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