Paying extra attention to your glassware is an excellent way to carry your springtime color scheme throughout your tablescape. Instead of clear glasses for juice or water, mix tinted glass in the same tones as your overall palette.
Put your antique glass collection to good use with a formal arrangement. Working with glass jewelry boxes or candy jars with solid bottoms, cut roses to size, then add them to the top and fill it with approximately two inches of water.
An important part of planning the bar is thinking about the type of glassware that will be used to serve each drink. While traditionalists recommend a different glass for red and white wine, you can keep things simple by using a multipurpose glass for both. You might also try searching for unique and vintage glassware at flea markets and garage sales to add to your collection; don't be afraid to mix and match stemware for an eclectic look. For large parties, we recommend renting glassware. It comes perfectly polished, and there's no need to clean before returning.
You can unify a shelf display by function, too. Mary Carol Garrity, author of Feather Your Nest: It's All in the Details and the owner of Nell Hill's, an accessories emporium in Atchison, Kan., likes to turn a shelf into a bar or a serving station. "Take out the shelf above to create more room, then top a tray with pretty cut-crystal decanters and glassware," she suggests. Design by Emily Henderson.
Achieve a stained glass effect without changing your windows. A kitchen or pantry window is a great place to install shelves to store colored glassware, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." “The light just comes right through it and really shows them off,” she says.
Store small decorative objects on the same shelves as your china and glassware to add interest and detail to an otherwise utilitarian space. Then, when you’re ready to set a table for a dinner party, the pieces will also be on hand for a darling tablescape, suggests author Susan Sully.
Gray smooth finishes and an open design create a timeless look for this contemporary wet bar. Hanging, open shelving allows for easy access to organized glass storage. The darker countertop adds a nice contrast while still keeping with the neutral feel of the room. Large wall murals and warm lighting add sunny color to the space.
The owner of this home is a twenty-something Nashville musician, so designers wanted to create a space that really showcased her personality, so they added funky details that bring the space to life. Vintage glassware was added to the table to give it a funky touch, while fresh flowers and geodes add a touch of nature to this space.
This modern sideboard provides hidden storage for glassware while providing shelving for books and collectibles both above and below. A modern painting sits above and red porcelain lamps flank the china collection.