Every outdoor retreat needs a few amenities, like a simple DIY bar. A bar like this is easy to stock whether you’re hosting yourself, family or a crowd, and it can also pull double duty as a privacy wall if you place it strategically. To decide other items you might want to include in your retreat, think about how you’ll use it. A meditation retreat calls for cushy pillows and zen-inspired stones, while a spot for an evening sip of wine needs only a comfy seat with wide arms.
Grouping favorite small-batch bourbons and a go-to simple syrup puts a console table designed to hold bottles of wine to work as a bar. To make the libation collection even more impressive, stack the bottles on chargers. DIY blogger Amanda Macy Hall used these wooden chargers made by her parents and then brought in a touch of softness and glam with a set of copper-trimmed linen cocktail napkins by Dot & Army.
You don't need gory decorations to spook your guests. HGTV fan debbiedoos set a frightening table with a metal skull centerpiece, red skull wine glasses and plastic bones on the place settings. To add more of a scare, she hung yellow CAUTION tape on the windows. This dinner table is sure to lead to a thrilling night.
Fresh greens, herbed goat cheese and citrus notes are featured in this flavorful springtime salad. For the dressing, you'll need: ½ cup orange juice, ¼ cup white wine vinegar and ¼ cup olive oil. For the salad, you'll need: 6 ounces of mixed baby lettuces, 1 avocado cut into wedges, 4 ounces crumbled herbed goat cheese, 1 navel orange sliced in rounds or segments and fresh herbs like flat leaf parsley, cilantro and thyme.
Setting up food and drink stations allows guests to serve themselves, reducing your workload as a host. Portable foldout tables set against the wall and covered with fabric look elegant and are sturdy enough to hold the weight of glass containers food and beverages. For the beverage station, provide a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine along with pitchers of juice for mixing.
The key to any great kitchen is storage, and this kitchen has plenty of it. The oversized island in the center of the room gives the family lots of space to store their pots, pans and other kitchen wares. For additional storage, built in shelves were added. Here, the family can show off portions of their wine collection and glasses. With drawers underneath the shelves, more storage is available for the family's things, allowing the homeowners to keep the clutter off of their counters.
Connect with like-minded rosé lovers and expand your wine knowledge this summer (July 12-October 7) at New York City's Rosé Mansion, a two-story pop up at 445 5th Avenue. This immersive rosé experience features rosé tastings, education opps where you can learn more about your favorite sip, Istagrammable photo ops and decor ideas. Just look for the pink door and you'll know you have found your people.
Planning a trip to Cashiers, North Carolina? This charming mountain town is home to an array of home design stores and one signature mountain resort, the Lodge at Chattooga Club that would make a wonderful berth during your mountain visit. Croquet is a huge pursuit at this gorgeous spot with just seven luxurious suites (think gas fireplace, marble bath, Molton Brown products, complimentary wine and snacks and a wonderfully plush, comfortable home-away-from-home feel) and the most spectacular views imaginable.
A cedar tree is the focal point of this kitchen, with lighting fixtures hanging between the upper branches near the ceiling. But even more impressive are the things you don't see. Electrical outlets and an exhaust panel are hidden within the granite and pop up at the push of a button. A built-in cutting board, wine storage area, Wolf double-stacked convection ovens and an incredible lake view add to the state-of-the-art kitchen.
Gray cabinets framed with white molding add visual interest to this small kitchen area. A tray ceiling with recessed lighting adds height to the space and brightens the room with white beadboard. A wood island juts off the the sleek counter space, providing a casual dining space and extra storage for wine bottles. Glass-front cabinet doors allow the yellow cabinet interior to shine through for a pop of yellow, which complements the yellow undertones of the tile backsplash.
The overall layout and flow of the dining room breaks down traditional barriers and connects each guest to the chef, to the liveliness of shared meals and to the appreciation for history throughout the building. The dining zones were strategically designed to support the choreography of the chef’s team. The dining area was also designed to lead the guest’s journey to the big arrivals of the experience: a central glass wine room sitting grandly along the historic brick and — most importantly — the striking open kitchen, which is thrust center stage.
This large, open country style kitchen has everything a family could need. The beautiful custom cabinets provide plenty of storage space, while the large kitchen island gives the family plenty of space to prepare their food. Cabinets and countertops extend along the sides of the room for more storage and preparation options. Appliances in this space include a dishwasher, a refrigerator, a double oven, a two sided prep sink and a wine cooler. The final touch for this family was to add some casual seating at the kitchen island. This option allows the family extra seating when they have guests or simply gives them a place to have a casual meal.
This selection of doublefile viburnum earns its name from baseball size blooms that typically appear near the start of baseball season. Flowers begin greenish-white and finish pure white. Leaves add strong interest with a deeply pleated form and strong green hue through summer. Fall lights up the foliage in vivid shades of wine and burgundy. Plants grow 5 to 10 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8. Good to know: Full sun is the key to strongest flowering.
Ornamental grasses steal the show in autumn, with eye-catching seedheads and blades that move in the wind. ‘Prairie Fire’ switch grass (Panicum virgatum) forms sturdy, upright clumps that stand up to winter snows. Blue-green stems and wine-red leaves look great through the growing season. Rosy-tinted flower heads appear in late summer and linger into winter. Switch grass is a great plant for wildlife gardens, providing good winter cover for birds and insects. Plants grow 48 to 60 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
You can always impress guests with a specialty drink, and you don't have to be a mixologist or sommelier to do it, just find one at your local gourmet grocery store. Many specialty grocery stores will have food and beverage experts on site who can offer recommendations for locally-produced nonalcoholic beverages as well as picks from local breweries and wine that works with your menu. Additionally, they almost always have information packets about the products that you can take home and place on your table for guests to explore.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson borrowed 15 square feet from the adjacent guest bedroom to carve out space for this chic bathroom vanity. To give the room a first class feel, Sarah added a large silver-framed round mirror, a mosaic tile backsplash and a floating, custom-built wood cabinet with sleek modern hardware and plenty of extra storage. At the far end of this spa bathroom sits a cozy soaking tub with a built-in ledge perfect for holding candles or a glass of wine. A small, linear gallery wall adds color to the monochromatic space and boosts the room's spa-like ambiance.
Designer Catherine Smith blended old with new in this Spanish Colonial-inspired living room. Furniture pieces bring newer elements to the space while components from the Spanish Colonial period take you back in time. Wooden ceiling beams and wrought-iron details represent materials used during that time period, and the doorway arches were often the only ornamentation in this type of simple, informal design. Catherine used a red wine-colored velvet sofa and an oversized tapestry of a Spanish-style courtyard to add texture, giving the space a stunning appearance.
This beautiful white kitchen makes use of all the modern conveniences. The use of pop-up countertop receptacles enables the uninterrupted flow of the glass backsplash. The articulating faucet adds whimsy and fun to the structured design of the kitchen's straight and clean lines. Special features such as long lift-up hardware, compact European appliances, white quartz countertops, demi-high units housing the oven and microwave, an integrated refrigerator, a compact wall-mounted wine chiller and grain match veneer give this kitchen the finishing edge.