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08 Jan 21

From Aberfeldy to Bexleyheath

The incredibly talented designer and craftsman Angus Ross has created a set of 4 bespoke seats for the Garden Snug project. Inspired by the gothic arches of the house, and beautifully crafted with steam bent Scottish Highland oak, the seats will surround the cherry tree at the focal point of the snug. The seats arrived today, all the way from Angus' workshop in Aberfeldy, and we couldn't be more pleased with them. If you'd like to see more of Angus Ross' work, visit his website at https://www.angusross.co.uk/

The bespoke art seats by Angus Ross arrive at Red House

08 Jun 20

Summer Snow

The Garden Snug project is all about recapturing the atmosphere of Morris’s distinctive garden design. The walled garden and its wattle enclosures were designed to create a sense of privacy for the Morris family and their friends. It was a place to relax, sketch, read and escape from the pressures of everyday life. This engraving by Edward Burne-Jones, entitled Summer Snow, may well be modelled on Jane Morris in the garden at Red House.

'Summer Snow' by Edward Burne-Jones, possibly modelled on Jane Morris in the garden at Red House.

12 May 20

Daisy, Daisy...

The humble daisy was one of Morris’s favourite flowers and often featured in his designs. A simple meadow flower it evoked the English countryside that Morris and Webb both loved. In medieval art, especially illuminated manuscripts, daisy-strewn flowery meads are often the setting for tales of courtly or chivalric love. It also had literary associations. Morris and Burne-Jones idolised the medieval poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, and one of their favourite poems, The Legend of Good Women, opens with lines in praise of the daisy.

'Daisy' William Morris's first published wallpaper design registered in February 1864