Red house - home of William Morris

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Okay, so I am a bad, bad, bad blogger!  Things have been a bit hectic around here lately...but more news on that later!

For my birthday, L's mum gave me membership to Australia's National Trust which gets us into National Trust houses & garden here in the UK! And really, let's face it, the houses are much nicer & older here!

So off we went on a trip to Red House.  You might think 'what's Red House got to do with the price of wool?".  Well quite a lot in fact, for it was built by William Morris, the father of the English arts & crafts movement. 

Wikipedia introduces him with:

William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. He founded a design firm in partnership with the artist Edward Burne-Jones, and the poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossettiwhich profoundly influenced the decoration of churches and houses into the early 20th century. As an author, illustrator and medievalist, he is considered an important writer of the British Romantic movement, helping to establish the modern fantasy genre; and a direct influence on postwar authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien. He was also a major contributor to reviving traditional textile arts and methods of production, and one of the founders of the SPAB, now a statutory element in the preservation of historic buildings in the UK.

The house is really incredibly beautiful & I can imagine that a lot of creating went on in the house & around the garden. 

There was a small room mostly dedicated to his wallpapers & prints which was fascinating (& proved a bit hard to take a photo of in the dim protective light).

The interiors & the furniture that was on display was beautiful also - I just really could happily live there!
Everyone seems crazy about Chevron at the moment! 

This beautiful motto over one on the fireplaces reads 'Ars long vita brevis' which means ART LASTS, LIFE IS SHORT.  Well said Mr Morris!

Of course the nanna in me couldn't resist the garden!  Very pretty indeed...with a beautiful dedication!

All in all a lovely day ... & a big thank you to William Morris for giving us so much.


Elizabeth Turner said...

Wow! This place is beautiful! So quintessentially English!
Lizzy xx