As well as the private work I undertake, I work personally with holiday let agencies, estate agents, architects, developers and builders to ensure the best possible results for their client projects. I have been at the forefront of the Cornwall interior design scene having worked in the county for 30 years and I am considered to be one of the most knowledgeable and experienced interior designers in Cornwall by the many commercial sectors I work with. As Hops and Camellias portfolio shows, we have worked on a diverse selection of private and commercial projects and I am regularly recommended by top industry professionals (in all of the above fields), as they know I always deliver outstanding results, on time and on budget.
My commitment to keeping my practice boutique means all clients get to work with me personally. This close interaction enables me to deliver a highly individual and tailored service, whilst giving fellow business owners complete peace of mind that their project is in the best hands and they will receive the most professional service they could hope for on behalf of their clients.
Hops and Camellias is one of the only qualified and accredited British Institute of Interior Design practices in the county and only degree qualified, experienced designers, working at the practice, so you can be assured your project is in professional hands.
So, what are the services I can offer you?
Holiday Let Agencies | Furnishing or refurbishing a holiday let
My team and I are experts in the luxury holiday lettings business, we specialise in unique, distinctive and timeless, premium revenue driven interiors for the very best homes and holiday lets across Cornwall and beyond. Our work increases a property’s desirability, revenue (by at least 25%) and booking rates throughout the year and we are used and recommended repeatedly by the county’s top, luxury agencies.
Estate Agents | Helping potential buyers | Show homes & Home Staging
I help estate agents advise potential buyers on suitable investment properties, how to best maximise a property’s potential and add value, plus working with clients who are struggling to sell, with bespoke price point packages to suit their clients’ needs. Like structural surveyors I carry out interiors surveys to illustrate what a potential buyer could do with a property, the costs involved and the expected ROI, adding saleability and often value. I also provide the costings and revenue figures a client can expect when holiday letting and I have fantastic contacts within the industry.
I also specialise in show homes and home staging, sometimes all it takes is a fresh set of eyes to see what it? will take to get a property sold, and achieve maximum return on the sale. I can help with anything from de-cluttering, the rearrangement or placement of existing furniture and accessories, to advising clients on new paint colour choices and even minor renovations, right through to full home staging if it is required. All services are tailored to suit a clients needs and budgets and I always look at what ROI they can expect to counteract the costs involved.
“We engaged Elaine’s services on behalf of a client whose property development had not got the desired traction in the market for sale. Since Elaine’s fabulous job of designing and furnishing one of the properties ready for occupation and to holiday let we have now sold 3 properties in the following 3 weeks. I could not recommend Elaine highly enough as her vision and attention to detail was just what we needed” Martin Mills, Country & Waterside Prestige Estate Agents
Architects | Specifying detail.
I work hand in hand with architects working on the finer details of rooms, from how furniture will fit into each space, to the design details of each room; thus leaving the architect free of the sourcing and streamlining the whole process for the client.
Developers and Contractors | Specifying detail | Show Homes & Home Staging
I assist developers and contractors by taking over the design details of a project, such as selecting faucets and cabinetry, designing kitchens and baths or choosing door styles and mouldings. If there’s no designer working on the project, to have all of these important decisions made before construction starts, it’s often held up while homeowner’s try to make these decisions on their own, or late decisions involve late deliveries of items, holding up the process further.
I will also advise on the best placement of electrical outlets and lighting accents, especially important if a property is to be used for luxury holiday letting (so there are no expensive changes needed at a later date). This also ensures luxury developments don’t have a generic feel to them, adding premium desirability, salability and individuality to each unit.
As an expert in show home and home staging, I frequently work with developers to help prepare and present properties for sale, so you can be sure of a premium return on your investment and ultimately a successful and speedy sale. You can see examples of my recent work in our case studies section.
Hospitality | Fitting and Re-fitting.
As well as Interior Design, I am part of Skinners Brewery, so it’s my job to keep abreast of what’s happening in the hospitality industry. I travel regularly and fully understand what is going on in this competitive industry and how to stay ahead of customer expectation and demands. I have worked with, sometimes on very tight budgets, city bars, coastal restaurants, accommodation providers and a local girls’ school to deliver functional yet inspirational designs. I will always look to balance your business model, customer experience and aspirations with your budget, whilst creating comfortable and desirable interiors your clients want to be part of and keep returning to, maximising return on investment and profit for you.
“From my extensive experience, I know the best project outcomes are achieved when the top people work together, our particular skillsets complementing one another’s area of expertise. We are not cushion pumpers, nor are we interior decorators focusing just on fabric, paint and aesthetics; we are a professional and accredited design practice that knows our stuff. It enables us all to offer the best service and solutions to our clients, while we help you to deliver a great en pointe result. Together we work smarter. We’d love to help you deliver maximum return on investment and customer satisfaction for your client project, please contact me to discuss”. Elaine Skinner, Founder & Design Director.