Grand Designs Live / Homes & Interiors

The Furniture Barn at Grand Designs Live 2013

When I visited Grand Designs Live this year, I was excited to see that The Furniture Barn were exhibiting again. On my last trip, I fell in love with a beautiful wooden shelving unit shaped like a rowing boat. I couldn’t wait to see what they had on offer this time!

The Furniture Barn is a great shop (and exhibitor too,) as, in a similar style to Ikea, in store their furniture is displayed in dressed up ‘real life’ rooms. I love shops like this as they let you see how the furniture could work in your own room, not only giving you practical ideas of how to place the furniture but décor inspiration too. The Furniture Barn specialises in oak furniture, but they have so many other bits and pieces for your home too.


At Grand Designs Live 2013, The Furniture Barn didn’t disappoint me! Of all their set up rooms, this one caught my eye. For a start, I love the wallpaper. It’s so delicate, mixing small pops of bright pink, rich purple and burnt orange with softer shades of green and a fresh, power blue base. The pattern, too, it beautiful and the birds make it quite unique! It seems more of a Spring design, but the fluffy winter throw brings it back into season.

The Shabby Chic style of this room is more refined, with bright white furniture in a French style giving this room a clean look. The pretty details, like the dusty purple bedside lamps and the pink Moroccan design pillow, are what makes it seem ‘personal’ for a show room.


 There are so many tiny details in this room to wonder at. When The Furniture Barn create rooms, they look like someone with a personality lives in them. The surfaces are strewn with accessories and little homely touches.

The Furniture Barn opened a new store in Kidderminster on September 28th, so if you’re based in the West Midlands then there’s one near you! I’ve yet to visit a Furniture Barn store, but after their beautiful offerings at their second year of Grand Designs Live, I may have to pay them a visit.

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Disclaimer: Although I attended Grand Designs Live as press I was not paid to do so – I applied for the press pass out of my own interest. I have received no payment for this article and, as always, all views are my own and I only write about what I’m inspired by.

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