Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Not sure how I feel about bars...

I am just not sure how I feel about bars in houses (that is mine above, by the way). I think all of the bars below, especially the ones by the great Miles Redd, are gorgeous. They look like they are ready to host the most chic party in town. Unfortunately, I never have parties. I am a bit of a hermit and I don't drink that much. And what about people with children? Do you think that bars should be set up and out at all times? I think we are past the era of the after-work cocktail of hard liquor, which seems very "Mad Men" to me. (Side note: I thought the scene in SATC 2 where she got him the drink of scotch to bolster him for an evening party was ridiculous. Do you need to keep a decanter of hard liquor next to the television?? Is it just me who thinks that is weird?) My great grandparents always had a set of cut crystal decanters out on a tray and at the end of the day would have a bourbon and coke. So I guess that is one reason why it seems a little old fashioned to me. However, decorators like Miles and of course one of my design idols David Hicks, always make a bar look good. I do think it is a good space saver for glasses if you have a tiny apartment like I do or a lovely decoration if you have a large buffet in a dining room, and I do think they are practical and beautiful for parties. But what about all the time?
What do you think about open bars in houses? Should they be exposed or shut away?

1 comment:

heather (love your space) said...

My "bar" is in a closed armoire--on the upper shelves. Of course, I have 3 and 5 year old daughters. My parents have set-ou bars (beautiful glassware on a three-tiered rolling bar cart, and a collection of bottles in a beautiful silver and brass tray), but both in the formal dining room. Seems a bit much to have an exposed bar in an everyday room!