BarleY TwisT

antiques for today's interiors

Move Status and Activity

We have appreciated all of the calls and emails about the store closing in Hinsdale.  We are working hard to get our permanent warehouse/pop-up space ready in LaPorte, Indiana.  Meanwhile, our inventory is all in the warehouse in the South Loop.  We are open there by appointment (708-445-0100) if you are looking for something special.  Soon, a large portion of our inventory will be on line, here on this site and on our Facebook page.  Please stay tuned. We are still busy:
  • Sourcing items for clients
  • Design Support
  • Care and Repair of your better pieces
  • Assisting clients in Divesting special pieces


A Brief History of Barley Twist

Barley Twist was established in 2001 when founders William Walker and Edgar Waenke pooled resources and talents to open a 1600 square foot antiques venue. From the beginning Bill and Ed offered pieces difficult to find in the Chicagoland area; well-made period pieces, primarily from England, that offered promise of increasing in value over the years. Furniture and accessories were presented to show their individual appeal, but also to establish their contribution to an overall décor. In time, several good customers asked for help beyond the white glove delivery offered by Barley Twist. Suggestions for arranging furniture, presenting collections and restoring family pieces led to help in choices of paint color and fabrics to acquisition of contemporary furnishings and accessories to blend with antiques and existing pieces. Today, we are located in Hinsdale, IL, proudly providing a location to find unique, quality pieces for your home. We are committed to delivering a design service with hallmarks that include quality for a lifetime, and support from idea to installation and beyond.