SEA CHANGE

Touches of Hamp­tons style have been mixed with lo­cal crafts in a 1930s home that is rooted in its beau­ti­ful Welsh coastal set­ting

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Touches of Hamp­tons style mix with lo­cal crafts in a 1930s home rooted in its beau­ti­ful Welsh set­ting

When Caryl Ter­lezki re­turned to Wales, it was a given that she would live close to the sea. “I’ve al­ways been drawn to it, wher­ever I’ve been in the world,” she says. Her de­ci­sion to buy a home in Cardi­gan Bay, west Wales, came af­ter al­most two decades of liv­ing and work­ing abroad – and dur­ing those in­ter­ven­ing years she never strayed from the ocean. She had sailed, lived and worked in the Mediter­ranean, the USA and the Caribbean be­fore set­tling in the French West In­dies, where she ran a prop­erty and de­sign busi­ness. But it was a yearn­ing for a stronger sense of place and her roots that fi­nally en­ticed her back to Aber­porth, where she re­con­nected with old friends, in­clud­ing Phil Thomas, now her part­ner, and found a 1930s bun­ga­low in need of ren­o­va­tion. “I was born in Aberys­t­wyth and have good mem­o­ries of long sum­mer hol­i­days on this stretch of coast,” she says.

Af­ter buy­ing the prop­erty, it was en­tirely ren­o­vated and its ex­te­rior facelift in­stantly shows how much Caryl’s time abroad has in­flu­enced her. “Shiplap cladding was all around me when I de­signed homes in the West In­dies and then in the Hamp­tons, but I think it works equally well in this Welsh coastal set­ting,” she says. “A white back­drop is al­ways a nat­u­ral choice for a home by the sea be­cause of the won­der­ful light.”

In­side, ceil­ing fans and striped linens and rugs are fur­ther sub­tle re­minders of East Coast beach houses but, ul­ti­mately, this is a home firmly rooted in its own sense of place. Af­ter re­turn­ing to the UK, Caryl con­tin­ued to work in prop­erty and in­te­ri­ors, but also de­signed pot­tery and fur­ni­ture, and col­lab­o­rated with other con­tem­po­rary Welsh mak­ers. The tra­di­tion of weav­ing in the area is one that she is also proud to cham­pion and blan­kets are spread over beds and used as win­dow treat­ments, where they are

edged with soft­en­ing strips of pink. Their char­ac­ter­is­tic mo­tifs are also worked into cush­ions, some­times mixed with con­trast­ing ma­te­ri­als for a patch­work ef­fect. An old wing­back chair has been re-cov­ered in a jaunty mix of deckchair stripes, tick­ing and Welsh plaid, us­ing up scraps that Caryl had col­lected over the years. Sim­i­larly, old striped linens, in­clud­ing French mat­tress cov­ers, have been reused to cover cush­ions, re­uphol­ster an arm­chair and make a head­board. “I’m a firm be­liever in util­ity style – an ob­ject can be beau­ti­ful, but it also needs to be use­ful,” Caryl ex­plains.

The Welsh dresser in the liv­ing room is one of her de­signs, and a per­fect ex­am­ple of how func­tion­al­ity can dove­tail with dec­o­ra­tion. “In the old days it was called a ‘pot-boiler dresser’, be­cause the larger cook­ing pots and pans would sit in the large gap on the low­est shelf,” she ex­plains. In this ver­sion, fret­work dec­o­rates a shelf edge in­stead of the top of the dresser, which was the tra­di­tional way, and adds a touch of con­tem­po­rary dec­o­ra­tion. Caryl also wrapped in­dus­trial metal strips around the lower shelves, as a sub­tle re­minder that this is still a hard­work­ing piece of fur­ni­ture. “I like cot­tage style, but not an over-pret­ti­fied ver­sion,” she adds.

In fact, when she added a kitchen ex­ten­sion to the house, Caryl took the op­por­tu­nity to play out her util­i­tar­ian de­sign ethos on a larger scale. “As well as ren­o­vat­ing the house, I added a new kitchen in the style of a barn,” she says. “I left the brick­work un­skimmed so it could be painted plain white and the metal

"I'm a firm be­liever in util­ity style - an ob­ject can be beau­ti­ful but it also needs to be use­ful"

beams are also left ex­posed. I wanted the space to feel al­most agri­cul­tural. Hav­ing a builder who un­der­stood this ethos was es­sen­tial and his at­ten­tion to de­tail helped make my home what it is.”

To suit the set­ting, the kitchen is­land is clad in sheets of steel, mir­rored by the metal ex­trac­tor fan that ex­tends down from the vaulted ceil­ing. Next door, the liv­ing room’s wood­burner and log store are in a sim­i­larly un­fussy style. Caryl en­sured these in­dus­trial touches never felt cold by bal­anc­ing them with plenty of hand­made pieces, in­clud­ing an arm­chair with its back­rest made from weath­ered pad­dles and the Ju­bilee weav­ing by Lucinda Cham­bers that hangs on the kitchen wall.

Fur­ther per­sonal touches – and splashes of colour – fill her Welsh dresser. “My life is on those shelves,” Caryl says. “Ev­ery­thing there is very per­sonal and includes gifts from friends, ob­jects that have been passed down by my fam­ily, and me­men­toes I picked up on my trav­els. In French, the word sou­venir also means a mem­ory – and that is so true for me. It’s es­sen­tial to hold on to them.”

While mem­o­ries from her years of trav­el­ling and liv­ing over­seas helped shape this home, Caryl no longer han­kers af­ter life abroad and she and Phil now di­vide their time between Wales, Brighton and the Isle of Wight. “Dur­ing my time away, I even missed the Bri­tish weather,” she says. “Once you’ve grown up with a love of the sea­sons, it’s a part of you. And, as the say­ing goes, there is no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothes…”

Ty-y-mor is avail­able to rent – for in­for­ma­tion, con­tact caryl@de­sign­stuffuk.com.

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stylish and un­fussy, re­flect­ing Caryl’s de­sign aes­thetic OP­PO­SITE Welsh wool weaves are lay­ered over striped linens and patch­work in the liv­ing room

LEFT In Caryl’s work area, a chair with its back made from three pad­dles adds rus­tic, nat­u­ral tex­ture BE­LOW The wood­burner and log store are

FROM ABOVE Me­men­toes and mem­o­ries sit on the shelves of the Welsh dresser that was de­signed by Caryl; the metal-clad is­land and ex­trac­tor fan lend in­dus­trial touches to the vaulted barn-style kitchen

OP­PO­SITE Welsh blan­kets are hung at the win­dow and laid over the bed. Func­tional stor­age with pegs re­flects Caryl’s love of util­i­tar­ian de­sign THIS PAGE Fresh tones in the twin bed­room – the tim­ber-clad walls echo the ex­te­rior shiplap; nau­ti­cal...

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