My Hum­ble Abode

Beau­ti­ful homes from around Scot­land

No. 1 Magazine - - CONTENTS -

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.

Pho­tos by Eve Con­roy, words by So­phie Lam­bert

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