Last year when we visited Devon and Cornwall for our first ‘staycation’, I was still very much involved in running my online business DaisychainBaby and dragged poor Pete from one children’s shop to another, looking for inspiration. So much has changed in a year though – I took the decision to wrap up my business, realising I could never possibly juggle that with my full-time job, the blog, the house renovation and have time left over for us.
So this time around when we returned to Cornwall, it’s was all about the house and Pete was made to wait patiently outside one shop after another with Maddie because of course I had to visit every interiors shop I could find! And what a treasure trove the county is. So rather than it keeping it all to myself, here are my favourite interiors shops to visit if you’re down in the balmy south-west.
Berrys & Grey, Polzeath
Located in the popular surfing village of Polzeath on the northern Cornish coast, Berrys & Grey oozes style. I first came across them online via some of my favourite lifestyle bloggers vloggers but with two stores both well away from London (the other one is in Norwich), this shop was on my list of places that we just had to go to even though our accommodation was more than an hour’s drive away. Well, what’s a little extra driving once you’ve gone all the way from London to Cornwall?
It was well worth the visit with a beautifully curated collection of homeware inspiration and lifestyle featuring everything from table decor to candles, cards to sofas. The colour palette featured the very on-trend whites and greys and stunning displays of faux flowers, certainly the best I’ve come across so far (some hydrangea sprays may have made their way home with me) I now have a huge wishlist but all is not lost – they have an online store and from their Norwich branch also offer interior design and paint workshops.
Cream Cornwall, Falmouth
This was the first interiors shop we came across, visiting Falmouth on Sunday after arriving late evening on Saturday in Cornwall. It has a stunning and traditional feel shop frontage with recessed doorway and double frontage with windows at the back overlooking the harbour creating gorgeous light-filled rooms.
The style is very distinctive with two current collections, ‘Maritime’ and ‘Game and Garden’ featuring bold prints in blue or grey on cream backgrounds, allowing you to co-ordinate pieces from lampshades to stationery. It’s very classic with a luxury feel and would appeal to someone who loves outdoor pursuits or countryside chic. It’s easy to see that Cornwall is the inspiration for the ranges and all items are made in the UK.
Willow and Stone, Falmouth
When we returned to Falmouth on our last day, one of the reasons was because I’d walked past Willow and Stone on Sunday and it was closed. Peeping in through the windows I knew we had to come back and it’s just divine. Starting life in 2005 specialising in period ironmongery (and as we’re currently refurbishing our front door, I can obsess over knockers and knobs like no-one else!), they now ship their door furniture all over the world.
Adding to the shop, they also sell stationery from the likes of Rifle Paper Co, gifts for children and the best selection of coffee table books I’ve seen for a while including some interiors faves such as Bright Bazaar. The instagram tag ‘nothing is ordinary’ definitely applies here – Cabin Porn anyone?
Bay Tree Home, Truro
Whilst London basked in record September temperatures, it was about 12 degrees cooler in Cornwall with epic rain and thunderstorms so shopping seemed like a very reasonable pastime. Tucked down a little passageway en route to the cathedral, I stumbled across Bay Tree Home. What presumably would have been a house at some point is now delightfully laid out in quirky format with rooms leading off rooms and stairs up to even more goodies (‘there’s more?’ I thought to myself on seeing the staircase).
If I had the money I probably would have offered to buy Bay Tree Home there and then. The location is perfect because no matter that I spent my first 18 years in the countryside, the next 18 have been spent in the city and it’s where I belong so Truro is as close to London as I’m going to get when in Cornwall. I spied items here I hadn’t seen at the shops on my rounds and had a lovely chat with the lady who was at the till about what’s it like to be a buyer for your own business. Bay Tree Home also have a beauty studio for those facials and pedicures when the shopping becomes too much.
The Clementine, Truro and Fowey
Last year, we visited Fowey and I loved The Clementine with it’s modern mix of lifestyle and interiors. We came across the Truro shop this year and I didn’t make the connection until we returned to Fowey later in the week and I realised it was one and the same. They have a brilliant range of jewellery, bags and t-shirts, watches and sunglasses. I also love the bright and colourful Cornish prints and the perfect deckchair for two. The Clementine is a great destination for gift shopping rather than a specific interiors focus but look out for blankets and cushions and quirky little homewares and has recently been voted the best giftshop in Cornwall!
Brocante, Fowey and Mevagissey
Brocante is another one of my Fowey favourites and on visiting Mevagissey for the first time, discovered there is a smaller branch there. Slogan cushions and nautical homewares with a great selection of candles and diffusers (yes, as an owner of two animals, I’m a little addicted to home fragrance) with cosy throws and stylish stationery. Unfortunately they don’t have a website, but that just means you have an excuse to visit Fowey which is such a pretty little town.
So in a week I made pretty good progress I think and as sure as I am we’ll return to Cornwall at some point, I’ll be taking an extra suitcase with me next time. This isn’t a collaborative post, simply that I wanted to share these independent shops with you. I’d love to know what I’ve missed too – do you have a favourite Cornish destination for me to check out on my next visit?