A Fisherman's Cottage in St Ives
We are so proud of this new deVOL kitchen as it is all created from existing Classic English pieces of furniture that have until now, made up our Classic English showroom at Cotes Mill. Originally a grand and imposing collection of freestanding cupboards, it has welcomed our customers for the last 8 years and is now completely transformed and has relocated to the seaside (how very fashionable!). The fascinating thing is how the cupboards work perfectly in both places, the same, but different, it reinforces our commitment to these incredible pieces of furniture and their timeless practicality.
This cottage kitchen is full of personality and charm in its scrumptiously mouth-watering colours and casual air of sophistication. We wanted a big kitchen in a small cottage, we wanted eating, seating and prepping, we wanted a bit of vintage and we wanted simplicity and glamour. So we found a very sturdy functional vintage prep table that was well made and had a chippy green paint finish, we added some castors and voila, that was how it all began. Repainting these classic cupboards to sit alongside the prep table has completely changed their character, we kept the worktops, cherry hardwood with 8 years of patina and a very well figured slab of marble, but we swapped the handles. deVOL freestanding cupboards are crafted by hand in such a way that it is unlikely you will ever need to replace them, so this transformation is like having a new kitchen.
We chose a bespoke green that matched the prep table and our newest and bestest Scullery Yellow paint colour. Every time we see this yellow, we love it a bit more, we think it’s the fact that it's not bright but very mellow and alluring.
A little pantry for holidays is enough, but we did want a big Lacanche cooker, a big Smeg fridge and a big table, because for us, holidays are about being together, hanging out, socialising and eating wonderful local produce and fresh seafood. So we imagine the prep table will always be piled high with trips to the greengrocers and the fishmongers, what a holiday treat, daily shopping.
As the room is more than just a kitchen, we decided on sisal carpets, they add a warmth and a naturalness that is quite lovely and reminded us of the beach, the casual end of the room has leather club chairs so a carpet felt more inviting.
We forgot to take a picture of the best part of this fisherman’s cottage, so until we do, just imagine an early morning coffee looking out to sea from this kitchen. The famous light that bathes St Ives is as special as they say, luminous and uplifting just like our deVOLiday Cottage.