Take a tour around a modern Cornish house on the sea

Livingetc takes a tour around this fresh cream Cornish house. Click through our photo gallery for ways to create this classic coastal look. For more house tours and decorating ideas go to housetohome.co.uk

A converted net loft in Mousehole, Cornwall, built in the 1800s on 17th-century foundations. The house has 3 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms on the ground floor, a living room and kitchen on the first floor, plus an adjoining self-contained, one-bedroom holiday let flat.

1/7 Living room

wooden living room with stove and fireplace and man reading newspaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

2/7 Living room

living room with wooden floor and frame and couch

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

The ceilings were removed to reveal the A-framed beams. The furniture, lights and objects, most of which the owner 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.

Wall paint
Farrow & Ball

Baileys Home And Garden.

3/7 Living room detail

living room looks like sea boat and light

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

This room has been designed to look like a sea captain's lookout. The sunbleached wood gives this living room age and character.

Antique model boat
The Vintage Model Yacht Group

Antique shutters

4/7 Kitchen

kitchen with white wall and wooden table and fridge

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

The ever-changing landscape of the sea and sky proved inspiration for the colour palette in this home. Tones of grey and stone have been teamed with white for a vintage take on the classic coastal look - the pitched roof adds to the theme.

Walls And Floors

Industrial pendant light
Original BTC

5/7 Master Bedroom

master bedroom with wooden white floor and frame on desk

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

By removing the ceilings to expose the A-frame rafters, the room immediately gained an incredible sense of space, coupled with a chic beach-hut feel.

Linen throw
Find similar at The White Company

Bedside table
Peeling Paint

6/7 Bedroom

bedroom with white wall and bed and alarm watch

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

In this bedroom, the origins of the house are evident in the exposed granite support.

Wall paint
Farrow & Ball

Bed linen
John Lewis

7/7 Bathroom

bathroom with white wall and brush on bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Throughout the house, the flooring is made of scaffolding boards washed with white spirit and sealed with wax oil. Quirky finds continue into the bathroom - the ampersand is from an old cricket scoreboard, while the tea holder light is from Spain.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.