Bring­ing home the best bar fea­tures

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Of­fer­ing a guest a drink is En­ter­tain­ing 101, and hav­ing an area ded­i­cated to the pur­pose says you’re ready to host. What’s more, it doesn’t al­ways have to cost top shelf.

‘‘A dresser or con­sole ta­ble is a great start. Paint it, take doors off.’’ Hay­ley Dry­land

The drinks trol­ley has made a se­ri­ous come­back – per­haps driven by Mad Men (who doesn’t dream of mix­ing a dirty mar­tini or whisky sour af­ter a tough day at the of­fice?) or the re­vival of every­thing mid-cen­tury.

This por­ta­ble, stylish and func­tional piece of fur­ni­ture can lit­er­ally roll into any soire´e and fits into even the small­est of homes. What’s more, bar­gains can still be found.

If push­ing a trol­ley around the house isn’t your thing, cre­at­ing a bar space on a con­sole, cab­i­net or even a spare book­shelf could be an op­tion.

Au­gust & Co De­sign in­te­rior de­signer Hay­ley Dry­land says other pieces of fur­ni­ture can also be re­pur­posed as a bar.

‘‘A dresser or con­sole ta­ble is a great start. Paint it, take doors off. Add some float­ing shelves above for glasses,’’ says Hay­ley. ‘‘A book­shelf painted black with a roll of metal­lic wall­pa­per on the back looks great.’’

For the se­ri­ous home en­ter­tainer, hav­ing a stand-alone or built-in bar can be the ul­ti­mate en­ter­tain­ing zone.

Kitchen de­signer Colleen Holder of Colleen Holder De­sign says adding a bar can be a chance to make a bold state­ment and add per­son­al­ity to a home.

There’s lots to con­sider. The bar could be in­te­grated into the cab­i­netry or de­signed as a sep­a­rate drinks sta­tion.

Ma­te­ri­als set the scene for any bar, says Au­gust & Co’s Hay­ley Dry­land. Crys­tal, brass and mir­ror fix­tures and fit­tings will cre­ate a glam look. ‘‘A sim­ple han­dle can ooze glam with­out break­ing the bank,’’ she says.

A rus­tic bar can be cre­ated us­ing raw steel, re­pur­posed tim­ber, bar­rels and metal shelv­ing, while for a vin­tage look con­sider cane or a vinyl free-stand­ing bar with match­ing stools.

For those want­ing the ul­ti­mate man cave, drag out the sports para­pher­na­lia and branded mir­rors and use fin­ishes such as tim­ber and stain­less steel.

PHOTO: JANE USSHER

A home bar might be a great way to en­ter­tain the guests.

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