The ‘eccentric traveller’ look, which features in Barker and Stonehouse’s autumn 2013 brochure, is a great mix of country manor luxury and adventurer chic.
Peppered with unusual knick knacks and treasures from across the globe, it’s a wonderfully eclectic look with real heart and bags of personality.
Each piece has character and soul, behind which lies a story.
It’s the sort of space you can imagine Indiana Jones occupying, or Amelia Earhart’s country manor retreat.
To create your own version of the trend, start with some key pieces in a hotchpotch of dark woods, distressed leather, patterns and plaids. Checks can be teamed with stripes quite happily if you keep to similar fabrics such as wool and velvet.
Chesterfield sofas, such as the Asquith from Barker and Stonehouse, are ideal for grounding the look, while tweedy sofas and button-back chairs are gloriously British but speak of a cultured owner.
Hanging pendant lights such as the fabulously tongue-in-cheek Jeeves and Wooster bowler hats lights from Timothy Oulton add yet more fun to this eccentric look.
Add eastern undertones with decorative Persian rugs in rich ruby reds and pick up the traveller theme with model planes and photographs or pieces of wall-art depicting landmarks.
Team a large wooden dining table, such as Barker and Stonehouse’s Clarksville model, with complimentary, but slightly mismatched chairs in a variety of styles, or reupholster the chair cushions in a selection of unusual fabrics.
Barker and Stonehouse has the Odeon high-end bedframe, a beautifully upholstered piece in American walnut with a button-backed head and footboard and traditional wooden feet, available in indulgent mushroom coloured velvet.
When it comes to finishing touches, plush fabrics, richly-coloured wood and an abundance of decorative accessories is all in the mix for this maximalist look.
Found objects can sit happily with new items and you can have a little fun with wallpapers and ‘unfinished’ finishes.
For example sand down but ‘forget’ to varnish a chair or a chest of drawers to add a little quirkiness to your home.
Finally, collect novels from second-hand bookstores for an inexpensive way to build up a collection of classics. This method also has the advantage of making your book look well-thumbed and aged. Leather-bound books work particularly well with this look, however you can also cheat, with many version of ‘Bookshelf wallpaper’ available, such as Library by Andrew Martin.