Raise the Home Bar

Built-in bars are a luxury, but home bars don't have to come at a high price point. Designer Jane Lockhart shares three affordable and practical ways to incorporate a home bar into your living room.

Raise the Home Bar

Above: Jane by Jane Lockhart Carson sofa; Benny chair and Harlow ottoman by Statum Designs; bar carts and credenza and art, Union Lighting and Furnishings; all barware and accessories, Crate and Barrel; Tivoli radio, Tivoli Audio

Raise the Home Bar: Credenza

Bar Option 1: Credenza

Boasting great retro style, a credenza is an ideal option because it has all the functionality of a bar, while looking like furniture. The large top surface allows for drink prep, but it's not bulky. Plus, the interior allows for glass and bar item storage, and the two sides allow you to divide up the placement of you beverages (spirits on one side, wine on the other).

Raise the Home Bar: Open Metal Credenza

Bar Option 2: Open Metal Credenza

The glass and metal of this option add sparkle to a room. The design also allows you to use this as a console or sofa backer table. Conversely, you could use a console table in place of buying a bar cart all together. The two levels of this open metal credenza are great for storage on the bottom and display on teh top. The glass makes it feel like and not overly-huge. It's easy to clean and has small wheels so one person can move it themselves.

Raise the Home Bar: Wheeling Bar Cart

Bar Option 1: Wheeling Bar Cart

In addition to a super sexy vintage feel, a wheeling bar cart is light and easy to move due to its size and full size wheels. There's excellent bottle storage on the bottom so things don't get broken while moving and serving. The wheeling bar cart can simply be decorative and left set up as a bar or it can be an extra buffet table in the dining room when hosting large dinners. The glass and metal is very easy to clean, and with a matte metal you see no finger prints! raise_the_home_bar004.jpg

Living room and kitchen shot on location at Kylemore Communities Custom Home Model designed by Jane Lockhart.

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