the MACKINTOSH house

Ok, I was so excited I made the effort to see this Mackintosh House in the Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow. When I heard about of this I did know that the house, owned by architect/designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) and his wife, artist/designer Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, (1864-1933) had been reassembled as it had been while they lived there from 1906-1914. What I did not know it was strategically placed to be facing the exact direction and elevation so as the feel in the house is EXACTLY as they would have experienced it. The sense of space and light was wonderful to those of us that think about such things. They had completely renovated this Victorian home to suit their liking, removed walls, added windows, partially blocked a large bay window, remove ornamentation, used mainly neutral colours, – all very ahead of their time and completely opposite to what was fashionable.


In the entrance, you can see the black panels installed on either side of the new door are at an angle and this was to visually expand the narrow space.  The transom window above the door was added, as was the window on the side.  This hammered metal mirror made by Margaret and her sister Frances, placed across from the window was to further bounce natural light in the space.  Also hard to see, but there is a ramp to the front door, which would have previously been a step.

The light fixtures and furniture are all custom made to their design.

 The dining room with dark walls that have been stencilled, is filled with more custom made furniture and lighting.  The high-back style that he became known for, first made for Miss Cranston’s tea room.

 The fireplace was a major addition to the room.

This sitting room studio and library on the second floor, was two rooms.  A wall was removed, and you see by the bay window the ceiling is dropped.  By contrast of the darker main floor, this is predominantly warm white, monochromatic.  Rennie and Margaret’s distinctive style is easily recognized in the fireplace, the cabinetry and furniture.  You may recognize this photo from my Facebook header.


The quality of light was wonderful.  The company hired by the Hunterian Museum went to great lengths to recreate this home in the exact direction and elevation as its original location so that that visitors could experience exactly what the designers had achieved. Behind me a large horizontal window was added to the South wall which floods the room with light.  Note the custom light fixture.

More custom designed and built furniture. Note the hammered metal accent that Margaret was known for.  

Built in bookcases at the other end of this room.  Added stained glass detail such as this is distinctly MacIntosh + MacDonald.

 Bedroom – on the third floor, as they had done below, two rooms were made into one. Again painted in white, the natural light is wonderful.

 Another feature custom fireplace, the third in the home, featuring more of Margaret’s hammered metal panels.

 

Custom built wardrobes.

 The Mackintosh House comprises the reassembled principal interiors from 78 Southpark Glasgow, the mid 19th century terraced house remodelled and lived in by Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh from 1906-1914.  The original house was demolished in the early 60s, but the fixtures were preserved and reassembled complete with contents.  Virtually the same views and effects of natural light are enjoyed as the original house stood only 100 m away.  cloakroom, kitchen, bathroom, second bedroom are not reconstructed.  Here is the exterior, with the original door and windows inset the new structure, build in 1981.

If you enjoyed this tour, which is a huge highlight of my travels, you may enjoy joining me on the Stately Homes and Architecture Tour in England May 2016.  First stop is William Morris’ Red House, one he created and lived in, much like this Mackintosh house. And we go to castles and cottages, spend two full days in Bath and attend the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Small group (max 16) and Blue Badge Guide for entire trip.

My name is Sue Womersley and I am an Interior Decorator on the Westcoast of Canada in White Rock BC.  Thanks for reading!

GLASGOW city chambers

Built in the 1880s in George Square, the City Chambers is the headquarters of council serving the City of Glasgow.

 Enter through a loggia and be met with a mosaic of the city’s Coat of Arms. This mosaic style referred to as Keramic, is found on other floors as well as the ceilings. It is estimated that more than 1.5 million tiles were laid by hand in the vaulted ceilings and domes.


Off the main loggia there are two impressive stairwells. To the left is a staircase of marble, to the right, freestone. The balusters are of alabaster, as are the wall panels, placed one after the other in cutting order.


We did not get a chance to take the guided tour, but the upper gallery with a beautiful ceiling and dome are visible from the main floor.


I am a cinephile, love movies, just not zombie movies, but if you are into that you may be interested to know that the Brad Pitt movie World War Z was filmed both inside the City Chambers as well as in George Square. The Staircases are regularly used in film to substitute the marble Vatican steps.

My name is Sue Womersley and I am an Interior Decorator in White Rock BC on the Westcoast of Canada.

HEATHROW airport

Well, anyone who loves to travel knows and accepts that there is a certain amount of effort required to get where you are going… John Lewis Heathrow, Decorata Design, sue womersley On this particular trip, I flew into London, headed to see my Cousins and English family on the Southcoast near Gosport. From there, I headed to Glasgow, which may seem a small journey comparatively, only 1 hour 30 min flight, but we backed of the driveway at 10 am for a flight departing Southampton Airport at noon, but by the time there were technical difficulties, a new plane, delayed departure, arriving to ripped luggage, finding where one makes a claim for such a thing, finding where to catch the bus (correct bus) and getting to the hotel I was meeting my Mum at, I did not arrive at the hotel til 5:00… Another whole day gone, of only 8 here. Cath Kidston Heathrow, Decorata Design, sue womsersley Four nights later, we leave my Scottish cousins driveway at 4:00, and start the whole process again, check in, security, getting to Gate 21 literally the furthest one away, flight delay, get to Heathrow, luggage delay, find shuttle bus to hotel , arrive in hotel 8:30. Leave hotel on shuttle bus 630 am to Heathrow Terminal 2, find and take train to Terminal 5, (Heathrow is HUGE) check in, security, make the 15 min trek to gate and it is now 9am …. Allow for small stop in excellent duty free.  So yes, love to travel, and I do try to enjoy the journey, but it is keeping your eye on the prize of the destination that gets me through all of the hassles and inconveniences that invariably are a part of the trip. Ted Baker Heathrow, Decorata Design, sue womersley Here are 3 top British retailers, at the airport, where I will gladly visit again next year with my tour group I am bringing :) Time to board! (update – 28 hours after leaving my Scottish Cousins home, touched down at YVR :) )

17th century VILLAGE Little WOODHAM

My uber talented and creative cousin in England is always involved in the most fascinating projects.

During our very quick visit, she told me of her involvement as a volunteer for a preserved 17th century village run by the Gosport Living History Society.  As a living history interpreter, dressed in period costume, they give visitors the experience of rural life in the South of England.Little Woodham, Decorata Design, sue womersley

I, of course, was keen to see the preserved village, and I am always interested in how people live and dwellings in general, so what a wonderful opportunity to see…

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This is one of two resident foxes – willow – they are in charge of mice control, and are very good at their job. Sorry a little blurry, they are very quick, and I was so excited as I have never seen a fox before. Little Woodham, Decorata Design, sue womersley

The Village of Little WOODHAM is maintained by the volunteers and everything that you see is authentically from the mid 1600s. Little Woodham, Decorata Design, sue womersley   Little Woodham, Decorata Design, sue womersley  Little Woodham, Decorata Design, sue womersley

Blacksmith and woodwork demonstrations are some of the activities you may find.  Little Woodham, Decorata Design, sue womersley

How to fix wheels would have been important and this gentleman was showing us how.

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Those were the ladies cooking in the first picture, all in their traditional dress.

We also enjoyed card games by a trickster and knitting by his lovely wife.

Facebook.com/pages/Little-Woodham/ or www.littlewoodham.org.uk

My name is Sue Womersley and I am an Interior Decorator from White Rock BC, the Westcoast of Canada, sharing my love of design, travel, decorating with you.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show shopping

Sorry this 3rd post is delayed, lack of good wifi :)’hope you enjoyed the pix of the Great Pavillion and the Show Gardens earlier this week. SueRHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley

With many large vendor booths and over 100 smaller artisan booths there was some amazing shopping at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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Upon arrival through the front gates of the show, you were greeted by these massive one of a kind driftwood statues… £30,000 for the horse…

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I thought this was a fantastic small space idea, covered area for seating with a hidden shed behind accessible through side door on left.

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Spoiled for choice…

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Of course lots of amazing pots RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley

Furniture you so nice it could be indoors.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersleyThis booth with all of the zinc pieces was a favourite.

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I loved these stone sculptures with carved quotes in them as a feature for the garden.

RHS Chelsea FLOWER show gardens

Each year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Show gardens are a feature designed by designers from around the world featuring the latest is in gardening ideas, hard escaping materials, and plantings. Winning an award at the show is a highlight for a designers career and prestigeous

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A Perfumers Garden in Grasse by L’Occitane. RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley Sentebale – Hope in Vulnerability  (Prince Harry’s Garden)

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley The  Retreat – M and G Garden – show sponsor

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersleyThe Living Legacy Garden – commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Waterloo. RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley

The Time in Between Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley The Beauty of Islam RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley The Brewin Dolphin Garden RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley  Viking Ocean Cruises Garden

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley The Royal Bank of Canada Garden (who knew?) RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley   Morgan Stanley Healthy Garden – designed to be a feature of a community in East London after the show.RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersleyA section of the show called Fresh Gardens of new ideas and latest materials.. This is the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Garden.

This is such a small glimpse as to what you will find at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Amazing. Please see my other post inside the Great Pavillion if you are interested. Thank you!

My name is Sue Womersley and I am an Interior Decorator from White Rock, BC on the Westcoast of Canada. I am hosting a small, private Stately Homes Tour of England in 2016 that includes a full day at the Chelsea Show. If this is of interest please visit my website or email me for more information.

RHS Chelsea FLOWER show GREAT pavillion

I was very fortunate to attend the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower show, something I have wanted to see a long time. I was in England visiting family and managed to squeeze in attending the day arrived, with only 8 hours in London.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Great Pavillion, Decorata Design, sue womersleyThe Great Pavillion is larger than two football fields and is the centrepiece of the show.  It houses the best of British nurseries, plant societies, florists and science led institutions as well as displays from around the world.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, orchids, Decorata Design, sue womersley The magnitude of the displays was unbelievable, masses and masses of flowers such as this display of orchids.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Allium, Decorata Design, sue womersley Every flower imaginable, in unusual and wonderful varieties.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley One over the top display after another in the Great Pavillion, I cannot express how immense the show is.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, hydrangea, Decorata Design, sue womersley  I really wanted to take home some of these hydrangea.

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My Mum would love all of the iris.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, sue womersley Fantasy inspired floral displays.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Decorata Design, iris, sue womersleyI liked this iris display set up as an artists studio.

This is part 1 of 3 of my visit to the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

I am hosting a Stately Homes Tour of England in 2016 that includes a day attending the RHS Chelsea Flower Show if you are interested please contact me for more information.