I’ve been slowly styling this buffet because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with it. This shelf used to hold our board games in the living room – but I hated the cluttered look. One of these days I’ll outfit an extra closet with shelves to hide our huge collection… but that’s another post.
We entertain so much, it was getting to be ridiculous that our dining room was lined with bookshelves & we only used half of the room. The dining table used to be in this nook. Now the dining table is in the middle of the dining room. I enlisted my sister to help me move everything around.
I knew I wanted this piece to serve as a home bar or a buffet. I finally decided on a mix of both. I always style spaces to reflect how they are used. For example, Kimo and I would alway leave our dirty laundry in a pile in the bathroom instead of carrying it back to the laundry basket in our room. Because of this, I bought a laundry sorter for the bathroom Viola… instantly more practical & stylish.
I decided not to fully stock the bar. When we entertain we always serve wine. Very rarely, we’ll enjoy vodka sodas, whiskey or Kimo drinks a captain & diet every 6 months. No joke.
I go through sparkling water like crazy. I love the Pellegrino bottles so much, I wanted to display them. This Target tray corrals: 1 bottle of Reisling, 3 bottles of Pellegrino, 2 bottles of whiskey, straws, 3 glasses, a candle, bottle openers, and wine stoppers.
Our Alexa sits on the bar and plays our favorite playlists.
I found these amazing coasters on Amazon. I bought two sets and have them scattered in the dining and living room. They are absorbent stone!
I needed a place to store my cookbooks that was easily accessible. On top of them being easy to grab, they make a pretty excellent plant stand.
Bonus photo of Oliver.
I snapped up this great tray at TJ Maxx ages ago. I love the inlay. The bowls are also from TJ Maxx. I always have tons of lemons or limes on hand that go in the glass bowl. The white bowl always holds whatever fresh snack fruits for easy access.
How to Style a Home Bar
No. 1… Pick alcohol you like to drink & you serve when you have guests. You won’t magically become a mixologist overnight because you’ve purchased all the ingredients.
No. 2… Add a couple plants. It’s easier for me to keep a snake plant & a pothos alive than it is for me to remember to pick up fresh flowers if we’re entertaining last minute.
No. 3… Art. A bar needs art whether it be framed prints on the top or a piece on the wall.
No. 4… Use a few trays to create order. Trays are the solution to all organizational woes. Plus they make everything look better.
No. 5… Add a sweet & a snack. I keep a bowl of fresh, washed fruit that can easily be grabbed when I’m hangry. I also keep ginger hard candies in a bowl for anyone to snag after dinner drinks.
What would you keep on your home bar?