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    6th Apr 2018

    Behind the Scenes with Fiona Parke - Interior Designer for Russet House

    Fiona Parke, talented and industrious, is living proof that if you want to get something done ask a busy person. In fact, tracking her down for an informal chat was something of a feat in itself. Having spent a week trying to catch up with each other, an email pops up “Do you want to call me ...read more

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    28th Mar 2018

    The Lamb Inn - Bounds into the 21st Century with a new lease of life

    A full renovation was carried out to this 16th century thatched pub. From the start, BarrJoinery Designer James Knight kept in mind the number one priority of its proprietors, Ian & Des: not to compromise on the traditional feel and character of the pub but, at the same time to achieve a fresh, ...read more

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    28th Feb 2019

    The Barr Group Thailand Community Project

    Back in 2010 Stuart, and an extended team of Barr Group adventurers, headed to the Thai / Myanmar (Burmese) border to help build infrastructure for The Baan Unrak Children’s Home there. Reeling from many years of civil war and an unprecedented refugee crisis, the Sangkhlaburi area was then, ...read more

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    29th Mar 2018

    India Hicks on her stunning Oxfordshire family retreat

    Tuesday of this week saw the UK launch of India Hicks’ new book ‘A Slice of England’: a personal account of the fabulous properties which have shaped her own architectural leanings since childhood. A follow-up to her New York Times bestselling book, 'India Hicks: Island Style', ...read more

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    20th Feb 2018

    Dispelling the myths – Real Wood Veneer

    Real wood veneer begins with thin layers of rich-coloured wood, glued together with the grain at right angles over a thick core. There is a common misconception that veneered furniture is inferior to, or cheaper than, solid wood; however, veneers are often used in high-end furniture due to their ...read more

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    1st Feb 2018

    Interview with James Knight; 9 years of cabinetry with BarrJoinery

    James Knight, BarrJoinery surveyor, designer and project manager started work with the Barr Group as an apprentice, 9 years ago. Last week was his 30th birthday, (whoop whoop!) and we took the opportunity to publicly embarrass him by celebrating his contribution to BarrJoinery on line. “His ...read more

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    29th Jan 2018

    Brand to watch… Faolchú

    Winners of best new exhibitor at Decorex 2017, with a stand that really caught our attention. Faolchú are a Scottish furniture company devoted to producing beautiful and timeless pieces distinguished by exceptional craftsmanship. With values reflected in our own Oxfordshire workshop, each ...read more

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    18th Jan 2018

    British designers to look out for during January's Maison & Objet Paris

    MAISON&OBJET is the international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends. Twice a year, more than 80,000 professionals from all over the world come to the show to order merchandise or find new sources of inspiration. The next event starts ...read more

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    6th Dec 2017

    Where it all began … no, not in a stable but at Rycotewood

    Rycotewood, originally based in Thame, has delivered furniture education since 1938. It is a renowned centre of excellence, delivering vocational training in the design and craft of furniture from entry level to BA (Hons). Last week we attended 'Thinking Through Making'; an exhibition hosted at ...read more

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    4th Dec 2017

    The wine room; somewhere to hide if the Christmas party becomes too much!

    With the party season well underway we thought this would be the perfect excuse to revisit one of our favourite projects from the last 12 months. This made to measure wine room manufactured with solid oak countertops, was an enjoyable undertaking for both the designer, workshop and fitting team. So ...read more

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