Justine Hodgson-Barker speaks our language. “Invest in statement pieces and place them next to more affordable pieces”, she tells us “It’s a bit like teaming a Burberry bag with a Topshop outfit – very Kate Moss I hear you say’. We love this analogy!
Justine is the proud founder of Tunbridge Wells based interior-design practice Barker Design which boasts an impressive roster of commercial and residential projects all tied together by an effortlessly cool design style.
Here, we talk to Justine about her own vintage treasures and why she believes that you should forget about trends when it comes to choosing pieces for your home…
Is there a signature Barker Design look? If so, how would you describe it?
I try and steer away from a signature look. Instead I like to mix it up. If I was pushed I’d say every space, no matter how they differ, should always look effortlessly cool. Most importantly, the space has to be reflective of the client’s personality. It’s a compliment if someone says to any of my client’s ‘This is so you!’ as appose to ‘which Interior Designer did you hire!
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
Arne Jacbssen, Pira and String shelving, Hans Wegner. Östen & Uno Kristiansson Luxos Chandelier Paolo Piva, especially the Alandra table– love the architectural lines.
What would be your top interior design tip?
Don’t follow trends, instead collect items you love and team with your sentimental piece. Invest in some statement pieces then place next to more affordable pieces. The former will elevate the latter, a bit like teaming a Burberry bag with a top shop outfit – very Kate Moss I hear you say. Use large scale artwork, this doesn’t need to be expensive, there are some great prints out there.
What does home mean to you?
Somewhere to relax, kick off your shoes, cook like you’re cooking for the whole street and have fun!
What are your three most treasured pieces?
My book of memories, an old leather bound book that we fill with photos every time we have a birthday. My aged brass wine shelf next to the sofa, and the good wine that frequents it.
A perfect Sunday is…
Driving to Rye with the kids and husband, going for a long walk on Camber Sands then having an amazing roast dinner at the Standard Inn; mooching round the shops before heading home to watch a family film.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
I love the simplicity of this 1950s light for my writing desk.
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