After Banjo Beale won series three of BBC One’s Interior Design Masters, he got to work redesigning a holiday home just moments from the beach in Watergate Bay, Cornwall.
The commercial contract was the coveted prize for the eventual winner, and Banjo’s biggest design challenge to date has been transforming this four-bedroom holiday home called Winnow, which is part of self-catering specialist Beach Retreats’ portfolio.
Building on Winnow’s existing architectural features and natural light, Banjo sought inspiration from the kaleidoscope of natural colours and textures in abundance in the area. See the incredible before and after transformation in the video above.
Bringing a touch of Australia to Cornwall with his trademark casual, coastal cool design style, his signature approach can be seen throughout the property, with natural, vintage and reclaimed pieces mixed with a healthy dose of biophilic design.
The property is warm and inviting, and combined with natural elements has a focus on sustainability (Banjo used local makers, sourced salvaged items and repurposed furniture.) The charred timber cladding, typically seen on the exterior of buildings, was brought inside to create a natural, textural element and draw the eye back out to the view.
We love the orange, blue and green colour palette, while the dark, cocooning bathroom with glossy navy blue tiles and brass and concrete fittings is rather ‘otherworldly’, as Banjo describes it.
‘Interior Design Masters was a rollicking rollercoaster around the country that ended in gorgeous Cornwall. Transforming Winnow to reflect the beauty of the county was an incredibly exciting challenge and I’ve loved working with the Beach Retreats team,’ says Australian-born Banjo, who lives on a cheese farm on the Isle of Mull, Scotland.
‘I believe design doesn’t have to take itself so seriously, so I wanted to make a characterful space for colourful characters. Anyone who has watched the show knows I create an eccentric personality for each design, and Winnow was inspired by a cool artist and marine biologist couple who travel the world, collecting art and ephemera before landing back in Watergate Bay in their large seaside abode. Winnow is a place for their children, grandchildren and dogs to reunite and share seafood feasts at long tables, before reading in pillowy armchairs and relaxing in daybeds.’
Perfect for families and friends who want to enjoy stylish holidays by the sea, Winnow sleeps up to 10 guests and is available to book now. It costs from £1,888 for a minimum three-night stay. Visit beachretreats.co.uk for more information.
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