I just love seeing a beautifully styled bar.
I've been longing to do one in my home for years and I don't even drink!
My friend Gina and I used to wax poetic about setting one up of our own when our kids were grown and out of the house.
This one belongs to my friends Eddie & Jaithan.
Because I'm not a drinker I really don't know the basics of setting up a bar and have been accused of choosing a wine based on it's label.
I have fond memories wandering the aisles of Bevmo admiring all the liquor bottle eye candy all the while making mental notes about which ones I would one day come back for.
I actually have several spots in my home that are just waiting to be transformed into cocktail central.
I even have this exact bar cart currently in my Dining Room. I also have collected a stash of fabulous crystal decanters.
What, you ask, am I waiting for?
Maybe I'm afraid that when my college age son comes home to visit he's going to ask me for a drink!
And then what am I going to do?
Empty nesting has really made me want to entertain more.
And I can't think of a better time to create a fabulous looking bar than during the holiday season.
It's all about the aesthetics for me but I'm sure my husband and guests would appreciate it.
There is so much inspiration in these gorgeous images to draw from.
I'm wondering how many of you have bars set up in your homes?
And do you use them or are they just for looks?
Do they tempt you to do the Mad Men thing and pour yourself a nightly cocktail?
Or do you wait for a special occasion?
I wanted to leave you with this photo I took of one of my favorite bar set ups which belongs to my friend Kevin who writes the blog, Hollywood Forever, Kevin.
It looks right out of a magazine.
He is the consummate host!