Kathy Watts, Blaine, WA September 2019

We took our oak dining table to Barbo Furniture to have it refinished. In the process, we also purchased four new dining table chairs from them, which had to be stained and finished to match the table, and the cushioned seats upholstered. They did an excellent job, and we are very pleased with the results. Chris and Holly Barbo are 1st class professionals and the results of their work shows it. After delivery of the table and chairs, our next door neighbor came over to look at the results. He was totally impressed and raved about how great it looked. It was great working with them and so happy they provide this service.

Michelle Sager, Bellingham, WA August 2019

I contacted Barbo furniture after a family heirloom chest had been saturated by water and mold after my hot water tank flooded my garage. After meeting with them, I was left feeling confident in their abilities, and also found out history about the chest I hadn’t known before! The refinished piece is better than I could have imagined! I highly recommend Barbo Furniture! (see before and after photo on the Restoration page)

Gretchen Roeder, Bellingham, WA August 2019

 Chris and Holly recently restored our 3-piece Mid Century Modern Teak Dining Room set.  We have searched for 15 years for someone of their caliber to refinish the 50+ year old set and I am so glad we found them.  From start to finish they were professional, courteous and communicative.  Their attention to detail and knowledge of their craft is incredible. Their work is beyond comparison.  I am amazed every day with the beauty they have brought out in our furniture.

Amoret Heise, Bellingham, WA October 2018

Today I picked up a ladies rocking chair I asked Barbo Furniture to repair for me.  I was mostly concerned about a small place, less than 1/2 inch square, that some wood inlay had fallen out, but also asked if they thought they could fix where the laminate layers in the chair back were separating.
They did an absolutely beautiful job, not only fixing the little bit of inlay, but completely relaminating the back of the chair so it looks as-new.  These photos show how beautiful it is.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a "before" picture of the back to show how much better it looks than before, but I can tell you that it was all broken and cracked, to the point that I wasn't sure it made sense to keep it.  Now, the back looks as beautiful as the front, just not inlaid. If you love beautiful wood furniture and need some work done on yours, this is the place to come! (see photo on the Restoration page)

George Hertel and Diana Ghassemieh, Woodinville, WA April 2012

“Because of a 3-state search for a pedestal dining table base that we loved, but were told it was discontinued, we discovered Chris and Holly Barbo---Holly found the "only one" left at the North Carolina factory! She and Chris even had experience with the unfinished base's material---a type of plaster-crete (non-wood)---and we took them a dining chair to stain-match it. The finish they did was exact, detailed, and literally exceptional---one could not tell it wasn't wood in appearance! Holly and Chris are the real deal...they provide: 1)  Exceptional customer service...beginning to end 2)  Exceptional furniture knowledge, craftsmanship, and value 3)  Absolute trustworthiness and genuine ability What a pleasure to do business with them!!” (see image on Refinishing page)

Tom Barrett and Kenni Merritt  March 2012

“Chris and Holly are both true artists. They are creative and visionary. Chris is a master craftsman in making custom-built wood furniture and in refinishing treasures of others. Holly is a talented interior designer and an artist in her own right. They were very helpful to us when we were renovating our mid-century modern home.”

Nancy Bailey April 2012

“We have had a wonderful experience working with Holly and Chris on a couple of custom furniture quests.  We went from photos of ideas to a lovely, unique finished piece of furniture painlessly. In one event we were matching an antique dresser of an unusual wood with night stands which were then finished with marble tops to match marble in our master bath.  They were beautifully crafted by Chris and we couldn't have been more pleased.”

Gayle Laufer

“Holly is an imaginative designer who can visualize the finished design, and help you achieve exactly what you want, with your budget in mind.” February 16, 2012                    Top qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity

I hired Holly as a Interior design in 2003, and hired Holly more than once

Patti Guarino

“I highly recommend visiting Holly at Barbo Furniture in downtown Bellingham. My husband and I recently remodeled our home and were looking to buy local. Right off the bat I could tell this was where we would be buying our furniture. Holly took careful steps to ensure her pieces would fit our personalities and requirements. She made a visit to our home, as she often does, then together we searched for the perfect style, color and textures that would fit in our unique space. In addition to her wonderful sense of color and design, Holly is very knowledgeable and passionate about the importance of buying eco-friendly, renewable products that are sustainable and recyclable. Holly was a delight to work with and made decorating and buying furniture and enjoyable experience. Patti Guarino” March 17, 2009

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

hired Holly in 2008

Yvonne Cartwright, Owner, CCg, Inc.

“Holly Barbo is committed to presenting only the finest furniture and accessories available on the market today. Much of the furniture in her store is designed by her and her husband, and hand crafted by her husband. Both Holly and Chris are passionate about sustainability within their craft, and have been authorities on how to build furniture that won't harm the environment with chemicals or other elements found in most fine furniture.” March 12, 2009

was a consultant or contractor to Holly at Barbo Furniture


Richard J. Maneval

“Holly is a lady who cares a great deal about her customer, and the impact on the environment within her community. She products that are a pleasure to own and will last for as long as the customer wishes. I would definitely recommend her again and again, which I do. I also plan on asking her in the future to help me decide on other home improvements.” March 20, 2009

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

hired Holly as a Business Consultant in 2005, and hired Holly more than once


Alfred Niederman, Owner of Metamorphous R&D LLC

“Holly is AMAZING! She gets it when it comes to eco/green and sustainability. Holly gets it while other retailers are looking for ways to fake it.” June 8, 2011

was with another company when working with Holly at Western Home Furnishings Assoc.