A Home For Cocktails…..

I love a good mixed cocktail.  There is a magic to all the shaking, muddling, stirring and garnishing that goes into creating these delicious concoctions.  They are meant to be placed on a pedestal to be admired, sipped and lounged over.  Yet repeatedly, I find myself throwing them back simply because I have no place to put them at parties or social functions.

Enter ……

These perfect little tables are meant, as the name implies, to provide sanctuary to your libations.  For myself, I love using them because of their diminutive size, they are the perfect accessory to squeeze into a tight corner.  More so, some of the tables on the market are literally works of art that could easily substitute for sculpture.  However, rather than go down that path for the post, I stumbled up a cocktail table that I think is stylish, modern and perfectly priced……

The Stockholm table from Ikea is something that is new to me but I am instantly smitten with.  A quick inspection of it in the store revealed that it is of substantial weight (a good thing for cocktail tables) and it has a hinged top that allows for a small amount of hidden storage.  At $US99, I think it is the perfect piece in a modern space or a traditional home looking shake things up.   If you are extra handy, you could buy two and cut the second down by 6-8″ to have a fantastic looking two-tiered side table for less than $200.

Today I off to the Design Center to hear a speaker and hopefully pull some fabric for the Douglass Street project…..I am thinking yellow velvet, cognac leather and grey linen for some reason.  We will see how it all pans out.  So tell me, do you have a tiny piece of furniture in your home that you love?

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Cocktail Table Vignette

I am slightly obsessed with creating little vignettes all over my house at the moment.  Something about their perfect compositions make me happy.  While I rarely strive for perfection in my overall designs …because let’s be honest as designers, how often have any of us ever settled on the “perfect look”?  At least with vignettes, I feel that I can slice out a little section of life and craft a perfect moment.

Hokey I know, but then I am also the same dude that enjoys Bette Midler and Celine Dion.  But then that could be due to the fact that I am gay.  It’s a point that I will leave to you all to ponder…..

As you debate the merits of my musical tastes, let’s take a look at my cocktail table vignette:


I think I am drawn to this vignette because I am fairly proud of the flower arrangement I created using spray roses I picked up at the grocery store.


The arrangement makes me happy and really isn’t that what design is about?  Speaking of making me happy, this makes me even happier……

Now be honest, if that picture doesn’t make you smile, then I don’t know what will.

Now go forth and be happy…….