Basic wooden shelves can turn an empty wall into a showcase of farmhouse style. The interiors of this 18th century home, featured in “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques,” has a curated collection of glass decanters on one shelf, then plates and glasses grouped by color on the other shelves.
White chairs with a small sky blue pattern and nailhead trim surround a silver-leaf dining table in front of a roaring fireplace. Simple glass decanters and floral arrangements atop a low round copper try make an elegant centerpiece.
Lacquered cabinets with long, nickel-plated handles and straightforward stone counters lend the air of a laboratory to this galley kitchen. Note the vintage French gym locker used for additional storage. Blenko glass decanters from the 1960s add a colorful accent.
An elegant archway is flanked by built-in stone wine racks that hold the homeowners' collection. Warm wood cabinets paired with traditional countertops provide storage for glasses, decanters and other entertaining needs. Terracotta tile grounds the space, while a rustic chandelier adds an Old World note.
This spacious, transitional laundry room offers plenty of room for functional and stylish design ideas to form. Designer Traci Zeller adds drama to the room through a black-and-white color scheme and checkerboard tiled flooring. Glass decanters serve as attractive storage containers for detergent, clothespins and other laundry essentials.
Because it’s often an entertaining focal point, the style of the wet bar is particularly important. Says designer Robin Baron of this glamorous example: "Even a wet bar needs accessorizing. Textured walls along a sculptural and lit art installation create a great backdrop. Throw in a few key accessories that feel like they organically belong there, like decorative glasses and decanters, and you set the stage for fabulous entertaining."
To get a coastal look for less, hit estate sales, flea markets and garage sales to find cool, kitschy items like the Jim Beam commemorative decanter, hand-carved wooden fish and blue glass bottle used on this beachy bar.
The living room features a mirrored oval end table trimmed in gold, the perfect metallic accent to the deep blue hue used throughout the space. The table provides just enough room for a dramatic gold lamp and a small glass hard liquor decanter with a matching pair of glasses.
Utilize small spaces like this cubby by incorporating a wet bar. A tall, slim wine refrigerator supplies ample bottle storage, while glasses can be stored hanging upside down or in the cabinets. Finish the space with a stylish decanter and an ice bucket.
This dining room's bar area is in a New York state of mind. The floating cabinet holds wine lying horizontally and liquor bottles behind mesh-front cabinets. Wine glasses hang from a shelf overhead, where New York City prints also rest — but could hold cookbooks, a decanter or other accessories. Succulents and flowers bring life to the space.
A 19th century English folding table with a cocktail tray showcases a pair of crystal decanters and drinking glasses. The traditional bar area sits in a dining room corner that features medium wood grain wall paneling and green curtains.
When choosing a bar cart, don't exclude a vintage version. "A found treasure always garners a second look and a chic set of marvelous midcentury highballs or dapper decanters will also be a nod to the glamorous retro ritual of cocktail hour," says Roxy Owens, founder of Society Social. This vintage cart includes stemmed wine glass hangers and two bottle storage slots.