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We have an artisan cottage renovated with love

Gaynor and Simon Thomas honeymooned here 32 years ago so to renovate their own cottage here is a dream come true

Gaynor and Simon Thomas honeymooned in St Ives 32 years ago and have been regular visitors ever since, ‘I have holidayed here most summers, with our daughter who is now grown up. It has a special place in our hearts,’ says Gaynor. It is no surprise then that the couple now have their own home in the seaside town. ‘We often mused over how wonderful it would be to live in St Ives and we tried on two previous occasions to buy a home here and both attempts fell through. But we always kept looking.’

The sitting room is a cosy space without being cluttered thanks to Gaynor’s careful styling choices. The St Ives print is from the WhistleFish Gallery in St Ives and is by Becky Bettesworth. The cushions are handmade by Gaynor using the Vanessa Arbuthnott Bohemian range

Last April their musings became a reality, Gaynor explains, ‘We looked at lots of houses in different parts of the town and then bought Artisan Cottage. It was cheaper and smaller than some of the others but it sits in a super spot on a cobbled street between Porthmeor beach and the town. It felt right, and the fact that it needed work meant that we could make it our own.’

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August is the perfect month for getting to grips with decorating and gardening jobs before the days get cooler and the nights draw in. In this issue we meet TV garden designer David Domoney to discover his expert tips for creating a gorgeous front garden that will cheer you up every time you come home, and will give your home extra kerb appeal too – very handy if you’re thinking of putting your home on the property market. However, if you rent your home, we know how hard it can be to put your stamp on it when you’re not allowed to redecorate. So, on page 36, we’ve got some great ideas for making a rental look beautiful without upsetting your landlord. Whether you rent or own your own property, many of us have compact kitchens which come with their own challenges. So on page 48 we’ve come up with some smart solutions for making the most of every inch of space. Talking of which, on page 40 we’ve found some fantastic furniture that not only looks great but has hardworking storage built in to keep your home looking streamlined and clutterfree. But August isn’t just about tackling those must-do jobs around the home and garden, it’s also the ideal time to enjoy spending time alfresco with family and friends. So this month we’ve got a selection of mouth-watering BBQ recipes for you to try (p.100), as well as some really pretty craft projects to make your summer garden parties extra special (p.60). Enjoy the sunshine!
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