Tatiane DaSilva | Mashpee Real Estate, Sandwich Real Estate, Falmouth Real Estate


A home bar is one thing that most adults should have in their homes. Even if you’re not a drinker yourself, you should have something on hand to offer guests when they come over for an evening of food and conversation. You’ll need the right setup, the right tools, and the right recipes handy to have the perfect home bar. Whether you have a bar already or are looking to build your own, we have all the tips that you’ll need as a rookie bartender.  


The Essentials


You’ll need quite a few essentials in your home bar including but not limited to:


  • Glasses
  • Bitters
  • Bar tools
  • Recipe books
  • Spirits
  • Mixers
  • Garnishes

Find The Right Surface To Transform Into A Bar


You can easily transform any table, sideboard, or cart into a bar. If the vessel that you’re using has a drawer, that’s even better. You can keep all of your bottles, glasses, decanters, and openers in one convenient place. It’s not bad if you can’t fit all of your supplies in one place. Less used items can be stored in the pantry. 


You can even use a simple bookshelf to store all of your bar supplies. Transform any bookcase from “boring bookshelf” to home bar in no time. You can arrange the shelving by category, giving each shelf a purpose. You can keep spirits on one shelf, glasses on another shelf, tools on another, and recipe books on another shelf. 


Does Your Home Have An Actual Bar Built-In?


Many homes actually have bars built in, but people rarely use them because they feel inexperienced in using the bar tools of the trade. Whether you have a full wet bar or a simpler dry bar, keep all of the essentials there. You’ll need:


  • Bar towel
  • Trash can
  •  Glasses
  • Decanter
  • Bar spoon
  • Strainer
  • Shaker
  • Access to ice
  • Juice
  • Sodas
  • Juicer
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Jigger
  • Simple Syrup
  • Old fashioned glass
  • Peeler
  • Mesh strainer

Location Of The Bar


If you’re setting up a brand new bar, there’s a variety of places that you can put the bar. If you have space in the kitchen, you can add it to a corner right there. Other great places for your bar could be a den or a man cave. Wherever you’ll spend time hanging out with company is a good place to keep your bar. If you have children, you might even consider getting a locking cabinet system for your liquor. You don’t want little hands getting into what they’re not supposed to.  


Setting up your own home bar is something to be proud of. It will be quite the conversation piece when guests come over. You’ll be able to discuss your collection of liquors and see if friends have any recommendations as to what you might add to your selection of liquors. A home bar is an entertaining essential.


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To resurface or replace? That's the question. Consider replacing if:

  • They have significant water or humidity damage.
  • They're poorly constructed and/or falling apart.
  • The design frustrates. You could do better starting over.
  • The style can't be easily updated, for example, floral moldings.
  • The cost to refinish is more than new cabinets. It can be.
  • Otherwise, you may want to refinish what you have to make your cabinets.

    How to Replace Cabinets

    Replacing cabinets rarely involves building them yourself. Most kitchen remodeling professionals don't even do that. You can purchase pre-made cabinets. They'll fit in most kitchen. But don't forget to measure.

    Start by evaluating how the cabinets are attached. Most cabinets simply unscrew from the wall for clean removal. You can now hang new ones in their place. But remember, if you need to stain or finish, always do that and let them dry before hanging. It will just be easier when they're on the floor or a work table.

    If it's just the hardware you don't like, consider replacing it instead of the whole cabinet. That's generally a small job that just needs a screwdriver and new handles.

    How to Give Cabinets a New Look

    A coat of paint or stain can work wonders. But know that refinishing actually takes a lot longer than hanging new. Plan for three to eight weekends of work and a semi-functional kitchen during that time. The more cabinets, the longer it will take. Let's get started

  • Choose your resurfacing medium. Polyurethane, varnish, paint, lacquer, shellac, penetrating oil or vinyl are all excellent choices. Purchase this, a stripping agent, clothes and brushes and your local home supply.
  • Ventilate. Open some windows and turn on your stove vent to keep the smells from overpowering you. Safety first.
  • Clean the surfaces. They may have collected years of grease, dust and hand oil.
  • Protect your kitchen by laying down plastic 
  • Remove the hardware and soak it in soapy water. Scrub it, if needed. But a good soak should do most of the work.
  • Strip & refinish the cabinets according to the instructions on the finish you choose. If you're getting creative with alternating colors or finishes, you may want to remove the doors and lay painter tape to create crisp contrasts between shade. 
  • Once dry, replace your glistening hardware. And you're done. 
  • *Pro tip* Some woods soak up oils like a sponge, so you might need multiple coats to achieve the desired look. That's one reason the job takes multiple weekends since each layer must dry.


    The entryway to your home is probably quite small, but you can make the most of your space by pinning down what you really need there. Below, you’ll find some items that you should try and keep around the entry of your home for both design appeal and organization purposes. 


    A Place For Coats


    When guests come to visit, it’s welcoming for you to be able to offer them a place to hang their coats, rather than throwing them into a bedroom or on a chair. You can place coatracks on a wall for easy hanging, giving everyone open access to their coats when they need them. You can even place a coat rack along a stairway hall. This way everything from coats to bags to hats will all be in one place.     



    Rugs


    Having a weather-resistant rug available in the entryway of your home can help to keep dirt and grime off of the floor. 


    Storage


    Every entryway needs some type of storage for items like extra coats, shoes, umbrellas, even bags. You can use an inexpensive shelving system or go as fancy as using a dresser or armoire.


    Seating


    It’s important to have some kind of seating near the entryway of your home. This way, you’ll have a place to sit down and put on shoes. Seating will also help make the entryway more comfortable. Make sure that the seating allows for a casual feel to add to the warmth of the welcome.


    Flowers And Plants


    Using flowers and plants in the entryway of your home gives guests that welcoming pop of color that will brighten their day. It’s one of the first things that guests will see when they walk up to the front door of your home, so you’ll want to make a good first impression. Shoot for year-round plants that don’t require a lot of maintenance and can be kept up easily no matter what the season.    


    Good Lighting


    Once you enter your home in the evening hours, one of the first things you want to do is turn on a light. This is one of the best features for your home to have safety and security when you enter and exit the house. You can choose any kind of light fixture that you want to accent your home in order to bring out the beauty. The only requirement is that you should make sure a light switch is always within an arm’s reach.


    Make It Your Own


    The most important thing that you can do for your entryway is to make it your own. You can add any kind of accents and features that you choose. The entryway is the first impression that people will get of your home, so make it count!


    People find themselves in small rooms for various reasons. Many people can only afford a small apartment, and they are happy about it. People in small apartments, however, do need to be creative to get the best of their spaces. Creativity is necessary when it comes to decoration and arranging your area to make it organized. With this, everything will be in order without feeling choked up. If you are looking to make your small space look bigger, here are some tips for you:

    1. Clean Out the Clutter: With excessive loads, a small area does look cramped. Look for ways of getting things out of sight. Use the shelves; keep things behind the door and table skirts. With everything hidden out of sight, there will be a neat and orderly room that is pleasant to behold.
    2. Use a Monochromatic Color Scheme. Only go with the same classes of colors. Be sure to apply the same families of colors to the texture finishes, upholstery fabrics, tonal drapery fabrics, etc. One can also get a warm and open look by going for cool and delicate colors.In using contrasting colors, there is a big chance of breaking a space. Also, it is necessary that the colors of the furniture match the wall color. 
    3. Let Light in. A well-lit room will look more significant. The light can either be artificial or natural. Heavy draperies are not advisable. Also, be sure to let light in by keeping windows open. One can also use track lighting and install more lights.
    4. See through Spaces. Using materials that are see-through will make things beyond look far away. In a small bathroom, for instance, it is not recommended to use an opaque glass shower, instead, use a clear one, without a frame. The room, although being small will look bigger.
    5. Keep Upholstery Plain. Rather than bold plaids, prints or stripes employ plain colored upholstery for furniture. Neutral tones are the best and make use of texture as well.
    6. Light and Airy Fabrics. The best recommendation is to make use of sheer fabric that gives the light a through passage. These fabrics are best used in table covers, furniture slipcovers and through window treatments. Soft floral vines or simple stripes can also be used instead of solid colors.

    One can get creative to spice things up in a small apartment and make it bigger. Be sure to take the above recommendations and spice things up in your home. Speak with an interior decorator today for more tips on how to arrange your room.


    Once you move into a new home, you are probably worried about furniture and pots and pans. You should, however, be concerned about what is going to go on your walls. Artwork and photographs are among some of the most important things that you will have in your home. They are what gives your home character. 


    The problem with art, and decorating in general is that there’s so many different mistakes that you can make in your home that have an impact, but you’d never even realize it. Here, we’ll explain some of the most common art and art decor mistakes that are made in homes and how to avoid them. 


    Placing Your Art At The Wrong Height


    If you hang a framed piece either too high or too low on a wall, it’s going to look awkward. The art should be a sensible distance from other things on the wall. You can use your fireplace, sofa, or bed as a frame of reference to see if the picture is displayed strangely. The same rule goes when it comes to other pieces that are placed on shelving. Be sure that shelves or display tables come at an appropriate height for the room.


    Art That’s Not The Right Size For The Room


    Hanging a giant piece of art in a small room will leave you wondering what’s off with the space. The same goes for hanging a really tiny piece of art in a larger room. Your art should be to scale of wherever you decide to hang it. Don’t buy an extra large statue if you know you don’t have a room that can house it without looking out of sorts. You can break this rule a bit from time to time. Sometimes, a large painting will look wonderful in a room, no matter how big it is. Use your judgement when it comes to artwork and its proportions within your home.      


    Same Old Same


    If you don’t have enough variety in your home, it’s like going to a museum where every room has a theme. This type of decorating can make your home feel stuffy. When everything matches, like your overly beach-themed bathroom, it gets boring. Colors should blend, but they don’t have to match. Think of how to integrate a few types of decor when it comes to adding personal touches to your home, especially when using artwork, sculptures, and photos.


    Every Wall Is Full


    You don’t need to stuff every wall of your home full of pictures. Art doesn’t actually belong on each and every wall of your home. Some walls deserve to be blank or sparse, depending on the contents of the room. Also, hanging too much art gives you the illusion of chaos in the home, and you don’t want that feeling to come across and cause undue stress.