Thursday, November 6, 2014

Anatomy of a Home Bar


A little over two years ago when Grill Guy and I were leaving our beloved New York City behind and taking the home ownership plunge, one of the things I was most excited for was having some space to entertain in.  It's no secret that we love to plan a party here at TSN, so when we moved to the suburbs of New Jersey, I was so excited that our new home had a downstairs living room that was pretty much a blank canvas.  I immediately envisioned an entertaining space and knew that I wanted to create a home bar area where GG and I could enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail or two.
Our downstairs blank canvas - please excuse the non-bloggy worthy picture!
After pinning one too many bar inspiration pictures on Pinterest, and being in the house for nearly a year, we decided to host Christmas at our house last year, so we had a hard deadline to jump start our home bar transformation!


I stalked all of my favorite shopping go-to's and after almost pulling the trigger on this piece from Pottery Barn, I did a complete 180 (I just couldn't justify that price!) and decided to buy a couple of modular pieces, along with some floating shelves, and create more of a bar cabinet look.
I went with the Modular Bar Cabinet from Pottery Bar, with 2 of the wine bases and 2 of the cabinet bases.
Going the modular route turned out to be a total blessing when our home flooded last April.  We were able to quickly move the pieces upstairs and save them from getting any water damage!  


I absolutely love the floating shelves, and the hardest part of installation was deciding how to configure them!  The wall that we installed them on has an odd, slanted ceiling, so we definitely had to be a little creative and figure out the best way to put them up.  We also added some festive led string lights that are great because they are battery operated so we don't have to worry about cords hanging everywhere.

I try to spruce the bar up during the seasons with some fun accents, and for the fall I added some dark floral accents, and small pumpkins and gourds.  That tissue garland is left over from Little M's birthday party, but I just love the pop of color it adds, so I'll be leaving it up until it's time to decorate for Christmas!

I found this wooden Hello Beautiful sign at Nordstrom a couple months back, and I love the rustic charm that it adds (and you may remember it from our Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini pictures!).

I also like to add in some other fun bar accents, such as whimsical paper straws and these adorable mason jar shot glasses I found at Paper Source last year. 


One of my other favorite items from our bar area is our quirky little frog, who we've since named Chauncey, that we picked up when GG and I traveled to Kennebunkport, ME for a little weekend Baby Moon before Little M was born.  He's definitely a conversation piece whenever someone visits, but what I love most is that he reminds me of our fun getaway that GG and I had together.

Here's our little Chauncey all dressed up for the holidays last year!
Overall, our cozy home bar came together very easily and I'm just sorry I waited so long to do it!  I tend to over think home decor and second (and third) guess my options, never actually being able to pull the trigger.  But now I'm in love with how it turned out, and I love having this great space to entertain guests in, as well as have a nice loungy area for GG and I to hang out and enjoy a glass or two of wine.  


Would you consider adding a bar area to your home? Or if you have one, any tips on how I can further enhance the space!?

Resources: Pottery Barn Modular Bar Cabinets // Pottery Barn Holman Shelves // Restoration Hardware Starry String Lights // Nordstrom Hello Beautiful Sign (similar items here

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-M

20 comments :

  1. Oh I love your bar! So neat! My fiance and I are having a Stock the Bar Party sometime in January and I can't wait!

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  2. I absolutely love your bar area!! Everything is so well thought out and so fully stocked!! :)

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  3. Love those stringed lights! They add so much to the bar!

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  4. Looks beautiful, M! I'm sure it's become a fave hangout for friends and family!

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  5. I love your bar! So cute! I had trouble finding a bar for my house, too. I didn't think of doing modular sections but that is genius!

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  6. Your home bar is TOO FREAKING AMAZING! I'm totally jealous!

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  7. So fancy...we're not drinkers so my bar would be full of sparkling water & juicing equipment :) haha

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  8. That is seriously the most bad ass home bar I have ever seen. Move over little bar cart, Miss M. has shelves up in her bar! Love, love how you did this!

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  9. This looks SO good! I want that bar in a bad way!! Yay for NJ!!!!

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  10. THis is so pretty and so functional all at the same time!! Love it!
    XO sarita it's my girls' world

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  11. This is fantastic! You guys did an incredible job, now you're my Pinterest inspiration ;-)

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  12. You did a fantastic job on your bar space. Nice work M!!

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  13. The floating shelves are a genius idea! I love decorating...this is adorable and awesome!

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  14. That is a fantastic setup. The shelves are a nice touch!

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  15. So impressed!!!! I have been coveting those lights from Restoration hardware forever!!!

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  16. That bar looks so inviting! I've wanted a bar cart in my little apartment for like a year but simply don't have the space. Maybe I'll move to Jersey...

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  17. Love this!! I need this in my future house lol!!

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