My Humble Abode
Beautiful homes from around Scotland
Who: Jim and Lynda Fotheringham. What: A converted mission church building. Where: West End, Glasgow.
We moved here from Dumfries in 2014 and wanted it to be one of the last times that we moved house.
I had lived in Dumfries my whole life but we wanted to move to Glasgow as we have a lot of family here.
When we initially saw this house online we dismissed it as we were meant to be downsizing!
However, we were in Glasgow for the day and we decided to take a look. As soon as we went down to the lounge we were just blown away. I thought it was absolutely fabulous. We put in an offer and then got a call on the way back to Dumfries to say that we had got it!
Part of the reason we love the house is because of its history.
The building was originally the College Church Mission Hall and the Boys’ Brigade was founded here in 1883. We have had quite a few people coming to see the building because of that. Last year someone came from Singapore as he ran the Boys’ Brigade there.
Before it was split into three houses, the building was also a dance hall and social club.
One of the workmen we had in said he used to drink here and one day a lady asked if she could come in for a look as she used to come dancing here!
The whole front of the property is the same as it was initially.
We haven’t changed anything, not even the front door. The staircase inside is original too and it is beautiful.
The person we bought the house from had renovated it and had great taste.
We really loved the wallpaper they had used and the light fittings, so we have kept those as they were but we have changed quite a few other things.
The previous owner also mentioned Chelsea Mclaine Interior Designers and we worked with one of the team, Margot, on a lot of the house.
Much of the furniture that we have now was made bespoke. We decided to have things made partly because of the scale of the house. A little three piece suite would be lost in the lounge so we were able to have things made that would work in the space.
One of the biggest things we did was change the radiators - that was a laugh!
The ones that were previously in were quite modern and we wanted to change them for cast
iron ones that were more in keeping with the property’s age. We found ones that we wanted and arranged to have them delivered and fitted while we were on holiday, but when we got back it hadn’t been done. They were too heavy to get up the stairs so we had to unbolt every section of every radiator and bring them in piece by piece and rebuild them in every room!
We also turned one of the bedrooms into a dining room so we pulled up the carpet and replaced it with wood flooring.
We changed the kitchen a little and had the units extended to give us more surface space. It was Ashley Ann kitchen company in Glasgow, that installed the original kitchen so they were able to match it up.
We don’t often go out on the town anymore and instead spend a lot of time in our living room.
It’s a really relaxing space to have a drink in and listen to the jukebox – I think the jukebox is probably one of the best things we have bought!
I love the ottoman pouffe too.
I knew I didn’t want a normal coffee table so Margot from Chelsea Mclaine Interior Designers showed me some ottoman styles. I asked if one could be made that was larger and had an inlay so that people could sit around the edge of it with a drink.
We made the corner of the living room Jim’s office space and chose a desk that it is in keeping with the rest of the room.
It’s nice not to have a separate office room and means that he can still be part of what’s going on while he works.
Our house in Dumfries was really colourful but we wanted to tone this one down a little and go for a more neutral palette.
Instead of lots of colours on the walls and furniture, we have added a lot of artwork. We quite often pick up pieces of art when we are away on our travels, such as the Grand Prix painting in the dining room which we got in Monaco. My favourite piece is the Gerard Burns painting in the living room, it’s called Watch Over Me.
We tried to do a lot of things locally.
A lot of the furniture was made by a local carpenter and we also have some great shops nearby. We really like Time & Tide, Annie Mo’s and Shearer Candles on Byres Road too.