Wednesday, April 27, 2011


After my post yesterday, I got design happy and could not stop thinking about the art and sconces that I want to mount above the bar. I finally settled on this arrangement and I can't wait to get going on collecting the pieces ...
It is a collection of framed photographs, plates, and candle scones. I will share all the sources once I post actual photos (just in case anything changes in the meantime). What do you think?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Remember my post about how I was on the search for a skinny console to be placed a against a wall that leads into Melrose's kitchen? Probably not ... but you can refresh your memory here. Well, I have been starring this piece down for forever and I finally bit the bullet. Here is the new console/bar that is now in the dining room:
look at how narrow she is ... 

two lined up against this back wall
I found this piece at CB2 and it received great reviews so I went for it. I thought the industrial, welded piece would complement the rustic theme of Melrose. Here is a mock up of the wall that I have created with some options:
I am using this accent table as a bar and I have some fun accessories all ready on top and have filled the baskets below ... I just need a goal for the wall above. There aren't any electrical outlets in this area so I am thinking of mounting 2 candle sconces on either side of some art or a mirror. I laid out the options of 1 large, 2 on top of each other, or a grouping of 4 ... ???

I found these rustic, industrial sconces at Wisteria that I thought would be perfect-
then I noticed Pottery Barn carries the exact ones for cheaper -
How nice is that? Just goes to show that you should explore all options! I also love these mirrored scones I found on the West Elm site, although they do not sell them! Frustrating ... anyone know where I can find these?
And they look very similar to these found in this picture that I shared in 
my previous post -
Again, Wisteria has some that are close -

But, I do like the simplicity of these rod iron ones at Pottery Barn as well -
I just don't think they will do the job. The baskets below the table sit on the frame nicely and display my Pellegrino and Bellini mix. I believe I will fill the other with baby tonic waters like this -

I wanted something to house my wine glasses, but I just don't think I have the room. This piece would be ideal if it had a middle shelf ... so, should I attempt this innovation instead?
I have to admit, it is quit tempting. 

Everything Fabulous had a recent post on 'chic bar carts + bar basics' and here is what she listed as the necessities at a bar:

Bar Basics: A martini shaker, cocktails glasses, Champagne flutes, wine glasses and martini glasses (keep a couple in the freezer at all times). Always have a supply of cocktail napkins on hand—linen are best!

Bar Essentials: A bar should include a mixture of dark and light liquors, beer, and wine {at least one white and one red}. Plus Vodka • Gin • Light rum • Scotch • Bourbon • Canadian whiskey • Dry vermouth • Campari • Champagne • Club soda • Tonic • Coca-Cola • Sprite or ginger ale • Lemons, limes and large cocktail olives.

Once I have the candle sconces and art mounted, I will share an update and my personal bar favorites.  

Monday, April 25, 2011

ABODE LOVE : guest post recap

In case you missed my guest post at Abode Love last week on the wedding photos then here is your chance to catch up! If you want the full scoop with all the nitty-gritty details, then check out Laurel-Dawn's fabulous post on it!