By Bobby Berk
I love a good cocktail. I’m a gin guy, but you’d probably only know that if you saw me stewing up my complicated vermouth, fennel and rhubarb drink recipe on designer Sabrina Soto’s live show.
And if you saw that, you know that I don’t plan on quitting my day job as an interior designer (and owner of Bobby Berk Home) to pursue a career in mixology, any time soon.
What I do know is how to create a super stylish and fun space for imbibing said cocktails. Here’s what you’ll need.
Ingredients for Your Intoxicating Space
The first thing to do is select the area of your home or apartment that will be dedicated to the art of entertaining. If it’s in your living room, for example, you’ll likely already have the requisite sofa or chairs. But to truly define the space, you’ll need to start with a bold statement rug.
Two pieces of evocative art
Your wall décor should correspond with the main colors in your statement rug. This will pull the space together. And, to save you time and money, when I create my home décor pieces, I use complementary colors so that you can pick and choose among a wide selection of items. In this instance, I’m focusing on mustardy yellows and slate grays. But you can use this formula as a basic recipe and swap in your own color notes.
Optional ingredient: If you want to make a bigger splash, create an accent wall with my line of peel-and-stick wallpaper. Just be sure to opt for simpler wall art, like one or two pieces from my Straddle series, to avoid muddling the area.
Two dashes of colorful accent pillow
Next, you’ll want to pull the statement rug and wall decor together with your seating area. If you’re working with a big mid-century modern lounge and art deco loveseat, select a couple of interesting accent pillows that draw on the primary colors you’ve selected for your art (or wall) and rug. Don’t worry about mixing patterns. If the colors work together, the print will only serve to add texture to your space—like a good cocktail garnish.
One stylish bar cart or accent table
You probably thought this part would never come, but I had to set the stage for your space before adding this finishing touch.
Now, what will it be—a bar cart or accent table? If your space is New-York-City-apartment-small, you might want to select a bar cart that you can wheel into your closet when your parents come to visit. On the other hand, if you have the luxury of a larger living room or den, you can go with a permanent accent table. Either way, make sure the piece is elegant, striking, and that it truly fits the space.
Lastly, don’t clutter your bar cart or accent table surfaces with every bottle, tumbler, shaker and swizzle stick in your vast collection. Think modern minimalism and only showcase your finery.
That’s it. Once you mix these ingredients together, you’ll just need to practice your slick bartender-y moves ala Tom Cruise in Cocktail.