elledecor– If you’ve turned to drink to muddle through what remains of 2020, you’re among friends. “We’re seeing clients make space for a home bar even if one didn’t exist before,” says Dallas designer Jean Liu, whose friend stuck one in a coat closet as COVID-19 descended. The standing order: a bar with all the glitz of Bemelmans at the Carlyle hotel in New York City, without the socially condensed throngs.
As with a Cabernet Sauvignon, boldness wins. “It’s the perfect place to paint something bright or dark or moody that they wouldn’t have had the nerve to do otherwise,” says Liu, who has had clients request cast-pewter bar tops in recent months. New Jersey designer Beth Diana Smith concurs: “It’s important now when we’re entertaining at home that you’re giving someone the feeling that they’re not at home,” she says.