Raising The Bar: How To Elevate Your Bar This Christmas

A beautifully styled bar cart adds a generous measure of glamour to all gatherings. Siobhan Lam, owner of online interiors store April and the Bear, suggests how to elevate yours...

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First things first - every home bar needs a decanter, if not several, and if you can source something a little different, all the better - a smoked decanter, for example. Cocktail glasses should reside here also - I love the look of glass tumblers stacked next to an array of decanters and colourful spirit bottles.

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For texture and height, I like to add a simple vase with some blooms - my preference would be eucalyptus leaves. Also, consider adding a metallic side light or candles to the bar - this will create a moody ambience, and the light will reflect beautifully on all the glass surfaces.

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Lastly, add some bold art, either propped on the bar or hung just above - something abstract, like the art of our Danish artist Tina Rud Pedersen, looks incredibly chic, or try something a little cheekier - our ?Gin is My Catnip? print would work well. This really defines the bar area and gives the space its own distinct personality.

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Another absolute essential would be our drink rocks by Areaware - these are simple stone shapes that chill your cocktail without diluting it, and they just so happen to look really cool!

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Whiskey decanter, €14; lamp,?105; ?Gin is My Catnip? print, from €20; Areaware drinks rocks set, €38; all at aprilandthebear.com

READ MORE:?4?Ways To Kick Off Your Christmas Spirit

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Featured Image: Manhattan drinks trolley, €890; Mayfair cocktail shaker, €31; Mayfair high ball, low ball and cocktail glasses, from €31; Madeleine chair upholstered in Isla Finch, €520; all at Neptune, neptune.com

This article originally appeared in the December issue of IMAGE magazine.

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