We are crushing on antique furniture pieces transformed into a home bar. Joshua Young Designs does it best by finding inspiration by the fusion of Old World elements married with bold, modern-day techniques. His Parisienne inspired apartment in Chicago is filled with a stunning juxtaposition of old and new. Today on New Year's Eve we are shining the spotlight on the home bar with easy design tips to capture a similar timeless style that is bound to keep your guests celebrating throughout the year.
Must haves for you home bar includes:
The bar itself:
Having a designated area in your home where you keep your alcohol and bar tools is the first step in creating the perfect home bar. Repurpose a piece you already have. Scour thrift shops, flea markets and online marketplaces. Whether it be a cabinet top, a corner of a kitchen counter, an area on a drop down curio cabinet, or on top of an antique commode; carve out an intimate space to create your home bar.
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Don't have an antique piece? Shop our favorite commodes below. Click on the product for more details.
A Statement Tray:
A tray is a great way to organize your bottles and can help to keep the area tidy and clean. We love a great antique inspired tray to add a metallic element to the space and to give that perfect collected-over-time style.
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Shop our favorite Parisienne Inspired and Home Bar Trays below:
Bar Tools, Ice Buckets and Glassware:
When it comes to provisions, it’s better to have too much rather than too little. A well-rounded bar should include at least one bottle of each of the six essential liquors. What are those six? They include vodka, gin, tequila, rum, whiskey (scotch & bourbon), and brandy.
For achieving the perfect vintage modern style collect etched rocks glasses and pretty coupe glasses. A collection of glass decanters adds a level of sophistication and tip! they are perfect for disguising inexpesive liquor! Add a great ice bucket and bar tools and your bar is all set.
Shop our full curated collection of barware in our "Bar Cart Styling Worth Throwing a Party For" look book on our homepage.
Now that you have the bar basics, embellish your bar with decorative elements such as a black and white abstract print leaned up against a beautiful mirror. Or a framed intaglio for that special parisian element. Don't forget a task buffet lamp to add height and modern flair to your bar. With these simple accents, you will achieve an incredibly lux look that is bound to keep your guests shouting cheers! through the year.
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Our favorite task buffet lamps: