Saturday, September 8, 2012

Saturday Swoon - Hope House, Cornwall

I've featured one of Paul Massey's  (uber photographer and interior stylist) home projects before on my Saturday Swoon {Saturday Swoon - London}, but his  latest development in Cornwall, Hope House,  just had to be included! 

Paul kindly shared his latest home with us and its aptly labelled by several interior magazines as "one of the most beautiful houses in England".

Hope House, is a beautiful Grade II listed 17th century net loft located directly on the Wharf in Mousehole, Cornwall. Consisting of a main house (Hope House) it also houses a gorgeous separate loft apartment (Hope Loft) which can be rented out separately. Labelled as "one of the most beautiful houses in England" its not hard to see why interiors magazines are clamouring over each other to feature this home.

Converted to exceptional standards of beauty and comfort, offering exquisitely styled interiors by Paul Massey himself , it's another perfect example of  his sensational interior charm and style. Through respect for the original historic features, and the combination of trying to subtly include the present to fit with the past, the home is a tranquil design success.


The lofty beamed living room offers a truly comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a mini getaway or romantic hideout, whatever the season! The metal log burner divides the room creating a perfect symmetrical contrast with the A- frame rafter ceiling beams, opening up the entire room with light and space.

Paul's dramatic decision to remove the ceilings, exposing the spacious vaulted beams paid off , and this aspect alone gives the house its true character and charm. Most of the interior has been wood panelled to create that truly beach cottage feel and look; and the floor boards were recycled scaffolding boards, washed with white spirit and sealed with a wax oil.

 Furniture is kept to a minimum with the focus on warmth, comfort and old school charm. The choice of colour palette when choosing colours for the walls and floors ties together beautifully with the painted wooden furniture which is scattered around the house.


The entire house is furnished with quirky finds and personal choices that all marry together to create this overall look of incidental luxurious style. Labelling this "shabby chic" does not do this beautiful home any justice, instead its a well thought through combination of elements, with an extremely well used and talented eye for detail.

 Each window offers uninterrupted views of the harbour which in itself is an ever changing picturesque artwork! The mood of the ocean blues and greys outside, reflect inside the palette of tranquility and calm, echoing Paul's unmistakable eclectic style.

The farmstyle kitchen with its beautiful white AGA and white SMEG fridge is all that is required to bring this kitchen into the present oozing style and echoing modern influence. With all these combinations this certainly is my idea of my dream kitchen!

 Hope House offers two full sized master bedrooms which is perfect for two couples looking for a stylish getaway weekend!  The house has 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms on the ground floor, a living room and a beautiful farm style kitchen on the first floor, plus an adjoining self-contained, one-bedroom holiday let flat

 The furniture, light fittings and decorative objects, most of which he has collected on his travels, mix well with new pieces made from scrap materials and a tried-and-tested paint method - layering a light shade over a dark shade and sanded through, give it a lovely patina.

Hope House has its own private gated garden which is planted with flowers that bloom all year round, perfect to enjoy breakfast in the garden or afternoon tea.

 Personal collections and quirky market finds, mixing old and new together is essential to creating this laid back seaside style.

  Quirky finds continue into the bathroom - the ampersand is from an old cricket scoreboard, while the tea holder light is from Spain.This claw footed bath painted in a gorgeous shade of blue gray takes one back in time!

 If you would like a little slice of this British paradise, booking details and website below!

as described on the website...

"With winding cobbled alleys, quaint cottages, lobster-pot laden quay complete with bobbing boats in crystal clear waters, Mousehole is the very essence of a Cornish picture postcard scene".

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