‘External detail at Blackwell’ – the Arts and Crafts House, Windermere, Cumbria.

“The love of the workman for his work is the essential difference between the lifeless commercial product and the vital work of art.”
Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott. The Studio, 1895

Arts and Crafts artists and supporters were passionate about keeping traditional handicrafts alive during the early days of mass production. They believed a world built by machines would lack soul.

‘External detail at Blackwell’ – the Arts and Crafts House, Windermere, Cumbria.
Beautiful attention to design detail on all the external leadwork

‘Stained Glass and textiles at Blackwell’ – the Arts and Crafts House, Windermere, Cumbria.

Baillie Scott would select one motif, such as a flower, to symbolise a room and create a cohesive design. In Houses and Gardens he explained how the rowan tree was ‘specifically desired as the subject for decoration’ because it featured in the Holt family crest.The rowan tree appears in Blackwell’s stained glass windows, woodcarvings, plasterwork and wall coverings.

‘Blackwell’ – 2017 and a newly restored bedroom, with stunning detail throughout.