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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Vintage Bar Styling

Lately, I have been obsessing over setting up a vintage inspired bar.  Considering a half glass of champagne on New Year's Eve amounts to my yearly intake of alcohol, my latest obsession may be a bit ludicrous.  It's not the drinking out of vintage stemware that has me staring at beautiful photos on vintage blogs but the idea of it.  Does this make sense?  Or maybe I have been watching too much Mad Men.  Is it possible to watch too much Mad Men?  When I saw this incredibly glamorous bar cart at Williams Sonoma, I was staggered.

Do you see the collection of silver band glassware on top?  I'm not sure if Dorothy Thorpe glassware is still in production or has been reissued but they look very much like Dorothy Thorpe glassware and are banded on the inside rim as well.

Unfortunately, the approximately $1,100.00 CDN price tag for the bar cart is so not in my budget.  I decided to slowly put together a bar on a very thrifty budget.  It was not just going to be vintage-inspired, it was going to be vintage.  An Art Deco dresser tucked into a corner of the dining room stood in for a bar cart.  Without quite realizing it, I have begun collecting vintage Culver glassware.  It all started with thrifting a set of Cranberry Scroll just in time for Christmas.  There is something so over the top glamorous about Culver's patterns.

I've mentioned the brass pineapple before.  It's actually an ice bucket and, somehow, having a crazy brass pineapple lends itself to a Hollywood Regency style bar.

Only recently did I thrift the vintage bar tools and shakers.  They are all sitting on an Ernest Sohn teak bar sized chopping board.  I was thrilled to find a set of Culver Valencia glasses the other weekend.  They are just so pretty in real life.

The tall tumblers behind the Valencia glasses are Chantilly.  Oh no, I think I've started another collection!

Monsieur likes the Valencia pattern the best.  Which one do you like the best?  Or do you prefer simple, clear glassware?


Helen and her Daughters said...

I am obsessed with vintage bar ware too and like you I'm not much of a drinker. I created a bar out of an old RC Cola stand and I love it.

Mid Mod Mom said...

Lovely idea and great staging. I have found a couple of vintage beautiful bar carts, but I have no room for them. I already sold one. I have a corner of the house devoted to a bar, but nothing as vintage and beautiful as yours.

Melissa said...

I just oooo'd out loud! Your bar set up is super cool!

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

Good grief, I feel like I could have written this post myself. Rarely drink except for the occasion glass of champagne, yet obsessed with bar carts! :) I, too, am in the process of setting up a new bar cart. And you know what? I have that pineapple! Now you've given me an idea!!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your chest and your vintage bar accessories are so fun. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Your vintage bar looks so much nicer than the store bought one....I love the colors of yours!You have a nice collection going.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I love your vintage bar! It's so fun. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. I would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party. Here is the link if you want to check it out. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2013/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-56.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Botanic Bleu said...

Your Art Decor dresser is the perfect complement to your vintage bar accessories and glasses.

I found your blog through a comment on another blog. L'heure Bleue is the name I considered for my small shop and blog! But, I was afraid too many people wouldn't know how to pronounce it mainly because I have a hard time saying it myself. LOL So, I was intrigued to check out your L'Heure Bleue at Home blog. I like what I've seen.


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