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A Taste of English Elegance

A coastal setting and rich florals are the perfect setting for a spot of tea, according to the design team for Laura Ashley. The brand known for its romantic English designs—Princess Diana was a fan—has opened its first Laura Ashley The Tea Room at The Cornwall Hotel in Cornwall, England. It is also the sixth in the Laura Ashley collection.

“Our inspiration behind The Cornwall design was inspired by the hotel’s location close to the coast, yet nestled in a beautiful tropical garden setting (The Lost Gardens of Heligan being right on the doorstep),” said Kay Cullen, designer, Laura Ashley.

Decorated in signature Laura Ashley style by the brand’s Design Service team, the aim is to create a unique and memorable experience for guests who can sample an extensive selection of sweet-and-savory treats, accompanied by a variety of Tregothnan Teas and a selection of Frobisher’s Juices.

“We named the concept ‘Into the Blue’ to give the tea room a distinct identity with blue being the stand out color mixed with contrasting pops of orange and green to reflect the wonderful colors in the surrounding trees as they change season,” said Cullen. “Our aim was to create a reflection of its past and the surrounding grounds, while also giving the space a sense of modernity and freshness. To achieve this we have used pops of fiery orange off set with calming blues, mirrored panels to bring in the view and touches of vintage oriental in tea plates and art.”

Looking around the space, Laura Ashley artifacts abound, including one of the earlier prints she designed. The items were provided by Llangoed Hall Hotel, where they are usually displayed, along with original Laura Ashley wallpaper.

Cullen added, “The use of coastal prints, geometric shapes, brightly colored art work with touches of brass and gold in the accessories add a fresh take to the country manor aesthetic. We could not help but be inspired by the hotel’s beautiful location and the local story of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The Cornwall shares many similar stories of past owners and their travels to exotic places.”