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The Bulrushes

Posted to Guest Bloggers by Siobhan on 8th March 2017

I arrived at The Bulrushes to meet the owners on the most beautiful summers day, the garden was in full bloom and the sun was beaming in through the windows. I could see this was a very special location that simply needed an injection of colour and texture inspired by the natural surroundings.



I took my inspiration for the re-design of the living space from the leat outside and the bulrushes that run along the edge. The abstract artwork on the wall behind the tan leather chair is my representation of the bulrushes and the sisal rug is also a take on these natural elements. I chose the big boucle weave with a deeper hue. 


As the living space is so large, I wanted to create a subtle divide and interest between the living and dining area. I did this by sourcing a gorgeous reclaimed work bench and placing totally oversized, zingy lamps by Pooky on top. 


The colour scheme of multihued greens and blues act as a representation of the elements and the foliage found in the natural environment that blankets the home and of course the beautiful lavish gardens of Trerice Manor which sits closeby.  I intensified these hues, using reflective and two-toned textures such as the sapphire blue velvet and blown-glass lamps, to give the room a special jewel-like quality.  The master bedroom with its more bohemian style reveals a subtle blush pink inspired by the blossoming courtyard.




When I first stepped foot into The Bulrushes (formerly The Old Flour Mill) my eyes were immediately drawn along the ten-meter space towards the end of the room. Here I sourced the biggest blocks of reclaimed Cornish granite that I could find and created a focal point.  The curb stone surround looks as though it could have been there since the cottage was first built and now there is something fabulous to look at as you walk into the room, a great place to display treasured possessions and a quirky mirror. Best of all, the stone acts like a huge radiator when the fire is lit, creating a really cosy room. 



The Bulrushes was a pleasure to work on, I'm always amazed how changing core elements like flooring and focal points can change a space so dramatically. 

Check the live availability of The Bulrushes to stay and experience this luxury cottage first-hand. Or, see more of Siobhan's beautifully styled interiors at her awe-inspiring home stay, Peacock Blue. To browse her full portfolio visit www.siobhanhayles.com.

Properties featured in this article: The Bulrushes

8th March 2017
by Siobhan


Siobhan is a freelance Interior Designer and Stylist who works from her home office on wild and rugged Dartmoor.

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