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A Gloucestershire Barn, by London’s Idiosyncratic Antiquarian Christopher Howe

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A Gloucestershire Barn, by London’s Idiosyncratic Antiquarian Christopher Howe

December 6, 2017

We met Christopher Howe in London almost a decade ago, when we happened upon his Pimlico Road shop, one of the most atmospheric and idiosyncratic spaces we’ve seen. Howe, who makes his neighborhood rounds with dog in tow, trained as a sculptor and has been collecting rare furniture and objects for decades. His clients have included Lucien Freud, who favored his “esoterically shabby chairs to use in his portraits.”

In his shop, he sells antiques—ranging from 18th-century English country house furniture to 19th-century Arts and Crafts items to 20th-century industrial pieces—as well as his own line of custom furniture and lighting.

So when we learned he had done up a stone barn in Gloucestershire as a guesthouse for clients, we were intrigued; join us for a tour.

Photography courtesy of Christopher Howe.

The stone barn is located in a meadow in Gloucestershire and is part of a larger property (grander main house included).
Above: The stone barn is located in a meadow in Gloucestershire and is part of a larger property (grander main house included).
Howe gutted the interiors to create an open plan and used pieces from his own collection to furnish the interiors.
Above: Howe gutted the interiors to create an open plan and used pieces from his own collection to furnish the interiors.
The loft space has guest accommodations.
Above: The loft space has guest accommodations.
 We’ve admired Howe’s upholstered pieces, which feature hand-stitched horsehair and down filling, for a while now, and the way he piles on pillows made from scraps of antique fabrics.
Above: We’ve admired Howe’s upholstered pieces, which feature hand-stitched horsehair and down filling, for a while now, and the way he piles on pillows made from scraps of antique fabrics.
The kitchen table is surrounded by Howe’s glossy-painted Windsor chairs, a longtime favorite of ours (see the chairs in green at A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh). As Howe says of his chairs: “We should all have at least one in a heart-rending color.”
Above: The kitchen table is surrounded by Howe’s glossy-painted Windsor chairs, a longtime favorite of ours (see the chairs in green at A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh). As Howe says of his chairs: “We should all have at least one in a heart-rending color.”
 The kitchen cabinetry is from Plain English’s British Standard line, a Remodelista favorite.
Above: The kitchen cabinetry is from Plain English’s British Standard line, a Remodelista favorite.
A stairway leads to the loft sleeping areas of the barn.
Above: A stairway leads to the loft sleeping areas of the barn.
A paneled bedroom in the loft level.
Above: A paneled bedroom in the loft level.
A detail of the dresser and half-moon mirror.
Above: A detail of the dresser and half-moon mirror.

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