June 15, 2024

Perfect Design

Home Of A Nation

Make your home bar much classier for under $50

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The older you get, the more refined your palate for home decorating becomes. Once coveted IKEA futons suddenly feel flimsy and uncomfortable while high art in the style of empty Jägermeister bottles placed surreptitiously atop kitchen cabinets reveal themselves as literal pieces of trash. Buying a nice couch not made from balsa wood is easy – putting together a bar cart to hold your full bottles of liquor takes a bit more thought. 

Here are 10 home bar basics to start you off on the right foot towards the ongoing journey that is perfecting the home drinking setup.  

Whiskey glasses

Msaaex Whiskey Glasses 

KANARS Whiskey Glasses Set of 6 with Elegant Gift Box




Here’s something they don’t teach you in math school: one bottle of bourbon + four old-fashioned glasses = more friends. These classy vintage-style whiskey glasses are made of high-quality crystal glass that’s made to withstand everything from extravagant toasts to ice cold rocks dropped in from a high distance.  

Rolling cart

3-Tier Rolling Cart  

QiMH 3 Tier Rolling Storage Cart Heavy Duty Mobile Rolling Utility Cart




Mid-century modern is so last century, so why not grab a drink from a bar cart that’s as loud as you get when you get to the bottom of Bloody Mary numero dos?! The beauty of this three-tier storage cart is that it’s whatever you make of it — bathroom storage, coffee cart, or *DING DING DING* excellent minimalist’s bar cart. Durable, stable, and able to hold up to 44 pounds, this metal storage cart makes a welcome addition to any drinking space — just make it stays stocked.

Decorative wallpaper

Spoonflower Peel and Stick Removable Wallpaper 

Spoonflower Peel and Stick Removable Wallpaper




Sometimes you gotta go all out. This self-adhesive peel and stick wallpaper spruces up any spaces by adding an accent wall that doubles as a major ice breaker — observe! 

“Hey man, nice wallpaper.” 

“Thanks, that’s really nice of you. Want a gin gimlet?  

We suggest going for the test swatch for $7.20 before plastering your bar area with a brand new pattern.  

Bartender kit

BestFire Cocktail Shaker Set Bartender Kit  

BestFire Cocktail Shaker Set Bartender Kit




If you want to get serious about the art of the cocktail, you’re going to need some starter tools. A muddler, a jigger, ice tongs — and more words that sound made up. This cocktail shaker set gives you  everything you need to make any cocktail under the sun. Each set includes a cocktail shaker, capacity jigger, strainer, wine opener, ice tongs, muddler, mixing spoon, two bottle pourers, two wine stoppers, and a handsome wooden base. All that’s missing is this Copper Mermaid.  


Decorative Windproof Ashtray  

Decorative Windproof Ashtray with Lid




You don’t need to be a smoker (nor should you start becoming a smoker) to enjoy a nicely put together ashtray. This decorative bronze ashtray is crafted in the likeness of a fun-loving elephant who just wants to get filled to his brim with smoldering darts. Able to hold two cigarette packs worth of ash, this charming little retro ashtray manages to channel the “good old days” without even a hint of racism!  


Faux Cowhide 

Does a faux cowhide add instant class to any surface it lands on? Fauxk yeah it does! Complete the vibe while tying the room without slaughtering any cows! Win/win/win! 

AROGAN Premium Faux Cowhide Rug 4.6 x 5.2 Feet




Bar stools

Linon Claridge Red Counter Stool 

Linon Claridge Counter Stool, Black, 26″ x 18″ x 12.75″

Linon Home Décor



Depending on how much space you want to dedicate to your new bar area, bar stools may be a necessity. This Linon Claridge red counter stool definitely looks the part with its genuine faux-leather seat and bronze nailhead accents. Coming in at just under 15 pounds and 26″ tall, this compact little bar stool works as a single seat or in a set of two. All it needs is your nice warm butt.  


Set of 6 Degrē Coasters (Plum Medley) by LINE+ARC 

Set of 6 Degrē Coasters (Sandstone) by LINE+ARC




Do you respect wood? Let’s hope so, because this set of six Degrē Coasters by LINE+ARC aren’t just for show. Made from 100{b7726b155559ecb8df5a7b76be8a8eedc6d9273dceed3be216d264102f39a013} silicone, these waterproof, stain-proof, slip-proof coasters ensure even your most disaster-prone friends/family members won’t ruin your surfaces. Perfect for icy, drippy margaritas or piping hot beverages up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Note: you really shouldn’t be drinking any beverages over ~120 degrees.

A really big neon skull

Neon Signs Skull 

Neon Signs Skull




What is it about drinking vodka against the neon light of a skull that makes you feel so alive?! Doesn’t matter, might as well chase that high with this genuine neon skull art. Handcrafted by real senior master benders, this glass skull can be hung from wherever you please casting an ominous — albeit badass — glow on everything it illuminates. Great for drinking alone! I have a portrait of my dog hanging above my bar cart, but that’s just me.  


Hula Finish Flask 

HulaFish 6 oz. Liquor Flask




We would never, ever condone drunk driving. Walking while sipping a delicious beverage, on the other hand? Why, that’s downright noble. A simple black flask really completes the home bar narrative, sure, but this is your bar and your rules and sometimes you gotta take your drink with you after you close up shop. This stainless steel flask holds up to six ounces of booze and fits discreetly in your pocket for safe sipping.


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