Happy Hour At Home

My grandparents had a bar located in the basement of their home. I’m not talking about a bar cart nor am I referring to a small wet bar tucked away in the corner of the dining room. This was a fully stocked bar in the family room. There wasn’t a liquor or liqueur they didn’t have. In addition to the alcohol, it had a fridge, a sink, an ice machine and seating for six. Plus, plenty of standing room. I remember it was the gathering place for many pre-holiday drinks. The kids (me, being one of those kids!) enjoyed the bar as much as the adults but not for the beverages – we loved to play games around the bar. So many happy memories associated with the home bar and yet I’ve never thought of incorporating one into our home. Which is surprising because on the one hand, we like to entertain, but on the other hand it isn’t. That’s because unlike previous generations, we aren’t in the habit of mixing a drink at the end of every day. Most nights it’s a glass of wine or two with dinner and that’s it. That being said, the idea of a home bar still holds some allure for me especially after I came across the space.

So many bright and shiny objects mixed with clean, minimalist lines gives this bar glamorous style with a distinctly modern appeal.

No doubt Beth Keim, owner, principle designer of Lucy and Company, had Hollywood Regency in mind when she designed this space.

Hollywood Regency – also known as Hollywood Glam or Regency Moderne – is a design trend based on the opulent glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s classic golden age of film in the 1930s. It is typically characterized by the bold use of color and patterns.

Many of Keim’s choices are a subtle nod to the look, with a modern interpretation.

She used a neutral color scheme but also introduced subtle patterns and textures into this space, making it anything but monochromatic. The wallpaper is a fun update to the palm frond print synonymous with Hollywood Regency thanks to Dororthy Draper, while still inspiring the feeling of luxury, relaxation, and getting away from it all.

Everything about this space, from the light-and-dark color scheme, the patterns, the glass, the chandelier, the metallic accents to the ornate touches, symbolize everything about Hollywood Glam. It’s not hard to imagine this opulent bar as the setting for the happiest hour of the week with friends and family!

So much glamour and tons of inspiration in one spot! Does this inspire you to put a bar in your home?

If so, I’ve rounded up a few bar tools you may need to get you started.

1.Shaker 2. Wine Opener 3. Bar Tool Set 4. Marble Cutting Board 5. Champagne Bucket 6. Zigger + Liquor Pourer 7. Citrus Press 8. Pairing Knife

Images: Photographer, Mekenzie Loli for Lucy and Company

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