A Visit With Charlotte Barnes Reveals a Variety of Options Using Her New Line of Furnishings

Stepping into Charlotte Barnes’ Greenwich studio is like entering the home of a good friend who has phenomenal design sense.

The welcoming space contains ever-changing vignettes filled with Barnes’ newest collection backdropped by high-end artwork (all available for sale). “I love a mixture of things in a room. In general, this collection is about timeless pieces of furniture or lighting that can exist happily with antique furniture and traditional or modern upholstery and art,” says Barnes. “For me, there is nothing like unlacquered brass, its warmth and beauty make it seem like it has been here forever. For this reason, I have done several pieces in unlacquered brass.” With infinite possibilities at hand, Barnes has provided ideas on how to use a few select items from her new line of furnishings.    



Losilla Commode

“Inspired by an original found in Spain, this piece delivers a masculine aura and proportions that are just about perfect anywhere. The finish shown is a warm black lacquer that is not too shiny, which I believe makes this piece timeless and traditional, yet modern. We also offer it in white, red or peacock-blue.”

Expected Use:

“The commode has fabulous drawer space and, therefore, works well in a dining room to hold linens or in a living room next to a sofa.” 

 Unexpected Use

“Easy to dress up or down, it works in formal settings with traditional antiques and in contemporary settings with modern furnishings. I can see it easily working in a bedroom or a dressing room.” 


​Lyford Drinks Tables

“The unlacquered brass creates a warmth and patina that is wonderful and contrasts with the mirrored lower shelf, which can reflect something pretty on the glass top.”


Expected Use:

“These unique tables are the most wonderful shape and size to fit well next to just about any chair or sofa as a sidetables.”


Unexpected Use:

“We have put six together to create a rectangular table and eight together to make a round table.”   




Carey Dining Chair

“I love the clean lines of this chair and the nod to old-fashioned casters and nailheads. The warmth of the wood and curved back make this chair incredibly comfortable and stylish. This is a sophisticated and elegant chair.”


Expected Use:

“I imagine using this chair in a dining room around an antique table or even our Wallace table—bleached yet polished—with either a modern rug or chunky mat. This dining room invites guests to linger and feel comfortable.”


Unexpected Use:

“I love this chair in an entryway flanking a beautiful commode or console table, a mixture of contemporary and vintage objects and a gilt mirror. It’s also perfectly suited for a ladies study behind a desk. This office is peaceful and calm, a place to get away from it all with pale warm colors.” 

A version of this article appeared in the January 2015 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Studio Session.