Alison, Paul & Ru’s Home of Colorful Collections
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 record collection.
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 rummage
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- all white
- Standard lamp: upcycled charity shop find
- chair: inherited from grandparents
- dinosaur picture: by Dave Sherry
- filing cabinet: bought second hand
- Wooden flower brooch: by me
- Collage prints: Kate Phillips
- Shoes mono print: Bridget Farmer
- Antlers: by Alexander Taylor
- Treasures collection: by me
- Goat etching: Bridget farmer
- Sofa: a charity shop find
- dotty cushions: Margo Selby
- seal screen print: Fledgeling
- framed type writer guest book from our wedding
- coffee table: Ikea
- rocking chair: Ikea
- floral cushion: Brie Dee Harrison
- lace garment print: Denise Zygadlo
- Gold pouf: Graham and Green
- Large framed drawing: Natalie Pinner
- Fairy: Samantha Bryan
- Ceramic vessel: Hanne Mannheimer
- Wicker vessel: Lise Bech
- Crochet Blanket: a gift from a friend
- knitted building blocks: knitted by my Mum
- bed: Ikea
- other furniture: belonged to my grandparents
- blanket: Eleanor Pritchard
- magpie beakers: Helen Beard
- makeup bag: Teresa Green
- Skirt: Alison Willoughby
- Hand mosaic: cleo massi
- Green ceramic vessels: Hanne Mannheimer
- Bird etching: Bridget Farmer
- Pair of Abstract paintings: Laura Drever
- Photograph on canves: Eileen McCusker
- Pair of framed drawings on graph paper: Natalie pinner
- Framed collage: Kate Phillips
(Images: Lizzie Ford )
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