Think about Cornish interiors and you might imagine a kitchen dresser lined with elegant blue and white Cornishware. Possibly you’re dreaming of a Poldark inspired rustic cottage with exposed stone walls, wicker baskets and driftwood decorations galore. Whatever your vision, if you’d like to bring a little of the Cornish look to your home, look no further than these excellent craft, design and interiors shops and galleries.
With shops in St Ives and Falmouth, Cream creates products that are evocative of Corwnall and made from the very best British materials. Owners Rebecca and Allison have scoured the county for inspiration, drawing on our distinctive coastal identity and reimagining it through their knowledge of textiles and design. The Beachcomber collection of fabrics is particularly evocative; inspired by the shells, seaweed and crabs’ claws that Rebecca has been fishing from Cornish rock pools since childhood.
If you’re looking for contemporary art that reminds you of the Cornish landscape, Padstow Gallery is an excellent place to begin. You’ll find paintings and ceramics that celebrate the drama of our rugged coastline and draw on the diverse flora and fauna of the surrounding countryside.
Port Isaac Pottery
Based in a former Methodist chapel in the heart of this historic harbour town, the family-run Port Isaac Pottery is a studio, shop and gallery space all in one. During your visit you can watch local potter Bill Hawkins as he throws and fires the latest pieces inspired by the North Cornwall coastline. While you’re there, why not dine in the chapel café and look out over stunning harbour views?
Jo Downs Handmade Glass
This internationally renowned glass designer has galleries across Cornwall, including one on our doorstep in Padstow. Jo’s glasswork is inspired by the region’s coastal landscapes, and she uses advanced glass fusion techniques to create stunning abstract designs on vases and dishes as well as in large-scale windows and wall panels.