Give your home a green outlook by harvesting rain water. A rain barrel is easy to set up, and the water you collect can easily be recycled on container or landscape plantings. A rain barrel also reduces the amount of rainwater runoff your property produces. In some municipalities, that can lead to a reduced utility bill.
Instead of opening and closing a big, old, clunky, plastic cooler at the tailgate party, pack a wheel barrel in the back of the truck, wheel it a few feet away from the truck, and then fill it with ice and beverages. This will also free up valuable space in the back for serving food or offering guests more spots to sit and relax.
Vintners initially aged wine in used bourbon barrels because it was cheaper. Now it's just cool. Capitalizing on the growing prominence of bourbon in the spirits realm, aging wines in bourbon barrels like his Layer Cake cabernet sauvignon illustrates this popular new trend.
When entertaining space is tight, you need stylish furniture pieces that do double duty. This Barrel Stave Bistro Table from NapaStyle with arched legs made from genuine barrel staves fits the bill. The handmade table includes two shelves for storage of glasses and wine bottles, with a smooth pine top for rustic dining.
Floor space is tight in this 154-square-foot bedroom, but the 12-foot-tall barrel ceilings offer an opportunity to decorate vertically. Bold textiles and a splashy chandelier make the teen girl's bedroom pop.
People gravitate to the kitchen no matter the design or layout, but guests will certainly flock to this Tuscan-inspired kitchen. Rustic wrought-iron urn pendants hang from the exposed beams while recessed lighting lines the brick barrel ceiling. Below, an oversized island faces a muted stone hearth with tumbled-tile backsplash.
All of designer Claire Paquin's selections for this little girl's bedroom are comfortable and classic. For example, these matching barrel-backed armchairs are sophisticated enough for a teen yet are a fabulous addition for a three-year-old child. And who doesn't love a touch of hot pink for a sweet little girl?
A finished basement is a dependable enough investment by itself — but adding a luxury wine cellar is an increasingly popular remodeling project that also adds value and is even becoming a baseline expectation in some markets. Spend your money wisely to get the best return: “The most important feature of a wine cellar is temperature control,” says Mike Tenhulzen, owner of Tenhulzen Residential, who installed the cellar shown here. “A reliable chiller with humidity control is well worth the initial investment, and LED lighting is ideal because it doesn’t give off any heat.” Also, make sure you go the extra mile to treat the perimeter of the room properly with vapor barriers, weatherstripping and insulation in order to protect your precious cargo.
A butler’s pantry with walnut cabinets and a custom pewter countertop leads the way to a sunny, transitional kitchen. The kitchen is outfitted with two islands for extra storage and seating for the family.