Home from Home Barn

A vintage interiors e-shop with delightful curios aplenty

Home Barn’s story is as intriguing and unusual as theproducts it sells. Owners Sally and James Wilkie had been fashion designers inthe US, working for brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch. There, theydeveloped a serious penchant for collecting American vintagefurniture and design. Returning to the UK, the duo decided to open a shop devoted to this field. They enlisted the help of their family and persuaded alocal farmer in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, to rent them his 17th-century tithe barn.

Nearly three years later, the Wilkies still source vintage furniture – buttheir offerings are increasingly of the bespoke or curious kind. The first oftheir solid-wood dining tables, made from timbers such as reclaimed Englishoak (£2,150), were self-made at the bottom of the garden. The focus is onupcycled goods with lots of personality, including a range of robot-shapedlights made from metal drinking canteens (second picture, £295), old letterpress stampsets (£195) and coat racks made in the barn workshop from multicoloured yardsticks (£125).

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Internet shopping may be largely impersonal, butHome Barn’s wares are comfortingly rustic in feel – with a taste ofold-fashioned Americana as well. There are large storage units made from vintage fruitcrates (first picture, £325), old school lockers on wheels (£1,100) and crumbly Coca-Colastacking chairs (£400 for a set of four), as well as a great range of gifts, including glass and concrete hurricane lamps (£46) and picture frames made fromreclaimed wood. But the dining tables are the standouts here: fromthe aforementioned solid oak to a chunky, lightly stained reclaimed pine numberwith trestle legs. Modern with a reassuringly vintage twist.

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