Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bar None

I have been tasked with looking up bar ideas for the basement.  I know what i want, but somehow my description of what i want does not translate into S understanding it.  My poor boyfriend needs more than my flailing and flapping.  So pictures i will find...hopefully. 

I know it's not for everyone, but we want a retro inspired, diner like, drive in theatre type basement.  My big issue is that i don't want it to look like it was a direction we HAD to go in because of the specific choices we are making.  Like, gee, these black and white tiles must've been here, so retro is the only way to go.  We're the ones installing the tiles, so i want retro meets timeless.  You think that's out there?

So black and white tile on the diagonal in the bar portion, and of course i'm going to need retro counter stools.  After that, i'm stuck.  What should the actual bar look like?  S wants glass block for authenticity, but i'm not finding that at all timeless.  What about behind the bar?  Mirror?  Mirrors with shelves? Gah!


Missy Salsa said...

Have you looked for retro wall art? A la Marylin Monroe? A jukebox?
Go there and half way down, the red bar with stools? Hope some of this helps!

. said...

Have you checked out HGTV's Rate My Space?

I don't like to post my rooms there much anymore, because there are people who like to just run around giving negative ratings and reviews for fun....but I find alot of inspiriation from the various rooms.

You can type 'retro' in the search engine there and then sort them by top rated, most viewed, etc.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This sounds like a wonderful fun bar! Can't wait to see how it turns out. I don't have much in the way of ideas for you, sorry! Keep looking you will find what you want I'm sure.

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Jill said...

OH sounds like a fun furnishing project. We just sold our bar and bar stools as we never used them. Them, together with our small outdoor setting table and chairs, just got replaced with a 10 seater table for the patio - now that the kids are starting to want to sit up with the adults when we have guests.
Of course in another 10 years time the kids would love a bar and stools at home!! Although on second thoughts, a bar in your parents house, vs a cool bar in town...ok no comparision!