Belly Up to the Bar !

Hi There !

I just finished a new bar area in a client's home and have to say I LOVE IT... we have all decided that it's our favorite room in the house.  I wanted to show you my design boards and where I'm drawing my inspiration from prior to the images of the finished product !

I wanted it somewhat dark and moody so we painted most of the walls a dark grey then popped this killer grass cloth on 1 accent wall.  Two new cabinets were made - a storage piece and an actual bar trimmed in brass detail and topped with a gorgeous black granite.  I am not a granite fan but I found a slab at Walker Zanger and it was perfect (and didn't blow the budget !)  

We went back and forth a bit on the windows and lighting so it's a little different than this but love the overall feel.

When doing my "research" I pulled all sorts of bars I love and snagged a detail or two from all of my Pinterest inspiration files.  I say bring back the home bar - it will really be the talk of the party.

The main thing I knew I wanted was brass detailing.  On the woodwork and shelving . .  I asked my carpenters to use a trim with a slight grove we could gold left and while we were all there installing, Keith added that touch of brass I was really wanting.

Of course I would do this if i could - lol.  The roof bar at The Standard in NYC - mine and Keith's last trip up there.  It is perfection !  How gorgeous is this... you can even snag an idea or two from a place like this !

In prep for the party they were having and to our photo shoot and to generally my love of styling .. I had a big ole time ordering a few goodies!!

Mix some new (Crate and Barrel, West Elm, Macy's) with some vintage !

Once the tools were added I hit the ABC store... for some of the good stuff.. including my new favorite - a bottle of Pimm's.  Have you had a Pimm's cup.. sooo yummy.

Let's not forget all the other things you'll need for a good bar.  Stools, hardware and lighting.

For the somewhat "glam" bar I like the idea of brass and or lucite.  Vintage would be great !  Here's a few of my favorite styles.  Can you tell the difference from the old and new ones?

Lighting over the bar.  A chandelier or a few really cool pendants.

And hardware . . Addison Weeks a big go to for gorgeousness.

Lucite and brass are good options too.

So stay tuned for Mekenzie's images, we just finished the shoot !