As the summer season approaches, a favorite passtime is sharing cocktails and wine with guests and family. For the new home owner, a designated area with liquor, wine, soft drinks and mixers is just what's needed to break the ice.
Last week Real Simple published a story geared especially toward new homeowners and offered tips on Seven First Apartment Essentials. Lighting, fresh paint and linens were definitely on the Must Start With list. Along with making the place comfortable, a hip bar cart is, to me, essential for any new house.
My friend Roxy at Society Social has got the bar cart down flat. She started her business only a few years ago with this single household item. She now offers sofas chairs, tables and more. Everything she does is chic. Below is one of my favorite Society Social pieces.
I grew up in the seventies so any occasion was a reason for an "Old Fashioned" or a "Dubonnet on Ice". Below is one of my absolute favorite pics from House Beautiful. Doubling as a desk this bar looks as though it was deftly cobbled together on a whim for surprise guests! It doesn't hurt that the wall behind is covered in a leafy chintz and the lamp is lacquer black. This bar is the epitome of sophistication.
Not every bar needs to be maximalist like this. A simple cart from Target or Ikea can hold your favorite mixers, wine and glasses. The point is that unwinding over a refreshing drink is as important a part of the day as breakfast or dinner. Designating a spot can be as simple as loading up a wicker tray with the essentials or as elaborate as a mahogany bar in a paneled den.