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).
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.