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About Us

At The French Barn

We started our first shop 'Country Modern' a few years ago refurbishing and painting furniture and selling items for the home and garden. We still believe that it is a crime to throw away a good piece of furniture just because its old or the wrong colour. This has been very successful and as we now have a house in France it seemed only right to start selling items we found in local brocantes and vide-greniers (markets and attic-sales) and 'At The French Barn' was born.
We have a background in property development, home-staging and furniture painting, re-working, re-cycling, up-cycling, re-purposing, renovation and restoration.
Individually, Fran also has a background in art and design and over 20 years of success in teaching. Clive has many years experience in the IT industry and is a whiz at all things practical. Together we can turn our hand to just about anything! Self-confessed perfectionists, our love of modern country home styling, sharp eye for design and detail, and creative skills have resulted in a passion for creating striking, quality furniture which is as unique and individual as you are! Together,we continue to build 'Country Modern'  and 'At the French Barn' from what started over 25 years ago as a hobby with a few pots of paint in a garden shed, in to a vibrant, thriving small business offering an affordable, bespoke furniture service and French style home and garden items.
We also have two teenage children and a dog which help fill any spare time we get.

Our 'Country Modern' shop opened in April 2014 and is based just outside Sparham at Nowhere Lane, Great Witchingham, Norfolk NR9 5PD. We are just off the A1067 Norwich to Fakenham road and midway between Norwich, Dereham and Fakenham with good access to most of Norfolk. The shop  is about two and a half miles from the beautiful, historic Norfolk market town of Reepham which hosts coffee shops, restaurants, 2 pubs, a hotel, outstanding primary and high schools, gift shops, a post office and much more.  
If you would like to discuss our products or services with us, or if you have any other queries, please call us on 01603 554 224 or 07789 502946, contact us using our e-mail address: or simply visit us at our shop.
We look forward to seeing/hearing from you.
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