TILES, TIDES AND TIME FOR TEA

Ellie Tennant Welbeck Tiles Rock Pool CafeTalented ceramicist Brenda Bates, of Welbeck Tiles, has opened a beautiful new seaside café in Mousehole, near Penzance, Cornwall. The ‘Rock Pool‘ – which is perched on a cliff above a natural rock pool – is filled with her impressive collection of vintage Swan teapots as well as her chic tiles. I loved styling it and writing about it for Homes & Antiques magazine (July issue – out now). On sunny days like today, I really wish I was taking a dip in Cornwall rather than sitting at a desk in London!

swan teapots brenda batesBrenda’s collection of vintage ephemera and treasures was a pleasure to plunder – like being in a prop hire warehouse! She has some amazing old Cornish postcards, maps and tourist guides, which have inspired her tile designs over the years.

vintage seaside drinking glassesRifling through Brenda’s boxes of coastal-themed ephemera was a real treat and, just when I thought we’d seen the lot, she produced yet another collection – this time of 1950s toiletries in fabulously patterned gift boxes. I couldn’t resist using one of the prettiest paper-wrapped soaps as a prop…

turquoise basin vintage soap

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One Response to TILES, TIDES AND TIME FOR TEA

  1. Bex says:

    I came to have a look at this blog after seeing this article in H&A, and reading your fabulous book ‘Design Bloggers at Home’- glad I came for a look, love the photos and styling!

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