The original Mackintosh decoration had disappeared
The architect for the restoration was Stewart Tod, who had also done the work at The Hill House and at several other Landmarks in Scotland. The flat needed a complete overhaul; the wiring was out of date and the plumbing untidily exposed. The original Mackintosh decoration had disappeared long ago under layers of wallpaper and paint, which all had to be stripped off. However, some of the original dark green stain, used on the woodwork, had survived on the sitting room fireplace and on the back of the sitting room door and so the rest could be restored to match it.
As work progressed a patch of original wallpaper was uncovered in the kitchen and above the door some distemper, which must have formed a 'frieze' along the top of the wall, above the wallpaper. Both patches have been left showing.
Two fireplaces had been removed; one from the small bedroom, which must have made it awkward to furnish and one from the kitchen. The latter was replaced with a surround which, like the cupboards and shelves along the wall, were designed to fit in with the surviving Mackintosh details.
The local joiner who made these and the bathroom cupboard took great trouble, as did all the men from Carmichael's, the building firm who did the work, to see that every detil was finished to the highest standard.
The linoleum in the kitchen, which fitted both for design and size, came from the lodge at Saddell in Kintyre, recently acquired by the Landmark. It was brought from there by Mr and Mrs Tod on the roof of their car, rolled up, secured to a board and singing melodiously all the way, like an organ-pipe, as the wind whistled through it.
The green fittings in the bathroom were almost brand new, so after some qualms it was decided to keep them and they do seem to fit in with the rest of the decoration quite well.
Throughout the flat, apart from the cupboards already described and new storage heaters, nothing has been added to the original design. The curtain rail in the sitting room was replaced by one less aggressively shiny and the curtains themselves were hand printed by Mrs Packer, who makes many of the curtains for Landmark, with the same design that was used at The Hill House.
The furniture in the flat is almost entirely the work of early 20th century architects and designers, such as Baillie Scott, Gordon Russell and Heal's, in most of which the influence of C.R. Mackintosh can be detected, as in so much that came after him.
All the work was carried out very quickly and the flat was ready by the end of 1985. Then in 1986, Miss Hamilton, the grand-daughter of the Mr Macpherson who was inspired to commission Mackintosh to rebuild his shop, agreed to sell it to Landmark and so the original aim of uniting the two was realised. She will continue to run it, however, until her retirement, when it is hoped that someone else will be found to carry on selling everything that you can imagine or wish for over one counter.