The Home Barn Guide to Sustainable Interiors

Sustainability. It’s the word of the moment, and rightly so. From making more conscious decisions about the clothes we wear and the food we eat, to eschewing plastic and swapping the car for a bike, we all know that we need to make better choices for the sake of the environment. The same goes for the things we buy for our homes.

When it comes to furniture, choosing antique or vintage pieces is about the most sustainable choice you can make. Here at Home Barn, we have always celebrated homewares which have had a life before they found their way to our Buckinghamshire shop. The brilliant thing about buying antique furniture is that nothing needs to be produced – a sure-fire way of reducing your carbon footprint.

Then there’s the fact that you’ll also be buying something truly unique, rather than mass-produced in a far-away factory. Really, who wants to have another generic item which can be seen in houses up and down the land? Antique or vintage pieces will add to the charm of your home, making it feel lived-in and loved, and they’re bound to be more of a conversation starter than something from the high street.

Vintage furniture from Home Barn Interiors with antique french armchair and rustic wood coffee table and antique drawers

Our dining tables are all made from reclaimed timbers, which give them a wonderfully rustic look and means that you never have to be precious about the inevitable spills and knocks which will come over the years. Much of our glassware is made from recycled glass, and for special meals our vintage linen table runners add a relaxed sense of occasion.

Textiles add a lovely element of texture and warmth to any room and, old or new, our selection of cushions and vintage kilim rugs are always made from natural materials, which are not only better for the environment but also look and feel wonderful too.

 

 

When it comes to decoration, think beyond contemporary prints and posters. From vintage signs and ceramics to sea fans and sun-bleached shutters, adding decorative antiques to your home really adds interest, which can be especially helpful in modern or new-build homes. Even domestic items like vintage washboards and garden sieves look stylish when grouped in a considered way. It’s all about breathing new life into the old, so that it can continue to bring joy for years to come.

 

Sarah and Sally x


Vintage glass demijohn and other vessels containing warm yellow firefly lights - Christmas home styling ideas from Home Barn

How to style your home for Christmas – with vintage details

We don’t do Christmas by halves here at Home Barn; it’s a truly magical time of the year when our beautiful rustic barn in the Buckinghamshire countryside becomes a twinkling beacon of all things festive. It’s especially pretty under a dusting of snow.

Naturally, we love the timeless appeal of vintage Christmas decorations; from zinc garlands to glass baubles, artisan tree toppers, candelabra centrepieces, elegant festive wreaths and plenty more besides. So here, we share our tips for using vintage decorations to add a flourish of festive cheer to your home.

Handcrafted and sustainable

Vintage Christmas tree decorations abound here at Home Barn (you can never have too many!) and we like to keep the colour palette simple and the materials sustainable. So consider decorations in rustic metals like zinc, tin and aged brass, as well as glass – such as our glass baubles  and glass icicles which reflect light beautifully. With plastic-free Christmas decorations in mind, our handcrafted zinc mistletoe garland is a great alternative to tinsel, while our traditional handmade decorative felt gloves and ice skate decorations bring with them a comforting touch of nostalgia. They’re perfect for Christmas gift ideas, too.

Festive feasting

One of our most treasured festive rituals is feasting around the dining table with friends and family and we love creating Christmas table settings brimming with natural materials and twinkling lights. Mixing textures adds interest, so cut glass tealight holders flicker alongside a vintage linen table runner and foraged foliage, moss and berries from the hedgerows. When creating your Christmas tablescapes, think about adding interest at different heights. Try filling a glass bell jar with a cluster of pillar candles to add drama to the table, or create a similar effect with our tall candelabra table centrepiece.

Piquing the senses

We like to consider all the senses when styling our home for Christmas, especially when creating a festive focal point in the main living area. Cire Trudon scented candles [add link when live], vintage silvered glass demijohns [http://homebarnshop.co.uk/shop/vintage-glass-home-accessories/vintage-silvered-carboydemijohn/] filled with foliage, warm yellow firefly lights and textural decorations work beautifully together on the mantelpiece above a crackling fire. Arranging sparkling items such as our glitter bird decorations with real feathers  and vintage Christmas lights in front of a large rustic mirror reflects and amplifies the twinkling light. Throw a soft knitted blanket or fluffy sheepskin rug over a fireside chair for extra Winter warmth.

So why not come vintage treasure hunting at Home Barn and for our lastest updates follow along on Instagram

Sally & Sarah

xx

 

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Rustic farm house table from Home Barn with bell jar filled with lots of candles and xmas decoration

Home Barn’s rustic wooden dining table and bench with vintage ceramics in a neutral scheme

Decorating with Neutrals – the Home Barn Way

Home Barn’s rustic wooden dining table and bench with vintage ceramics in a neutral scheme

The leaves have turned golden and are crunching underfoot, there’s a chill in the air and the nights are drawing in. Autumn inevitably sees us retreating into our homes, and frankly we couldn’t be more delighted. What could be better than a relaxed and cosy evening in, surrounded by the comforts of home?

Home Barn’s rustic wooden dining table, bench and sideboard add texture to a neutral palette

Here at Home Barn, our countryside location means that we’re constantly inspired by the colours and textures of nature, and never more so than in the autumn. The quieter, less showy tones of umber, russet and taupe are a sophisticated palette cleanser after the brasher colours of summer, and provide some brilliant interiors inspiration.

Think of a rustic reclaimed wood dining table topped with a mismatched collection of ceramics, vintage linen and antique glassware in a soothing neutral palette. It’s an instantly calming and timeless look.

Antique French confit pot from Home Barn containing dried flowers
Sculptural antique terracotta pots from the Mediterranean sit on top of a traditional hand-woven kilim rug

The trick to decorating with neutrals is to add layers of interest. Start with reclaimed or vintage wooden furniture and use vintage decorative elements which tell their own story to add texture. Our antique pottery and ceramics make distinctive vases to top a cabinet or dining table and look striking filled with dried flowers or even a single branch – an emerging interiors trend.

An antique mirror is a thing of beauty in itself and will also bounce light around the room, while framed sea fans and botanicals also add interest and depth to walls.

Antique Venetian glass aged mirror from Home Barn reflects light in a neutral interior
Framed vintage sea fan artwork hangs above a rustic wooden bench and stool from Home Barn

Soften the look with tactile natural fibres like linen and wool in subtle colourways. Traditional kilim rugs will add warmth and cosiness to a wooden or stone floor, and our vintage linen grain sacks make wonderful cushion covers. Don’t worry about things looking perfect – embrace the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi, which sees the beauty in imperfection.

Decorating with neutrals doesn’t mean that colour can’t play a role, too. In fact, a pop of colour can really make the look hang together. A soft, mustard-yellow cushion amid a group of grey, taupe and ivory fabrics adds an unexpected element – rather like the sun coming out on an autumn day.

 

Sally and Sarah x

A mustard yellow natural washed linen cushion adds a pop of colour to neutral tones

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