Top five tips for creating a Pinterest perfect home bar
Check out the Pinterest boards of the UK’s most fashionable home owners, and, along with a preponderance of pineapples and a boom in bell jars, you’ll also find billions of bar carts. The bar cart (drinks trolley, home bar – call it what you will) is enjoying a massive resurgence right now. Marks & Spencer senior furniture buyer Paul Tanner puts this down to the rise of the wall mounted flat screen TV, which does away with the need for a media cabinet. “For many, the coffee table is now the only significant item of furniture in the living room other than a sofa, and a drinks cabinet acts as a new focal point, especially as fireplaces are in decline,” he says.
So if your living room lacks focus, and you enjoy entertaining your friends or simply indulging in an after dinner tipple or three, I highly recommend setting up your very own drinking corner. To make it a focal point worth its celery salt, it’s worth putting a little extra effort into the stocking and styling. Here are my five rules for creating a Pinterest-perfect home boozer.
1. Bag a bargain cart
Surprisingly perhaps, beautiful trolleys like the ones you see here don’t have to cost a fortune. The high street has cottoned on to the home bar trend so there are now bar carts to suit even fairly modest budgets, easy to buy online. My pick of the boozy bunch are Oliver Bonas’ gold bamboo version, £395, Sisters Guild’s rose gold beauty (main image), £315, and the green, marble and brass option from MiaFleur (above), £325. If you don’t fancy a trolley, a simple tray on a sideboard will do the job - West Elm has a fab lacquered selection that are very on trend.
2. Buy pretty tasty booze
If your bar is on show (and on show ‘is’ the point after all), then your booze bottles need to taste good and ‘look’ fabulous. For my money, must-haves include the bright orange Chase Marmalade Vodka, bright blue Bombay Sapphire and the sceptre like Chambord, essential for those Kir Royales. A limited edition bottle can up the fun factor - interiors blogger Kimberley Duran from swoonworthy.co.uk has a leopard print Disaronno Amaretto on her bar cart.
3. Don’t neglect the mixers
Every must pin home bar needs to style up its mixers. Forget big plastic bottles of tonic. Instead, go for minibar cool – think tiny cans or small glass bottles. I love Fever-Tree for aesthetics and deliciousness. Jessica Buckley, from Jessica Buckley Interiors, swears by Cipriani’s pretty peach puree Bellini mix, while Kimberley Duran’s bar features a line-up of super chic san pellegrino.
4. Go vintage with your vino
To help your bar stand out from the social media crowd, mix unique vintage glasses with high street bargains. Try trawling your local antiques market or second hand shops - my recent dig around yielded a haul of green, blue and pink handblown sherry glasses which cost less than their high street equivalents and look beautifully jewel like on my gold leaf bar shelves.
5. Have fun with accessories
Bar accessories can be both decorative and useful – but the best ones are both. I recently acquired a green mid century ice bucket from eBay for a mere £15. Other options could include the perennially cool pineapple (John Lewis does a lovely copper one, as does Oliver Bonas - pictured above) or Kate Spade New York’s ‘raise a glass’ gold polka dot bucket from Amara (£45). A selection of fun cocktail stirrers and a little pot plant or vase of flowers (I use my cleaned out Diptyque candle as a container) give your bar that extra something. Now all that’s left to do is shake, pour and drink – and don’t forget to pin… cheers!