Real rooms Stun­ning St Ives

The de­sign team at Camel­lia & Co. worked their in­te­rior magic on this ex­quis­ite two-bed­room apart­ment over­look­ing St Ives har­bour

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Amaster class in small space de­sign so­lu­tions, the team used their in­te­rior know-how and years of ex­pe­ri­ence to add that spe­cial touch to this first-floor apart­ment, mak­ing it as stun­ning in­side as the un­in­ter­rupted views of St Ives har­bour and Go­drevy light­house out­side.


The own­ers of Blue Wa­ter were keen to max­imise their prop­er­ties ex­cep­tional sea views and since they were seek­ing a higher rental re­turn, they asked Camel­lia to cre­ate a so­phis­ti­cated and lux­u­ri­ous look, burst­ing with style.

Camel­lia & Co. were asked to dec­o­rate and fur­nish the en­tire prop­erty, re­flect­ing the coastal scenery out­side, so as to give the two-bed­room apart­ment wider ap­peal to small fam­i­lies and cou­ples alike.


With lim­ited square footage to play with, the Camel­lia team made use of ev­ery nook and cranny, de­vis­ing clever ways to cre­ate a sense of space.

The walls, shelves and built in stor­age were all painted in soft, sandy neu­tral colours to re­flect the light and make the rooms feel seam­less and airy. They also serve to give the prop­erty warmth in the win­ter and a cool feel in the sum­mer, lend­ing it year-round ap­peal. They pur­posely kept the colour pal­ette clean so that it wouldn’t look small and dark, or date quickly.

The fab­rics, from the Mar­bury col­lec­tion by Jane Churchill, were cho­sen to echo the scenery out­side; the bor­der­line geo­met­ric pat­tern res­onates with the bustling town, while the washed colours mir­ror the coastal tones of the sea and beach.

In the liv­ing room the team com­mis­sioned a be­spoke sofa bed so that the clients could ac­com­mo­date ad­di­tional guests as needed. They also added be­spoke cab­i­nets be­hind the sofa and un­der the TV for much needed ex­tra stor­age. A res­trained use of ac­cent colours adds zest and clev­erly draws the eye to­wards the stun­ning vista. They had a be­spoke slim din­ing ta­ble fixed to the wall to pro­vide an eat­ing area that also acts as a di­vider be­tween the open plan kitchen and liv­ing room.

Mir­rors bounce light, green plants cre­ate a sanc­tu­ary and shelv­ing to dis­play trea­sured art­work, keeps the space un­clut­tered yet homely. ‘When you’re liv­ing in tight quar­ters, it’s im­por­tant to make room for the lit­tle things that make you happy: plants, pic­tures, tiny de­tails,’ ex­plains Elaine.

In the bed­rooms they used slid­ing doors and open wardrobes to stream­line clothes stor­age and since ta­ble space was such a hot com­mod­ity, they used wall sconces for light­ing and bed­side shelv­ing to save more space.

All the fur­ni­ture was sourced by Camel­lia and while it was tricky get­ting it all up the stairs and into the prop­erty, the team made it hap­pen!


Camel­lia & Co. suc­ceeded in cre­ated an open and wel­com­ing space that goes to prove that even small spa­ces can be prac­ti­cal and look amaz­ing. This project was quite dif­fer­ent and ex­cit­ing from the out­set, in­volv­ing a lot of be­spoke car­pen­try work and cre­ative think­ing. Ev­ery­thing came to­gether fab­u­lously to cre­ate a feel­ing of re­lax­ation and so­phis­ti­ca­tion, which the client was very pleased with.

‘One of the big­gest mis­takes you can make in small space liv­ing is to shy away from state­ment fur­ni­ture,’ warns Elaine Skin­ner, De­sign Di­rec­tor of Camel­lia & Co. ‘With a lit­tle in­ven­tive floor plan­ning, you can fit in plenty of seat­ing, tex­tures and shelv­ing to achieve a luxe look.’


One of the big­gest mis­takes you can make in a small space is shy­ing away from state­ment fur­ni­ture, says Elaine Skin­ner

The open plan liv­ing / din­ing room looks el­e­gant and so­phis­ti­cated; the rev­ersible cush­ions and con­tem­po­rary din­ing chairs in vi­brant colours make an artis­tic state­ment.

A be­spoke sofa bed in­jects a pop of colour and con­ceals hid­den stor­age, while shelves, art­work and pot­ted plants cre­ate a homely feel.

A be­spoke slim­line din­ing ta­ble fixed to the wall, di­vides the kitchen and liv­ing ar­eas and cre­ates the per­fect nook for eat­ing or work­ing.

In the hall­way the walls and ceil­ing have been painted the same colour to draw the eye up­wards, glass doors al­low light to flow through, while a nar­row con­sole ta­ble adds a fo­cal point and more stor­age.

The view of St Ives har­bour and Go­drevy light­house steals the show.

A neu­tral pal­ette, space sav­ing shelves and wall mounted lights all help to keep the twin bed­room un­clut­tered.

Nat­u­ral wooden draw­ers and open wardrobes add much needed stor­age.

Lay­ers of tex­ture, art­work and pot­ted plants cre­ate a lux­u­ri­ous and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere in the main bed­room.

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