Nothing beats a well-stocked, nicely appointed, bar. I’ve always had a thing for them; it seems to be an area in which decorators’ creative and pragmatic abilities collide into something wonderful. If you’re in the business of trying to keep a “grown-up” home, it’s due time you follow suit and set one up. I guarantee you will end up entertaining more often if you have one on display.
Now in terms of what to always have on hand alcohol wise, I’m no expert. So I’ve always turned to the classic David Hicks home bar, pictured above. Though shot in the seventies, in no way does this bar set-up seem dated, a key characteristic of all his spaces. They are utterly modern and hold up nicely. Hicks clearly believed that one should have plenty of basics on hand, and that lining everything up in rows works best.
In terms of an appropriate place for a bar, any room can have one (even a bedroom, for the more daring types!) and small bar carts, like the polished nickel one seen in Thom Filicia’s space is a great example of this. Or, you can do what John and Dominique de Menil did and keep your bar in a closet. How cool!
This is a perfect time to break out all the silver your grandmother gave you for your wedding that you don’t know how to use. I love the idea of forgoing a normal table-scape atop a surface that’s underneath a painting, and, instead, putting your pretty bar accessories there.
Go bold with it! Bright red, gold, shiny everything. It can be a place to really have fun and express a wilder side not otherwise seen in your space. How sexy is Tory Burch’s bright red Manhattan bar? I’m in love with the dangling, brass pendent light hanging from above.
Here’s how to start building your own bar:
1. Schweppes Tonic Water
2. Vintage Brass Bucket
3. Thurston Bar Tool Set
4. Reed & Barton Gallery Tray
5. Boston Functional Library Wall Light
6. 8-Piece Marta Barware Set
7. Connaught Antique Bronze Bar Cart
8. Rolling Console Cart
9. Cherry Thumbprint Red Pitcher
All images via Habitually Chic.