As some of you may know, I've been a regular columnist for HouseBeautiful for the past several months, answering numerous (and often thought provoking!) questions from House Beautiful's readership via their FB page - so I thought I share a few of my favourite entries with you over here on the blog.
And with summer entertaining coming on full steam - this seemed appropriate for the season . . .
|Design by T. Keller Donovan (photography by Bjorn Wallander for House Beautiful)|
Q: "How do I create the perfect home bar? —Susan C.
|Design by Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber (photography by Ditte Isager fpr House Beautiful)|
A: Susan, maybe it's just the Southerner in me, but I've always thought that one of the most important aspects of our homes is the need to open our doors to entertain others. And most likely, if you're hosting friends for either an eight-course meal or a Super Bowl party, you're going to need to whip together a drink or two — and thusly, the need for a home bar. The good news? One doesn't always need a built-in wet bar in order to entertain guests — sometimes all you need is a flat surface and a few supplies.
|by Phillip Gorrivan (photography by Brian Doben for House Beautiful)|
1. The Booze
Um...duh. One can't very well have a bar without liquor. I think you should stick to the classics — a selection of gin, scotch, whiskey, bourbon, vodka, and a few red and/or white wines.
|Artist Richard Woods (photography by Alec Hemer for House Beautiful)|
2. The Mixers
Again, I like to keep to the classics: Flat and sparkling water, juices (maybe orange and cranberry), some soda or tonic water, and possibly a soft drink or two.
Always be sure you're well-stocked on ice. You're going to need about 10 pounds of ice for every four guests. Nothing says "It's time for everyone to go home" like running out of ice.
For the rest of my suggestions . . . click HERE.