What do you need for a sense of home?

 

21st November 2014

I came across this beautiful quote from the influential Ancient Roman scholar Cicero in a bookshop and it really got me thinking about the meaning of home:

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

Illustration by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living in pen and ink with watercolour of a pretty garden bench with terracotta pots

You may not agree with Cicero – and who has the luxury of a library these days?! – but it’s worth considering what’s most important to you in your home.

A kitchen that truly is the heart of your home with a generous table at which to entertain? A living room with a fireplace as a focal point (rather than the dreaded tv!)? A tranquil bedroom with a reading nook to which to retreat after a busy day?

Even small changes to your home can make big changes in how you live.

Luxurious coastal style in Cornwall

 

4th November 2014

The Tide House boutique hotel in Cornwall is housed in a stone building on a pretty sloped street in the village of St Ives, occupying the site of the very first hotel in the village, built almost five hundred years ago. After a colourful life which has seen it as a house, an inn, a school and a doctor’s surgery, the building has now been beautifully restored as a tranquil coastal retreat.

The Tide House is a beautiful boutique hotel housed in a stone building in the pretty coastal village of St Ives in Cornwall and decorated in a classic New England style with chalky shades and nautical touches (Illustration by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living in pen and ink with watercolour)

Owners David and Suzy Fairfield created this wonderful bolt-hole by the sea when they decided to relocate from London. They set about restoring and redesigning the hotel’s interiors at the same time as renovating a house opposite which was to become their family home.

The interiors of both buildings bear a strikingly relaxed and luxurious coastal style created by Suzy. Trained as an illustrator, she has now turned her creative eye to interior design and the results are sublime.

Once she had reconfigured the warren of rooms in the former hotel, Suzy layered greys and blues on a base of chalky shades, often seen in New England interiors, to create a haven of style with subtle nautical touches. 

My second illustration shows one of the many pretty public rooms where guests are invited to relax or enjoy a delicious breakfast. The blue and white striped flat-woven rug in the sitting room anchors the scheme and adds colour to the calm, neutral palette where weathered wood and rustic stone provide texture and interest. You can see more of the wonderful, airy public spaces here.

The Tide House is a beautiful boutique hotel in the pretty coastal village of St Ives in Cornwall decorated in a classic New England style with chalky shades and nautical touches (Illustration by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living in pen and ink with watercolour)

The six en-suite bedrooms are each individually decorated in calm, chalky tones with pretty accessories and great lighting.

I’m truly surprised that they don’t have a problem with guests simply refusing to leave!