At the beginning of each project, one of the things we discuss with clients is their lifestyle and how they wish to use their new home or space. Entertaining has always played a part in that conversation, as it is an important part of the way people live and enjoy their home. Whether home entertaining is just a few times a year for holidays, or a regular occurrence, we consider these preferences when designing for a client.
Today, with people re-evaluating how they are living, we have found that home entertaining is more present and important than ever in designing and stocking our shop for beautiful living. As we lean into the holiday season, we are kicking off a mini-series of features with entertaining in mind, starting with the ever popular, Home Bar.
A home bar can be anything from a vintage rolling cart to designating an entire room in a home, it all comes down to style, budget, and space, and needs/wants. We are sharing just a few of our design studio favorites to shed a bit of inspiration for entertaining spaces.
T&C Designed for Entertaining Spaces
A Welcoming Display
This wine display room, located off the foyer of our Cranmoor Drive Project, helps welcome guests to this home on the river. Although not a traditional bar, this space makes a statement and is a beautiful way to display and share a collection.
The client’s for our Sunset Lane full home project were not afraid to create spaces that were unique and reflected their passions and styles. For instance, we blended traditional elements like the decorative iron bar door mixed with more casual touches like the stained bamboo swivel stools, giving this space a vintage Polynesian feel. Blend this bar’s style with a Pina Colada and you have a space designed for entertaining!
Another entertaining space in the Sunset Lane Project home is this bar and living space. Located in an open loft area on an upper level of the home, with a laid back, beach vibe that set the stage for stunning ocean views. This space was created for casual gatherings where friends and family can relax and enjoy the coastal locale.
Clean and Classic
Always at the ready, even a small bar can be highly functional when planned properly. This wet bar is equipped for storing and chilling all of this client’s bar needs. We love how the mirrored backsplash offers a touch of glam to this bar.
Home bars are often a peak into a client’s true style and taste. Other rooms in the home may be finished more conservatively, but by nature bars are essentially designed for fun. From casual to sophisticated, like this Shore Drive 1 Project, home bars are typically a reflection of the type of entertainer the client is, from a design standpoint making them one of our favorite spaces to work on and help bring to life.
Bars offer an opportunity to use products and materials that are a little more unique and even less practical for the sake of the design esthetic. We love mixing special materials into bar designs, like this hand hammered copper sink. Although copper does require some care, a piece like this is well worth a bit of maintenance.
Stocked for Entertaining
A bar isn’t complete without the right tools! We have rounded up some of our favorite bar items that are currently stocked in the shop.
A few statement pieces on a bar goes along way like this Arte Italica Glass and Pewter decanter. This classic is beautifully crafted, making it a piece that you will love and enjoy for years to come. Also, makes a great gift for that bourbon lover in your life!
Shake It Up
Every bar needs a classic cocktail shaker, one of our favorites is this Polished Onyx shaker with wood top and matching tool set. Its a sleek update on the classic stainless steel and looks great for just about any bar style.
Cocktail Black Book
Every bartender has their specialty cocktails, but it is always good to try something new from time to time. We stock a selection of cocktail books to help you mix it up!
Get Ready to Entertain
Whether you are looking to design a new entertaining space or just finish off your existing bar we are here to help!
Our T&C Mercantile is open daily. Stop in or shop online for help getting your home bar ready for entertaining this holiday season.