How to shop for vintage


How To Shop Vintage

It goes without saying that the Home Barn team love anything vintage – vintage furniture, vintage accessories, reclaimed pieces, you name it. For us, vintage is a sure fire way to inject storytelling character and originality to the home. The best bit? Vintage doesn’t have to be expensive. There are two types of vintage shopping: when you’re hunting for a specific piece or vintage furniture from a certain era or simply stumbling on a piece you never knew you wanted. True vintage pieces should be at least 30 to 40 years old and anything more than a 100 years old is considered to be antique. We do a lot of vintage hunting to fill the barn so have put together some pointers of how to find those vintage treasures.

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dinner table ware | crockery with grey crackle glaze

Top tips for Easter Entertaining

Easter Entertaining Tips

The long Easter weekend is here and by some miracle, the weather looks set to be a scorcher! Easter marks the perfect time to refresh your home space. The long weekend makes for a great excuse to entertain. It’s the time to make your dining table the showstopper. Whether it’s a lunch or a dinner, we’ve come up with some hints and tips on how to make your dining table look the part. Continue reading…

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How to style your coffee table

Coffee table ideas for larger rooms

Aside from the sofa, the coffee table is probably our favourite piece of furniture for the living room. It’s the ultimate finishing touch and can be used in so many different ways. When it comes to styling a coffee table, the table can be placed either centrally amongst seating or up against a wall. The most important thing to consider, is what you’re going to put on it! From your most treasured coffee table books, to candles and of course, cups of tea and coffee! 

Here are some of our favourite ideas for using a coffee table for a multitude of styles, sizes and functions:

1. Light up the room

If you’re looking beyond candles to add light to the table, a table lamp or lantern is decorative, but also functional.

2. Practical, stylish storage

For those with space, opt for a coffee table with in-built storage that won’t take away from style. Our original French 1930’s cart with metal wheels has an old pine timber top that lifts open on hinges to reveal additional space.

3. Entertain guests

You have the opportunity to show off your personal style on a coffee table. Layer up your most prized collectable books and art for your guests to enjoy perusing.

4. Contain the clutter

For larger coffee tables you may want to break up the expansive surface top of wood, metal or marble by adding a large tray. This can contain some of your favourite decorative pieces and also allow you to play with fresh colours to suit the room and season.

Coffee table ideas for smaller rooms

1. Striking structures

Instead of a big coffee table, you can use heavy, striking pieces – perhaps a collection of them if they’re ergonomic with the space – which can be easily moved around, such as our Tree Trunk Side Table.

2. Master minimalism

If you have a very small table, such as a Moroccan pouf, it’s best to keep the items atop few and small. A small potted succulent or vase of some delicate flowers will be enough.

3. Tidy layers

Layers of books and decorative objects look great but they quickly look too busy. Stick to an individual stack to keep it tidy and lessen the clutter.

4. Go mobile

If you’re looking for a table that can be moved around depending on the occasion, then this Wheeled Coffee Table Cart has wheels to manoeuvre easily when you’re entertaining or altering the shape of the room.

No matter what you choose to place on your coffee table, make sure it works with the bare materials of the table. We love adding a touch of history to a room as well as creating an interesting focal point by layering up vintage industrial and rustic pieces to add height, texture and colour.

Sarah and Sally x

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homebarn vintage interiors

Our favourite places to shop for vintage and antique furniture

If you’re on the look-out for all things vintage we always recommend getting out and making a day of it – there’s nothing like seeing vintage and antique furniture in the flesh and getting a real feel for each piece.


We always get asked for our top recommendations for places to shop vintage so we’ve pulled together our top six favourites. They’re all absolute gems, packed full of personality and well worth the visit to shop for vintage furniture and accessories. They also all have beautiful Instagram accounts to swoon over so make sure you give them a follow and share the love!

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Home Barn’s 2019 vintage interior trends

Hot off the heels from our trip to Maison&Objet Paris, one of the world’s biggest interior design fairs, we’re full of fresh ideas after spotting some exciting trends. There were some definite themes to the things that caught both of our attention, and they will be popping up in some of the vintage furniture and accessories we’ll be stocking at Home Barn this year.

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Salvaged Timber Industrial Reclaimed Dining Table

Our guide to buying the perfect dining table

We have a real soft spot for a good dining table, and it’s hands down one of our favourite things to stock here at Home Barn. A great dining table becomes a gathering spot for the whole family, somewhere to eat together, to entertain friends, play games, do homework, fold laundry, wrap presents – it really is the heart of the home!

As it’s such an important buy it’s worth investing the time and money to find the perfect one. So what do you need to look for? From craftsmanship to materials and size, we’ve pulled together this blog post to guide you through all the options to find the perfect dining table for you and your family.

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Our Local Guide

We’re very lucky at Home Barn that so many of our customers travel from all over the country to come and find their perfect piece of vintage furniture. A lot of them ask us for our top picks of things to do and places to eat in the local area when visiting to really make a day of it. Continue reading…

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Vintage Christmas Decorations

Gifting vintage this Christmas

It often surprises people just how busy we can be at Home Barn over Christmas. When people think about vintage furniture and antiques they tend to think big – dining tables and chairs, antique cabinets and rustic coffee tables. But, there is so much more to vintage shopping and some of the smaller items, and home accessories can make wonderful, one of a kind Christmas gifts.

Here’s some of our Home Barn favourites for gifting vintage this Christmas.

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