Spring trip to Standen House
Tucked way in the countryside near East Grinstead is Standen, a beautiful Arts and Crafts house that was the home of the Beale family. It is a perfect day out for us pattern-lovers as the interior was furnished by Morris and Co so every room is a delight.
The house is set in beautiful grounds which can be a mixed blessing with the Sussex weather. We visited during the last school holiday so, although it was typically raining, it certainly wasn't a grey day with vibrant pops of confident colour dotted around the flower beds surrounding the house.
Unlike our previous visit, we opted for the free introductory talk in courtyard. This was entertaining and well worth it as it set the scene before heading into the house. I last visited in summer 2016 so was pleased to see how some of the rooms had changed and additional ones opened. The house is run by the National Trust who are running a contemporary arts programme, Trust New Art. At Standen they have commissioned Rapture & Wright to design new wallpaper and fabrics for the house approaching the brief as if they were designing them for today. I really enjoyed the room that showed their working process, drawings and a huge screen. It is always fascinating and inspiring to see how designers work - like have a good nose behind the scenes.
On the same thread, the Bothy is also newish (opened in 2016) which was designed and made by Will Shannon. I love the idea of Bothys, although have yet to be daring enough to spend a night in one, and this felt like it would really cocoon you.
Before heading off we explored playroom which has a lovely warm feel. All the children were a little old for it, but with no-one around they started playing with the toys. It looked like a perfect setting for a 1900s children's book.