Post in partnership with Barker and Stonehouse
Barker and Stonehouse in Leeds is one of those stores where you feel instantly inspired the second you walk through the doors. And with over 300 new arrivals across 20 new ranges, I headed to the Junction 27 location earlier this month to find out what the new season had in store, highlighting some of my favourite pieces.
And 700 pictures later, here we are.
Speaking with friends, so many didn’t realise Barker and Stonehouse actually originates from the North. With Apartment Number 4, I strive to champion northern brands and showcase just how talented in terms of interiors we are up here, which is why this proved to be perfect partnership.
Founded by Charles Barker and Alex Stonehouse in 1946, the company started life in Stockton-on-Tees, before opening in Middlesbrough. Newcastle followed, before Gateshead, Darlington, Hull, Knaresborough, Leeds, Nottingham, and York. Talk about dominating the north.
But the south of England called and by 2017, Barker and Stonehouse had expanded to Battersea, Hove and Guildford.
The beauty of Barker and Stonehouse, which you’ll see from these pictures, is that every piece is a talking point. From Hollywood Regency inspired sofas to coffee tables influenced by metal carry cases, no genre of interior is left unturned.
For 2019, the brand has introduced five key trends; Hipster Hotel, Hidden Treasure, Outland Dwelling, Urban Jungle, and Graphic Form. With room sets in and around the showroom, it’s easy, as a shopper, to really get a feel for each story. Let’s take a look at what each trend encompasses for spring/summer.
“Stylish and sophisticated, this metropolitan trend embraces rich hues, sumptuous fabrics, geometric shapes and metallic detailing for grown-up glamour.”
“Rustic woods, intricate metalwork, destressed details, and a pared-back palette of biscuit, cream and grey are enlivened by pops of greenery for an effortlessly chic and enduringly stylish look.”
“Playful shades of yellow, blue and teal are layered with tactile soft furnishings, offset by rich walnuts and heavily grained woods, for a globally-eclectic theme.”
“Fusing industrial chic with jungle-inspired design, this diverse trend juxtaposes worn leathers and rustic woods with botanical prints and an abundance of greenery, for a look that is both urban and earthy.”
“Capturing the essence of mid-century style, this characterful scheme combines retro shapes with bold colour blocking and luxurious velvets to deliver high impact.”
An exciting new addition to Barker & Stonehouse in Leeds, meanwhile, is the furniture collection with queen of prints, Orla Kiely. This is available exclusively at all Barker and Stonehouse locations until June.
Designed for both traditional and contemporary spaces alike, the collection includes cocktail chairs, sofas, footstools, and even a bed frame – all upholstered in Orla’s signature patterns and iconic retro palette.
The brand caught up with the designer to find out more about her first ever furniture range.
How exciting, your first ever furniture collection! How did the project come about?
Mid-century style has been a driving influence in my work throughout my career so developing a furniture collection felt like a natural fit. I have always loved homewares and interior design so was incredibly excited to start this next chapter.
What made you choose Barker and Stonehouse as your first exclusive partner?
When I was planning the new furniture range, I knew that I wanted to work exclusively with a retail partner which shares my values. As an independent family-owned business, Barker and Stonehouse has a distinct approach to retail and has made for a great collaborator on this launch.
It’s a company that cares about the details and provenance of design. And a place that offers visual excitement to its customers through the layering together of colour, texture and styles within its stores. All of this chimes well with me.
I think the power of Barker and Stonehouse, as Irish designer Orla mentions above, is the fact that each and every space is designed to inspire. Whether that’s room sets or shelving with those finishing touches styled perfectly. Even the coffee station is Instagram-worthy.
Some of my favourite pieces from the new season have to include the wooden beaded chandelier (very Three Birds Renovations, right?!), the stunning outdoor furniture to create a summer sanctuary, and the statement wall mirrors.
Although set at a mid-level to premium price point, there are pieces to suit every budget as well as every style. I’m not sure I’ve seen a store conjure up as much excitement from my friend when I mentioned I was visiting.
You can visit Barker and Stonehouse in Leeds at the West Yorkshire Retail Park, Birstall, and shop their full collection at barkerandstonehouse.co.uk, with up to 20% off during their spring sale happening right now.
*Post in partnership with Barker and Stonehouse but as always, love for beautiful furniture and accessories, all my own.