Laura Ashley Design Service: Coastal Retreat

See how our design service transformed this beautiful coastal property... read more

Start the year right and give your property a little makeover. Rather than do all the hard work yourself why not enlist the help of our fantastic Design Service team who will pick your brain for your vision and then turn your ideas into a reality and transform your interiors into a stunning space you’ll be proud to call your own and finished to the highest quality.

Our lovely interior designer Lynsey talks us through one of her projects from last year, this stunning coastal property called Harbour Rest in Cornwall owned by Sara May and let through the company Cornish Gems  the leaders in luxury self-catering accommodation in Cornwall…

Sara booked to use our Design Service on her new holiday let in Mevagissey, Cornwall, after previously using our service on her own home in Scotland.

The charm of the cottage was every interior designer’s dream, a blank canvas that allowed each room to be designed in keeping with the next. With the property to be enjoyed by holidaymakers as well as Sara, the balance between practicality and coastal appeal was a further consideration.

Upon looking out across Mevagissey’s picture perfect harbour, I was instantly inspired by the sea views and picturesque countryside that surround the property. The brief; to emphasise the long Cornish summers, retain warmth in the depths of winter and create a space as special as the surrounding views.

Sara’s vision was to create a cosy coastal cottage and when we started discussing our ideas, we both agreed the Seaspray blues and a fresh nautical theme would work perfectly here.

To create a cosy look, I used different patterns and textures to keep the colour palette interesting, and in order to keep this small property feeling light and airy, I balanced the blue tones with the light furniture and walls throughout the house.


The nautical theme has always been a favourite of mine having grown up in Cornwall, and I love our Alena round white mirror placed between the windows in the lounge to give the feel of a porthole. I really wanted to frame the scenery in the lounge, and using a long pole with floor length curtains not only dresses the window beautifully but heightens the room with the vertical stripes.

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In a master bedroom, natural light is always an important consideration so ensuring we could draw the curtains back off the window to maximise light exposure was important. I used the Tenby Seaspray which continues the coastal feel, along with the seaspray ceiling shade, finished perfectly with a wool throw along the end of the bed.

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In the twin bedroom, I chose our Wallis Seaspray as the key fabric which adds an element of fun to the room, and this is finished perfectly with some textured throws in a complimenting colour.

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How welcoming does this holiday home look? We’d love to stay here! Have you used the Laura Ashley Design Service before? Let us know below or on Twitter @LauraAshleyUK

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