After living happily in the same suburb for 20 years, designer Charlotte Barnes didn’t even think about moving until a good friend told her about an 1880 carriage house she had to see. It was love at first sight and as it turned out the timing happened to be perfect for a downsizing. Please join me and Susanna for a behind-the-scenes visit with Charlotte at her charming Connecticut home.
If you met Charlotte, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that she started her career in the fashion industry – at Ralph Lauren Womenswear in New York and London, and then at the US division of Pomellato (the chic Italian jewelry brand). But it was during her years in London that her interest in interiors really began. When her own house was published in British House & Garden in 1995, inquiries about her design skills came and Charlotte Barnes Interior Design & Decoration was born.
After she returned to the United States, the demand for her approachable yet sophisticated style continued with projects that eventually stretched from Connecticut to Colorado, New York to Newport, and overseas from London to Spain and Istanbul. And nowhere is her style more evident than in her own home, where she combines tradition with modernity and elegance with fun as in her fearless family room upstairs.
With a worldly mix of antiques with contemporary art and furniture, and a bold mix of colors and patterns, Charlotte’s rooms are daring yet timeless, offering comfort and warmth. Even the smallest rooms are permeated with a subtle luxury that is softened with a global view.
In her renovation, Charlotte created spaces that creatively serve a dual purpose, creating spaces for practicality that never forego style. And everywhere are some of the pieces from her chic furniture collection that arose out of the desire to make pieces that she apparently could never find.
With a love for luxurious materials, great attention to detail and a fresh approach to comfort, Charlotte always manages to find the perfect balance between old-world glamor and modern flair. Thank you Charlotte, we loved the chance to visit your fancy Connecticut carriage house!
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