Name: Alison and Paul Macleod
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Size: 2 bedroom flat
Years lived in: 6 years; Owned
Alison Macleod approaches both her beautiful jewellery craft and her eclectic
home with the same quirky enthusiasm. She tells me there is a side of her personality that is obsessed with the art
of collecting things and fascinated not only by the aesthetic significance of a
collection of items, but by the collector themselves. She loves the
relationship between a person and an object, the story that collected things can tell, and so she
fills her home with such things — items that have their own story and that have
become a part of hers.
As far as Alison’s concerned, it is this
fondness that someone has had for something that gives it its value, not what
it might be worth in monetary terms. She told me of her grandfather who
collected everything, from tea caddies to old bricks. Her Grandmother,
exasperated by the piles of oddments all over their house, was always delighted to
let Alison take things away with her that she took an interest in.
The flat itself is in a traditional,
Victorian tenement building with the characterful tall ceilings, cornicing and
sash windows typical of the period. The previous owners, however, hadn't made the most of
these original features, and Alison and Paul, able to see the potential of the space above and beyond its ‘space themed’ silver kitchen, transformed the interior when they
moved in six years ago.
Many of the beautiful things in this playful home were once Alison’s Grandfather's, and it is
these connections and relationships between the space and the family that live
in it that make it personal, vibrant and full of life.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: The
love of beautiful objects old and new.
Inspiration: Some of my favorite historical collectors, including
Pitt Rivers, an English Victorian collector, and the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who
had a great eye for displaying his finds.
Favorite Element: The
big airy rooms which give space for all our treasure.
Biggest Challenge: We transformed the kitchen from the dark ‘outer
space’ themed mess which we inherited into the bright, airy room it is now. We
spent 6 months cooking in the hall while we slowly worked on it. I became a
master of the one pot wonder.
What Friends Say: I
think they are intrigued by all of our bits and bobs.
Biggest Embarrassment: The
state we lived in for years as we were fixing up the flat.
Proudest DIY: The window seat in the kitchen which I made
when I was seven months pregnant. I had major nesting syndrome, but in a power
tools kind of a way.
Biggest Indulgence: For me, it's my ever growing collection of
contemporary craft and antique treasures. For Paul its definitely his massive
Best Advice: Mixing
objects in with pictures makes for far more interesting walls.
Dream Sources: Junk
shops, flea markets, charity shops and architectural salvage yards for a good
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- mirrors: some were
given to us by friends, some were bought at car boot sales
- shower curtain: ebay
- white and turquoise
beakers: Lara Scobie
- Tiles: Fired Earth
(Images: Lizzie Ford )
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