Mewn rhifyn o 2005, mae Aled Samuel yn ymweld â thy Sioraidd Dr Olwen Williams. Dr Olwen Williams' Georgian home and a building that is a fascinating combination of a home and a...
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-Tonight, we see Dr Olwen Williams's
-Georgian house in St Asaph...
-..then we see an amazing
-home-cum-museum in Berriew...
-..and, finally, we'll visit
-Rena Clarke's home in the Marches.
-Welcome to 04Wal.
-This Georgian house...
-..belongs to Dr Olwen Williams
-and Paul Lloyd, her partner.
-Paul has a studio here
-and he renovated the house.
-They both influenced
-the interior design.
-The large rooms...
-..are full of interesting items,
-including Paul's work.
-What made you choose this house?
-It met many of my requirements.
-I wanted a garden
-and a house which had many rooms.
-We didn't have children then
-and we still don't have children...
-..but we thought we'd have lots of
-guests, if we moved to north Wales.
-We were right -
-the house is full every weekend.
-Paul was teaching art in Liverpool,
-at the time...
-..and he wanted to leave
-the teaching profession.
-He wanted to branch out on his own,
-as a ceramicist and an artist.
-We needed a property
-that was large enough...
-..to house a workshop for him.
-What, apart from the size,
-drew you to the house?
-It's a Georgian house and I've
-always loved Georgian design.
-The proportions are fantastic.
-The location is perfect.
-Though it's in the countryside
-it also meets our final criterion.
-That criterion was to have a house
-within walking distance of a pub.
-That's the honest truth.
-We looked for that
-in every single house.
-Who cares where it is - it must be
-within walking distance of a pub!
-We love to go for a pint,
-in the evening.
-This house happened
-to fit all our criteria.
-Is it easy to adapt a Georgian house
-to modern living?
-Yes, I think so.
-Our taste differs from that of most
-people who buy Georgian houses.
-As you can see,
-some of the rooms are very modern.
-Some have an art deco flavour.
-Other rooms include touches
-of art nouveau and arts and crafts.
-We've tried to preserve
-the Georgian features.
-We haven't added
-any brand new features.
-What about your colour scheme?
-This red is very bright.
-It's bright but also warm.
-Yes. I'm very fond of white,
-as a canvas for Paul's work.
-We have what is, more or less,
-a black and white room.
-reflect our personalities.
-We're both extroverts
-and we're quite bubbly.
-We want to live in an environment
-which complements that.
-Did you knock
-these two rooms into one?
-No, I think this was done
-in the 1970s.
-There was a pantry over here.
-There was a corridor here
-and a door there.
-This is the heart of our home.
-We live here. Our cat and dog
-are with us, all the time.
-I enjoy spending time here
-more than any of the other rooms.
-There's an assortment of materials
-A lovely slate floor,
-this modern, 1970s table...
-..and all the wonderful,
-Yes. Paul's brother
-made this sycamore kitchen.
-There are touches of art deco
-arts and crafts in here.
-We have a traditional,
-..paired with an ultramodern tap.
-Light comes in here
-from the back of the house...
-..and from the front, too.
-Yes. These windows are great.
-They let in lots of light...
-..and they give us
-a great view of grass and sheep.
-We live in the centre of St Asaph
-but we're surrounded by nature.
-It's a real pleasure
-to live in a house like this.
-This wide hallway suggests to me
-the original owners were wealthy.
-Only the rich could afford to
-dedicate so much space to a hallway.
-Look at this fantastic floor
-and these wide stone slabs.
-Everything here echoes
-the original, Georgian design.
-The kitchen and the lounge
-we saw earlier are through there.
-This is the main lounge.
-Beyond it is the dining room.
-It's like entering a cave.
-It could certainly be described
-as whiter than white.
-Everything looks better
-against a white background.
-This is a fusion
-of several design periods.
-The sofa and two chairs are modern.
-It's a fascinating collection
-of individual pieces.
-No two pieces of glasswork
-are the same style.
-It's an interesting collection.
-There's a boat in the fireplace.
-It's a two-bar electric fire,
-..but it becomes a work of art
-when you encase the fire in a boat.
-You can admire it,
-with a smile on your face.
-It's very camp.
-The dining area is over here.
-This is my favourite
-piece of furniture in the house.
-What a magnificent table.
-Look at the legs!
-There's a variety of chairs here.
-Each one is a design classic.
-They would take their place
-in any room and in any period.
-This is my office.
-I come here, when I want to work.
-I also listen to music
-and read here.
-It's always very tidy...
-..because I need a clear table
-on which to work.
-I never leave books out.
-I start from scratch every time.
-I also tidy up in here,
-in the evenings.
-This is all arts and crafts.
-I'm very fond
-of the work of William Morris.
-Over the years, I've amassed
-a collection of small pieces...
-..of a Morris-style design.
-I've stuck to a dark palette
-Green is the classic colour
-for a study.
-This is the old part of the house,
-Yes. We think
-this was the servants' quarters.
-We also think
-the cooking was all done in here.
-There was a fireplace here,
-when we bought the house...
-..but the chimney was unsupported!
-We rebuilt the chimney
-and refitted the fireplace.
-Above the office,
-leading off the spare bedroom...
-..there is a reflection room.
-It is also used as a gallery for
-the work of Paul and other artists.
-you've worked really hard.
-I enjoy gardening.
-I come home to relax.
-It's physical work...
-..but it gives the brain
-a chance to relax and wander off.
-It's a kind of blue air thinking.
-There's a touch of 'The Good Life'
-about this garden!
-I had a crop of 24 white cabbages
-Two of us couldn't possibly
-eat 24 white cabbages.
-Our friends and family enjoy the
-fruits of my labour in the garden.
-We give away the produce.
-I live the good life here,
-but it isn't like 'The Good Life'!
-Can you foresee a time
-when you won't live here?
-Yes. The time will come.
-This is a big house, for two people.
-When we move,
-I love the idea of a self-build.
-Something like the German Huf Haus.
-was built as a family home...
-..and that's what it should be.
-That's why we must move from here.
-I want someone else
-to have fun here...
-..just like we've had fun here.
-Deep in rural Wales, in a building
-which was once two squash courts...
-..there is an alternative museum
-and an unusual flat.
-This unique museum
-belongs to the artist, Andrew Logan.
-This is the only museum in Europe...
-..dedicated to the work
-of a living artist.
-Andrew established the Alternative
-Miss World Competition in the 1970s.
-His work is collected by stars like
-Zandra Rhodes, Elton John and Bono.
-His jewellery was recently featured
-on 'Sex and the City'.
-In a multifunctional building,
-space sharing is unavoidable.
-This is the museum office...
-..and it's also the lounge
-for Andrew and Michael, his partner.
-It's an interesting room.
-The ceiling rises to a peak
-and the window echoes that shape.
-There's glass from floor to ceiling,
-which makes it a light room.
-There's a cosy fireplace,
-a television and a music system.
-Everything you'd need in a lounge,
-including personal objects.
-I think they've made very clever use
-of the space in the gallery.
-This was a viewing gallery for those
-who wanted to watch squash games.
-They left it open and you can see
-pieces of Andrew's work, over there.
-It's like looking out, through
-a window, but it's more interesting.
-The rest of the house is behind me.
-Here it is.
-There's a shower room and toilet.
-leads to the only bedroom.
-I know what you're thinking -
-pink and red clash.
-They're meant to clash.
-It's that type of place.
-Here it is.
-A cross between a Turkish boudoir
-and a Bedouin's tent.
-You could live here.
-There's a television,
-books and clothes in here.
-but it has a unique style.
-It isn't subtle but it isn't meant
-to be subtle - that's half the fun.
-I think this really adds something
-to this room.
-It came from India
-and it looks very primitive.
-It's very playful, isn't it?
-It's full of fun.
-I think that's part
-of the very essence of this style.
-Leading from this flat
-is a simple terrace.
-It's a great place to have parties.
-As you've seen, the flat takes up
-very little of this building.
-The rest is a museum.
-But wow, what a museum!
-I've certainly never seen
-anything like it.
-This may not be
-to everyone's taste...
-..but this is the perfect place
-to display Andrew Logan's work.
-In a nutshell, it's very camp.
-What he's done is transform tat
-with a good chunk of humour.
-Anything which can raise a smile,
-in this day and age, is valuable.
-I was staying with my mother
-and Tim saw this place.
-You wouldn't have seen its potential
-from the estate agent's photograph.
-It didn't look nice in the details.
-Tim came up here and he phoned me
-to say he'd bought it!
-It's magical up here.
-You can see Snowdonia
-and Cader Idris.
-This breathtaking view
-can be seen from a home...
-..near the border
-between England and Wales.
-Facing west towards Wales,
-it's home to Rena and Tim Clarke.
-Thanks to their efforts, the house
-has been renovated and extended...
-its original character.
-It's a traditional, Welsh longhouse.
-The farmer lived in one room and
-the animals lived in the other room.
-The animals went into the warm room,
-where the fireplace stood.
-We wanted a bigger house,
-to capitalise on the view.
-That's why we tried to be
-sympathetic with the tradition...
-with the original building.
-We built an oak-framed extension.
-What did you have to do,
-in order to make it habitable?
-We could just about squeeze in.
-Five of us lived here
-for a couple of years.
-It took time to get planning
-permission and to build the house.
-I like unusual things.
-I am not a minimalist,
-when it comes to interior design!
-I surround myself with things which
-say something about my family...
-..and my family's interests.
-I wanted the kitchen
-to be the heart of the home.
-We spend lots of time in here.
-We have four children...
-..and they come and go,
-as children do these days.
-We all congregate in here so the
-kitchen is the heart of our home.
-Do you enjoy cooking?
-Yes, I love to cook.
-I find it very relaxing.
-There's nothing better
-than to cook for a full table.
-I enjoy eating and drinking
-with a group of people.
-Did you choose the colours?
-Yes. There was once
-20 shades of pink in this kitchen.
-I wanted something warm.
-I get fed up with white!
-We've used a bit of white but I
-wanted something warm, in here.
-You have an eclectic taste.
-Yes, I suppose.
-You collect items
-from lots of different places.
-Yes and it's time to stop now
-because we have more than enough!
-It would take another lifetime
-to use them all!
-I use these plates.
-I take a plate off the wall
-when I cook a special meal.
-I don't keep things,
-just as ornaments.
-I like the fact everything is used,
-even our old glasses.
-Walk through the kitchen
-and you walk through a wall!
-This was once an external wall.
-This was the size of the house,
-at one time.
-The animals slept in the barn,
-which stood there.
-They managed to keep the old frame,
-where the palisade once stood.
-This was the dividing wall
-between two rooms.
-The old frame stands
-as a reminder of the original house.
-They've raised the ceiling height.
-You can see struts upstairs, too.
-It's almost a work of art.
-This is a family lounge,
-where people come to relax.
-It's cosy, unlike the room
-at the other end of the house.
-This is the modern part
-of the house.
-This is completely new, isn't it?
-Yes, that's right.
-Why did you want such a large room?
-We wanted a big room because
-the other rooms are so small.
-We wanted a contrast.
-We also wanted somewhere
-where we could eat and relax...
-..which was also ideal for parties.
-This is a triumph.
-The wall of glass
-capitalises on the fantastic view.
-Yes, it brings the outdoors
-into the room.
-Did you design it?
-Yes, with a friend of ours,
-who's an architect.
-We sat down together
-and created this.
-It's simple, really.
-We wanted to create
-a baronial style hall.
-We were keen
-to keep it simple and natural.
-There's something baronial
-about this table.
-Yes, it's enormous.
-You rarely see pieces of furniture
-like this any more.
-The person who made it
-has become a family friend.
-The wood is yew.
-He'd made it but he couldn't find
-a buyer because no-one had any room.
-It took six men
-to pick it up and carry it in.
-And that was just the tabletop!
-Tell me about the little statue
-on the table.
-It's made of the same wood
-as the table.
-It's a wizard.
-Kevin, the man who made the table...
-..always makes a statue
-to guard his creations.
-above the magnificent lounge...
-..and you'll find
-the master bedroom.
-The wood is amazing.
-These enormous purlins
-stretch the length of the house.
-There's a lovely brass bed
-in the sleeping area.
-There's a chaise longue here.
-If you want some privacy,
-you can draw these thick curtains.
-Nothing in this room
-compares to this breathtaking view.
-You can lie in your bed,
-on the border with England...
-..and gaze at Snowdon!
-Would anything persuade you
-to move away from here?
-I'm not sure.
-I'm really fond of this area.
-Perhaps I'd move closer to the sea.
-I love the sea too, and I have
-relatives in Pembrokeshire.
-I can't even imagine
-living anywhere but here.
-I can see why.
-S4C subtitles by
-Eirlys A Jones
Mewn rhifyn o 2005, mae Aled Samuel yn ymweld â thy Sioraidd Dr Olwen Williams. Dr Olwen Williams' Georgian home and a building that is a fascinating combination of a home and a museum.