Quick Sips — 09 April 2021
The many wonders of a stylish home bar

By Peg San Felippo

City & Shore HOME Issue

While going out for a glass of wine or cocktail still may not be an option now, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite libation in a classy and relaxing place. A home bar can not only showcase your style, it’s convenient, there’s no commute and – in the comfort of your own home – there’s no reason to limit happy to an hour. Here are some ideas.

palm beach bar

Photo courtesy Annie Santulli

Careful thought went into the design of this 300-square-foot contemporary bar in a 4,500-square-foot Palm Beach artist retreat. Two main considerations were incorporating the large window at the end of the space and giving some of the owner’s larger pieces of art prominent placement.

The designer used the window for natural backlighting and placed amber-tone bottles directly in front of the window to filter the light shining through. Glass doors and shelving help highlight the client’s exclusive tequila collection and glassware. The mirrored back walls of the glass cabinets also reflect the modern artwork, accented with an oversized light fixture. Smooth black wood was used throughout, and the natural quartzite counters are sleek and durable. Designed by Annie Santulli, anniesantullidesigns.com.

 quick sips bar opener

Photo courtesy Jody Petiva of Brown

This newly constructed 10,000-square-foot waterfront home in East Boca Raton features six bedroom suites, each with its own bathroom. Overlooking the waterway, the fully equipped 100-square-foot custom bar is a focal point of the club room, which includes a media lounge and game space. The bar features white glass, a medium wood tone and a lighted stainless and glass cabinet. Silver Wave marble was used for the bar countertop and the chairs are Keely from Bernhardt Interiors. Behind the bar is a hammered nickel sink, sizable storage underneath the counter and an undercounter refrigerator. Designed by Jody Petiva of Brown, interiorsbybrown.com.

palm beach bar 2

Photo courtesy Annie Santulli

This 7,000-square-foot golf course residence blends traditional architectural features with contemporary elements and modern art pieces. The 500-square-foot bar is part of a great room open to both the living room and the dining room, so it was important to have it fit in with the main style of the house. Shapes and moldings were created that work with the home’s architectural features, such as an arched wood frame around a mirror that mimics the arched window in the dining room. Quartzite was used for the curved bar top, and the owners selected table height for the bar allowing for club chair seating. The natural mahogany wood with molding is similar to other areas in the home. Gold hardware was chosen to coordinate with the gold accessories used in the great room. The bar has multiple coolers to accommodate the homeowners’ vast wine collection, with extensive hidden liquor bottle storage so they can display their crystal stemware collection on the glass shelving. Designed by Annie Santulli, anniesantullidesigns.com. 

Peg San Felippo is a certified sommelier who has served as a judge in the annual American Fine Wine Competition, South Florida’s homegrown wine event; and THE Rosé Competition.


Main photo courtesy Jody Petiva of Brown


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