High Tide
High Tide
Coastal interior inspiration with a hand made rustic kitchen
Before
Before
Renovation of coastal property in cornwall
Outside
Outside
The renovation project of a beach hut in cornwall
Bedroom
Bedroom
Coastal and rustic Interior inspiration from cornwall
Bathroom
Bathroom
Coastal and rustic Interior inspiration from cornwall
Living Room
Living Room
Coastal and rustic Interior inspiration from cornwall
Kitchen
Kitchen
Coastal and rustic Interior inspiration from cornwall
Lounge
Lounge
Coastal and rustic Interior inspiration from cornwall
Hall
Hall
Coastal and rustic Interior inspiration from cornwall
Dining
Dining
Coastal and rustic Interior inspiration from cornwall
Tranquility
Tranquility
a soft coastal interiors palette for a beach hut renovation
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Coastal Inspired Interiors

Author: Charlotte O'Shea

This post was supposed to be about my recent short break to St Merryn in Cornwall, and although I will include some places-to-go recommendations I am actually far more interested in sharing the renovation and subsequent interior details of the beautifully designed Bodhi’s Beach Hut, our self-catering accommodation for the trip.

Mr O’Shea and I have a habit of visiting Cornwall for a winter getaway and thus far we have been blessed with dry (sometimes even sunny) weather. As you will all know, the flooding and torrential rain on the south west coast is devastating, we were in two minds whether to even attempt the 3 odd hour journey from the Midlands.

As it happens we were ok, a few detours and a stop off for a chocolate twist from Costa later we arrived pretty much on schedule.

The transformation of Bodhi’s Beach Hut was a labour of love for Jo and her husband Tom, and rather than subjecting you to my continued waffle about what a lovely relaxing stay we had (honestly – despite the howling winds it was such a tranquil environment to completely switch off) I will hand over to Jo who will take you through the entire process.

Tom and I bought the property back in 2012 and as much as the plot was amazing – we knew that we’d have our work cut out making the property into what we wanted. The main house needs a complete renovation but we decided to concentrate on Bodhis Beach Hut first. The property seemed rather run down and when we analysed the space and its position, we felt that an extension would really give it that extra floor space and wow factor, which is what we really wanted. I have always loved the look of wood cabins and beach huts for a holiday – so we began with this thought in mind, trying to make it feel like a cabin but also luxurious at the same time.

Firstly we laid out our plans for the extension and then began the fun bit which was stripping out the whole interior. It’s unbelievable what a mess we created and it was rather daunting to think that we had to put it all back together again! We altered two small small spaces into becoming one large spacious bedroom, with the en-suite shower room. This room is now amazing because there is so much more light flooding through, and makes the bedroom feel really luxurious. The shower room was desperatly in need of updating so again, we wripped everything out and chose simple but luxurious fittings.

The rustic kitchen is my favourite and was made by my husband who has a real passion for making furniture. He loved making the kitchen so much so that he then went on to make some amazing pieces for the property such as the large mirror in the bedroom, the coffee table in the lounge as well as the dining table and rustic side tables. We’ve had such positive feedback about his furniture that Tom will be making all the furniture for my interior shop which opens this summer too which is such an exiting project.

To help create that cabin feel throughout the property, we placed cornish slate floors down in the kitchen, but lovely solid oak floors throughout the lounge. We also covered the walls in Bead and Butt Match which works well to bring in texture. We painted the whole property in Farrow and Ball’s Wimbourne White as it helps to make the rooms feel light but warm and the kitchen cabinet was painted in Farrow and Ball’s Pigeon as well as the exterior of the extention. The real luxurious addition was the scandinavian wood-burner from Contura. It really kicks out an amazing amount of heat!

Once the extension was finished, we decided to develop the outside to provide our guests with a large decking area so that guests can make the most of the sun throughout the day. We even put in a hot outdoor shower for guests returning from the beach and Tom has made a large log and surfboard cabin within the private garden. In the summer it will be such a lovely private place to relax and chill out.

We hope that we’ve provided everything that couples need to make their stay both luxurious and comfortable but practical too. I may be biased but I think it’s a real unique little property and one where you can really relax and be yourselves rather than staying in a hotel or bnb – definitely a must for a honeymoon!

{What To See & Do}

Shopping: St Merryn is a few miles away from Padstow, a pretty fishing town with cute cafes and quite a few interiors shops that are worth a look.

Eating: We went to Rick Stein’s The Cornish Arms which is family friendly, good typical pub type food at reasonable prices and Rafferty’s which is more Gastro, really fab food and often has live music.

Site Seeing: The beautiful Constantine bay is just a stones throw away and Cornish favourite Watergate bay is a fifteen minute drive.

If you would like to see more of the renovation project from start to finish you can visit Jo’s personal blog, the Bodhi’s Beach Hut website also has lots more information on the surrounding area and things to see and do should you fancy a trip yourselves.

What’s your favourite Cornish getaway? do share, we’re considering booking something for the summer before we attempt anything that requires an aeroplane trip with a new baby!

And although my own home is Victorian and doesn’t lend itself to this type of styling per se, I am definitely stealing some of Jo’s paint suggestions and general colour palette for our own current (slightly-out-of-control) decorating mission.

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14 thoughts on “Coastal Inspired Interiors

      1. I’m frankly amazed they managed to get you out, I would have been hiding in the wardrobe hoping they wouldn’t notice

  1. I love Cornwall and love self catering, most of our holidays are cottages that are dog friendly so she an come too! However this one would be perfect for just the two of us! I love it and Padstow is on our list of trips to do! So glad you have shared this and after we buy our house this year and holidays start back up this is at the top of the list!
    This blog is the shizz! Well done again I love it! Xx

  2. I am in love. The decor is absolutely gorgeous. Big fan of how they’ve done the coastal look without being overly nautical.

    Cornwall is such a gorgeous place to visit. We mini-mooned at Watergate Bay so it will always have a special place in my heart x

    1. I agree Lauren. I love bright and airy spaces that looks like it smells fresh (ooh sense overload!) but i am really not in to the overly nautical look with shells and lifesaving rings everywhere or those fishing nets – style is a personal thing isn’t it, that’s just not my style (don’t mean to offend anyone!) So I like how this has a beach vibe without being overly themed, the high quality finishes contribute to that I think, they really stand out. love the kitchen tiles, like seriously love!

      1. I remember when I had my first house I thought I was doing some kind of arty seaside “display” by putting shells, pebbles and tea lights in some kind of wicker basket (!)

  3. I would just like to thank everyone for their really lovely comments. My husband and I were so keen not to create a ‘Nautical theme’ but it’s inevitable that our style would be ‘beachy’ considering our location. We ‘re over the moon that you like it and we hope that you too can come and stay. Feel free to get in touch if you want to book or even quizz me further on the decor side of things too! Best Wishes, Jo

  4. Ooo I’ll be showing this to my husband and stealing that blackboard idea on the side of the cupboard/shelves on the first picture!

    1. Sarah I want to steal that too (although mine would probably have endless shopping lists scribbled on, not exciting tide news! )

  5. Cornwall is one of my favourite places ever; we even got married down there despite living in London and having zero connection to the area! Love it in winter. The décor of Bodhi’s is gorgeous – how I’d love my home to look like this! We tend to stay on the Rame Peninsula – it’s got some amazing rugged coastal views, a country park with a grotto and a folly, cute villages and is a bit off the tourist trail. There are some lovely private chalets right on the cliffside with incredible views over Whitsand Bay (not to be confused with the Holiday Park chalets). Though maybe not ideal for trekking down with a little one! The Westcroft Guesthouse there is gorgeous too. I’d also love to stay at any of the places featured on the Unique Home Stays website… in particular The Limit at Holywell Bay and The Beach Hut at Widemouth Bay (if it wasn’t so darn expensive) xx

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