Standen House is a National Trust property that is about an hours drive away from my parents' house. The architect who built it was Philip Webb, who was a close friend of William Morris- and the Arts and Crafts movement is shown throughout the house in every nook and cranny. Not to mention the beautiful self-sufficient garden that the lady of the house had.
Mum and I visited at the begining of October for the first time, and I fell in love. I needed to do some reference drawings for a college project, and so although I saw a few parts of the house really well- there is still so much for me to explore there. I cannot wait to go back again! It's open to the public, and if you live around the southeast of England, I highly reccommend a day trip.
Here are some of the quick drawings I did whilst I was there and from photos I took. I mainly wanted to focus on the house as a wealthy, mysterious and fantastical place. Full of entrancing patterns and objects- but that could be the scene for a more sinister story. At this stage I was purely gathering visual information.Also- I may have gotten side-tracked by all the Morris wallpaper... sigh...Victorian times are inspiring me the most lately.
(Photo at top taken by Mum on her iPhone.)