An interior designer company established in Truro 30 years ago is showing its commitment to the city with the creation of a new purpose-built office and showroom.
Cotton Mills Interiors has been trading in Pydar Street for three decades. Now it is constructing a new base on Infirmary Hill, opposite disaster relief charity ShelterBox’s headquarters, so it has a greater showroom and storage space under the same roof.
The build is part of an expansion plan by the family business to continue its growth while also showing a long term commitment to Truro and Cornwall.
Ali Cary, owner and managing director of Cotton Mills Interiors, said the new facilities would further help customers understand what they want for their home, holiday apartment or even luxury yacht.
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She said: “It will be twice the size of our current facilities in town. Despite the internet and what we can show in a virtual showroom, people love to come in and feel the cloth and fabric, or see their true colours.
The Atlantic Hotel, which was redesigned by Cotton Mills Interiors.
“Customers don’t have the time they used to have years ago, so we have to work harder to fit around their needs. We have to be flexible and having everything we need under one roof will give us that flexibility. It will give us even more control.”
The award-winning company, established in 1987, has grown to employ five design consultants, one full time fitter, seven local workroom staff and three upholsterers.
The expansion plans also mean the firm has taken on a new member of staff with a view to train him before the new HQ opens in the autumn.
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The new shop will showcase the best fabrics, wallpapers and carpets from the interiors industry with the intention of extracting the best of the bunch, saving customers time and effort.
Mrs Cary said trade comes primarily from corporate clients such as St Austell Brewery and its large portfolio of hotels and restaurants, Bosinver, Lower Barns as well as a plethora of celebrities and pop stars living in Cornwall and Devon, the names of whom will remain secret.
She said her company was once even hired to design the interior of a luxury yacht but again the name of the yacht and its owner will remain hush hush – with several customers deciding to use Cotton Mills for their London homes after having their Cornish holiday pads redecorated.
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She added: “Our role as interior designers to try to get the customers to understand what they want. We provide a bespoke service and advice on what’s available and what works in customers’ space.
“We help customers bridge the gap between their ideas and how to get there.”
A sketch of what the new Cotton Mills Interiors’ offices will look like on Infirmary Hill.
The new office is being constructed by Nova Construction.
Lewis Tolputt of Nova Construction said: “We specialise in the construction of residential and commercial properties in Cornwall.
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“Ali and her team have been a joy to partner with and we are confident their commitment to distinctive style and an enjoyable customer experience will combine with our high standards to create a unique and engaging shopping experience in Truro.”
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Source: Cornwall Live