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room is a premium publication with a difference. We recognise that each city in Scotland is unique with its own identity, personality and style, therefore we created a regional interiors and design guide that reflects that individuality. Showcasing each city's culture and heritage, promoting the local premier providers, services and suppliers, highlighting the local creative community, and featuring local personalities, professionals and expertise to inspire, create and maintain stylish living spaces and lifestyles.

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beautiful Castles and cushions. Bright colours and bright ideas. Bookseller and music lover. Everything in this edition either makes a bold statement or has been chosen because it will add beauty to any home. Sometimes even both

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Project: BOHO CHIC Painted and gilded bed from ‘colour recipes for painted furniture’ by Annie Sloan using Chalk Paint ™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Annie Sloan products available in Glasgow exclusively from

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Feature Glen’ of Tranquility Neil Cummins takes us behind the oak doors of family home and luxury Hotel Glenapp Castle. Shelf Life Caroline Armour gets an insight into the life of Morag McAlpine, book lover, book seller and wife of literary legend Alasdair Gray.

Introducing.... Lessons in Loveliness. Meet our design consultant Liz Fortune of Iconic Homes. Liz is the exclusive Annie Sloan product stockist in Glasgow and expert on decor old & new for a beautiful home.


Animal Attraction Quirky home wares that put the fun into furnishings Pond Life -David Ross Design Staggered -Fortune Favours the Brave Feline Good -Carola Van Dyke Design you can Bet On -MIHO

Tips, hints & expert advice House Calls Decor dilemmas, furnishing fiascos or just need some inspiration? Our guest contributor interior designer Doreen Smith answers your House calls. Crystal Clear Alan from Strong Point Maintenance Ltd, the home improvement professionals, walks you through a Chandelier refurbishment. Yes, you really can Do It Yourself.! A Stately Transformation Old House Experts Caleb & Taylor have your walls and ceiling covered when it comes to remodelling a room. Discovering Utopia! Our resident expert Jack Lawson, from prestigious audio showroom The Music Room, explains what all the noise is about with the latest in hi-fi, high-tech and high spec.speakers.

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GetBold over by Colour!


These designers are never shy when it comes to bringing colour into the home. Tri - these Angles -Fun Makes Good Get a Collage Education -Briggs & Cole Urban Art that sets itself apart -Hodgy My Space -Andy Murray Designs


Showcases Wendy Kershawproduces breathtaking ceramics Corumpresents an astounding luxury Townhouse

Interviews Ian Lewis-the creative behind design collective Pride & Joy Ltd. Peter Gillies -an extraordinary stained glass artist hidden away in Glasgow’s Hidden lane

Editor in Chief: Brand Editor: Features: Contact room Advertising: Photography for Glenapp Castle Hotel :Neil Cumins Back Cover Picture: 4 Park Circus - Corum Front Cover: mrperswall Nostalgic - Morning Mist

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or over two decades we have been injecting style and a beautiful palette of hues and shades into our homes and onto our walls, floors, metal and furnishings with minimal fuss and preparation via the combination of the incredibly versatile Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan and her library of empowering decorating guides. Her keen designer eye also turned to French & Belgian textiles bringing the pretty Annie Sloan fabric collection to market, providing texture and pattern in tones that compliment the Chalk Paint™ range and we are lucky to have access to both of them here in Glasgow from Iconic Home. Serial entrepreneur and creative Liz Fortune owns the successful interior design and home furnishing business with showrooms in both Troon and Glasgow City Antiques and is the only authorised stockist of Chalk Paint™ and the Annie Sloan fabric collection in Glasgow. Liz also hosts friendly workshops and master classes on perfecting an extensive range of techniques and applications with the quick drying Chalk Paints™ and accompaniments. Running twice a week these popular classes are great fun for all ages, with vouchers available for a unique gift idea. Beautiful pieces transformed by Liz are available for sale in the Glasgow showroom. Commissions are accepted for bespoke hand painted furniture, curtains and soft furnishings. Bookings and enquiries can be made online or by phoning 01292 312674.




Colour coordinating and styling for a beautiful home has never been simpler. With Annie Sloan and Iconic Home it’s so easy you could do it yourself.!

Iconic Home Glasgow City Antiques Centre 121-127 Lancefield Street The latest tome from Annie Sloan, ‘colour recipes for painted furniture,’ is the perfect introduction to Chalk Paints™ for the uninitiated, displaying signature stunning images and simple to follow guides for 40 projects to transform your home.

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A quirky range of quality, British made kitchen textiles & fun gifts from a design led Scottish company based in James Watt Street here in Glasgow. Creating images inspired by the great Scottish sense of humour, the landscape of Scotland, our history and our beautiful flora and fauna. The company began with a fashion background and a range of t-shirts but hope to expand their home wares collection soon so look out for them because we think Fortune Favours The Brave are going to be in everyone's kitchen in 2013. Plus their prices are very reasonable... not dear at all! Aprons £16.50, Tea Towels £7.00, Mugs £8.50 & Bags £15.00 and lots more online at

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Q: I have a large black console table in my hall which faces the entrance door. I've decorated with a Cole & Son traditional pale grey pattern wallpaper on the main wall which looks great, with the other walls painted in similar grey. I've been searching for a retro style phone that would appear as an ornament but was also functional, as I loathe the modern cordless phones. A: If you want your telephone to make a statement in your hallway then you wont be disappointed with this fabulous matt finished vintage telephone in kingfisher blue. This classic telephone will add to the look and style of your hall and adding a splash of colour. The centre dial has a little blue flower frame detail and ear and mouthpiece are black which matches the cord.

Q: We recently retired and have bought a beautiful home overlooking the sea. I am trying to add a nautical look to our living room which has fantastic views. I've used a beautiful Osborne and Little wall paper on the focal wall which looks super. But I am having a problem locating good quality lamps to work with this theme, everything seems to be cheaply made washed wood.

Size: h17cms x w24cms x d18.5cms

Cost £95.00

We would all love to help to locate that feature piece, maybe revamp our decor or just to keep up with the latest trends. Glasgow based Interior Designer Doreen Smith is on hand with advice and ideas on creating stylish living spaces. Tel: 07881653037

Q: I’m searching for a designer looking chair for my living room, maybe even something vintage. My furniture is plain and simple so I need something to give the room a lift without going over the top.

A: Firefly House source products for customers such as this piece. A beautiful contemporary looking vintage 1960's statement rocking chair designed by Adrian Pearsall for Craft Associates. The solid sculpted walnut frame holds the comfortable scoop seat that will never look dated and will certainly make a statement. Cost £1750.00 Tel: 020 7428 3366

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A: Elements collection from Furleys offers an exclusive range of nautical designed lamps that come with a solid dark wood base and a choice of three nautical cast chrome embellishments, which include a beautiful Star Fish, Sea Horse or Coral design that will add to the look you are trying to create. Each lamp is finished with an oval antique gold silk shade which has a silver lining. This style of lamp works perfectly in either a contemporary or traditional setting. The overall height of the lamp is 78cm, so it will certainly make an impact. Cost £220.00 Tel: 01572 755539

Q: We had a modern conservatory/orangey built which looks fantastic and I'm furnishing it with modern white leather sofas, chrome and black lighting and I'm having large black glossy floor tiles fitted. As its not a particularly large room I feel small side tables would work better, but I don't want to lose the designer look. Can you offer any ideas? A: If you are looking to save space, but style is important then I'm sure the sleek, elegant black Italian designed Nadim side table by Bontempi will work perfectly with what you have described and make a statement. L48x W 43x H51cm. Cost £424.00 Tel 0113 242 8584

Q: We have been trawling furniture shops for the past six months looking for a unique solid wood side board for our dining room. Its got to look good, be practical and fit with our mix of vintage and contemporary furniture which we are very much into.

Q: We moved into a beautiful semi Victorian Villa last year and have been busy renovating the full house, so we are almost there. Our front door is badly damaged with wood rot, so we have managed to find one in a salvage yard. But unfortunately the glass panels have been removed. I checked with a few companies to supply an etched style in keeping with the building but its just out of our budget at the moment with all the expense we have had.

A: It may be worth considering etched film. Purifrost offer a super range of original Victorian pattern etch effect window film for doors and windows that can be supplied to your exact measurements. This is a cost effective and easy way to recreate Victorian etch glass panels. The film is easy to install on and comes with full instructions. Cost £20.00. You could also add a bespoke cut out number, cost from £30.00. Tel 020 8961 7337,

A: I’m sure the sweeping curve styling and unusual cats eye finger pull detail of the Danish influenced Flux Credenza solid European oak sideboard will fit perfectly in your dining room. This beautifully crafted sideboard made in Scotland comes with interchangeable sliding doors that will allow you to alter the look to match your colour scheme and style. The sliding panels are available in a variety of material and colours which include brightly coloured Formicas, book matched veneered panels and pretty Timorous Beasties Glasgow linen toile etc. Size 178.5x45x71cm

Cost £3950.00 Tel:07817673383

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DAVID ROSS DESIGN David draws from many interests ranging from Critical design and Soviet photography to music and the natural world. These feed into an open and poetic approach to design which helps him produce desirable, intriguing and beautiful objects which are functionally and aesthetically innovative. A Scottish designer now based in Glasgow, David Ross graduated from the Glasgow School of Art/University of Glasgow in 2009 with a Masters degree in Product Design Engineering. This has led to a diversity in his work including a concept chair, ceramic tiles and a ‘warm hug’ cushion.

pond life Laser cut felt lampshades inspired by the beauty of life found in ponds. Shades £100 Complete lamps £200. Enquiries welcome for original designs. The shade on the top left was designed for a private commission.

In 2010 he had an inspiring time working as an intern for Studio Libertiny in Rotterdam, where he was part of the team on various projects including “The Unbearable Lightness” which was exhibited in Design Miami/Basel 2010. 2011 saw him open his own studio - David Ross Design. The studio produces both limited edition design and design for larger scale production. David draws from many interests ranging from Critical design and Soviet photography to music and the natural world. These feed into an open and poetic approach to design, the resulting products are diverse and reach into various markets. David Ross Design wishes to avoid becoming part of a trend, instead producing desirable, intriguing and beautiful objects which are functionally and aesthetically innovative such as the Pond Life collection. 2011 also saw David co-found Analogue Social, an open network of designers working in Scotland; Analogue Social was started to help develop the Scottish design community. “We host our AnSo Gathering on the last Wednesday of every month and also put on a variety of other design events”. David recently worked on a collaborative piece with Illustrator Craig McIntosh for the Analogue Social Paper exhibition at The Lighthouse.

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Choose your favourite from the MIHO stable? Racehorse premium range Includes soft macrame caps, exclusive cockades and those dynamic legs that leap to the winning post in the style stakes

An astonishing range of novelties from quirky Italian home wares company MIHO for Summer 2013 were unveiled in Paris recently. The new collection compliments their fun furniture, textiles, and flat-pack accessories already available and includes Racehorses, 8 new rug designs, storage boxes and miniature versions of their ever popular deer trophies.

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lready lauded for her unique animal head wall decorations, paintings and woodland creature inspired cushion collections, Dutch born but Brighton based Carola Van Dyke puts her love of vintage fabrics, illustrations and textile background and incredible gift for patchwork to good use again in her latest collection. Recently launched at the Pulse trade show in London we are set to fall in love with her latest creations. Vibrant in colour, with her trademark red sketch style stitching and as tactile as always, we are looking forward to snuggling up on the sofa with Tabby to keep Duncan the Scottie and Taffy the Schnauzer company with further beautiful designs to come. Carola’s collections are available online and exclusively in Glasgow from the Mary Portas concession in House of Fraser. Prices range from £74

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Every cushion is an eclectic harmony of vintage and modern textiles, alike, and highlights the longevity of sustainable fabrics.

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The impressive collection of curling stones adorn the disused garden feature and act as sentry alongside the canons at the entrances to the Castle.

Glen’ of tranquility Glenapp Castle, Luxury Hotel, Ballantrae Neil Cumins visits a remarkable award winning 5-star hotel in Ayrshire with a wealth of retained Scottish Baronial character

Despite its size, Glenapp Castle had been habituated as a private residence before Fay and Graham Cowan acquired it in 1994. Prior to their arrival, the building had fallen on hard times, having been abandoned for seven years, and restoring its original Scottish Baronial grandeur became a full-time job over a six-year period. The Cowans have personally managed every facet of the castle’s rebirth and restoration, from upgrading the utilities to selecting soft

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furnishings for the 17 guest suites, and the combined results have been charming guests ever since it opened in April 2000. Everywhere you meander throughout this building, there are aesthetic touches to surprise and intrigue at every turn. One curious decorative flourish is the deployment of curling stones, which serve as everything from doorstops to car park boundaries. There are two reasons for this – firstly, the granite for most curling stones is sourced from Ailsa Craig, which is clearly visible from Glenapp Castle’s west-facing windows. Secondly, Fay Cowan’s brother is a former world and European curling champion, and her sister has amassed one of the country’s biggest collections of curling stones. In such understated ways, the Cowan family’s presence and character is reflected throughout Glenapp Castle, making it all the more special as a consequence.

cotland is commonly mythologised as a magical land of glens and castles, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that Glenapp Castle casts such a bewitching spell over first-time visitors. Set within a secluded 36-acre estate outside the village of Ballantrae on the South Ayrshire coastline, this sprawling mansion was designed in 1870 by celebrated architect David Bryce. With its crenellated battlements and soaring towers, its architecture remains as striking and imposing today as ever, although it now augments this with a warm and welcoming aura, as a fivestar hotel that attracts visitors from every corner of the world.

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A bright room in terms of colour and illumination. Luxuriant Shah Abbas Persian rugs bring a flourish to the mellow yellow and gold.. While a brace of crystal chandeliers draw the eye to the ornate ceiling.

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The glamorous Tester King size bed converts to twin beds if required .

give this historic building such character have been subtly augmented instead. Yellow damask wallpaper from Cole and Son complements vibrant gold and blue ‘Marivaux’ curtain fabrics, with a soft Wilton carpet underpinning auction-house furnishings like a Regency writing bureau and a Georgian chest of drawers. As Fay Cowan points out: “We spent five years stripping the hotel back, and once we had a blank canvas with no colours on show, it was easy to decide how this room should look.”

The centrepiece in the 630 sq.ft. Earl of Orkney suite is a perfectly square King size bed fitted with a deep Mattison mattress chosen to provide added height. The fabrics that adorn its corniced canopy were created by The Campbell Group in Alva, and they also produced many of Glenapp Castle’s other soft furnishings. Like all the handles and fingerplates throughout this building, the ornate brasswork on those intriguingly bowed doors was meticulously restored rather than being replaced. Indeed, there are relatively few contemporary additions – the elements that

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The comfort continues in the en suites with luxury towels, bathrobes and a range of toiletries from Penhaligon.

irectly above the Earl of Orkney suite, and connected to it via a spiral staircase, the second master suite, the Earl of Inchcape, incorporates a lavish four-piece bathroom. Centred on a claw foot roll-top bath, the chrome telephone-style mixer tap gushes out hot water within five seconds. A curved corner shower cubicle features Victorian-style levers beside a similarly period towel radiator, and there is a vintage mahogany washstand in front of the window. Given its top floor setting, the Earl of Inchcape’s rooms enjoy panoramic aspects towards Kintyre and Ailsa Craig beyond Glenapp Castle’s meticulously landscaped grounds, with abundant wildlife including stags, hares, buzzards and badgers.

Not to be outdone, the room’s internal decorations include a huge Georgian mahogany wardrobe and an enigmatic oil painting known simply as “The Spanish Lady”, which was purchased at Sothebys and now overhangs an ornate French fireplace. Also in situ is one of the few pieces of furniture acquired at the time of the castle’s purchase in 1994 – a high sided and ornately carved sofa.

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Fresh floral arrangements are found in every room and are an attention to detail that points as to why the Cowans are well deserved winners of accolades and awards for their welcoming and comfortable Castle Hotel.

rnate is certainly a word applicable to Glenapp Castle’s drawing room. Formerly two separate apartments, this vast double-aspect space indicates its divided origins with Corinthian pillars, beyond which a brace of mirroropposite dining rooms can be accessed. There is plenty to cherish in the drawing room, with a focus on symmetry typified by the vintage left and rightarmed chaise longues. Two drop side Knole sofas flank a fireplace created by renowned stonemason Ashley Baxter, with the Cowan family’s heraldic crest etched into its corners. Interestingly, this is now the building’s only solid fuel hearth; switch-operated gas fires provide another concession to technological progress in the guest suites, alongside the TVs, DVD and CD players. A trio of tables was supplied specifically for this room by Philip Hunt Antiques of Norfolk, even allowing the Cowans to specify how much ageing should be applied to the walnut timbers. The timber panelling in Glenapp Castle’s library was originally lime washed before it was reclaimed from the drawing room around 60 years ago, while the library is perhaps most notable today for incorporating two different tartans.

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These are the McMillan and Colquhoun family colours, representing Fay and Graham’s respective families – the former tartan has been fashioned into a rug, and the latter has been used to decorate occasional chairs.

Restoring the oak panelling’s original grandeur required months of intensive work throughout the building, and the ensuing results are particularly impressive on the main staircase beside the library. This is constructed out of Austrian tiger stripe oak, with polished brass gripper rods holding a central carpet strip in place. The carpet pattern used is unique to Glenapp - inspired by looking through historic archives, and created using bespoke colour choices. Whilst the Glenapp Castle Hotel retains a traditional feel, the impeccable, friendly service, comfort level, warm welcome and the award wining restaurant menus are the modern touches which transform this beautiful Baronial family home into a 5-star experience that everyone can enjoy. The Castle Hotel is open each year from March 27th until January 2nd (excluding Christmas) and is available for exclusive use throughout the season. The Hotel’s central location allows access to a wide range of local activities and attractions. We cater for over night stays, romantic weekends and can fully cater Weddings and Conference or Corporate events.All Enquiries and Bookings can be made online or by phone. 01465 831212

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A Stately Transformation A family pile in the country or a heritage listed period property maybe, but how many of us, aside from the proud owners of Glenapp, can state that our home is a castle? For one company transforming rooms in stunning homes into incredible period chambers, resplendent with wainscoting, is not an unusual request. Neil McKinley from local firm Caleb & Taylor, the old house experts and period property restoration specialists, gives room & just property readers an insight into how a team of skilled craftsmen and a few well designed architectural features can add grandeur to any room.

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Coffered ceilings, raised panel walls and built up timber cornice aren’t the most common asked for details in a room renovation, they may not suit every style of home but when expertly executed, and designed to correct proportions, the outcome can be incredible. We are lucky enough to work on homes that can carry off some of our grand designs. These projects are very specific and not to everyone's taste, but they are always incredibly worthwhile and impressive when completed. They are an investment in the future of the property and of course add comfort and enjoyment as well as value for the owners. This style and design of architectural joinery is uncommon in Scotland, nearly all of my research comes from America, where nearly every premier home appears to feature some form of panelling or ‘wainscoting’ as it is correctly known.

It all starts off with a basic design, The home owner has maybe read something in a magazine, or perhaps viewed a room in a movie and fancied having their own version of it. Once a basic design is laid out we start with the tedious but vital technical structure behind the coffered ceiling and wall panelling. As you can imagine the majority of the houses we work on are full renovations, usually this means the rooms are back to the bare stone work. This allows us to build a timber stud partition around the walls and fill it with insulation - old houses are seriously lacking any insulation value. Final ‘roughing’ stage is to clad the partitions with plywood sheeting. The same steps apply for the ceiling too.

So, now you are left with a plywood room. At this stage I dedicate a day or two to laying out the template. A chalk line, some markers of various colours, a spirit level and we get on with the final design. With years of valuable experience, we strive to maintain everything in proportion with historic design, and, when you walk into a room that is kept in proportion using basic rules from well over a hundred years ago, it feels ‘right’.... it just feels ‘right’.

There is no hiding the fact that these rooms do come at a premium.

To me, the ceiling is the most dramatic part of these rooms, the correct term is ‘coffered ceiling’. Ideally the ceiling has to be symmetrical, keep to the historic proportions as much as possible and make sure it reflects the design elements of the walls. One of the main things to think about in a ceiling is the lighting. Opt for wall lights or lamps or integrate the ceiling light into the design as above, or another example is the chandelier used as the centrepiece of the ceiling in the room overleaf.

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An advantage of the initial outlay is that you negate the upheaval and minimise the future costs that decorating every few years brings. Modern materials are ideal with rooms like this, we use a lot of veneered MDF board for any flat panel work. Options available include pine, oak, walnut, beech and I’m sure any number of other species. This takes care of all the flat timber you see and can be a pretty efficient way of fitting out the room. For all raised panel work like the one pictured we need to go back to basics; cutting the timber to size, gluing it up in clamps then running it through the moulder to achieve the desired detail. All mouldings we use are solid timber even though I’m sure you can get various mouldings in a veneered MDF, we find the selection is limited and ultimately we just prefer working with timber mouldings.



A good idea when renovating is to maximise the old alcoves and recesses.

When rooms like this were built the first time around they featured in castles, stately homes and theatres. All grand buildings with their own structural anomalies but they didn’t have to accommodate flat screen T.V’s In the recess next to the T.V. wall, we built a unit that or surround sound. acted as storage for all the entertainment ‘stuff’ in the bottom and glass shelves in the top section. We converted the space under the staircase from a cupboard into a useful desk area with two sets of drawers, and carried through the panelling to the walls and The T.V wall can require as much thought on it’s ceiling, including continuing the recessed lighting. aesthetics and design as the full room does. We had one of the surround sound speakers to contend with We really enjoy doing these rooms and they really can on this project, resolving the matter of fitting it in and be designed to fit into any house. If you would like a keeping the small raised panels symmetrical and in consultation to discuss the possibilities of recreating proportion. your own stately home interior, are seeking decorating advice for a period property or considering a restoration or renovation project then please get in touch. We welcome all enquiries.

You need to make sure all wires and cables are brought through before any panelling work begins.



At Caleb & Taylor we are a friendly team of dedicated professionals. We take pride in your projects and on our reputation for delivering quality workmanship and outstanding results, using our considerable expertise and knowledge of traditional skills in all trades from decorating and minor cosmetic work through to complete remodels. We look forward to being a part of your beautiful home.

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Crystal Clear Refurbishing an Early 19th Century Chandelier By Alan Strong

Managing Director & Engineer Strong Point Property Maintenance Ltd

When taking on a refurbishment of something as unique and eye - catching as a Victorian chandelier, preparation and taking your time are vital in achieving a high quality finish. Below you will find a simple step by step guide and tips on how to safely dismantle the chandelier, preparing and treating the metal, restoring the components/wiring, and the reassembly and installation of the newly refurbished chandelier.



Take pictures of your chandelier switched on and off for reference of the skeleton design and the pendant layout, note any missing pendants, blown bulbs or broken fittings.





Fill sink with warm soapy water.


Mark out 4 squares (each approx. 3 ft x 3 ft) on the floor with the masking tape. Safely position your ladder (ensure it is locked in place) under the chandelier.


Remove all bulbs from chandelier, discarding any that are redundant, wash and dry the rest as you did for the pendants.

Apply a coat of brass polish to the metal skeleton to remove tarnish. Leave to dry for 1-2 hours, then buff with a soft clean cloth. For corrosion or rust, apply a coat of rust eradicator with a 2 inch paint brush, leave for one hour then scrub with steel wool to remove any excess. Apply the brass polish and buff.


Authentic early 19th Century Chandeliers usually have 3 sizes of bulbs.

Wash pendants. Rinse under the tap and dry off with a 5 paper towel. Use jewellery polish to give them that extra shine. Place your clean pendants grouped by size in the squares on the floor, use the 4th square for all your screws and components. Repeat this until all the pendants have been removed, cleaned and organised.

CHECK THAT THE ELECTRICITY IS OFF! Must have sink or bowl, washing up liquid, ladders, wire strippers, electrical tape, rubber gloves, safety glasses, screwdrivers, soft clean cloth, masking tape, kitchen roll & a camera

Remove decorative ceiling cap that holds the chandelier. Take several pictures of the way the wires are connected for reference later. Detach wires from chandelier arm and the main core wires releasing the chandelier.

Might need brass polish, bulbs, screws, new appropriate wiring and fittings, replacement pendants ,clear rust eradicator, 2 inch paint brush,

Inspect all the wiring for decayed insulation, corroded connections or splits. Cut 1/2� off the wire ends with your wire strippers and strip back the insulation exposing the copper wire to form clean connections.

Take any electrical components that need replaced to your local hardware store to make sure you get the correct rating.


Refer to the appropriate pictures, secure the new connections in position with wire nuts and wrap with electrical tape. Using your screwdriver reconnect the chandelier and re-hang the ceiling cap.


Refer to the pictures we took at the start and to your squares on the floor. Begin re hanging each clean crystal pendant and bulb in its original position.

Shh!... TRADE TIP Feed your new wires into the arms of the chandelier by attaching the old wires to the new wires with crimping tools or some electrical tape. Then pull the older wires through the arms to feed the new wires through them. This process would be repeated for the other arms if required, then refer back to step 9. Remember to dispose of the old wire responsibly!

Alan and his team are building restoration, renovation and maintenance professionals. They cover all aspects of property maintenance, and are experts in all trades and services. Enquiries are welcome at

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Project: FRENCH STYLE wax-resist bed from ‘colour recipes for painted furniture’ by Annie Sloan using Chalk Paint ™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Annie Sloan products available in Glasgow exclusively from

Iconic Home 0141 2487914 Glasgow City Antiques Centre 121-127 Lancefield Street

Images ©Annie Sloan

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{ fun makes good } Fun Makes Good creates bold and bright, homewares and accessories, all of which are made here in Scotland.


I love a challenge and enjoy working directly with a client, discussing design ideas and tailoring the final design to their specifications, whilst retaining an element of my Fun Makes Good style. Each project undertaken is different. I am open to new and exciting opportunities and often find my clients too are open-minded about the finished design, allowing me to create something totally unique for them.


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We have designed and created bespoke items for a number of private clients, either re-working an item of their furniture or creating entirely new pieces. Most recently we were commissioned by architectural practice Softroom to design and make bespoke upholstery panels for their client Wahaca and their newest addition to the Mexican restaurant chain in Charlotte Street, London. (shown below)

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Pi.I Playful pouffe made from leather, cotton and hand dyed cotton satin patchwork. 50cm x 50cm x 30cm £120 Tweed Pi pouffe Playful grey tone pouffe made from Harris Tweed, leather and wool patchwork. 50cm x 50cm x 30cm £180 Limited edition AU patchwork cushions. “After Upholstery” Made using a mixture of hand dyed cotton satin, Bute wool, Harris tweed, wool felt and corduroy. Approx 42cm x 42cm with cushion pad. £65 Leather sofa & pleat chair private commissions

Inspired by geometric shapes and contemporary architectural forms, Fun Makes Good combines bold patterns and detailed embroidery techniques with creative colour combinations to produce a striking range of interior products using locally sourced, specialist wools, leathers and hand dyed cotton. Alongside their range of homewares, Fun Makes Good specialises in reworking previously unloved items of furniture with bespoke upholstery, and blending traditional techniques with a distinctive graphic aesthetic to stunning effect. They offer a bespoke upholstery service, working on a range of projects from private commissions to large scale pieces for commercial spaces. They rework an item of your furniture, tailoring a unique design to your special needs, presenting a creative alternative to outdated furniture. The studio was established by Eleanor Young, a Scottish textile designer who graduated from the world renowned Glasgow School of Art in 2007. Having received a First Class Honours degree in Embroidered Textiles, she set up Fun Makes Good in 2009 after realising the demand for high quality, hand crafted products with contemporary style.

As well as creating designs that have a strong visual impact, texture is hugely important,we combine a mix of materials so each product is not only visually exciting but wonderfully tactile. Eleanor Young Fun Makes Good +44(0)7880620523

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my space { andy murray designs } Name: Andy Murray (no, I am the other one) Age: Young enough to be optimistic yet old enough to have learned from a few people other than my lecturers. Education: Consumer Product design at Napier University gaining a Masters in Interdisciplinary design Inspiration: The recession from a design perspective, the global impact on UK design, and the kitchen spatula. Awards:1st prize for his Sea Defence range at D&AD 2009 John Logie Baird Young Innovator of the Year 2011

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Taking his award winning creativity and his thirst for innovation, Glasgow based Andy has continued to explore pushing the boundaries of traditional and modern materials and manufacturing techniques in new additions to his Sea Defence collection. Since 2010, Andy has gone on to research and explore the recession from a design perspective, the inspiration behind launching his "Made By" book. "An inspiration to make things" which demonstrates through beautiful photographs, simple diagrams and a step by step guide, how to make a collection of personal everyday items from the humble tea towel and cheap fabric glue. The global problem caused by the recession continues to inspire his work as he looks to manufacture all his products in Britain. He is set to relaunch his 'Kitchen Toolbox'. Clever yet stylish it ingeniously incorporates essential DIY tools into a spatula - a concept that he originally featured in a student exhibition at the Ideal Home Show in 2009.

Clockwise: My Kitchen Toolbox, a Sea Defence unit (which also comes in white), my award winning Sea Defence range of lamp, bookshelf and coffee table, belt, squeesy usb, & watch strap & bag all from my 'Made By' book, me with some of the 42 range - a commission for Pride & Joy Furniture Ltd, and screen print wall art . Commissions & enquiries are welcome.

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Constantly exploring new materials and designs, Andy has self imposed the challenge of designing 52 new products in 2013, with the help of skilled crafts men and woman - the aim to learn a little bit more about other manufacturing methods to hopefully help him better design products in the future. The range will explore everything from wooden, metal, fabric, ceramics and printing to create furniture, lighting, home wares and much more.

I believe that anyone who wants to have some art for their home shouldn’t have to shell out far over the odds for a piece of Artwork. Art for the masses - it`s the FUTURE! :) HODGY

Urban artist Hodgy specialises in hand painted large format works that don’t break the bank and that are uniquely infused with Reiki energy. Acrylic paint on light weight tile for ease of installation and a variety of options on size, or directly onto the wall. Domestic and corporate commissions are accepted. prices vary according to size

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Dynamic Art/Product design partnership and consultants, Jane Briggs and Christy Cole focus on working with esteemed UK designers and manufacturers to create a visionary brand that defines itself as international. Impelled at times by the cultural landscape surrounding their G40 location. Artistically committed to finding new materials and techniques that enhance integrity and the long lasting nature of products. The dramatic results achieved are exceptional limited editions that each contain a unique hand crafted collage. Exploring the thematic, reflective, sculptural and textural effects of materials and surfaces. The inspiration for this particular piece came from staff magazines for the Temple carpet factory and its workers. The monochrome collage conveys beauty in the chaos. Every shattered image juxtaposed with precision within each layer, efficiency and discord in unique synchronisation to stunning effect. Briggs & Cole bring it to the Templetonian table every time.

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Caroline Armour chatted with local Entrepreneur and Creative Ian Lewis about his vision and passion for his latest venture - design concept ‘pride & joy furniture


ocal skill and creative talent are at the heart of With a model focused on what individual customers Pride and Joy Furniture Ltd. want, it is difficult to narrow Pride and Joy’s target market to a single ‘type'. Something Ian is well aware As the name suggests, this company set up by Ian, cele of, and for longevities sake, has made an important brates and showcases passion not only for design but feature of the business. for the finalised piece of furniture. His target market are unashamedly design conscious The business idea started with advice about going into consumers not brand driven, instead searching for the furniture market which turned out to be too good ''that element of difference'' to anything on the market to pass up. Fortunately it coincided with Ian at the moment. discovering a skill and desire, not only for the creation of beautiful things, but of bringing them to the There is also scope for the imaginative, as Pride and marketplace. Joy has an emphasis on collaboration and consultation Right now, Pride and Joy is an ambition. With his first to achieve what the customer wants. Ideas will be satellite line of designs already to market and proving looked into, designs will be adapted, and visions will popular, Ian plans to expand the range from bespoke be acheived. pieces to the likes of aluminium garden furniture with a focus on providing the features that he believes are lacking in designs at the moment.

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he plan over the next year, if running the business from Barbados doesn’t quite pan out, is as Lewis puts it; “To grow the business but quite organically. We aren’t going to say we are a big furniture business now, because we are not that, but we are very good at what we do.” In the long term there is a reluctance from Ian to lay down a definite, constricting end point. A notion that is no doubt being felt quite keenly by a number of businesses. One thing that he is determined to remain a constant is a focus on keeping in touch with customers, giving them what they want rather than simply showing them what they can choose between. At a time where numerous companies are moving away from the high street to focus on online sales, Pride and Joy is looking at having a physical retail presence somewhere on our main shopping streets. All because Ian wants people to be able to touch the furniture, to really get a feel not only for what it is but how much care has been taken in its production.

“There is a niche in the world market for us. I think quite often we don’t realise how highly regarded we here in Scotland are which is a shame. I’d like to bring some of that back.” 48 room


his for him is absolutely one of the benefits of being the one selling the furniture rather than making it. He sees his position in the marketplace as a bridge between the designers and those who want a flexible approach to furniture. He’s there to make the transactions happen. For him, if a designer has made something beautiful there is no use in having it sat in their garage where there is no way to get it to the people who want to buy it.


f a local designer knows about it but no one else does that’s where Ian can potentially come in.

For him, it is important to support other people who are already operating in Britain. As there already are very skilful and very high quality manufacturers out there.

“There seems to be a block between the people who have the design skills and the talent that can actually get them to who wants to buy their designs”.

“It just chimes with what Pride and Joy is all about, it works with the ethos of it”. Pop up shops in Merchant City are another idea in the pipeline to get Pride and Joy Furniture really interacting with both designers and buyers and to crucially get the two interacting with each other. With the aim of working in collaboration with other businesses to show people how good the furniture available is and importantly how accessible it is. Showing that bespoke furniture does not have to be a small, niche market. By introducing the creators to the people who could potentially purchase their own work for their homes or corporate venture, the idea of having specially designed pieces may not seem so far-fetched. Potentially in the late spring or summer Pride and Joy Furniture may be taking to the road. With guest designers or the creators of the furniture themselves. If you design or create and want to be a part of Pride and Joy Furniture get in touch, Ian is always on the lookout for new and established names to become involved with the aim of promoting, marketing, selling and creating beautiful homewares. Pictured -The 42 range. Andy Murray Design commissioned by pride & joy furniture Ltd. Powder coated aluminium. All items available in primary colour range. All products available online. Clockwise (inc overleaf) Lamp £125 Fruit bowl £30 Clocks £45 Side table £180 Divider £495 Chair £245 Tables £POA

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Wendy Kershaw narrative illustration on porcelain


fter many years working as technician, lecturer and artist in residence, Wendy Kershaw is now a full time ceramicist, with a new home and studio in the country. Based in an old farmhouse,up a single track road in a beautiful glen outside of Lochwinnoch, she is happily set up with with a studio in the house and kiln in the barn.

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porcelain book 7(overleaf),memory(above), saving the fish 1(below),


Porcelain is a very demanding material to work with, with lots to go wrong, but it's well worth it for the amazing tactile and visual surface that it gives. No other material can give me these surfaces with which to illustrate a story. Award winning ceramicist Wendy Kershaw

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endy creates award winning and hauntingly beautiful narrative illustrations on porcelain, usually in the form of framed panels, but also porcelain books, diptychs and folding screens. She intricately builds up rich layers of imagery, first by etching into rolled out sheets of raw clay with sewing needles, then working in stains, transfers and on-glaze. Her skilful techniques and multiple firings are time consuming, but use the unique qualities of porcelain to produce exquisite one off images.

Pudding Girl head 1(above), memory collecting flowers 1(top right), Maud lying on Lillys (above),

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Pudding Girl diptych(left), Pudding Girl detail 2(below), Sail Away(bottom)


he themes that she illustrates range from the poetry of Keats and Tennyson, celebrations of the small joys of life, such as a long soak in a hot bath, and her own stories, including the girl who is so concerned that she might miss out on pudding due to the lack of a spoon, that she makes herself a many pocked dress, each pocket containing a spoon.

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large influence on her work were three residencies in China, where she was invited after her porcelain books were exhibited in America. These were in the historic porcelain capital of Jingdezhen, Shanghai and as part of the UK delegation to the FuLe Ceramic Art Museums.

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Exhibiting across the UK and internationally, Wendy has work in the permanent collections of two museums in China. Her ceramics were recently on exhibition at 'Ceramic Art London' at the Royal College of Art, Future events include 'Potfest in the Park' in the Lake-District, 26th to 28th July.

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Meet the Artist:

Peter Gillies

Stained Glass craftsmen & Painter

Its rather strange looking back over your own body of work. You start to see connections and I am looking forward to seeing what else is on its way. I am on the journey as much as someone who likes my work is.

Your glass work is a unique hybrid of nature and skill. You draw upon the years of experience for the skill but does your technique come naturally to you? The hangers are an amalgamation of traditional leaded glass practices and my own design ideals and special techniques. Visually it has elements of the Arts & Crafts movement and a strong Japanese flavour. The use of pressed leaves has been an evolving process over the last decade and over Growing up in Inverness ingrained the last 2 years I have implemented Peter’s love of nature & the Scottish kiln fired paint techniques exploring landscape. the imagery values of Bamboo and He took the unusual step of studying pine trees. Decorative Glass Work in Glasgow after High School and found work in a Stained Glass Restoration Studio in Edinburgh. “I moved back up to the Highlands after a couple of years to concentrate on painting. Not drawing much since I was 16 and then 25 I figured I owed it to myself to explore the joy I had previously known. I bought brushes, paint and a heap of canvases, glass and lead and locked myself away for a year. It was at this point I decided I had to make art and glass work my living, if I was to continue I had to Kiln fire painted hanger £90. All other glass works displayed POA find a way to make it work”. A return to Edinburgh in 2008, and more restoration work, involving Stained glass most always evokes an Churches throughout Scotland, led ecclesiastical association. Where do to a strengthening of his resolve to you take people when they look at your develop and prioritise his own work. work? At the start of 2012, seeking a more vibrant art scene he took a studio in Hopefully an enjoyable place. A recent The Hidden Lane to dedicate himself commission is homed in Edinburgh, fully to his own practice. made up of leaves collected from the home garden as a gift for a little girl to Here Peter talks about his work and enjoy and grow up with. Another is in sheds light on his organic creations. an Antarctic Research Station.

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Along side your unique glass work you also paint; working with oils, acrylics, spray paint, inks, pencil and graphite producing mostly tree related scenes. Does constantly moving between two such differing practices help or hinder your designs? It’s nice to have two areas which although influence each other allow me enough space to come back with new ideas. I feel it is necessary to take time away from each medium to rejuvenate and return with fresh ideas. You have to keep your creative mind fresh in order to produce something pleasing, if it doesn't spark for me how is it going to excite or interest anyone else. That is my key concern.

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What I find constantly amazing about the glass are the endless possible light conditions that will reveal something you did not see before - the idea you can own a piece for years and look at it everyday, then one night you come downstairs and the moon light is creating a strange refraction through the glass and its a whole new piece.


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Moonlight Tree Prints from ÂŁ52

You make yourself and your work easily accessible. You have a very relaxed policy about visiting your studio! Visitors are always welcome. I run an open door policy every day of the week at my studio and everyone is invited to come along to see and discuss my work or enquire about commissions. Feel free to drop in to 1103 Argyle Street, No 19 Argyle Court or call me on 07791388983. They can even look me up on facebook. Is there anything on the horizon (online or otherwise) that might interest our readers?

Birch Trees. Prints from ÂŁ29

Like most artists you are fastidious about your work. Over the years you have been ardently perfecting the nuances that make an item feel right; making the border a little thinner or wider, exploring and looking out for a perfect shape. Something that not only looks pleasing hanging up but feels right when you hold it in your hand. Does the precision involved make your creative process difficult? You believe that working off the cuff, especially when painting is key to your art, of the paintings you produce which ones would you say have the most soul? No question. They are the ones that are completely unplanned. The best works happen when you let the image guide you. I am very interested in analysing that mental state your in when ideas surface, which is particular to each person but for me it comes when I am walking. Especially in the forests or on bus journeys looking out at the scenery.

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I spend a lot of time just looking at blank canvases, I think pictures reveal themselves and the secret is in picking up the clues. Every hanger I make I assess, and take the elements that work best to make the next one a progression and a more exciting item. I really like how ideas brew away in the recesses of my mind, then every now and then I get a delivery to the creative 'inbox'. There is a lot going on back there....

I display in a number of galleries and you can find information on current exhibitions on my web page. I also host an Open Studio evening on the first Friday of every month when the public are encouraged to explore some of the other creative studios based in The Hidden Lane. If readers want they can follow my blog or catch me on twitter. I try to put news or updates there first and Googling Peter Gillies Tree Art usually brings up most of my stuff. Peter, in summing up, what is the most important factor for you as an Artist? The freedom and space to evolve my work. After years of restoration work I now want to take traditional techniques and meld them with a new contemporary vision that encompasses my own personal aesthetic design ideals.

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Shelf Life Caroline Armour met up with Morag McAlpine to talk about the impact that books have had on her life. Her favourite books, her life as a book seller and as the wife of literary legend Alasdair Gray.

Words: Caroline Armour Pics : room & just property magazine

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Before meeting Morag McAlpine two aspects of her life were already clear to me; firstly she is married to artist, author and playwright Alasdair Gray and secondly she has been working with books her entire adult life.


ith a shelf laden front room reminiscent of a miniature library it was immediately clear that Morag is a woman with a passion for books. Sat in the home she has owned for 30 years it is all too easy to picture Morag set up in her own little bookstore. She is at ease not only talking about literature but sitting literally surrounded by it.

Everywhere you look there are books. One wall is covered from top to bottom with shelves seemingly defying gravity weighted down with various tomes and at first glance there are no volumes instantly recognisable from any recent paperback chart. There is a relatively new edition of The Hobbit, which to my shame was quite possibly the only novel I recognised as also being at home amongst my own comparatively

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modest collection. Despite this ample plays, an adaptation of Faust. source of stock if required, a shop Big chain stores gain a certain level of keeper’s life is not the one for her, disapproval as you would expect from blaming age and debilitating arthritis any fan of the independent high street she chooses instead to sell Alasdair’s bookstore She went on to elaborate; back catalogue online.“I sort of “From my point of view the big chains operate on two levels because there don’t like small suppliers. I mean I are some books of which I’ve got can’t sell a book to Waterstones for thousands but there are some rare first example”. It does however otherwise editions which I only sell to private help that she can get them signed. individuals. Then I have got one or Your average book seller does not have two first editions of Lanark, but no the artist in house. bookshop is ever getting them.” Kindles generally split the book loving Selling her husband’s books almost by audience, on looking around the living accident rather than planning, when I room it almost didn’t seem worth asked if she would consider taking on asking Morag for her opinion on the other authors, it wasn’t an idea she was popular piece of tech. Admittedly in particularly keen on. Initially taking this room any piece of technology over stocks of Alasdair’s books which would probably be redundant - for would have been remaindered, she set instance they don’t have a T.V. “no about selling them at the full price on need or desire for one ” - but while she her web site rather than letting a bar- is not a woman eager to compress her gain bookstore get them. collection into a Kindle,“anything that encourages reading can never be a bad I was surprised to hear that she hasn’t thing and it would make taking books in her own words; “sold very many on holidays far easier and lighter. We books for a few years” and was don’t have a Kindle, we have shelve, s thinking of handing over the remaining this may look like a lot of books but the stocks to Two Ravens Press, who were bedroom has a similar number”. responsible for publishing one of his

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egardless of the whole paper saving aspect there must be something else to it then. In the corner of the room there is a bin full of paper which goes out to be recycled using a local company, they recycle their cans, plastic waste and compost what they can. As an environmentally conscientious couple, books therefore are more than just for reading, an electronic reader would take care of that need. Whilst Alasdair collects for research, I have a suspicion that Morag is a Bibliophile, albeit one with rigorous parameters.

MacLellan started publishing in the 1940s, with a noticeable respect she describes him as one who published authors such as MacDiarmid when nobody else would. It does not take long when talking to Morag to realise she is a woman who does not mince her words, as quickly following on from such high praise she dryly informs that he laterly published, in her opinion, “absolute rubbish”. Leaving the room briefly to fetch some of the Gowans & Gray books she owns to show just why she goes to the effort of collecting them. I am once again reminded how small she is, a fact that is completely lost while she talks. When reminiscing or sharing her opinion there is a confidence which she insists was not there in her youth, which is thoroughly made up for now. Seemingly amused by my surprise at her stature she simply responds with “I think I may once have been as tall as four foot ten or eleven, but I think I’m shrinking.”

Simply laughing off the fanciful notion she collects novelists such as Barbara Cartland, an unlikely shot in the dark, she retorts; “Everybody assumes that all the books in the house belong to Alasdair, that bookcase is full of things like Hugh MacDiarmid, which belong to me”. “My main interests are a publisher called William MacLellan whom you probably won’t have heard of and the other one is a publisher called Gowans & Gray who went bust The little books she comes back with in the late 30s.” really are lovely; their covers would not look out of place as artwork on a

wall(5). Yet their contents are apparently nonsense. The little booklets sit comfortably within an outstretched hand and having the opportunity to see them up close there is little confusion as to why she collects these charming little books. She has her ‘agents‘ - friends who know of her passion - and they report sightings of or make purchases of these gems on her behalf. One particular collection she does hold to completion is of course Alasdair’s. Her favourites are Unlikely Stories and the more recent A Life in Pictures, a semi biographical work, full of photographs of many of his paintings. At this juncture Morag pointed out one of the smaller paintings that hangs on the bedroom wall and recounts how as the model it was a rather uncomfortable experience for her. Not because she was standing in the nude for hours on end but for the fact she jovially states, ‘’ I couldn’t get my daily fix of reading the papers for the duration,’’ and adding to her mischievous sense of amusement she had been unaware at the time of her ensuing restless shuffle causing Alasdair frustration at painting her feet

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literary couple it is all too easy, especially for those inclined to a little romanticism, to presume they met through books in someway; “people say did you and Alasdair meet through literature? And we both say no, we met through drinking.” They met totally by accident in the bar of the Ubiquitous Chip - the restaurant which famously gave Gray meals in return for murals – theirs was a true Glasgow romance. “When we decided to get married I happened to be on holiday during that week. Alasdair said ‘well what about Tuesday then?’ and I said ‘okay’ knowing full well that it was my birthday. I thought he may as well forget my birthday and anniversary once a year.” They married on 26 November 1991, two years after they first met, remarkable not only for being Morag’s birthday but for the happenings which wouldn’t seem out of place in a situation comedy. There weren’t any photographs taken and in a bid to avoid

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publicity only about five people knew of their plans. Only one witness turned up and “Alasdair had to go out into the street and ask somebody to be the other”. Once underway the service was halted once more, albeit briefly, as Morag and the registrar congenially shared birthdays, wishing each other happy ones the service continued.

independent butchers and bakers you are much more likely to see a whole range of coffee shops than a solitary bookshop, another reason why she has a distinct dislike for coffee. There being precious few bookstores left, one that has clung on is The Hyndland Bookshop down the road from Morag in the West End unsurprisingly she is of the opinion that; “if I can’t buy Leaving Glasgow University after only something from an independent shop I two years studying modern languages wouldn’t buy it from a chain.” Morag “took what was meant to be a temporary job in John Smiths and Unhappy with the diminishing number intended to go back and finish the of bookstores, Morag sympathises degree” a job she was still in twenty with their plight. Without much needed two years later. “I grew up with the job, support from locals and without the when I first began the department had advertising budgets of the big chain about four and a half people and when stores there is a real danger we might I left it had about fifty people at least”. lose them all together. Staying six years too long in a position she came to find unpleasant she moved The best way to ensure shops like these on to another company in a similar stay? Simple, buy books from them. role before finally exclusively selling Local booksellers to cherish and patronise Alasdair’s books. When it comes to the disappearance of bookshops themselves Morag laments that she just doesn’t know what can be done to save them. A relic from the old high street, going the same way as

MoragMcAlpine The Hyndland Bookstore 143 Hyndland Road, G12 9JA O141 334 5522 Voltaire and Rousseau 10 Otago Lane, G12 8PB , 0141 339 1811 Young’s Interesting Bookstore 18 Skirving Street, G41 3BG, 0141 649 9599

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How much do they cost!? Well, if you need to ask‌

Jack Lawson proprietor of The Music Room

The Focal Grade Utopias are available from only two outlets in the UK: one pair in London and the other in Glasgow, proudly on demonstration at The Music Room. The Music Room had to consider seriously whether the Grade Utopias (manufactured near Lyon in France) would attract or scare away customers! Specialist Hi-Fi shops are already under threat. Glasgow is down to a handful of dealers from a dozen just two years ago. But the Grande Utopias - amongst the most costly and imposing domestic loudspeakers in the world - are a statement product. As well as betraying their owners’ excellent taste (and admittedly, resources) the Focal Utopias’ statement is that the best music, like the best art of any genre, merits a serious investment on the patron’s part too.

Flying in the face of fashionable compactness these loudspeakers are mighty in dimension but elegant by design, sculptural artworks which also happen to sound rather amazing.

Yes, they look amazing but, “How Much?” I promise to tell you later… Technology can either make things better or smaller. The modern consumer usually opts for smaller. So we listen on iPods or stream music across our ‘home networks’; and this is how we supposedly feed our souls, be it with Nina Simone or

Lady Gaga. But sadly we are suffering due to ‘restricted bandwidth’, both technically and in turn emotionally. No, it’s not a crime; there is nothing wrong with grabbing a McDonalds or a sandwich as you drive to the next meeting. But processed food is short on nutrients. You eat and often you feel worse, and the equivalent with hi-fi is that you listen and you feel nothing. All of us to a degree are victims of commerce, PR spin, and the fact that the electronics industry works hard to create the trends. But happily there are signs the tide is turning. There has recently been a substantial return to playing vinyl records (sales figures are at their highest point since 1989), valve amplifiers, quality Hi-Fi separates and seriously good headphones. Music is gradually being rescued from technologies which were never designed to deliver its heart-felt content in the first place.

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So don't believe all you read, avoid buying online, don't adopt the next new format or buy multi-channel, and sidestep wireless-based or allin-one solutions. Admittedly 'High Fidelity' was never a mass movement, so it does not unduly worry me that the IT industry is being handed the audio market on a plate. But you should stay alert; form your own judgement. Visit your nearest specialist hi-fi and audio dealer where you can sit down and listen, really listen. An experienced consultant or dealer will demonstrate what is available and highlight your options, not try to tempt you with his offer of the month. His job (most of us are male!) is to point you to two factors: authenticity and value.

Recently we visited Focal's French base in an effort to better understand the workings of the renowned loudspeaker manufacturer. The company was born in 1979 (co-incidentally the same year as The Music Room) when Jacques Mahul founded Focal JM Labs. Today at its major campus they produce 700,000 drivers every single year – destined for everything from tiny desktop systems and lifestyle products to state of the art models for in-car, professional and domestic use. Focal is almost unique since it designs, makes, and measures everything in-house. Perhaps a mark of their success is the fact that the burgeoning and highly knowledgeable Chinese market is one of the biggest markets for the Grande Utopias. Indeed the speakers are relatively inexpensive in Europe. Yes, really!! So how much do they cost?

Authenticity isn't about marketing & branding. And value comes from purchasing a product that will sound just as good and operate just as smoothly two or three decades down the line.

Visit your nearest specialist hi-fi dealer where you can sit down and listen, really listen.

Er yes; well it is almost a six figure sum, ninety-nine thousand Great British Pounds, plus twenty-percent VAT. And a pair of Focal's flagship but weighty products will require six men to get them up a flight of stairs. You could buy a great sports car for the same amount, but trust us, it would be much less fun. Even better, why don't you drop into our Park Circus based showroom with a selection of your own favourite music. We guarantee you an experience to remember.

Jack Lawson We are delighted to announce that Jack will be a regular guest contributor for room & just property magazine on all things audio, hi-fi & music related.

Next in the series: formats, streaming, networks, wireless, where are we going? Owned and operated by Jack Lawson since 1979, The Music Room was started by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. Even today it does not sell mainstream brands, preferring to offer carefully matched systems that consist of state of the art products.

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Give your lounge the ‘wow’ factor with the TV tank from Picture House. The world’s first TV concealing aquarium Hideaway furniture for our televisions isn’t a new concept. In fact it is possibly the most popular bespoke cabinetry request after kitchen and bathroom furnishings. A talented Australian with a thirst for new experiences took the concept in an innovative and stylish direction. The award winning inventor, furniture designer and owner of Picture House, Brisbane born David Free says “The TV tank is one of the innovative devices that Picture House prides itself on. It means the TV doesn’t dominate the room.” The fish tank design is effectively simple and aesthetically pleasing and can take TVs up to 50”. The TV is hidden inside a fully working aquarium, complete with heater, lights and water filter. Press the

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remote and the TV automatically lifts to viewing height; press it again and it then magically disappears. There are no messy wires and cables, as they are hidden from view. The TV switches off automatically to save power. The high gloss acrylic (parapan) cabinet comes in a range of colours and finishes. The TV is completely isolated from the wet area ensuring safety, with a three year guarantee given on the lifting equipment. It also has storage space for the water filter, fish food and home cinema equipment. An opening at the top gives ease of access for maintaining the aquarium and feeding the fish. The added bonus is that it can be utilised as a reptile terrarium if preferred. Bespoke sizes are available on request. Prices start from £6,806 inc VAT.

Richmond fireplace shown in setting and stand alone From £3,000

The TV tank is a follow on design from Picture House’s TV fireplaces, where the TV is hidden inside an elegant, fully working fireplace, which emits 2kW of heat. Picture House’s ‘TV Fireplaces’ are also environmentallyfriendly as the TV is turned off when it is not in use and automatically turns on when it is raised up. This means the TV is not on standby and does not consume any power unless it is being watched, thereby reducing the household power consumption. The designs include the Corvado, the Valenza and the Richmond (pictured here). A range of different electric flame effect fires are available so the fireplace can be fitted with the fire of your choice. Prices start from £3,000 inc. VAT.*

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More ingenious examples of the Picture House range of realistic pop up TV furnishings include radiator covers, bookcases (POA), ottomans, end of bed cabinets, sideboards and even coffee tables. All are available in a wide range of colours and finishes. Custom pieces can also be made designed. *All prices stated do not include delivery or installation charges.

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Trust, Transparency, Tenacity The three T’s that make up the ethos behind Ross Macleod’s new business venture, Macleod Lettings. “I see a gap in the market for a service driven letting agency. Property can be the single most expensive purchase anyone will make in their lifetime, in handing it over to someone to manage for you there needs to be confidence that they will manage it effectively. That person will be more effective if they have a knowledge of the business, the industry and the property market.”

street based on trust allowing me to fulfil my obligation to the landlord.”

Transparency comes from a number of directions. Firstly from a straight talking attitude, stemming from, “just telling it as it is”. After that it’s all about keeping landlords in the loop. Macleod Lettings offers its clients access to their account online, 24/7. Additionally professional services such as inventory and credit checks are With 20 years’ experience in the residen- carried out by a third party tial property business, Macleod’s focus is on striking a balance between the needs Tenacity, Macleod admits, has something of tenants while providing a full service to of a mixed image associated with it, joking his landlords, resulting in a promising look- describing himself as being, “a wee bit like ing work ethic for the new founded busi- a dog with a bone”. When it comes down ness. to it, it’s the honest approach Macleod goes for. A passion for property is evident. Buying his first property at the age of 20 and An approach he quickly summarised, saymaking a significant profit from its sale a ing; “I’d rather be a straight talker than pull year later, sparked an interest that is still the wool over people’s eyes; I’ve lost busicontinuing to pay benefits years later. ness because of it.” -Albeit business which after an unsuccessful stint on the property Another one of his obsessions is with de- market decided to come back and follow his sign. “It has always been a passion, bricks, advice. mortar, design and interior design and of course making some money as well”. Letting agencies; find suitable tenants, decide how much rent should be being This interest is apparent in his office in the charged and keep abreast of the legal Ruthven Mews. The antique desk, the ‘up- requirements and whether they are being cycled’ chairs and that thoroughly eye met. catching apple artwork, all signify an attention to detail that is surely essential in a With Macleod Lettings you get so much business he treats as a reflection of himself. more. You get an agency that you can rely on to provide a full service that suits every The three T’s very quickly begin to make one to a T. sense. Beginning with trust, he said; “It’s not a numbers game to me, it’s not just about pulling in properties. It’s a two way

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Big data The key to a smarter home

With technology fast evolving, the smart home is no longer a virtual reality but how is it all possible? The answer is Big Data. Our guest contributor Fraser Hardie was an attendee at a recent conference on this subject and gives us an insight into the power and capabilities of this virtual key to our living spaces and lives.

Big Data is a big buzz phrase which entered our language recently. If you haven’t come across it already then chances are that you will in the very near future. Big Data involves the innumerable amount of information, about almost every individual in the world, which is in the public domain. For those able to drill down into the information available and then link it all together it becomes possible to manage the whole way a number of industries within various sectors work. For instance any company can use the available tools and software to analysis the huge amounts of data that it retrieves via the Internet These companies are then able to locate unique patterns which can come out of that data thereby allowing them to drive key business decisions. Various retail companies already use this information very effectively to analyse the spending patterns of customers and are then able to efficiently target these customers positively in relation to categories of products purchased, opening hours for their shops and to use various other trends which show up to the benefit of their businesses.

The ‘nest’ thermostat - the brainchild of one of the original iPad designers - can, as a direct result of using Big data, recognise an individual when they walk into a room and adjust the heat in that room to that individual’s favoured temperature. As the thermostat works via being plugged into the Internet imagine the possible applications available for Energy companies through such thermostats, and indeed other smart devices, producing and using such data, to assess how customers are using energy. These Energy companies could possibly then link that data with future weather patterns and actually predict and manage possible future large surges of energy consumption during the year. All of this information might then have a direct impact on purchase patterns (and of course possibly the price) of gas or other such energy resources.

It is not just the retail and energy sectors which are benefitting and can benefit from Big Data and new technology. A little while ago I listened to the CEO of IBM (UK) and when he talked about smart technology and smart cities I, like the rest of the audience in the room, was left captivated but the exciting promise of technology which is not only yet to come but which is already here. He opened my mind up to the vast For companies in other sectors the information opportunities which all of this data and cutting edge produced can also be used in various ways to assist technology can provide to various resources and their customers or indeed to enable the companies sectors, in particular for the healthcare sector. è themselves to effectively target new customer bases.

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It is alleged that in the States only 20 per cent of the Watson can then provide a list of potential diagnoses knowledge that US based doctors use to make their along with scores that indicate the level of confidence diagnosis and their treatment decisions today is for each hypothesis. As a result IBM claims Watson is evidence based and that as a consequence nearly 1.5 potentially able to address these complex problems million medication errors are made there every year. and assist the doctor and of course the patient in Information is available to allow doctors improved making more informed and accurate decisions about decision making as medical journals publish new the prognosis and future treatment. treatments and medical discoveries on a daily basis and existing patient histories in electronic medical Now given that IBM is just one of the many companies records do provide substantial amounts of knowledge making these advances I can with confidence predict on patients. This type of information is however that there are numerous more companies in the world doubling every five years and much of it is not in a with capable in- house versions of this big data mining structured format.The UK public appreciate that and collating technology. Isn’t that an exciting prosunfortunately due to NHS budgets cuts and the pect for the future of Healthcare and for our lifestyles various pressures already imposed on most Doctors. in general? GPs and other healthcare providers they don’t all have the time to read every journal that can keep them up to date on the latest advances in medicine. All of this information could be the essential insight required to avoid an improper diagnosis and wrong treatment. Given the complexity of diagnosis but the increasing demands of patients for both early and accurate diagnosis and treatment how can doctors and healthcare providers address these problems? The CEO of IBM appeared to suggest that the one tool has been developed to assist. He referred to this diagnostic tool as “Watson”. IBM’s claim is that Watson could potentially diagnose certain illnesses quicker than many doctors. “Watson uses natural language capabilities, hypothesis generation, and evidence - based learning to support doctors and other healthcare professionals and, it has been suggested, assist as they come to making diagnostic and treatment decisions.” The following scenario is envisaged by IBM. The doctor poses a question to Watson, describing the symptoms and other related factors provides facts about family history, current medications and any known existing conditions. Watson then reviews the data provided, combines this with current findings and then examines all available data sources to form hypotheses and test them. It is suggested that Watson has the ability to incorporate treatment guidelines, electronic medical record data, doctors’ and nurses’ notes, research, clinical studies, journal articles, and patient information into the data available for analysis.

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I wonder what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would make of it all. ‘Watson’, the modern day brains behind smart healthcare, smart retail, smart cities and smarter homes!

Edinburgh based lawyer Fraser specialises in commercial property. He has a passion for lease negotiations, promoting a "great little coffee shop on Frederick Street", and for supporting charities - in particular those focused on providing support and services for Autism Spectrum Disorders. As an independent thinker and responsible professional all of the thoughts, opinions and musings in this article are his own. They are not intended to be misconstrued as legal advice or aimed at or intended to upset or inform anyone in particular.

Fraser Hardie can be contacted via



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4 Park Circus, Park Full townhouse over five floors Extending to approximately 6869sqft Period features Private garden Double garage No. 4 Park Circus is a magnificent period townhouse over four floors extending to approximately 6869 square feet and, unusually, benefiting from a double garage and private courtyard garden. The property occupies an enviable position within a notable A-listed Victorian curving terrace, built around meticulously maintained central private gardens.

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Having acquired the property from a commercial practice, the present owners have invested considerable time and effort in renovating the house to a superb standard, carefully retaining and restoring the wealth of outstanding original features which exist inside. The roof has undergone major upgrade works, the sash and case windows have been upgraded and in some areas replaced, and the heating system has been upgraded with the installation of three gas boilers. Park Circus is at the heart of Glasgow’s prestigious Park district. The property is within easy reach of the retail and commercial city centre and also within close proximity to Charing Cross station. The fashionable and ever-popular West End is host to a wide variety of amenities including bars, shops, boutiques and restaurants. There is a Sainsbury’s Local on Woodlands Road. Local amenities include the Arlington Private Swimming Baths, and Kelvingrove Park and Art Galleries. Glasgow International Airport is easily accessible via the M8. The property is also close to a number of excellent schools on the north and west side of the city in both the state and private sectors.

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Entered via an impressive and imposing hallway, the ground floor features a broad sweeping staircase, twin Corinthian pillars and marble fireplace, which immediately indicate the scale and grandeur of the house .Off the hallway, to the front and overlooking the meticulous central residents’ gardens, is the sitting room featuring a further set of twin pillars, fitted bookshelves, and cabling for home cinema and high definition 7.1 channel. To the rear of the ground floor is the beautifully designed and fitted luxury kitchen, fully equipped with Falcon professional range cooker, solid granite work tops, and a fine range of floor and wall cabinets. There is a useful fitted pantry off the kitchen, with wall and floor cabinets, Belfast sink and Fisher & Paykel dishdrawers. Off the pantry is a walk-in cupboard, currently used as a media core. There is also a cloakroom/wc with mezzanine store above, and under-stair cloakroom on this level as well as a rear lobby with flight of stairs leading to the lower ground floor. The stunning turned stone stair with polished wood handrail and wrought iron spindles continues to the

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first and second floors. The first floor landing is where the formal drawing room is located. This impressively proportioned room extends to over thirty feet in length providing wonderful entertaining space with open views over the private gardens of Park Circus. Double doors open into an elegant dining room which has superb tree-lined views over the city and these can be truly appreciated from a balcony at the rear. Also on this level is a study fitted with bookshelves which extend close to ceiling height, and a workroom.

The third floor is accessed from a secondary staircase. This level offers two further bedrooms, one of which is currently used as a sitting room and features French doors onto a small roof terrace. Both bedrooms enjoy panoramic views towards the Campsie Hills. In addition there is a fitted kitchenette and a shower room. Lower Ground floor/fifth level The house originally spanned five floors, and the lower ground floor which is currently in use for commercial business purposes, is available for purchase from the vendors, by separate negotiation. It benefits from independent main door access via steps at the front leading to a well kept courtyard. This entire level has been superbly refurbished including the installation of under floor heating and the layout presently consists of a stunning soundproofed showroom, three office rooms, and a workshop. Subject to all necessary planning consents it could be successfully converted back to a residential garden flat with two bedrooms. To the rear of the property there is a private courtyard garden with elevated timber deck, and pedestrian entry to the double garage with electric door and by car via Park Circus Lane. On payment of annual fees the proprietor will be able to gain access to the Private Park Circus Gardens and Residents permit parking to the front of the property. The second floor landing is flooded with natural daylight from a ceiling cupola. This level consists of three bedrooms - the master has a pretty outlook over the central gardens and features an upgraded en-suite bathroom and useful laundry room. The second has a period fireplace, dressing area and en-suite bathroom, and the third features a bay window and adjoining bathroom.

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