RAIS­ING THE BAR

Take home en­ter­tain­ing to new heights with a stylish bar

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1 STAR AT­TRAC­TION This glam­orous bar is the fo­cal point of the en­ter­tain­ing area of this home dec­o­rated by Ce­leste Bush­nell. Draw­ing the eye is a strik­ing tile mu­ral she de­signed in con­junc­tion with Mark Dof­fay of Tile Styles. En­hanc­ing the glam­our is the bar it­self, which is clad with metal and mo­saic tiles and has a mar­ble top. High­light­ing it is a Suri­light from Egg De­signs.

2 A GOOD VIN­TAGE Jenna Page and Charon Ross of Pep­per White In­te­rior So­lu­tions de­signed this wall unit to store Bren­den Harmse’s col­lec­tion of wines. Not only are the wines stored cor­rectly, the unit makes a fea­ture of the dou­ble-height wall in the en­ter­tain­ing area. The bar, which has a prac­ti­cal pol­ished con­crete top, is set in the cen­tre of the room to en­cour­age so­cial­is­ing.

3 FREE-STAND­ING STYLE If you thought that bars had to be built-in, think again. Form­ing part of an open-plan liv­ing area of a home in Umd­loti, KZN, this bar con­sists of a rus­tic con­sole ta­ble from Ve­randa Dé­cor in Cape St Fran­cis and bar stools from Wey­landts. No costly cus­tom-cab­i­netry re­quired. “The rea­son we chose free-stand­ing items is that we wanted it to be re­ally in­for­mal,” ex­plains owner Dawn Kelly. Pro­vid­ing stor­age space for drinks and glasses is a dresser from SHF. High­light­ing the counter is a pen­dant, also from SHF.

4 ON SA­FARI In this KZN house de­signed by Dave Nel­son of Bloc Ar­chi­tects, the bar can be closed off from the rest of the liv­ing area with shut­ters. How­ever, on week­ends with doors and shut­ters open, it’s the cen­tre of the en­ter­tain­ing area. An­other unique fea­ture is the slid­ing roof, which gives the im­pres­sion of be­ing out­doors. The jun­gle at­mos­phere cre­ated by this and the lush gar­den is car­ried through with ze­bra print bar stools.

5 OPEN SESAME “My client does a lot of en­ter­tain­ing and liked the idea of a cock­tail cab­i­net where drinks could be served, and with doors that closed when not in use,” says Vi­vian Ward who de­signed this mir­rored unit com­plete with wine racks and fridges. The mir­rored in­te­rior and down­lights add am­bi­ence when it’s open. “What my client loves is that once guests have left, he can close the doors and it’s a beau­ti­ful piece of fur­ni­ture,” adds Vi­vian.

6 HIGH STYLE Tall bar ta­bles rather than coun­ters are prov­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar and in­te­rior de­signer Tiggs Crozet chose a tall, slim ver­sion for this ‘man cave’ in a tra­di­tional Jo’burg home. To com­ple­ment it and the chrome bar stools from Chair Crazy, she in­cluded a wall unit with built-in fridges and stor­age space. Adding tex­ture is a geo­met­ric rug from Her­tex and wo­ven drinks tray.

7 COUNTER MEA­SURES When Michelle Bum­berry en­closed her cov­ered pa­tio and turned it into a ca­sual liv­ing area, she in­cluded a bar con­sist­ing of a counter unit with a prep bowl and stools from Union 3.

“It looks more so­phis­ti­cated than a pub,” she ex­plains. A chest of draw­ers and a shelf unit from Clark & Lynch De­signs hold drinks and glasses while a geo­met­ric wall­pa­per from Wall­Pa­per in Umh­langa com­pletes the con­tem­po­rary look.

SOURCES Bloc Ar­chi­tects bloc.archi Ce­leste Bush­nell 073 718 9602 Chair Crazy chair­crazy.co.za Clark & Lynch De­signs michelle@capeis­land.co.za Egg De­signs eggde­signs.co.za Her­tex her­tex.co.za SHF shf.co.za Tiggs Crozet In­te­rior De­sign tig­gscrozet.com Tile Styles tilestyles.co.za Union 3 union3.co.za Ve­randa Dé­cor 042 294 0100 Vi­vian Ward vi­vian­leigh­ward@gmail.com Wall-Pa­per wall-pa­per.co.za Wey­landts wey­landts.co.za

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