The house was fitted with William Morris wallpapers, floorings and fabrics and today still has these as well as the original light fittings. The very blurred photo below of the drawing room (sorry!) makes the room look luridly bright - thanks to my failure to get to grips with my new phone which kept setting the flash off to the consternation of the National Trust volunteer - but in reality the room is very dim and gloomy. Visitors entering the room were all struck by how hard it must have been to read with these low wattage lights.
The Christmas theme was also expressed outside the house by a giant Christmas tree with knitted decorations by the textile artist Kaffe Fassett - whose wonderful colourful quilts and fabrics were present throughout the house.
The thing that struck me most about Standen, compared with most other National Trust properties, is how it is overwhelmingly a family home. The Beale family still seem to be present in the rooms and corridors of the house and were clearly very happy living there. The place - while big - has a very idiosyncratic feeling and feels very "lived in".
After my most enjoyable taster, I intend to visit Standen again - at a quieter time of year without the Christmas crowds. I do have a soft spot for Arts and Crafts.