Barn Fresh Designs all started with our love for antiques and home décor. Bob was in the Marines when we were married in 1981. We lived in base housing and we wanted to make our home cozy and inviting so we began going to flea markets and antique shops. We (I) would always find items that were too expensive or not the right size for our tiny apartment. So being on a limited budget, Bob would begin to build or refinish furniture for our home. This became such fun that it grew into a business in 1988. We did small shows off and on throughout the years… but as our children got older, we found that there was not much time for that. We continued to appreciate older pieces and in 1995, we began taking custom orders and selling items through consigning. In 2007, we made the decision to dedicate our time to building our business – and that’s where it all began!
At that time, we began crafting for local shows before we expanded to doing shows in New England and the mid-Atlantic states. We began participating in the Country Living Shows in Rhinebeck, NY in 2014. In 2017, we traveled to Columbus, OH where we also participated in the Country Living Show.
Then 2020 hit and the Pandemic changed everything. It was at that time we knew that if you are going to survive (as a business) you must learn to adapt. So, when all our shows got canceled, we decided to come up with a new plan. It’s a different time for all of us. And not knowing when we would be back to "normal", we knew we needed to find an alternative. This was a pivotal moment for us as a business. We weren't ready to give up yet!
We, then, created our showroom for all our wonderful customers to visit. We began working on expanding our website. It was important that our loyal followers not miss out on great handcrafted, vintage, or new items. Finally, we provided decorating opportunities for everyone to make their home cozy and inviting while staying at home via our stories on Instagram.
Come & Explore our past and present projects. If you see something you like, do not hesitate to contact us.
We ship our smalls items throughout the U.S. only. Pick up (for our larger items) is always available at The Barn, located here in Newtown, Connecticut. Please, check out our show schedule and Barn Sale information which will be updated regularly.
If you are anywhere in the vicinity of any of those shows, we hope you will make plans to come see us and all the other wonderful vendors that work hard to put on some incredible shows throughout the country.
“Come see what we do with our Wood!”