BarleY TwisT

antiques for today's interiors

Store Closing

With mixed emotions, Barley Twist announces the closing of the Hinsdale store. Sadly, we will not have an almost daily presence in a community that has embraced us and allowed our involvement in so many homes and organizations. Excitedly, we enter a new phase of life for our business. We will maintain regular shop hours through December and by appointment in January. Join us for some special opportunities to acquire special pieces at special prices for this holiday season.

Beginning in February our inventory will be housed in LaPorte, Indiana, a day’s outing from Chicago. We will be open by appointment only with our merchandise accessible online and at antique shows across the country.

Barley Twist will continue to provide its special services:

  • Sourcing items for clients
  • Design Support
  • Care and Repair of your better pieces
  • Assisting clients in Divesting


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 d├ęcor.

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.