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Home Bars that are Out of this World

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Modern bar furniture isn’t just for commercial spaces anymore. Modern home bars can have a stark, minimalist feel with a futuristic appearance that is both dramatic and appealing. In keeping with the dictates of modern design – form is function – there are typically no decorative accents; lines are sleek and profiles are angular or asymmetrical. The eye is drawn to the modern home bar design as a whole and the impact it has on the room can be startling (in a good way). A home bar in general can help you entertain in style, but a modern home bar will shine the spotlight on you.

Your new modern home bar will add that extra something to your living space and it will be the focal point of the room. Whether you decide to put a modern home bar in your basement, den, family room or a corner of your living room, choose one that will fit the space in mood and scale. How do you want to use your home bar? If you want some place just to mix drinks and then serve them to guests seated in another part of the room, you might not need bar stools. But when a modern home bar is perfectly matched with the right barstools that complement the bar’s unique design, the result is an eye-catching conversation piece everyone will want to gather around.

With its smooth, uncomplicated lines, a modern home bar is something to be experienced in an edgy, metropolitan way. If you like to share your bartending skills with family and friends, a home bar helps you entertain with ease because it allows you to keep all of your cocktail making accessories in one convenient place. To really encourage people to cozy up to your home bar, make sure it includes a sleek foot rail and some futuristic, minimalist bar stools. It will make you and your guests feel like you’re spending the evening in a high-end, trendy night spot.

Getting your Home Bar Ready for New Year’s Eve

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

If you enjoy entertaining at home, whether it is occasionally or often, then your home bar is probably already well stocked. But as we make our way toward New Year’s Eve, particularly if you’re having an open house or expecting a number of guests you don’t normally entertain all at once, you’ll want to be certain that you will have everything you might need, including those little extras that help you deal with the unexpected.

Logistics

Will the main gathering area be in the same room as your home bar? If not and you need to move it; get help if it doesn’t have casters. Place it somewhere it’s not going to interrupt traffic flow but at the same time will still be the life of the party. Decide if you want the front of the bar free of bar stools or if you would like to add more so that guests can cozy up to the bar.

Stocking the Bar

Especially at this time of year, make sure that you have all of the usual suspects like gin, rum, vodka, whiskey and tequila. If you know that you’ll be making more cocktails than serving straight libations, you can buy economical brands for mixing and purchase one bottle of each of the higher-end spirits for those who prefer on the rocks.

You’ll want a few bottles of red wine on hand. White too, but it is usually stored in the fridge. If there is one as part of your home bar setup, remember to add a couple of bottles of white wine on the day of the party.

Stock up on other types of liquor like champagne and liqueurs, particularly the ones you know your friends and family enjoy. You will also need non-alcoholic beverages, both for mixing drinks and for the non-drinkers in the crowd.

Those Little Extras

Get cutting – on the day of your party or festive gathering, prepare vegetables and fruits such as celery, asparagus, lemons, limes, oranges and mint for garnishes ahead of time (about four hours before should do the trick).

Make a list of condiments and other garnishes like olives, pearl onions, maraschino cherries, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, etc. that you will need to buy.

Have plenty of ice on hand. And don’t forget to include those little cocktail umbrellas.

Happy New Year from Furniture and Design Ideas!

Decorating with Wine Furniture

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Most of us have heard of wine racks but what exactly is wine furniture? That is a good question and one that fortunately can be answered fairly easily. Wine furniture refers to any type of furniture such as a dining table, cabinet or home bar that is designed to store and/or display wine in addition to its original purpose. With more and more people opting to stay home and entertain, wine furniture has become a popular and economical way to entertain in style while making the rooms of your home more practical and functional.

Since wine furniture comes in a wide variety of types, styles and materials, you are sure to find one that will complement your décor. While there are no set rules as to what can be used where, especially if it is the first time you are purchasing any type of wine furniture for your living space, it is good to have some idea what is available, how to integrate it seamlessly into a particular room’s décor and where in your home it will be most useful.

General Tips for Buying Wine Furniture

Identify the purpose and where you would like to put a spirits cabinet or even a home bar. Do you want a server or buffet for your dining room that will be a convenient place for you to store a choice selection of dinner wines? Or would you prefer an accent cabinet that is designed to hold spirits (upright storage) instead of wine (horizontal storage)?

You don’t want your wine cabinet or home bar to look out of place. To make it blend with the existing décor, select wine furniture that matches or complements the furniture already in the room.

Once you know where it will go, measure the space. You will want it to fit proportionately in the room and not overpower or be overpowered (appear too large or too small).

Especially if you plan on purchasing a wine cabinet, wine tower or home bar, don’t forget to take into account the height of the room’s ceiling.

If you are purchasing the wine furniture for your home that has doors, make sure you will be able to open and close them easily without any obstructions.

A typical bottle of wine weighs approximately three pounds. Check the manufacturer’s product information for the item’s weight capacity to ensure that it will safely hold the number of bottles it’s been designed for. It should be well-constructed, durable and stable.

Wine furniture such as a wine buffet, home bar or wine cart are available with a variety of features. Consider which specific features will be most useful to you before making a final purchase. A wine console or wine cabinet on casters allow you to move it easily from room to room. Storage options like a stemware rack or utility drawers increases they functionality of your unit.

Wine Furniture Typically used in the Living Room / Family Room

Wine towers such as the Winsome 18 Bottle Wine Tower are ideal for living rooms or family rooms because it allows you to keep a small selection of wines within reach, making entertaining simpler.

A wine cabinet like the Tresanti Rosemont Wine Bar in Empire Cherry is ideal for social environments like the living room or family room, because it is designed to hold both wine and spirits.

The home bar is generally one of the larger types of wine furniture, although both portable and compact versions are available. By adding some barstools to a home bar, you can create a “pub” atmosphere in your own home. When setting up your home bar, throw in an Irish pub or sports theme to create an instant party atmosphere.

Wine Furniture Typically used in the Dining Room

The American Drew Beacon Ridge Wine Credenza with Accent Mirror Wine credenza is essentially a wine cabinet, intended to be used like a sideboard or server and is designed specifically to make displaying and serving wine a celebration.

A wine buffet like the Pulaski Barolo Buffet with Hutch allows you to store tableware and glassware in addition to wine. A buffet makes a dining room more functional, neat and organized by providing a place for dishes, cutlery and a showcase for those special vintages you will be serving with dinner.

Dining tables with wine storage and counter-height dining table such as the Canterbury Home Furnishing Gramercy Park Counter Table are ideal for smaller living spaces. Multipurpose wine furniture can maximize available dining room floor space in a condominium, town house or apartment.

Versatile Wine Furniture

Wine carts take entertaining to the next level. Because they are on wheels, they are not restricted to one room. And since they are designed to be portable, wine carts are typically more compact than other kinds of wine furniture.

A wine console table is exceptionally versatile since it can be added to virtually any room in your home. If you don’t have space in the room itself, put a wine console in a hallway or niche near the dining room or kitchen or living room.

If you’re searching for a stylish wine storage solution for your home, look past the standard wine rack. Wine furniture comes in all shapes and sizes, so you can go as big or as compact as you need to. Wine furniture has the added benefit of being multipurpose and multifunctional, which is a plus when you’re entertaining friends and family.

Shaken not Stirred

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Safari Cocktail Table

Ian Fleming chose the name “James Bond” for the protagonist of his spy novels because it was unassuming name; a bland, neutral-sounding name ideal for someone on covert operations; the name of someone who could blend into the background. But in 1953, with the publication of Casino Royale, the character that Fleming created leapt off the pages of that first novel and has captured our imaginations ever since. James Bond, in his formal dinner jacket, with his bevy of beautiful women and a taste for martinis, became indelibly woven into the fabric of popular culture. 

The author, Ian Fleming shared several notable characteristics with his fictional character, James Bond. Both Fleming and Bond worked in the spy industry; Fleming in the Naval Intelligence Service (an arm of the British Admiralty) during WWII and Bond as an operative of MI6. They also went to the same school; enjoyed the same foods; indulged in the habits of smoking, drinking and womanizing; and had a fondness for fast cars, firearms and gadgets of any kind. 

Tempo Martini

“Shaken, not stirred” has become the symbol of the ultimate metro male even before the term first appeared in the mid 1990s. The famous Rat Pack (name given to the group of entertainers that hung out together made up of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford) were famous for their consumption of martinis and their suave, smooth fashion style. Reputed to be largely due to the influence of the famous fictional MI6 spy, the martini’s popularity remained strong until the 70s when it first waned and then faded until its comeback in the 1990s. 

Although his preference for the cocktail appeared in previous novels, James Bond himself did not utter the now famous words until Dr. No, published in 1958. Technically, he’s not drinking a martini at all. Before Bond forever changed the very nature of this popular libation, a classic martini was made of gin garnished with a single olive. But then the spy started ordering a dry martini with one part vodka to three parts gin and the martini was forever changed. 

Rectangular Cocktail Table

Today, the martini is a popular as ever. Celebrated in bars, lounges and restaurants all across the country, the classic martini and the vodka martini continues to be enjoyed, embellished and reinvented. The martini, or rather the glass it is typically served is, is a popular theme for home bars, barstools and counter stools. 

Ian Fleming wrote 12 James Bond novels and two James Bond short story collections. The last James Bond novel written by Fleming, The Man with the Golden Gun, was published posthumously. But the James Bond franchise has continued to grow, both in novel and movie forms and the spy that preferred his martini shaken and not stirred, served up in a deep champagne goblet, still continues to thrill us after all this time. 

Don’t forget to continue to tune into Furniture and Design Ideas blog in the New Year. Happy New Year everyone!

Shaken not Stirred

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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Ian Fleming chose the name “James Bond” for the protagonist of his spy novels because it was unassuming name; a bland, neutral-sounding name ideal for someone on covert operations; the name of someone who could blend into the background. But in 1953, with the publication of Casino Royale, the character that Fleming created leapt off the pages of that first novel and has captured our imaginations ever since. James Bond, in his formal dinner jacket, with his bevy of beautiful women and a taste for martinis, became indelibly woven into the fabric of popular culture.

The author, Ian Fleming shared several notable characteristics with his fictional character, James Bond. Both Fleming and Bond worked in the spy industry; Fleming in the Naval Intelligence Service (an arm of the British Admiralty) during WWII and Bond as an operative of MI6. They also went to the same school; enjoyed the same foods; indulged in the habits of smoking, drinking and womanizing; and had a fondness for fast cars, firearms and gadgets of any kind.

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“Shaken, not stirred” has become the symbol of the ultimate metro male even before the term first appeared in the mid 1990s. The famous Rat Pack (name given to the group of entertainers that hung out together made up of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford) were famous for their consumption of martinis and their suave, smooth fashion style. Reputed to be largely due to the influence of the famous fictional MI6 spy, the martini’s popularity remained strong until the 70s when it first waned and then faded until its comeback in the 1990s.

Although his preference for the cocktail appeared in previous novels, James Bond himself did not utter the now famous words until Dr. No, published in 1958. Technically, he’s not drinking a martini at all. Before Bond forever changed the very nature of this popular libation, a classic martini was made of gin garnished with a single olive. But then the spy started ordering a dry martini with one part vodka to three parts gin and the martini was forever changed.

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Today, the martini is a popular as ever. Celebrated in bars, lounges and restaurants all across the country, the classic martini and the vodka martini continues to be enjoyed, embellished and reinvented. The martini, or rather the glass it is typically served is, is a popular theme for home bars, barstools and counter stools.

Ian Fleming wrote 12 James Bond novels and two James Bond short story collections. The last James Bond novel written by Fleming, The Man with the Golden Gun, was published posthumously. But the James Bond franchise has continued to grow, both in novel and movie forms and the spy that preferred his martini shaken and not stirred, served up in a deep champagne goblet, still continues to thrill us after all this time.

Don’t forget to continue to tune into Furniture and Design Ideas blog in the New Year. Happy New Year everyone!

Furniture Designed for Home Entertaining – Armen Living Product Review

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

This product review was sent to me by one of the blog’s regular readers. Thanks Eric A. for writing in and letting us know about these beautiful furniture pieces by Armen Living.

Home entertaining has become more popular than ever, and essential pieces like cabinets, home bars, or even utensils are taken into great account to make a guest’s in-home dining experience perfect. However, the centerpiece of every home entertaining venture is the dining room set.

While dining out is still a very popular practice, the home dining gathering experience is quickly regaining its popularity. Even in smaller, confined spaces like condos, people are transforming their dining rooms into stylish places to entertain as trends in design, color, and functionality have caught up with today’s lifestyle of back-to-basic, simplified living.

The demand for compact furniture has risen since limited area space has become the norm within the last few years. Although, the allure and glamour of standard sized furniture, particularly, dining room sets, continues to draw people to decorate their dining rooms or kitchen eating areas with fashionable and trendy dining or gathering tables.

Armen Living’s line of dining room furniture boasts of various materials that are truly top of the line. From marble to travertine to wood, each piece is creatively crafted to give a distinctive, classic look without compromising function, durability, and price. Representing the epitome of style and sophistication, Armen Living’s stone tables blends nature with everyday living.

Travertine owes its organic beauty to nature. How the limestone deposits were formed produces the beautiful beige colors and gives the stone the distinctive veins and unique patterns that make travertine timeless. That’s what makes these tables so special: due to its natural process, each piece of travertine is an original and unique. No two tabletops are identical or even alike.

Armen Living Alexis Dining Table

Armen Living Alexandria Travertine Rectangular Dining Table

Armen Travertine Dining Table

Armen Living’s dining chairs match each table perfectly; the classic, clean design of the chairs enhances the organic hues of the stone.  Each chair uses the best materials and is designed for comfort to ensure your and your guest’s excellent dining experience!

Armen Side Dining Chair

Armen Del Mar Side Dining Chair

Armen Living Black White Floral Side Dining Chair

Matching one’s tastes with available space, your family’s lifestyle and your guests’ preferences may be a challenge. But with these beautiful yet functional dining tables, dining chairs and dining sets from Armen Living, you will have dining room you can really show off.

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