OKG Shop: Furniture family 

Henry Home Interiors in Norman continues a long-standing family tradition of furniture retail and design.

In addition to furniture, Henry’s Home Furnishings carries accent pieces like pillows and lamps. - ALEXA ACE
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  • In addition to furniture, Henry’s Home Furnishings carries accent pieces like pillows and lamps.

The Henry Home Interiors showroom is a big, bright space filled with plush sofas upholstered in customizable fabrics, trendy side tables, marble lamps with clean lines, patterned rugs and more.

The Norman showroom, 3720 W. Robinson St., Suite 112, opened in November 2018, but the family behind Henry Home Interiors has been in the furniture and design business for much longer than that.

Storeowner and interior designer Katelynn Calonkey Henry is part of a family legacy that started over 80 years ago.

“I grew up in the business,” Henry said via phone. “My dad ran a furniture store that was opened by his father, and prior to that, my great-grandfather opened up a furniture store in Norman in the 1930s.”

The family’s first store was Landsaw Furniture, followed by Mister Robert Fine Furniture, both in Norman. Henry dug into retail and design work from a young age and also worked on the wholesale side while attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. In 2011, she moved back to Norman and started working full-time with her father, Steve Calonkey.

“In June of last year, I decided to step away from that family business and start my own,” Henry said. “I thought that Oklahoma needed something a little more fresh and updated.”

Henry Home Interiors focuses on slightly more upscale and transitional pieces in more of a boutique setting. Furniture lines carried in the store include Century Furniture, Hancock & Moore, Massoud Furniture and Sherrill Furniture.

Henry also has a distinguished background in interior design.

In 2017, she was honored as a Forty Under 40 in Home Furnishing Business magazine for her design work. The list highlights forward-thinking millennial designers, managers and business owners within the furniture industry.

Her recent design work includes a restaurant in Tulsa and a law office in downtown Oklahoma City. Henry also is currently working with a builder who needs furniture for an entire private residence.

“We can either do one piece of furniture, or we can do all the furniture in your home,” Henry said, “fitting your budget, your timeline, your style, your needs, your lifestyle.”

Henry Home Interior’s lead designer, Steve Simpson, also has extensive experience in the furniture industry. He has been working in the business for over three decades, a period that includes 30 years at Brown Furniture Company in Shawnee, which closed in 2014.

“So I’ve been doing this a while,” Simpson said.

As an interior designer, he appreciates that he gets to be creative in his job.

“I was an art major back in college, so it’s kind of a creative outlet,” he said. “I enjoy going in and helping clients to interpret their own style, what they want, and hopefully transform a space for them into something that is comfortable and inviting.”

Henry, Simpson and Calonkey all provide interior design services. They also offer furniture customization. Both Henry and Simpson said the design side of the business is one of the most rewarding aspects of their work.

“I love working with clients and customers in their homes,” Henry said, “getting in their homes and making their vision come to life.”

Henry Home Interiors is located in Brookhaven Village in Norman. - ALEXA ACE
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  • Henry Home Interiors is located in Brookhaven Village in Norman.

Neighborhood niche

The store is a prominent feature of the Brookhaven Village shopping area at W. Robinson Street and 36th Avenue NW.

“The location is just ideal,” Simpson said. “We’ve got a lot of other great businesses around that [are] a draw for people, so we get tons of traffic through here.”

For instance, the Norman location of OK Runner is just next door, and Simpson said they get a great deal of runners stopping by Henry Home Interiors.

“And the proximity to the highway is really great because we have a lot of clientele who are in Oklahoma City and Edmond,” Simpson added.

Henry Home Interiors was also involved in this year’s Oklahoma City Orchestra League’s Symphony Show House.

The Symphony Show House is an annual fundraising event. A local property is staged as a showcase of local interior designers and furniture retailers. The work is all volunteer-based.

The event, founded in 1948, contributes to Oklahoma City Philharmonic and music education programs.

In addition to furniture, Henry’s Home Furnishings carries accent pieces like pillows and lamps. - ALEXA ACE
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  • In addition to furniture, Henry’s Home Furnishings carries accent pieces like pillows and lamps.

Henry is a member of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League and has been involved in the event for several years, designing rooms on her own since 2012.

“It’s fun to do because we don’t have a client,” Henry said. “And so we get to show some different things off or some combinations that a client hasn’t demanded yet.”

This year, the event transformed a Mesta Park building that once housed offices and classrooms for Sunbeam Family Services, which provides social services to children. The building is now known as Sunbeam Home Apartments, and Henry Home Interiors designed two units. Henry went for an “uptown girl” design in her solo unit.

Lisa Reed, executive director of Oklahoma City Orchestra League, praised Henry’s design skills and flexibility. Over the years, the Symphony Show House has transformed diverse spaces, from historic buildings to new builds.

“I think the thing about [Henry’s] style is that she is so incredibly adaptable,” Reed said. “I can’t imagine that there would be any project that you would lay out in front of her that she couldn’t do.”

Reed called Henry’s designs elegant yet approachable, with bold statement pieces like unexpected light fixtures or artwork in unique frames.

Henry plans to celebrate the store’s one-year anniversary in November with a storewide event.

“This past year, our expectations for opening a new business have been completely blown away,” Henry said.

Visit henryinteriors.com.

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