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A Tour of Home Bars via [#BluLableBungalow, and#Houzz, #wetbar ]

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This One’s on the House: A Tour of Home Bars

Hello there! I’m Erika Ward, Owner and Principal Designer of Erika Ward Interiors. It’s my greatest pleasure to inspire you to live well, to live in style, and to extinguish the myth that style and budget are mutually exclusive. Read more about my design philosophy and my work at http://www.blulabelbungalow.com
The concept of a home bar never really occurred to me until my family moved into a larger house. With a new home and more space, it didn’t take long before I was bit by the entertaining bug. My husband and I are social drinkers, a cocktail here or there, but having a well stocked bar of fine liquors and G-rated beverages may not be such a bad idea.
Entertaining in Style traditional kitchen
After the hustle and bustle of a long day who wants to stand behind a velvet rope to spend money on overpriced, water-down beverages? Relax at home and invite a few friends over. With these amazing custom and semi-custom bars, your place is the hottest ticket in town. No reservations required.

I’m serving up more home bar inspiration at Houzz.com today.

Allow your decor to transport guests to a faraway land. The pendant lights and gorgeous hand-painted wall finish is reminiscent of a quaint Tuscan pub.

by Bella Villa Design Studio

Are you a wine connoisseur? Customize your cabinetry to accommodate wine and stemware for easy access. 

Sidenote: Install a mirrored back-splash to your bar to give an illusion of more space.

by Mitchell Construction Group

Take design cues from your favorite brewery or pub and create a fashionable wood facade in your home.

by Rob Kane – Kitchen Interiors Inc.

Outfit your custom bar with the essentials; A sink, mini dishwasher, microwave, and fridge will limit your trips to the main kitchen.

by Rob Kane – Kitchen Interiors Inc.

Utilize a buffet to service guests when entertaining. When not in use, create an interesting tablescape using heirloom decanters, glasses, and a serving tray.

by Centsational Girl

If space is at a premium, create a beverage center within a nook using simple glass shelving and a portable chiller.

by Susan Diana Harris Interior Design

Here, a mini bar is built-in to a custom work station. How convenient for those days when happy hour can’t come fast enough.

by Harrell Remodeling

I love the idea of a multi-functional refreshment station. This combination consists of an espresso machine for the morning caffeine jolt and wine storage for the evening nightcap.

by Faiella Design



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French Bulldog Can’t Roll Over

*It’s so stinkin’ cute how he just stops at the good part, then repeats!Lol.*

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The Men Behind Your Favorite Liquor Brands via [Mental_Floss]

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It’s hard to walk down the aisle of a liquor store without running across a bottle bearing someone’s name. We put them in our cocktails, but how well do we know them? Here’s some biographical detail on the men behind your favorite tipples. — by Ethan Trex

1. Captain Morgan

captain-morgan.jpgThe Captain wasn’t always just the choice of sorority girls looking to blend spiced rum with Diet Coke; in the 17th century he was a feared privateer. Not only did the Welsh pirate marry his own cousin, he ran risky missions for the governor of Jamaica, including capturing some Spanish prisoners in Cuba and sacking Port-au-Prince in Haiti. He then plundered the Cuban coast before holding for ransom the entire city of Portobelo, Panama. He later looted and burned Panama City, but his pillaging career came to an end when Spain and England signed a peace treaty in 1671. Instead of getting in trouble for his high-seas antics, Morgan received knighthood and became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.

2. Johnnie Walker

johnnie-walker.jpgWalker, the name behind the world’s most popular brand of Scotch whisky, was born in 1805 in Ayrshire, Scotland. When his father died in 1819, Johnnie inherited a trust of a little over 400 pounds, which the trustees invested in a grocery store. Walker grew to become a very successful grocer in the town of Kilmarnock and even sold a whisky, Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky. Johnnie’s son Alexander was the one who actually turned the family into famous whisky men, though. Alexander had spent time in Glasgow learning how to blend teas, but he eventually returned to Kilmarnock to take over the grocery from his father. Alexander turned his blending expertise to whisky, and came up with “Old Highland Whisky,” which later became Johnnie Walker Black Label.

3. Jack Daniel

jack-daniel.jpgJasper Newton “Jack” Daniel of Tennessee whiskey fame was the descendant of Welsh settlers who came to the United States in the early 19th century. He was born in 1846 or 1850 and was one of 13 children. By 1866 he was distilling whiskey in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Unfortunately for the distiller, he had a bit of a temper. One morning in 1911 Daniel showed up for work early and couldn’t get his safe open. He flew off the handle and kicked the offending strongbox. The kick was so ferocious that Daniel injured his toe, which then became infected. The infection soon became the blood poisoning that killed the whiskey mogul.

Curious about why your bottle of J.D. also has Lem Motlow listed as the distillery’s proprietor? Daniel’s own busy life of distilling and safe-kicking kept him from ever finding a wife and siring an heir, so in 1907 he gave the distillery to his beloved nephew Lem Motlow, who had come to work for him as a bookkeeper.

4. Jose Cuervo

jose-cuervo.jpgIn 1758, Jose Antonio de Cuervo received a land grant from the King of Spain to start an agave farm in the Jalisco region of Mexico. Jose used his agave plants to make mescal, a popular Mexican liquor. In 1795, King Carlos IV gave the land grant to Cuervo’s descendant Jose Maria Guadalupe de Cuervo. Carlos IV also granted the Cuervo family the first license to commercially make tequila, so they built a larger factory on the existing land. The family started packaging their wares in individual bottles in 1880, and in 1900 the booze started going by the brand name Jose Cuervo. The brand is still under the leadership of the original Jose Cuervo’s family; current boss Juan-Domingo Beckmann is the sixth generation of Cuervo ancestors to run the company.

5. Jim Beam

jim-beam.jpgJim Beam, the namesake of the world’s best-selling bourbon whiskey, didn’t actually start the distillery that now bears his name. His great-grandfather Jacob Beam opened the distillery in 1788 and started selling his first barrels of whiskey in 1795. In those days, the whiskey went by the less-catchy moniker of “Old Tub.” Jacob Beam handed down the distillery to his son David Beam, who in turn passed it along to his son David M. Beam, who eventually handed the operation off to his son, Colonel James Beauregard Beam, in 1894. Although he was only 30 years old when he took over the family business, Jim Beam ran the distillery until Prohibition shut him down. Following repeal in 1933, Jim quickly built a distillery and began resurrecting the Old Tub brand, but he also added something new to the company’s portfolio: a bourbon simply called Jim Beam.

6. Tanqueray

tanqueray.jpgWhen he was a young boy, Charles Tanqueray’s path through life seemed pretty clear. He was the product of three straight generations of Bedfordshire clergymen, so it must have seemed natural to assume that he would take up the cloth himself. Wrong. Instead, he started distilling gin in 1830 in a little plant in London’s Bloomsbury district. By 1847, he was shipping his gin to colonies around the British Empire, where many plantation owners and troops had developed a taste for Tanqueray and tonic.

7. Campari

campari.jpgGaspare Campari found his calling quickly. By the time he was 14, he had risen to become a master drink mixer in Turin, and in this capacity he started dabbling with a recipe for an aperitif. When he eventually settled on the perfect mixture, his concoction had over 60 ingredients. In 1860, he founded Gruppo Campari to make his trademark bitters in Milan. Like Colonel Sanders’ spice blend, the recipe for Campari is a closely guarded secret supposedly known by only the acting Gruppo Campari chairman, who works with a tiny group of employees to make the concentrate with which alcohol and water are infused to get Campari. The drink is still made from Gaspare Campari’s recipe, though, which includes quinine, orange peel, rhubarb, and countless other flavorings.




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Julie Powell Meets the Wine Divas via [oprah.com]

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By Julie Powell
O, The Oprah Magazine

What’s the best wine with hamburgers? With chocolate? And what does tannic mean, anyway? Julie Powell raises a glass to a vintage organization that celebrates wine, women, and friendship.

The Divas

Photo: Michael Edwards

They had hosted dinner for 150 people the evening before, then stayed up half the night making nametags and centerpieces for today’s luncheon, but the Divas Uncorked look amazingly serene as they greet their guests. Rosalind Johnson approaches me with a charming smile, a glass of Roselle Syrah Rosé, and a friendly exhortation: “Breathe!” she says. “You’re here now.” Though I’m frazzled from a long and noisy train ride to Boston, right away I begin to relax.

The event at which I have just arrived—a weekend conference featuring multiple-course meals with wine pairings, plus lectures, presentations, and a reception—is called “Wine, Women, and….” It is the highlight of the Divas’ year, and the culmination of nearly a decade of learning, planning, organizing, and sipping.

Divas Uncorked started in 1998 when a group of friends decided to learn more about what they were drinking. Now it’s a thriving business dedicated to educating consumers about wine, and educating winemakers about consumers—particularly women and African-Americans, who are often overlooked by the industry. To that end, the Divas organize frequent Divas Dine events in restaurants across the country, inviting the public to eat and drink while learning about wine. They act as marketing consultants to wineries and wine stores that become members of the Divas Uncorked Collaborative Consortium. They also manage a Web site, divasuncorked.com. They even have their own wine, Divas Uncorked Chardonnay, produced in partnership with the Mendocino Wine Company.

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All of this could be quite enough to occupy the friends, ten energetic women in their late 40s, 50s, and early 60s. But each of them also has a high-powered day job, ranging from executive consultant to educator. “We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we started,” says Callie Crossley, a commentator with NPR and WGBH-TV, as she walks with me to our seats at the luncheon.

As we dig into our appetizers, the conversation in the room grows raucous. Although I don’t know any of the hundred women gathered here, I feel as at ease as if I were sitting around with friends at a girls-only cocktail hour. And I realize the Divas have succeeded in doing what many of us fantasize about: They’ve built a business out of their favorite pastime.

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Before they were Divas, the women were friends who met doing volunteer work with a nonprofit organization, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. They started going out together after meetings. “We were always eating and drinking,” says Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard, executive director of the Boston Lawyers Group and the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity. “Frankly, we were spending a fair amount of money, and we decided we should know more about this wine thing.” They quickly got organized, as type A personalities will, and began hosting monthly wine-tasting get-togethers. At first they served cheese, crackers, fruit, and “little nibbles,” but before long they were planning elaborate, themed dinners.

“We were just having fun,” says Karen Holmes Ward, a producer at WCVB-TV. And learning a lot. Stephanie Browne, an information technology director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield and president of the Divas, learned not to serve her reds too warm or her whites too cold, for example.

The friends have become educated in more arcane subjects as well, such as vintages and sugar-to-acid ratios. But “wine savvy not wine snobby” is their mantra, and the most important lesson they pass along to consumers is to trust themselves when it comes to taste. “Pick wines that please your palate,” says Ward.

As the conference winds down, I ask the Divas how they balance work and friendship. “The one thing we’re not going to lose is what brought us together,” insists Hebsgaard. So on top of all their other responsibilities, they still plan monthly wine-tasting dinners, just for themselves.

No wonder, then, that where others might describe a wine in terms of its nose or finish, Browne compares it to something closer to her heart. “My aha moment was when I realized how a balanced wine tastes,” she says. “The fruit and acid and alcohol are all in perfect harmony. It’s like having your favorite food next to your favorite person in your favorite place.” In other words, delicious.

Julie Powell is the author of Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously (Back Bay Books).

The Wine Divas solve 7 great mysteries of the wine world!


7 Mysteries of the Wine World, Solved

By Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg
O, The Oprah Magazine

Grape connoisseurs, the wine Divas, educate us on wine bottling, serving, tasting and all around etiquette.

Wine tasters
Photo: Michael Edwards

O: How do you figure out what you like?

Divas: Taste as much as possible. Find a shop with helpful salespeople. Many stores are now organized by flavor instead of region or type of grape, making it easier to find winners based on your “flavor profile,” or the characteristics you enjoy. Another good way to start is to select a region—say, California or New Zealand—and then ask your salesperson to recommend five or six typical, affordable wines from there. As you try them at home, jot down notes about color, smell, and taste. There are no wrong answers: You’re learning what tastes good to you, not trying to impress others.

O: What’s the ideal serving temperature for wine?

Divas: The lighter the body and color of the wine, the cooler it should be. But avoid extremes: Excessive chilling can mask the flavor of a white; too much warmth heightens the alcohol fumes of a red. A rule of thumb is to take whites out of the fridge 15 to 20 minutes before drinking. Reds should go into the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before opening.

O: Does the glass matter?

Divas: Look for one with a long stem so the warmth of your hand won’t heat the wine. The vessel should be clear and unfaceted so you can see the color and clarity of the liquid. Many experts insist on different glasses for reds and whites, but if you have a limited budget, make sure your glass has a bowl roomy enough to swirl the wine and release its aroma, and a rim that tilts inward so the aroma is channeled toward your nose. Ikea sells a great line of glasses that meet these requirements.

O: Are screw tops or wines-in-a-box any good?

Divas: Yes to both. Once associated with cheap vino, screw caps are becoming increasingly popular for wines of all prices. The tops are simple to open and close wherever you are—think picnics—and allow you to easily save an unfinished bottle. Boxed wines also once had a bad reputation, but today’s options are often good quality. Try Delicato’s Bota Box Merlot or Shiraz.

O: Does the vintage matter?

Divas: Not necessarily. The climates of wine-growing regions like California, South Africa, and Australia don’t fluctuate enough from year to year to matter. In Europe, where the climate does vary, the best vintages can be quite expensive; top bottles are collected by aficionados and aged for many years. Lesser vintages are often fine for immediate drinking, however.

O: How do you store wine at home?

Divas: Many fancy cabinetmakers feature built-in wine racks above the refrigerator, but these are pointless—rising heat can ruin the wine. If you can’t afford a cellar or wine refrigerator, find a cool, dark space with a consistent temperature. Try underneath basement stairs or on a closet floor. If you’re going to drink the wines fairly quickly, countertop racks are fine so long as they’re not in direct sunlight or near a heat source, like the oven.

O: How do you overcome being intimidated by restaurant wine lists?

Divas: Easy. Don’t read them. When a multipage wine list hits your table, ignore it. After you’ve decided what to eat, ask the waiter what goes well with your food. Either he’ll be able to make suggestions, or he’ll send over a sommelier to advise you. Eating at places that serve a good selection of wines by the glass will also allow you to experiment without investing in a full bottle.

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FASHION FRIDAY: FALL 2010 – AN AFFAIR WITH COLOR

Pardon me if today’s Fashion Friday feature sounds more like a book of love letters. I have a weakness for Autumn, no other season is better. The turning of autumn leaves gives me comfort and reaffirms that change is good. The crisp Fall breeze is a relief from sweltering Summer and offers the best clothing no other season could. In your wardrobe and in your home these color combos are a guaranteed bet, the effect they have on you will be one you will never forget…

Orange spice and graphite, it’s been a year since we’ve last connected. In Fall you are still first on my mind, the others are rejected.  Orange spice, your warm hue invigorates me and Graphite, you add instant sophistication when you appear. Chic, timeless, and dependable your style is so clear. Welcome back, I’ve missed you my dear.

fashion: elie tahari / interiors: tobi fairley

…with a side of dijon is what I said to the server, but it doesn’t mean you play second fiddle. It’s just that you bring such strength that I can only handle a little. Your potent hue gets me notices when I walk into the room.  The men all pause and the ladies do, too! At home you signify style even if I have none. You’re so confident, when along side other colors, that you are an accent to every one. Oh, how I love a secure hue. Welcome back friend, I sure missed you.

fashion (1-r): versace, chris benz, versace / interiors: christina murphy

Cranberry and Caviar what can I say. You make him fall to his knees with your seductive sway. The passion you display is only for mature eyes to see, your deep reddish hue even makes me a little flirty. How dare you look so sexy especially on a high gloss wall? You give me a license to thrill when we are together each fall.

fashion: akris / interiors: christina murphy
I hope these love letters didn’t leave a rosy tint on your face. Knowing you would read them, I left it in good taste. Which colors do you love in the Fall? You can have many lovers without feeling guilty at all. You’re in good company so go ahead share with us. I promise we won’t judge you on your color lusts…

SPECIAL GUEST: CHIC CHOCOLATE

Today’s Fashion Friday post is brought to you by Sondra of Chic Chocolate. Creatively chic and soulfully styled, Chic Chocolate is a top fashion resource for fashionistas, stylistas, and urbanistas in Washington, DC and beyond. She graciously accepted my Room to Runway Challenge by presenting these amazing fashion and decor matchups using two of Fall 2010’s hottest colors.

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One way to have fun this fall is to indulge in feathers. You will find soft, wispy ostrich feathers on everything from headboards, skirts, shoes, and even lingerie. Accessorize your home with feathers by adding accent pillows dyed in scrumptious colors of chartreuse and fuchsia. Find these and more at Horchow.com or Calypso St. Barth.
photo credits: furniturestoreblog.com, style.com
Black and gold is a classic color combination that signifies tremendous wealth and opulence. Making brazen appearances on the runway and in our rooms, get a wild hair and try a golden fixture or a molten 24K dress.
photo credits: ehomee.com, style.com
According to a recent Pantone report, some of the hottest colors for Fall 2010 will be “Lipstick Red” and “Orchid Purple.” Both colors were dominate on the runway of designer Carlos Miele Fall 2010 RTW Collection. Reds and purples signify deep passion. Not just relegated to clothing, be daring enough to try these emotionally charged colors in your home decor as accents in a neutral room.
photo credits:  house and garden, style.com

Recording artist, Prince, was the inspiration for Balmain’s Fall 2010 RTW Collection. A regal color, purple and its various hues, look fantastic on just about any complexion and shockingly beautiful in your home.  Add a spark of purple, ultraviolet, aubergine, or eggplant to your home as seen in this festive table setting.

How will you incorporate these hot Fall colors in your home and/or wardrobe?

FASHION FRIDAY: CHAMPAGNE ON THE BEACH

Last night my husband and I shared our daydream of a vacation without the children. His dream took us to the French Riviera, my daydream didn’t require much other than champagne and a beach. Once his daydream turned into a real slumber, my mind drifted to South Beach’s most luxurious hotel, The Tides. Designed by present-day legend, Kelly Wearstler, the decor has a monochromatic palette of neutral hues and muted metallics much like pieces in Tory Burch’s Summer/PreFall 2010 Collection.

[1.] Yarn Ziron Dress/Tory Burch  [2.] Percy 2 Sequin High Wedge/Tory Burch  [3.]Keswick Caning Wide Bangle/Kate Spade  [4.] Tides Suite/The Tides South Beach

Wanting to “explore the mix of embellishment and texture, of unexpected pairings like sequins with chunky knits or light tweeds” Tory’s inspiration behind her line sounds like a description of The Tides’ interior. Just add the words relaxation and elegance, sand and surf…there is no better combination.

The bangle (#3) from Kate Spade has an intricate golden weave pattern inspired by french bistro chairs. Reminds you of the same pattern seen in the (#4) vintage dining set…experiencing a little déjà vu?

There are two more combinations I think you will enjoy…

[1.] Ensemble from Tory Burch Spring 2010 Collection [2.] Ballet Flat/Tory Burch [3.] Link Bracelet/Tory Burch  [4.] Premier Oceanfront Suite/The Tides South Beach
[1.] Linen bustier dress/J.Crew [2.] Graphic cut-work sandal/Karen Millen [3.] Mixed pavé cable link bracelet/J.Crew  [4.] Coral Suite/The Tides South Beach
Is anyone else as smitten as I am with champagne hues and luxurious beach interiors? Have you ever vistied The Tides?

SPECIAL GUEST: THE PEACH PROXY

Today’s Fashion Friday post is brought to you by Kelli Flournoy of The Peach Proxy.  Her much anticipated blog has recently gone live and shows the everyday fashionista how to transform her wardrobe into a unique expression of the latest trends. She graciously accepted my runway to room challenge with this post entitled Double-Duty Denim. Please welcome Kelli to the blogosphere!

photo credits: mikkel vang for house beautiful; RED VALENTINO Stretch Denim Dress
In what ways have you been inspired to bring denim into your home’s decor?



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For The At-Home Escape Artist: James Bond-esque Secret Rooms via [SpotCoolStuff, Gizmodo]

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Modern Secret Room Dreams (and Nightmares): From
Creative Hideouts to Dreadful Spaces

Secret Doors

Hidden passages have a long history of appearing in fictional novels
and films but an even richer past in
reality
dating back to Egyptian tombs passages for Christians to
worship in hiding from Romans. Over the years hidden passages have been
used to arrest kings and evacuate popes, hide shogun warriors,
facilitate guerrilla fighters, enable drug smugglers and conceal serial
killers. In recent times, however, many more modest individuals have
created (or discovered) secret passages in ordinary everyday households
and there are even companies dedicated to designing <a onmouseover=”self.status=’http://weburbanist.com/secretrooms&#8217;;return
true;” onmouseout=”self.status=”” href=”http://weburbanist.com/secretrooms&#8221; mce_href=”http://weburbanist.com/secretrooms”>secret doors, rooms
and passages in middle-class houses. In some cases the discovery of a
secret room is a wonderful find but it can also be a twisted nightmare.

With so many secret rooms built into houses is it any wonder that
some people are surprised
to discover that their very own house has one
they were entirely
unaware of? One couple in an ordinary and unspectacular A-frame house
found out they had their very own secret room after a year of living in
the structure. The room itself: a space as large as their main bedroom
and complete with somewhat creepy accessories including a sleeping bag,
electrical outlet and even unopened beer cans.

While for one couple the discovering of a <a onmouseover=”self.status=’http://weburbanist.com/secretrooms&#8217;;return
true;” onmouseout=”self.status=”” href=”http://weburbanist.com/secretrooms&#8221; mce_href=”http://weburbanist.com/secretrooms”>secret room was
exciting and resulted in additional usable space for another family a
similar find was the beginning of a nightmarish tragedy. In their secret
room they found a
mysterious note
from a previous owner of the house who claimed that
the structure was riddled with harmful mold
that had made his children very sick. As it turned out, the note was
right: an inspection revealed high levels of various dangerous molds
and the new owners were able to sue and settled for having the house
repurchased at the price they paid. And the previous owner? Apparently
he was worried about someone with a vested interest in selling the
house finding the note and therefore hid it.

Hidden Room

Hidden rooms today usually serve one of two purposes: security or
fun. Sometimes a hidden door is used to disguise a safe or a ‘panic
room’ where residents can hide in an emergency. The room showed above,
however, is one couples’ unusually creative gift
to their very excited teenage daughter
. This room works as an
office and play-space and goes entirely unnoticed by clueless visitors
(or even building inspectors). A remote control amazingly lifts an
entire staircase out of the way revealing the hidden passage.

Secret Passages

There are a number of design and construction companies that have
grown up with the public’s recently renewed fascination with secret
doors, rooms and passageways. Creative Home Engineering
has a number of stock products and also creates custom hidden door and
room designs. Their ready-made products include classics like the
fireplace that opens when you twist a candlestick and a bookcase
that opens when you tilt a book. The Hidden
Doors
company and others have dozens of simpler and less expensive
stock items to choose from as well – from cabinets
to pool racks and wine shelves masking hidden doors.

Until recently we thought that installing a hidden door in real life
would require a hiring a general
contractor
who would surely shoot us a suspicious look when we
explained what we wanted. In fact, there are over a dozen companies with
the specialty of installing stealth entrance ways. Some stock
pre-built hidden doors.

And you needn’t have a spooky mansion, eccentric tastes or a now-it-puts-the-lotion-in-the-basket creepiness
to you to have a secret door either. There are several reasons why you
may want to consider having a hidden door in your house.

Primary among those reasons: space efficiency. A normal door occupies
wall area that could otherwise be used for, say, a bookshelf. Do you
have a room or storage area you don’t need frequent access to? Hide the
entrance to it behind a fireplace, staircase, mirror, wall panel or
even a painting.

Some people have hidden doors for security reasons. To conceal a
vault, for example. Or to hide a panic room made popular by the 2002 Jodie Foster flick.

Mostly, though, we think there’s something about a hidden door that’s
magical—and exceptionally cool. (Check out the photos, below).

Companies that specialize in hidden doors include:

Creative Home
Engineering
— Spot Cool Stuff’s favorite hidden door company. They
have the most creative designs and build all types of hidden entryways
included armored doors and doors with biometric access control.

The Hidden Door Company — specializes mostly in
bookcase hidden doors but will manufacture designs specific to your
situation.

Niche Doors
has high-quality pre-built hidden doors made of wood.

Hide A Door
offers some of the most inexpensively priced hidden doors. Their
website has a form where you can request a free quote.

Space San Diego
— deals with an array of space saving and optimizing furniture, not
only hidden doors but also Murphy
beds
and stacking stools.

Want a secret room but aren’t sure you want to pay for one? Well,
there are do-it-yourself
options
for creating your own disguised doors to hidden spaces
though the process is somewhat complicated. There are of course a lot
of things that have to be considered with a secret door such as hiding
visible gaps with trim and giving the doors a comfortable swing
capacity. Also, load issues need to be considered if you have, for
example, a swinging bookshelf in mind. Remarkably, though, this can all
potentially be accomplished for just a few hundred dollars – a
relatively small price to pay for such a clever interior design feature.

  • Ultimate Hidden Staircase Ideal for Wannabe Bond Villains

    Giz is a big fan of the secret
    passageway
    , but this sub-staircase version really is the mutt’s
    nuts. A cross between a drawbridge, a private jet and something that,
    to kids, is straight out of Indiana Jones and the Duplex of Suburbia,
    the concealed hidey-hole is just one of a series of designs from Creative
    Home Engineering
    , a firm that puts hidden doors just about
    everywhere you wouldn’t think of looking. Prices range from $5,000 to a
    cool quarter of a million. [Creative
    Home Engineering
    via BallerHouse]



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Yellow And Gray

Yellow
And Gray
by ♕laura♕
featuring Hussein
Chalayan dresses

OPI
Sunbelievable Collection, Banana Bandanna

$13 – nailpolishdiva.com


creamFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

cream
by Anamaria
M
featuring Marc
by Marc Jacobs bags

Woman in BlackFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Woman
in Black
by chaosinstyle
featuring Yves
Saint Laurent bags

Victoria
Beckham Sonnenbrille Retro Big

295 EUR – jades24.com


Victoria BeckhamFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Victoria
Beckham
by Ma
Laura
featuring Sergio
Rossi shoes

smoke-psd
gxzone.com


Untitled

Untitled
by Anamaria
M
featuring Victoria
Beckham dresses

URBAN
DECAY LOOSE PIGMENT EYESHADOW – X

12 GBP – lookfantastic.com


URBAN
DECAY 24/7 GLIDE ON EYE PENCIL – ZERO

12 GBP – lookfantastic.com


Victoria Beckham- Posh StyleFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Victoria
Beckham- Posh Style
by poshtwin22
featuring Hermes
bags

Victoria
Beckham Sonnenbrille Retro Big

295 EUR – jades24.com


M
a r i a ♥

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FUCK
YEAH VICTORIA BECKHAM

fuckyeahvictoriabeckham.tumblr.com


victoria

victoria
by ghazale
featuring TopShop
dresses

Guerlain
Samsara Eau de Parfum Spray

$94 – bloomingdales.com


Victoria Beckham- British BeautyFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Victoria
Beckham- British Beauty
by poshtwin22
featuring Hermes
bags

paper
bwgreyscale.com


Victoria at Lax

Victoria
at Lax
by Anamaria
M
featuring Stella
McCartney jeans

Silk-blend
T-shirt

$90 – net-a-porter.com
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AGNONA
– SMALL TEDDY BEAR

76 EUR – luisaviaroma.com


Victoria
Beckham Style

victoriabeckham-jenna.blogspot.com


Airplane
pressebox.de


blackberry
curve

bestbuy.ca


Celebrity Muse: Victoria BeckhamFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Celebrity
Muse: Victoria Beckham
by jasmine.nicole.ortiz
featuring Juicy
Couture bags

Bow
Tunic Tee

$27 – delias.com
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Cream
Eyeshadow – Zardoz

$22 – barneys.com


frame
gxzone.com


Womens
Miso Front Frill Top

20 GBP – republic.co.uk
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blouses »


Dress
Like Victoria Beckham
by Ma

black
frame

talesofatravelingnurse.com


Wide
Leg Trousers

30 GBP – oli.co.uk
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pants »


Opening
Line Eyeliner

$12 – kohls.com



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