One of my favourite places to visit each year is Standen House. The reason I love this property so much is because of the connection with William Morris. I have a passion for the designs he created – perhaps because of the rich palette of colours with their inspiration from nature which appeals to me, but for whatever reason, I never tire of seeing them.
This Arts & Crafts house and gardens is located in East Grinstead, West Sussex, England. Now managed by the National Trust, the property was built between 1891 and 1894 by the architect Philip Webb (a friend of William Morris) for a prosperous solicitor James Beale, his wife Margaret, and their family.
It is decorated with Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers, and the garden complements the beauty of the house.
I can only describe Standen as a very welcoming home. Each time I visit I feel a cosiness about it, as I wonder through its rooms…. if that can be said of a stately home!
You can discover information about the Arts & Crafts movement through the beautiful collection of furniture, embroideries and pottery found within its walls.
William Morris …..
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.”
The Beale family
Image & info via The National Trust website
The Beales were originally a non-conformist family from Birmingham, with seven children and many more grandchildren. Standen became a real family home, wrapped up in idyllic childhood memories.
Estate & Gardens
The estate was formed from three farms which the Beales purchased in 1890. They started planting the 12-acre garden almost immediately using the site of an 18th century garden and orchard. In early 1891 trees were planted, a yew hedge established an the kitchen garden begun.
Webb chose a mixture of natural styles combining old-fashioned formality and compartmentalised gardens in the final design.
The resulting Arts and Crafts garden used local materials for its formal elements, and loose plantings amongst yew hedges, trellis and pergolas, emphasising, natural colour schemes and subtle combinations of colour and foliage, definitely complimenting the beautiful Arts & Crafts house.
Information about the collection at Standen, please go to http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk and search for Standen.
Remaining images taken by me