Okay people we have one more place to see on our last full day in England. I hope I'm not tiring you of our visit. This trip has meant the world to me and I'm so happy to be able to share it with you.
After leaving Sissinghurst, we are traveling to Standen in Grinstead, West Sussex. This is the Arts and Crafts home of John and Margaret Beale. The home was designed by Philip Webb in 1894 and was furnished by Morris and Co. William Morris and Philip Webb founded the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. ‘We understood one another at once…’ Morris said about Webb. William Morris is well known for his key role in the Arts and Crafts movement. Philip Webb played a major role in the movement as well.
Standen is a gem of the Arts and Crafts movement and the house is also a rare example of a Webb design. It showcases Webb's use of local materials.
Let's see the genius of these two men in the interior and exterior of this wonderful home.
As we walk into the entrance I am immediately drawn to the lovely woodwork and beautiful piano.
Standen was built for the Beales and their seven children as their country home. James Beale was a successful solicitor (lawyer) from Birmingham. It is a warm and inviting place. A place for a family to enjoy.
|Snooker Table in the Billard Room|
|Amy Beale's Rocking Horse, Dobbin-reward for learning her ABC's|
There are so many different patterns to see at Standen.
The Living Room
Look at the gorgeous pillows from this room. Made from Morris patterned fabric.
We now move into the Dining Room.
I'm thinking of the William Morris quote:
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
I'm just loving seeing all the beautiful patterns designed by William Morris. Lovely textiles are everywhere.
We are now directed to the stairs to view the bedrooms of the Beales. We enter the bedroom of Amy Beale, the oldest daughter.
"I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few." William Morris
Let's go downstairs to see the kitchen.
Walking into the kitchen we see this gorgeous beauty!
A meal was being prepared.
It's time to go outside and visit the garden. The spring flowers are so lovely today!
Tomorrow we will be leaving England. We will be going to one more property in the morning and then we will be boarding the Queen Mary 2 in the afternoon. Standen has been a lovely home to visit and explore the Arts and Crafts Movement. Thank you for joining me as we have traveled along the English countryside on our first visit to England. ♥