Enhancing your ArchitectureTraditional Timbershade Venetian Blinds
Holmwood HouseHolmwood House is the finest and most elaborate residential villa designed by Scottish architect Alexander “Greek” Thomson. It is also rare in retaining much of its interior decor and being open to the public. The villa is located at 61-63 Netherlee Road, Cathcart on the southern suburbs of Glasgow. Holmwood was constructed for James Couper, a paper manufacturer in 1857-1858. Couper owned the Millholm paper mill in the valley of the White Water of Cart immediately below the villa. The original blinds in the villa were manufactured by Tidmarsh back in the 1800’s and therefore it was inherent that they would ask us to design and replicate the blinds. The blinds were painted wooden venetians with pull cord operation, but no metal headrail was used, only wooden batons and old-fashioned pulleys. Tidmarsh has been making wood slat Venetian blinds – Timbershades – for over 160 years and have been able to introduce technology to an old craft, thereby producing a blind of unrivaled quality. The Timbershade Venetian blind is unique in the blind industry, because of the quality and finish of the wood used. The slats are made from Western Red Cedar imported from the managed forests of Canada, where some of the most enlightened forestry management policies are in place. We mill and finish the wood into thin slats and then each blind is constructed by hand. Due to this process, we are able to bring out the best in the colour and grain of wood available. Western Red Cedar is ideal as it is lightweight and stable, is naturally rot resistant and will not deteriorate if damp. We set about the task of Holmwood House with great enthusiasm and the end result was spectacular. A few obstacles, including the large colony of Bats, delayed some of the installations as the preservation of the area they inhabited was imperative. Despite this, the results were something that we are very proud of.
Why Choose Tidmarsh?
We know that navigating the home decoration industry can be difficult when you’re met with so many choices – so here’s some reasons why you should choose Tidmarsh for your window covering needs.
We have nearly 200 years of experience in handmade, bespoke blinds, so we really are qualified to call ourselves the blind experts
Georgian, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian architects and designers have left a most formidable legacy of styles. Few, if any, blind makers are as well qualified as Tidmarsh to recreate them. For, in many cases, our parent company Tidmarsh & Sons helped to create the originals.
We’re the only Lutron Homeworks Dealer and Fabricator in the UK, a title that we are proud to hold and take very seriously. We’re extremely proud to be a verified Lutron Premier Fabricator, licensed to build and fabricate bespoke blinds for your custom needs. In partnership with Lutron, we are constantly striving to be at the forefront of technology, innovating and developing new products to provide a fully bespoke service.
If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch to find out how we could help you with your home or commercial decor needs.