Posted on October 06 2015
I skipped the swim as I’m in Heal’s for some of the day and I need to get ahead of all my zillions of emails. I have a new idea for our faux flower store which I want to run via Gem. Hasn’t been done before and I think it could be big, as in huge, but I am keeping it close to my chest until Gem and I drill into it a little more and we launch it. We get a lot of emails from small businesses asking us how we handle people imitating us and I will say only this – have the same attitude as Jeremy Langmead (someone who I greatly admire) he said “Copiers are there to give you the drive to to beat them”. It’s so very true, always thinking of the next thing! Ahem, I digress – let’s talk kitchens.
We’re approaching the end of our weekly revamp (last day tomorrow, along with an exciting new feature for the blog!). So I reckon it’s time to treat our kitchens, and reward ourselves at the same time. Just in time for London Cocktail Week, today’s task is to create your own dedicated home bar area. Chin chin!
I love having a little drinks nook tucked away somewhere – whether it’s a retro drinks trolley, or just a collection of cool bottles stashed on a tray. With a bar at hand, you can instantly transform your home into a sophisticated soiree anytime. It makes your kitchen feel party-ready and more indulgent. It’s also perfect for post-6 o’clock unwinding!
You don’t need a huge space or dedicated entertaining area for the cool home bar. My favourite ever bar was a set-up that Rita Konig had in her hallway in her old NY apartment. I absolutely adored it, and it was just a brilliant side table with a cluster of bottles, a cool lamp and a hat. Simple as but so cool.
I am obsessed with bar carts, whether it’s a retro-style trolley or our super luxe marble and brass Brewer trolley that was a new favourite find this season. It’s sturdy but also sleek and glam. I love the idea of wheeling it out from the kitchen and into the living room for a bit of a treat in the evenings! But if you don’t have the space for a bar cart, you can cluster cocktail essentials and some cool bottles on a tray, find a spot on the sideboard, or dedicate a section of shelving to a shaker and a glassware collection. Chuck in some limes, barware, a little jar of olives, and a bottle of bitters and you’re ready to go.
Bring back cocktail hour I say! Steal ideas from some of the coolest bars around the world here. Once your bar is up and running, you can try out one of my favourite cocktail recipes. Oh and if you want to catch up on the other weekly revamp tasks, they’re all here. Last day tomorrow!