Sunday, 20 May 2012

Standen Delivered

Last week I took a long overdue visit to Standen, a National Trust property that is only about 5 miles away from my home, it's shocking really that I have never visited beforeI went with my friend Debbie and we really enjoyed looking at the decor and rooms which were set in the style of the 1920's and staged according to the time of day that they were most used. Standen was built for a wealthy London solicitor James Beale by architect Philip Webb between 1892-94, and the National Trust acquired much knowledge of the house from the grandchildren of Beale, the last of whom died last year. Here's what the website has to say.

An Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden
A Late Victorian family home brought vividly to life in this gem of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Standen is hidden at the end of a quiet Sussex lane with breathtaking views over the High Weald and Weirwood Reservoir. The design of the house is a monument to the combined genius of architect Philip Webb and his friend William Morris. All the big names of the Arts & Crafts period are represented, including ceramics by William De Morgan and metalwork by W. A. S. Benson.

ahem...I'm not sure Andrex was available in the 1920's!!

Externally, it's not the most beautiful house in the world but definitely worth a visit on a miserable Wednesday afternoon. 

Before I go, here's a quick card for my friends Tom & Mary who amazingly celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this week.  I am entering it for this week's Clean & Simple sketch challenge.

Hope you're all having a good weekend.
Until next time.

(PS What the dickens IS going on with Blogger?  Cannot for the life of me space my photo's equidistantly..is that a word?)


  1. I love William De Morgan and William Morris, I'd be in heaven at Standen. Love the tapestry wall hanging, that stunning carpet and the loo!
    My family home was built to the Arts and Crafts ethos and there's some stunning architectural details I keep meaning to photo for the blog.
    Gorgeous anniversary card. x

  2. NICE post title!!
    Amazing building!!! I'd love to have a druibble around there!XXX

  3. What a lovely house, I'm a Pre-Raphaelite/Arts and Crafts fan too so I would love a nosy round Standen.
    Pretty card too!
    PS. I struggle with spacing on Blogger too, The preview and "live" versions are often not how the posts look as I type them, and editing doesn't seem to make any difference! No idea why that should be... xxxxxx

  4. Love your punny title - reminds me of Adam Ant (are you old enough to remember him and that song?!). And I love your anniversary card - we won't be called on to make too many 65th anniversary cards, so it's important to make them extra special, as you've done so well here!

  5. Your posts always inspire me Fiona and I never know what's coming next! I think I'll have to take a little mosey down to Standen - it looks wonderful. Can't help with the spacing issue but now and then I'll type a comment and then it will vanish! Very annoying although my fingers are getting very thin with all the extra exercise! Vicky x

  6. HAHAHA that toilet! But aside from that, how beautiful...


  7. Amazing building, I would love a wander round there, not so sure of the toilet though!
    Lovely card and the colours are gorgeous. xxx

  8. Wow what a beautiful property. Your photos are great Fiona.
    I'm just the same... I studied in Nottingham for 3 years and never visited the cathedral. Now I wish I had.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.
    Sandra x
    (My sister is going to be a Grandma any day soon... makes me a Great Aunt - how old do I feel?)


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