Wet Bars/Wine Cellars Design

Several months ago Sally was contacted by a past client with a request to help her design a family room in her walk out basement overlooking the links at Ipswich Country Club. She wanted it to be stylish, masculine and done with flair. Here are two of Sally’s proposals for the large blank wall immediately to the right of the bar. Both were to done by decorative artists. One was rather formal – tromp l’oeil wainscot, columns, crown molding, etc. There was a lengthy discussion as to whether the dogs would be statues or part to the painting.

The second was much more stylish and whimsical. Again, tromp l’oeil, with drapery hung in front of the “open door”. What fun! Sadly, neither of these happened. Instead we’re considering a custom wallpaper.

She’s an interesting client, who likes to take on certain aspects of the project herself, meaning that aspects of Sally’s work is conceptual. It makes for an interesting collaborative process. The project is about 75% complete and yesterday Sally got a call asking for help resolving the profile of the countertop at the bar. So, armed with measuring tape, pencils and erasers, we headed to the job site today to see what could be done. I actually enjoy these little problems. You have to think on your feet and be decisive. Otherwise, the job slows down – or on occasion grind to a halt… Fortunately, this one was easy. In about 15 minutes a solution was sketched out on a piece of plywood set on top of the bar. This was one of several modifications we made.

 

While we were there, I took several detail snapshots of the job site. First the overview of the bar area, where most of the action is occurring at the moment.

Peaking out from under the floor protection you can see the  handiwork of our talented decorative painters, Zoe Design. (Note the books in the cabinet Sally was testing for appropriateness.)

 

A detail shot of the floor and the sink.

 

The Porcelanosa tile back bar backsplash and custom wall paper designed and produced by Zoe Design.

Yes, those are guinea fowl feathers… Incredible texture, yes?

I’ll save the powder room until another day. We all know what spackle looks like…

 

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I’ve been battling writer’s block these past few months. I’ve always felt like I needed to compose a post with multiple pictures and commentary and it simply hasn’t been there. Combine that with a busy fall schedule and the blog has suffered. And so I thought I’d take a different tack. Short posts that relate to what we’re working on or a “snap shot” of something either Sally or I come a cross while doing project related research.

We have a situation on a new project in which there is an existing wet bar in an awkward location. It may prove to be too expensive to move it to another location in the house. The question is, what does one do with something that isn’t quite to ones liking or it’s where it really ought not to be??? As I was winding down the day last night, I came across this picture in the 2012 October Traditional Home.

Pocket doors!!! These open and slide into pockets on either end of the wet bar. The cremone bolts are perfect! In our situation, I’d put in antiqued glass so the french doors appear to be mirrored when they are closed.

As I’m writing this, I remembered we designed a set of built in cabinets a number of years ago for client to house his record collection, etc. All the cabinet doors were pocket doors done with Hafle hardware.

So much or my short post…. I promise to do better next time…

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Inspired wine cellar…

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Knowing I’m a wine lover and dream of some day having a small wine cellar, my daughter in law sent me these pictures the other day. Not sure how convenient or practical it actually is. (How does one protect the glass for instance?) But I think it’s pretty cool none the less. I like the clean kitchen details and wide plank floor, too!

Pretty slick!

What do you think?

 

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