Peek behind the closed doors of The Dixons’ tenement flat situated opposite one of Glasgow’s main architectural highlights – Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art.
Few streets can have played such a large role in British art as Glasgow’s Hill Street. Hill Street has been home to Turner Prize winners Douglas Gordon, Richard Wright, Simon Starling and Martin Boyce. Sitting on the highest point of the street is Lisa and Jamie Dixon’s beautiful flat.
Lisa and Jamie’s home brilliantly mirrors many of Glasgow’s finest features. From the striking Art Deco pieces, to the timeless sophistication of the velvet furnishings and the endless warmth of the kitchen’s wood-burning stove, this flat typifies all that is good about one of the U.K.’s greatest cities.
After he won a place at the Glasgow School of Art, Lisa and Jamie moved north “before it became prohibitively expensive to do anything creative.” Not only is his studio across the road from the flat, but they can be out of the door and on a mountain overlooking Loch Lomond within half an hour.
The couple have drawn on all Scotland has to offer for design inspiration, be it The Hunterian’s huge brass cases of gem collections and rare stones, or a treasure trove of a junk shop on the Isle of Skye. Most importantly, the flat is so obviously “theirs”. As Lisa says, “How fantastic that throughout your life, you could collect something, a picture, a chair, anything, and it will always remind you of a place in time or a moment.”
Like many of our favourite places, their home is one that embraces the eclectic. The living room’s polished floorboards and deep, velvet chairs are offset by the vibrancy of large tropical plants and bright, airy windows. The kitchen features a traditional wood-burning stove, but the central unit is an old hat chest, salvaged from a department store that Jamie’s family ran in the North East.
“Don’t rush, don’t change a whole room in one day. It takes time to collect interesting things and one of a kind pieces. Each room should feel like a natural progression.”
Photography by Tine Bek.