After Banjo Beale won the third season of BBC One Masters In Interior Design, he set to work redesigning a holiday home just minutes 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 was transforming this four-bedroom vacation home called winnowwhich is part of the portfolio of self-catering specialist Beach Retreats.
Drawing on Winnow’s existing architectural features and natural light, Banjo was inspired by the kaleidoscope of natural colors and textures in abundance in the area. Check out the amazing before and after transformation in the video above.
Bringing a touch of Australia to Cornwall with its relaxed, coastal design style, its 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, it emphasizes sustainability (Banjo used local fabricators, salvaged items, and repurposed furniture.) The charred wood cladding, usually seen outside exterior of buildings, has been introduced indoors to create a natural, textural element and draws the eye to the view.
We love the orange, blue, and green color scheme, while the dark, cocooning bathroom with shiny navy tiles and brass and concrete fittings is rather “otherworldly,” as Banjo describes it.
‘Masters in Interior Design was a frenzied roller coaster across the country that ended in beautiful Cornwall. Transforming Winnow to reflect the beauty of the county was an incredibly exciting challenge and I loved working with the team at Beach Retreats,” says Australian-born Banjo, who lives in a cheese factory on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. .
“I think design doesn’t have to take itself too seriously, so I wanted to create character space for colorful characters.” Anyone who’s watched the show knows that I create a quirky personality for every design, and Winnow was inspired by a couple of cool marine artists and biologists who travel the world, collect art and ephemera before landing at Watergate Bay in their grand seaside abode. Winnow is a place where their children, grandchildren and dogs can gather and share seafood feasts around long tables, before reading in plush chairs and relaxing in daybeds.
Perfect for families and friends looking for a stylish vacation by the sea, Winnow can accommodate up to 10 people and can be booked now. It costs from £1,888 for a minimum stay of three nights. To visit beachretreats.co.uk for more information.
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