Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Erina Starkey

IF YOU want to shake up your en­ter­tain­ing space, con­sider adding a dash of ’60s glam­our with your own home bar.

Jo Tay­lor, of Jo Tay­lor De­sign in Mona Vale, ex­plains how to cre­ate a glam­orous, yet compact, home bar to put you in high spir­its.

“A home bar creates a fo­cal point for so­cial gath­er­ings. It stops vis­i­tors from hov­er­ing around the kitchen and gives them a ded­i­cated space to so­cialise,” Tay­lor says.

It also gives you an ex­cuse to in­vite friends over with­out the fuss of a din­ner party.

“A home bar doesn’t need to be ex­trav­a­gant or space con­sum­ing – you can cre­ate a stylish setup by sim­ply dress­ing up a cab­i­net or cart,” Tay­lor says.

If you want a wet bar with sink, dish­washer and wine fridge, you’ll need a lo­ca­tion close to plumb­ing and power sources.

For a more ca­sual dry bar, all you need is a va­cant wall space close to your liv­ing ar­eas.

“For a ba­sic bar, source a 900 to 1050mm-high says.

An orig­i­nal vin­tage drinks cab­i­net is ideal but any cab­i­net, con­sole or buf­fet, will do the trick.

“Look for a sur­face that re­sists wa­ter pen­e­tra­tion and stain­ing, such as gran­ite, mar­ble or glass. If the top is tim­ber, you can dress it up with sil­ver bar trays,” she says.

“Com­plete the look with a mir­ror on the wall and a sin­gle light over­head. Float­ing shelves are a prac­ti­cal way to show­case your liqueur.”



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