For the media-room bar she designed for a spirits lover in Austin, Texas, designer Natalie Howe used vintage bottle caps set in lilac-colored grout. “I sourced the caps through a collector in North Carolina,” she says. “It's fun, vibrant and always brings a smile – which mixes perfectly with cocktail hour.”
Although parents are prone to using plastic when it comes to kid-safe drinkware, hardy, vintage-style milk bottles are an excellent and chic alternative. Add a classic striped straw to the bottle, and then serve pint-sized guests a healthy drink to go with their sweet treats.
Bluestone Shelf Holding Vintage Green Glass Bottles
Thick bluestone shelves provide color and complement the room's stone walls. When grouped in threes, accent items feel especially pleasing to the eye, as is the case with these vintage green glass bottles.
A rich red rug helps mark out this sitting area, complemented by a beautiful midcentury modern coffee table and a cool stacking book shelf. A colorful painting of vintage soda bottles unifies the space.
Jackson Paige Interiors incorporated a coastal feel to their contemporary design in this Brentwood remodel with their careful selection of fun accent pieces in the rooms. This starfish set, casually set atop vintage-style bottles, is another example of this approach.
Built in Bottle Storage and Display With Vintage Corkscrew Collection in Wood Wine Closet
An assortment of bottle storage shelves gives a pleasing look to this wine closet. A vintage corkscrew display is a simple and fitting way to decorate the space. The warm wood is balanced by cool toned countertop and stone floor tiles.
White Fireplace Mantel With Mirror, Wreath and Neutral Accessories
This fireplace mantel, decorated for winter, mixes different textural elements, including a wreath made of old sweaters, vintage bottles and a basket of antique fabric balls. A monogrammed plate adds a personal touch.
Now that your bar is beautiful, what should you serve your guests? Christian May of Maison 21 suggests mixing the practical with the unexpected. "Have a selection of basic liquors: vodka, gin, bourbon or whiskey and vermouth," May says. "Round these out with a few funky liquors in bottles with different shapes for visual appeal."
White walls make a perfect backdrop for the eclectic mix of furniture in this living room. A black midcentury cabinet turns the foyer into a bar area with the addition of vintage lamps and trays for bottles.
Folk Art Vase and Glass Bottles on Round Serving Tray
Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design used a vintage papier-mache vase in the Mexican folk art style of Gemma Taccogna on a tray. Glass bottles fill out the space without detracting from the vase’s vivid design.