ISSUE 19  |  Refining the Kitchen

Hotels & Lodgings: The Falmouth Townhouse in Cornwall

May 13, 2011 10:30 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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Falmouth, a town on the Cornish coast of England, is about as close as you can get to the continent without leaving the UK. Ever since Easy Jet's bargain pricing opened Britain's southern coastline to visitors from the rest of Europe, the area has been enjoying a renaissance, and the B & Bs of yore have given way to smart hotels such as The Falmouth Townhouse. Designed by Kathryn Tyler of Linea Studio (who studied at the local College of Arts and has remained in Falmouth ever since). An avid upcylcer of furniture, Tyler tries to source as much as possible locally. "The palette I use is usually fairly neutral, generally complimented by lots of sea blues and tree greens, as I often take ideas from textures and things I see when on walks around the coast." For more on the hotel, go to The Falmouth Townhouse.

Photographs by Lara Kay.

Above: The entrance to the Falmouth Townhouse.

Above: Tyler worked with a limited budget; in lieu of a chandelier, light bulbs are suspended from the ceiling.

Above: A mirror propped on the original mantelpiece and fireplace.

Above L: The original floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the harbor. Above R: The bar is flanked with vintage stools.

Above: Tyler bought much of the furniture (with the exception of the beds) on eBay, including the desk above.

Above: A bedside lamp on a Tablo Tray Table by Design House Stockholm.

Above L: Jacobsen's AJ Floor Lamp beside a vintage chair upholstered in yellow. Above R: Tyler used fabric from Spira for all the cushions.

Above: Throughout the project, Tyler used pieces by local manufacturers, sustainably sourced materials, and upcycled furniture.


Above: The simple baths are sheathed floor to ceiling in glossy white subway tiles.