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this thrifty house: building a bar

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Over the years my home bar has morphed from just a few bottles of liquor to a display of beautiful vintage finds with a more grown up and polished look. I found that entertaining can be fun, chic, and not budget busting. Including vintage and thrifted items is a great way to add some pizzazz and sophistication to your home bar. Though my little bar is still a work in progress, here are some tips I used to style mine.

The setup. Mixing modern, vintage, masculine  and softer textured items gives my bar a rich and unique look that works for my his and hers home. I've showcased my bar on one of my favorite pieces of vintage furniture, grounding it on a table runner with subtle feminine details, and used a dark wood wicker tray for it housing.  To give it even more interest I have placed other eye catching items such as the vintage desk lamp and Martini Rossi picture.

The tools. Something old with something new in perfect unison. On the left is pictured my favorite decanters  and pitcher used to store various liquors (depending on what I have currently in stock).  I like to keep a select sample of mixers, and staple bar requirements: a jigger, a julep strainer, a metal crock-screw, and a bottle opener as shown on the right. Additionally there is a contractible bottle opener and a bottle stopper.

A little thrifted vintage.  These petite pitchers adds more interest and are great for pouring creamers or shots into drinks. I also have olive cocktail picks that I've found to be a simple yet stylish way to add a bit of flare and sophistication to drinks.

Misc. goodies. This crystal beauty offers another lovely option to store liquor. Straws are a definite need for any well stocked bar and these paper straws are super chic and cute. You also get a better view of my cocktail picks and some more bar essential requirements: cocktail shaker, and an ice bucket.

Building your bar is a labor of love and doesn't just occur overnight. There are still items I want to add to mine such as a muddler, a bar spoon, and a hawthrone strainer, just to name a few. So enjoy the process and the journey of finding and incorporating beautiful and unique pieces with your bar essentials.

Shopping resources:

Ice bucket, shaker, and essential set: Pier One (old) similar here and here
Bottle stopper: Crate & Barrel (gifted) similar here and here 
Cocktail picks: Target (old) similar here
Straws: Marshalls similar here and here

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