits Kerry. Given the initial condition of the property - it still had a Victorian oven built into one of the walls and an outside toilet - the building work was extensive.’
The rear of the house - which included the kitchens and bedrooms above was uncondemned. But despite its dilapidated state, the era of the building provided plenty of inspiration for the final look – as one of the country’s most familiar and much-loved architectural styles.
The design aspects of the project were all about making the most of the available space in a traditional Victorian terraced property, and working with a muted colour palette to create interest and visual coherence.’
When Kerry began work, the entire ground floor had to be made structurally safe - work which was undertaken by experienced local contractors, KC Renovations. An added complication was that most of the internal walls needed to be removed and the staircase relocated in order to create a modern, open-plan living space.
Happily for Kerry, her client gave her free-reign in regards to the design concept, which she admits was liberating – and a little scary.
I’m used to working from a detailed brief with the property owners, who usually have strong ideas about the overall look. It is unusual to work with so much freedom, but the collaboration was successful and the results speak for themselves.’
As a starting point, Kerry and her client agreed to use the work of artist Barbara Hepworth as an inspiration. Hepworth was known for her abstract sculptures celebrating organic forms, which were often made in response to the Cornish landscape; her work can be seen around St Ives and at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden – which this year celebrated its 40th birthday.
At The Town House this was translated into a colour scheme which layers soft, natural tones. I wanted to echo the earthy feel of Hepworth’s sculptures, and keep to an organic, multi-textured concept throughout the property,’ explains Kerry.
As always with her projects, Kerry has also incorporated vintage accessories sourced locally from specialist stores and auctions, upcycled furniture and carefully selected prints to adorn the walls.
The end result is hugely successful. The property owner is really happy with the outcome, particularly the new layout and the quality of the finish we’ve achieved,’ adds Kerry. The Town House is now available as a holiday let through The Cottage Boutique – specialists in self-catering properties in prime locations in St Ives. Kerry has worked on several of our letting properties and the results are always outstanding.’ Says Managing Partner Claire Gilbert. Thanks to her keen eye and flair for creating original schemes, they always stand out in a market where there is a lot of choice.’
The Old Police Station, Sergeant’s Retreat and The Town House are let through The Cottage Boutique – .