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Standen, National Trust

Standen House

We decided to spend the first real sunny day of the year at Standen House, West Sussex. A beautiful  National Trust property, Standen is particularly famous for its outstanding Arts and Craft Movement collection. 

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The Arts and Crafts movement was spearheaded by William Morris and was particularly popular between 1860 and 1910. The movement represented traditional craftsmanship in both its medieval-inspired design and its use of traditional craft methods.

Having worked on the decoration of William Morris’ home, Red House, Philip Webb was one of the original members of the Arts and Crafts movement, and he was commissioned to design Standen for the Beales in 1891. Completing the house in 1894, Morris & Co. then furnished and decorated the interior of the house. With its outstanding collection of wallpapers, upholstery and curtains, Standen is the perfect place to discover the beauty of the movement.

Today, National Trust has presented the rooms of the house to showcase all different times of the day and enchantingly captures the spirit of the house as it would have been lived in. With beautiful views and many gardens to explore, Standen is a brilliant property to explore both inside and out.

For more information and to visit, please see the National Trust website.

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The wallpapers often made use of natural imagery, particularly British flora and fauna, and were seen to be a reaction against machine-produced styles.

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The rooms are set up to represent all different times of the day. I particularly love how they capture the daily life of the people who lived there.

Hand cut pear-wood blocks were used to print the Morris & Co. wallpaper.

Hand cut pear-wood blocks were used to print the Morris & Co. wallpaper.

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A beautiful house in the Sussex countryside, Standen's gardens are perfect to explore on a sunny day.

A beautiful house in the Sussex countryside, Standen’s gardens are perfect to explore on a sunny day.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Standen, National Trust

  1. Lovely and inspiring. I really love the Arts and Crafts movement. Asheville North Carolina, has The Grove Park Inn. It is an Arts and Crafts hotel. They have since added on to the Inn, and the new building does not have the charm, allure, or beauty of the original, but at least they left the original intact.

    • Thank you for your kinds words and for taking the time to comment! It is such a shame when modern developments change the aesthetic of historic properties but, like you say, still great that the Arts and Craft element is still there. Sounds like an interesting place to visit!

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