5 Home Bars for the Modern Gent

5 Home Bars for the Modern Gent

5 Home Bars for the Modern Gent

All this warm weather puts me in the mood for a cocktail!

 

It’s time to serve them up in style with my personalized list of masculine home bars.  (I may have linked a couple fabulous cocktail recipes, as well, to ensure you are the most popular guy around.)

One. For the Mad Men Lover

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stephaniecohenhome.com Caracole Living Room Natural Walnut Bar Cabinet

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stephaniecohenhome.com Caracole Living Room Natural Walnut Bar Cabinet

 

This modern twist on a midcentury classic is fit for all Mad Men lovers.  Its stylish and functional.  Does it get any better than that?

Two. For the Industrial Type

 

www.houzz.com Arteriors Home Ponce Bar Cart

www.houzz.com Arteriors Home Ponce Bar Cart

 

Simple, modern, and a little edgy – this bar cart is perfect for the masculine minimalist.  Complete with wheels, this mobile bar can be used for any indoor or outdoor occasion you dream up.

Three. For the Small on Space, Large on Style

 

www.atgstores.com Worldwide Home Furnishings 566-940 !nspire Bar Console

www.atgstores.com Worldwide Home Furnishings 566-940 !nspire Bar Console

 

Small in size, but large in character this little mixed material bar is one of my favorites.  With plenty of room for wine and liquor bottles and ample surface area for drink mixing, this little guy is a big winner.

Four. For the Beverage Connoisseur

 

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www.atgstores.com Universal Furniture 414690 Moderne Muse Libations Locker

 

This beverage locker has fabulous storage space and doubles as a focal point for any room it sits in.  It has hanging racks for stem wear, a shelf, surface space to pour and mix, and multiple drawers.  What more could you want out of a home bar?  Free alcohol wouldn’t be a bad addition I guess…

Five. For the History Lover

 

www.houzz.com Moe's Home Orso Bar Table in Natural

www.houzz.com Moe’s Home Orso Bar Table in Natural

 

History buff?  This is the bar table for you.  The table top looks like its been plucked from Abraham Lincoln’s childhood barn.  Its rustic and old and has a story.  If nothing else, this piece is a conversation starter – worth its weight in conversational gold.

Cocktail Time!  Here are a few fun summer drink recipes:

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

Horchata

Well there you have it, my favorite bar tables of the moment and a few cocktails to accompany them.  What do you think?  Do you like these?  Would you purchase one for your space?  I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

As always, if you have interior design inquiries, you can email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com

Happy Cocktail Hour!

5 Ways to Conserve Water in and Around Your Home

5 Ways to Conserve Water in and Around Your Home

It’s summer in Georgia.

It’s hot.  It’s dry.  It’s humid.  And while we don’t have a severe drought occurring like the parched state of California, I think it’s still important to be mindful of water usage. – Not only for your wallet, but for the health of our planet.

Below, I’ve researched 5 ways you can conserve water (and conserve money at the same time).

1. Install a rainwater collection system.

 

It’s true, there are many options to choose from when it comes to a rainwater collection system.  You can spend a lot of money having one installed, or you can get your DIY on and make one yourself.  One thing is for sure though, having extra water at your disposal is ALWAYS a good thing.

DIY 1,100 Gallon Rainwater Harvesting & Collection System by LDSPrepper:

 

2. Purchase WaterSense Certified Products.

 

These EPA approved products are well engineered and designed to be green.  Not only do they conserve water, but they err on the side of conserving energy, as well.  Win, win.

Here are a few examples:

 

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www.homedepot.com Kohler Highline Classic

 

www.homedepot.com Pfister Universal WaterSense 5-Spray 5.1/4 in. Showerhead

www.homedepot.com Pfister Universal WaterSense 5-Spray 5.1/4 in. Showerhead

 

www.homedepot.com American Standard Marquette 8 in. Widespread 2-Handle Mid-Arc Bathroom Faucet

www.homedepot.com American Standard Marquette 8 in. Widespread 2-Handle Mid-Arc Bathroom Faucet

 

3. Buy a Recirculation Pump

 

The University of California did a study entitled “Estimating Energy and Water Losses in Residential Hot Water Distribution Systems” by James Lutz in which they found:

Residential single family building practice currently ignores the losses of energy and water caused by the poor design of hot water systems. These losses include; the waste of water while waiting for hot water to get to the point of use; the wasted heat as water cools down in the distribution system after a draw; and the energy needed to reheat water that was already heated once before. Average losses of water are estimated to be 6.35 gallons (24.0 L) per day. (This is water that is run down the drain without being used while waiting for hot water.) The amount of wasted hot water has been calculated to be 10.9 gallons (41.3 L) per day. (This is water that was heated, but either is not used or is used after it has cooled off.) A check on the reasonableness of this estimate is made by showing that total residential hot water use averages about 52.6 gallons (199 L) per day. This indicates about 20 percent of average daily hot water is wasted.

That’s a lot of wasted water in one day… Imagine what it would add up to in a week, month, or even a year.  A recirculation pump is a great way to reduce this waste.  Some models can even be purchased for as little as $200. Essentially what they do is ensure the water in the hot water line remains hot, so that when you turn on your shower, it’s ready to go.  It eliminates wait time, conserves a considerable amount of water, and saves money.

www.faucetdepot.com Laing E1-BCANRT1W-06 Autocirc Pump with Adjustable Thermostat and Timer

www.faucetdepot.com Laing E1-BCANRT1W-06 Autocirc Pump with Adjustable Thermostat and Timer

 

4. Landscape wisely.

 

As water becomes more scarce, I predict grass will become more and more of an unnecessary luxury.  Why not consider a beautiful rock garden or plants that require little water?  Succulents are a great example of vegetation that are low maintenance and low on water consumption.  This will cut down your time on landscaping and save you money.

Here is a great resource on sustainable landscaping: Sustainable Landscape Design by LandscapingNetwork.com.

5. Be Mindful of Your Water Consumption.

 

You can buy all the high tech products in the world geared at water conservation, but if you don’t stay mindful of how much water you are using, it will all be for naught.  Simple things like turning off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth, placing a bucket under the shower head while you are waiting for hot water (use that water for your yard, dog, cat, etc.), researching and recycling grey water, and filling your sink with water to wash the dishes versus leaving the water running will all cut down on your water usage.  Each drop adds up and each drop conserved will save you money and help save our planet.

This may not be the most fun topic to talk about, but each of us has the power to make a big difference.

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Have a fantastic day and an even better summer!