'Here is the house. It is not an Italian Villa,
an English Mansion House, a Swiss Chalet,
or a Scotch Castle. It is a Dwelling House.'
(Walter Blackie, Memories, 1943)
Hill House was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (in collaboration with his wife, Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh) for the Blackie family and completed in 1904.
We had seen some of their work in an exhibit in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, so I must admit, I was just a tad disappointed when we pulled up to this place. Not sure what I expected, but not a big, stuccoed building.
Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take photos inside. Oh, wait. We bought the book. Here are a couple...
This place totally had me the minute I stepped inside the front door. It was perfect in every way. The Mackintoshes coordinated every aspect of the design....to the point that there was color symbolism throughout. Darker purples indicated more masculine rooms, lighter fuschia/lavenders the female ones; every line in every room was mirrored in the textiles (oh, my!!!! the TEXTILES!!!!!!! all hand stitched!!!!)---from bedspreads, to curtains, to rugs, to upholstery. The fireplace decorations, the tiles, the light fixtures, the paintings, candle sconces (!!), the furniture all contained the same decorative elements as the textiles and the windows. It-was-perfection! You could almost hear the Blackie children squealing as they ran down the wide staircase. For as much as this was a totally 'designed' home, it was so livable. It was light. It was airy.
It was a happy house.
And, I loved it!
Surprisingly, the only thing that was 'off' was the dining room, which the Blackie family decorated themselves with family pieces and paintings. (They should have let the Mackintoshes do the whole thing.)
Coming outside again after touring the interior, I had a whole different feel for the exterior of the home. Now, it worked for me. And the gardens were magnificent. The setting lovely.
There were no sheep and there was no yarn, but Hill House was still one of my favorite places!!