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8th Apr 2020

Luxury Lockdowns; ‘Staying-in is the new Going-out’ inspiration

Lockdown has encouraged us all to use our spaces innovatively - simulating the ‘going out’ experience even though we are staying in! When we would normally be heading to the office, now we are off the study (or at least the make-shift desk in the corner!). When we would be going to the gym, we are finding spaces to work-out within the confines of our own homes. When we would have been heading to the pub for a Friday night sharpener we are endeavouring to recreate the bar experience at home - maybe involving in a home disco… dig out those glitter balls people! Our lounges now double up as theatres and cinemas, where the National Theatre’s YouTube streaming is helping those who are feeling a little culture starved!

The Barr Group have taken a look back at some of the ‘Luxury Lockdowns’ of recent months, working alongside some wonderful designers and clients. Home cinemas, personal gyms, private pools and annexed offices (where the commute to work is as long as the garden path). These all sit alongside games rooms and home bars often complete with made to measure wine rooms.

The cinema room at Russet House, designed by Fiona Parke of Johnson Parke Interiors is up there within the spaces we would like to hang out in right now. Fiona worked closely with BarrJoinery to create a built-in screen wall, with popcorn/beer station tucked into an existing alcove.  Lighting design Alex Fry at Northcote Lighting is inset – creating a moody sumptuous vibe. The StuartBarr CDR team, working to the plans of Hive architects as part of a complete property renovation, created a multi-leveled platform adding to the ‘real cinema’ feel.


The games room and bar at William Morris House were the visual brainchild of independent interior designer Bun Einchcomb, in conjunction with architectural design by Smallwood Architects. Again, part of an extension and renovation by StuartBarr CDR, the games room and bar were fashioned for grown-up relaxation. A doorway and a few steps down from the main living areas of the property, it has a feeling of ‘going somewhere’. The moody blue walls set off the turquoise accents, cowhide seating and contemporary art.


The outside grill and pool bar at La Bellesa, complete with Mallorcan climate, is conducive to the outdoor living many of us our craving right now. This indulgent villa (the Barr Baleares flagship project), with interior design by Rachele Bowley of Barr Design, has everything one could need for a ‘luxury lockdown’, the only trouble right now is getting there! A fully equipped gym, secluded multi-leveled gardens, individual guest suites, a hut-tub terrace with alfresco shower, pool and, if required, staff annex… even a children’s playground.

The wine room at Lake House would certainly be on many of our wish lists right now. Every inch made to measure, BarrJoinery worked in conjunction with a StuartBarr CDR to create a moisture and temperature-controlled room in which to store the most important supplies (apart from the loo rolls of course!). Solid oak countertops support oak veneer cross-sectional racking. Farrow & Balls distinctive ‘Downpipe’ coats the joinery, with lighting and ironmongery from Buster and Punch finishing the look.

The study at Wallingford Farm House, with architectural design by Nichols Brown Webber Architects, takes the traditional library look. Working-from-home here would certainly inspire creativity. The cabinetry and joinery detailing throughout were designed to match that of our client’s ancestral home, an Oxfordshire manor house. As such mouldings were specially cast and individual features were hand-carved. The wider project was the new-build of this stunning property, where BarrJoinery, BarrKitchens and StuartBarr CDR worked together to make, quite simply, everything.


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