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Home Bars..... Staying in is the new going out!

Home Bars..... Staying in is the new going out!

A couple of weeks ago I did a post about my Kitchen pantry revamp...... Now, obviously I just had to make room for a home bar in there and lots of you commented on the bar area in particular and said you'd love a home bar but haven't got space or weren't sure how to go about adding one.

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Well , as it just so happens one of my favourite ladies on Instagram, artist Donna Kelly aka @kelldon, has just added her own (much more glamorous) bar area to her own home so I thought I should share it and the inspiration behind it with you all, along with some of my other favourite Instagram home bars! 

There are many ways to add a bar to your home be it a built in bar, if you have the space, to using a built in unit to house your bar, utilising shelves in your kitchen or popping a glamorous bar trolley in the corner of the room. I'm going to show you some great examples of them all!

Of course, the other place you can add a bar area is in your garden, I have just informed Mr HS this week that he is now required to build the garden bar I've been banging on about since we finished the building work as I'm holding the first 'Sassyhomestyle Kitchen Party' event for about 100 interior lovers right here in June! We are lucky that the bifold doors from the kitchen open onto a Victorian walled courtyard that is just crying out for a rustic bar area in the corner...... granted it may only get used for two months of the year due to the British summer, but lets not worry about minor details such as that eh! If you're reading this Mr HS, crack on with it love the insta interiors community is relying on you! 

But enough of my online husband nagging lets get on with some home bar inspo, starting with Donna's fabulous bar area in her newly built conservatory extension. As home bar areas go this really is a beauty and a great addition to Donna's gorgeous home. I asked her to tell me a bit about her inspiration behind it......

 The hex dandelion tiles from   @marrakechdesign   are a real feature of the room......The ceiling light is from   @inscapedesign   ....... Lamp shade by Anna Hayman..... Bar stools & Coffee tables   @Rockettstgeorge.co.uk

The hex dandelion tiles from @marrakechdesign are a real feature of the room......The ceiling light is from @inscapedesign ....... Lamp shade by Anna Hayman..... Bar stools & Coffee tables @Rockettstgeorge.co.uk

Sean and I just love entertaining and spend loads of time sitting around the breakfast bar in the kitchen with friends. We had talked about spending money on an office for Sean in the garden or maybe a conservatory for a while...... At Christmas we went out for drinks with friends at The Fossgate Social in York, where Sean and his friends used to live when it was flats. In those days it was a total party house and now it is a really cool cocktail bar with these beautiful deep buttoned blue velvet chairs. Whilst sat there with some of our best mates, both of whom used to own that gorgeous room as their lounge 22 years before, we decided that we'd like something special at our home to sit and (obviously) drink in..... And thats where I got my inspiration.....

 Cocktail bar area at   @Fossgatesocial

Cocktail bar area at @Fossgatesocial

Our house was built in the 1930's so I wanted it to have an art deco/mid century feel to it. The idea behind the wood panelling on the bar was from a pattern I saw on Pinterest on someones wall..... I wanted something that was geometric but warm which is why I chose the wood. We have used Hague Blue already in our home in one of the kids bedrooms and wanted to use it again, it fits really well with the decor in the rest of the downstairs and I love all the dark hues of the farrow and Ball blues.

 I love the classic marble counter top Donna has added against the geometric wood pattern on the bar....  Midas bar stools Rockett st George ....... Hague Blue wall paint   Farrow & Ball

I love the classic marble counter top Donna has added against the geometric wood pattern on the bar....

Midas bar stools Rockett st George ....... Hague Blue wall paint Farrow & Ball

 This gorgeous fringed lampshade is from   Anna Hayman Designs   and was cleverly picked by Donna as it compliments all the colours in the room perfectly.......    @annahaymandesigns

This gorgeous fringed lampshade is from Anna Hayman Designs and was cleverly picked by Donna as it compliments all the colours in the room perfectly.......

@annahaymandesigns

The beautiful blue velvet chairs are original German chairs that Donna had re-upholstered in Designers Guild velvet by @florrieandbill. They sit beautiful next to the pink velvet stools from Graham & Green and gold accents. I asked her how she chose the patterned floor tiles.... 'I'd seen the tiles on Pinterest ages ago and loved the pattern that was kind of modern and interesting but not too bold....... Though if you stare at them close up you go cross eyed haha'

 Blue, pink and gold a beautiful combination......

Blue, pink and gold a beautiful combination......

One thing's for sure Donna's Bar area is certainly somewhere I'd like to find myself sipping a large G&T of an evening, with a bar like this at home staying in would definitely be the new going out, I don't think I'd ever bother going out again!

As I said earlier you can fit a bar into your home in many ways so if you're looking for inspiration, Instagram is a great place to start...... Here are some of my favourites......

Built in bars

 Jemma picked up this retro bar off eBay and it sits proudly in the corner of her dining room..... She tells me they've started drinking a lot of Martinis since they've had it..... I'll have mine shaken not stirred please ;)    @fikaandmooch

Jemma picked up this retro bar off eBay and it sits proudly in the corner of her dining room..... She tells me they've started drinking a lot of Martinis since they've had it..... I'll have mine shaken not stirred please ;)

@fikaandmooch

 Becky got rid of the current home office in the cellar of her Victorian home when she moved in and set up her home bar in there...... Now let's be honest a party room is the perfect cellar usage...... If I had one this is definitely what I'd do!     @insidethehollies

Becky got rid of the current home office in the cellar of her Victorian home when she moved in and set up her home bar in there...... Now let's be honest a party room is the perfect cellar usage...... If I had one this is definitely what I'd do! 

@insidethehollies

 Beth's bar in the corner of her kitchen is from   Wayfair.co.uk,  she  painted it in Farrow & Ball 'Pitch Black' and added gold accents..... you can see more of Beth's home on her home tour   HERE      @bethshehata

Beth's bar in the corner of her kitchen is from Wayfair.co.uk, she painted it in Farrow & Ball 'Pitch Black' and added gold accents..... you can see more of Beth's home on her home tour HERE

@bethshehata

Bar Cabinets

 Pauline has incorporated both a cabinet and Gin shelves into the bar area in the corner of her 2nd sitting room. She turned into a bar room when her kids were in their late teens about 10 years ago so they had somewhere to have all their parties and pre drinks..... What a cool Mum!     @paulinesimpkin6

Pauline has incorporated both a cabinet and Gin shelves into the bar area in the corner of her 2nd sitting room. She turned into a bar room when her kids were in their late teens about 10 years ago so they had somewhere to have all their parties and pre drinks..... What a cool Mum!

 @paulinesimpkin6

 Behind the Black Blue sliding wall Michaela has added gold leaf, neon and carrera marble shelves to make this fabulously stylish hidden bar area    @theoldpiggery

Behind the Black Blue sliding wall Michaela has added gold leaf, neon and carrera marble shelves to make this fabulously stylish hidden bar area

@theoldpiggery

 Kristine has utilised a built in unit in her dining room as a home bar area, I love that you can see all the fabulous crystal glassware in the glass fronted cabinets.... you can find her home tour     HERE..   ..     @restoringlansdowne

Kristine has utilised a built in unit in her dining room as a home bar area, I love that you can see all the fabulous crystal glassware in the glass fronted cabinets.... you can find her home tour HERE....

@restoringlansdowne

 Kelly's bar area in her home even has its own name 'The Dirty Dog'..... She bought a cocktail cabinet and painted the inside red and got the lights working again to make this fabulously gothic home bar area    @tyambyth

Kelly's bar area in her home even has its own name 'The Dirty Dog'..... She bought a cocktail cabinet and painted the inside red and got the lights working again to make this fabulously gothic home bar area

@tyambyth

Bar Trolleys

 Katie Woods knows a thing or two about adding glamour to her home and this gold bar trolley  from   Aitken and Thyme   with the addition of the large gold glitter ball and accessories certainly adds wow factor to the corner of this room......    @comedowntothewoods

Katie Woods knows a thing or two about adding glamour to her home and this gold bar trolley  from Aitken and Thyme with the addition of the large gold glitter ball and accessories certainly adds wow factor to the corner of this room......

@comedowntothewoods

 Lou's bar trolley sits perfectly in the corner of this room, I love the 'Liquid Lunch' neon, the gallery wall behind it and the splash of gold on the chair making a real feature of her home bar area......    @lou_a_watkins

Lou's bar trolley sits perfectly in the corner of this room, I love the 'Liquid Lunch' neon, the gallery wall behind it and the splash of gold on the chair making a real feature of her home bar area......

@lou_a_watkins

 Jo's bar trolley is The Edina from   Swoon Editions.  ..... She keeps the fairy lights wrapped around it all year as well as making sure it's always well stocked obviously!     @outsidethebeigebox

Jo's bar trolley is The Edina from Swoon Editions...... She keeps the fairy lights wrapped around it all year as well as making sure it's always well stocked obviously! 

@outsidethebeigebox

 Estelle has added eucalyptus to her gold bar trolley as a beautiful feature, I do love this pretty home bar.....    @savageinteriors

Estelle has added eucalyptus to her gold bar trolley as a beautiful feature, I do love this pretty home bar.....

@savageinteriors

Bar Shelves

 Vickie's Gin rainbow shelf is the stuff of dreams........ It just makes me smile looking at it..... I wish I could sit in that chair and sample each and every one ;)    @inpolife

Vickie's Gin rainbow shelf is the stuff of dreams........ It just makes me smile looking at it..... I wish I could sit in that chair and sample each and every one ;)

@inpolife

 I love the bar area in Danny's kitchen...... He too loves a Gin shelf as you can see...... Add the fab prints, quirky accessories and bar fridge sitting underneath and this is just about a perfect kitchen bar station    @brooklands_23_

I love the bar area in Danny's kitchen...... He too loves a Gin shelf as you can see...... Add the fab prints, quirky accessories and bar fridge sitting underneath and this is just about a perfect kitchen bar station

@brooklands_23_

 Zara has used rustic wood shelves and crates for the glasses and to store the booze in her bar area..... Add to this lighting, plants and accessories and you have a fabulous modern rustic home bar!    @zaraplus3

Zara has used rustic wood shelves and crates for the glasses and to store the booze in her bar area..... Add to this lighting, plants and accessories and you have a fabulous modern rustic home bar!

@zaraplus3

 Angie has utilised a crate to make a lovely little bar area in her kitchen ......The addition of the glitter ball, bar sign and fabulously quirky emu lamp show that even in the smallest of spaces a cool home bar is achieveable!     @loves_leeds_homes

Angie has utilised a crate to make a lovely little bar area in her kitchen ......The addition of the glitter ball, bar sign and fabulously quirky emu lamp show that even in the smallest of spaces a cool home bar is achieveable! 

@loves_leeds_homes

Outside bar

 The plan is to have an outside bar in my garden for the Summer...... I found the photo of this gorgeous rustic bar on   Pinterest

The plan is to have an outside bar in my garden for the Summer...... I found the photo of this gorgeous rustic bar on Pinterest

 This reclaimed wood and corrugated iron bar is another Pinterest find...... I think the industrial look of this outside bar is great!

This reclaimed wood and corrugated iron bar is another Pinterest find...... I think the industrial look of this outside bar is great!

There you have it, some of my favourite home bar areas....Which is your favourite? I hope I've inspired you to add a home bar to your house, whatever the space available..... Oh and mine's a large G&T please!

Sharon x

My kitchen ....... Here's how we did it!

My kitchen ....... Here's how we did it!

Visiting ...... The New Rockett St George Outlet Shop

Visiting ...... The New Rockett St George Outlet Shop