5 Tips To Creating A Bar Area In Your Finished Basement

If you are looking to build a man cave in your basement where you can hang out with your friends, the cave must feature a bar. So, how do you go about building an eye-catching bar set-up in your abode? What are the things you need to consider in order for your project to succeed? .

Here are 5 tips to help you create a bar area in your finished basement. For information on bar stools and accessories, read more at danetti.com.

Tip 1: Purchase bar stools and seating

Selecting the best bar stools for your home is not exactly as easy as a walk in the park. It´s because there are various factors to consider and some of these factors include style, looks, comfort, and convenience etc. You can go for the common backless bar stool if you are looking for something that can be easily concealed. However, backless bar stools don’t fare well in the comfort department. If comfort is your priority, you should acquire a bar stool with arms. If you want to swivel around, you can opt for a swiveling bar stool. If you have plenty of cash to burn, you should purchase a wood bar stool because they go well with any style. However, if you are looking for something modern and something that complements small space, you should buy a metal bar stool.

Tip 2: Bar Molding

So, what does bar molding achieve? Well, bar molding plays an instrumental role in preventing the spills from leaking. Apart from that, it also allows one to rest his/her arms on the bar top. You can easily acquire bar molding accessories and they are available for purchase in various wood varieties.  If you are not good with carpentry, you should purchase a pre-cut bar mold design that can be installed to your bar easily.

Tip 3: Pay attention to the lighting

It is important to get the lighting right in order to set the mood. The bar in your basement need not necessarily have to be as dark and dusty as your favorite bar. Instead, you should focus on installing LED-strip kits and flexible light strips. These strips are available for purchase in various colors and can be customized to your preferred length. And, you can fit these light on the bar top or bar cabinets to give your bar area a refined ambiance.

Tip 4: What about the back bar?

If you have a wide range of liquor at your disposal and you want to display them, you should consider installing open shelves in the back bar. However, if you don’t have various different bottles to showcase, you can instead opt to place large, framed mirrors to act as showpieces.  You can also install 3-D wall panels and tiles to improve the aesthetics of your back bar.

Tip 5: Refrigeration

So, what kind of refrigeration works best if you need to keep your beer, wine, and mixer cool? Well, you can invest in an under-the-counter beverage center that boasts of the feature, temperature control.

 

Have you ever considered turning your basement into a home bar?

 

3 Steps to a Perfect Picnic

A picnic is basically an outdoor meal; usually served in a pleasing to the eye location on a blanket or if your posh, a picnic table. As a nation we love picnics, a little bit of blue sky and a few rays of rare to find sunshine and we are really up for an adventure.

Following this three steps below will help you achieve a perfect picnic experience.

A picnic is basically an outdoor meal; usually served in a pleasing to the eye location on a blanket or if your posh, a picnic table. As a nation we love picnics, a little bit of blue sky and a few rays of rare to find sunshine and we are really up for an adventure. Food

Food is one of the most important ingredients to a happy picnic. You can have the most beautiful scenery around you and a bunch of your best mates but once hunger sets in and the food isn’t up to scratch you will have a small disaster on your hands.

When planning picnic food think portability and ease of consumption. Sandwiches are always a safe choice, so are the various salads you can pick up but what about something more sophisticated? What about a quiche, tasty pie or a sausage roll? All of those can be cooked in advance or simply picked up from your local super store. Higgidy offers all of them and they are suitable to be eaten both cold and warm, so you don’t even have to worry about cooking them beforehand.

A picnic is basically an outdoor meal; usually served in a pleasing to the eye location on a blanket or if your posh, a picnic table. As a nation we love picnics, a little bit of blue sky and a few rays of rare to find sunshine and we are really up for an adventure. In addition to your main meal, pack some fruit, maybe a bag of crisp or pretzels and don’t forget about drinks too.

Location

Once you food is all sorted out, it’s time to pick the location. Somewhere pretty with easy access and enough space for everyone to chill in comfort. Also be considerate about the local neighbourhood. If you are planning a trip out with a large number of friends or family then think about the noise you will make when the conversation becomes animated and make sure you aren’t going to disturb anyone around you.

A picnic is basically an outdoor meal; usually served in a pleasing to the eye location on a blanket or if your posh, a picnic table. As a nation we love picnics, a little bit of blue sky and a few rays of rare to find sunshine and we are really up for an adventure. Company

It’s pretty obvious that you will only invite people you like, love, care about or people who just make you feel good in their company but there is something else to consider… Your companions need to be in the right state of mind. There is nothing worse than trying to have a relaxing picnic when one of your friends can’t stand sitting on the ground or is scared of the ants living nearby. Think about things like if Mr/Miss Somebody (who has severe allergies) now, will they be happy to spend a few hours on a meadow or would you be better in the middle of the local woodlands. These are small things but if not considered they can ruin the entire day. Get it right and you are one step closer to that perfect picnic.

We personally like to picnic in our local fields, there is a nice spot between two fields, just next to a small stream; it’s always so peaceful and quiet.

A picnic is basically an outdoor meal; usually served in a pleasing to the eye location on a blanket or if your posh, a picnic table. As a nation we love picnics, a little bit of blue sky and a few rays of rare to find sunshine and we are really up for an adventure. If you like picnics as well you might want to take part in the Higgidy giveaway. They are collaborating with Joules and there are 210 picnic related prizes to be won. It’s a pack promotion so a purchase is necessary but hurry up as there is only one month left to claim your prize. For full terms and condition please visit Higgidy Joules Picnic Giveaway.

Where do you like to picnic?

What’s are some of your favourite picnic foods?

Weaning on the go

Weaning on the go

All is good in the world of weaning as long as you stay within the comfort of your home surrounded by all those countless cupboards holding lots of yummy ingredients, as well as the fridge and freezer, not forgetting about the stacks of pots, bowls, food warmers etc etc… however once you leave your home and all those essential comforts behind then things might start to get a bit tricky…

If you have the time and are well organized you will probably plan in advance your days out, we… well… we aren’t so well organized and if you are a regular reader of my blog then most likely you already know that. Home cooking is very important for us but in the case of weaning on the go I much more prefer the ready-made food option.

Cow & Gate were kind enough to send us a selection of their “friends” food pouches – my first spoon.

Weaning on the go with Cow & Gate

“Friends – my first spoon” are design for 4-6 months old babies who have just started their weaning adventure and are really ready to discover new foods. There are four flavours in the collection: carrot, peas, broccoli and cauliflower. When you study the ingredients list… well there isn’t a lot to study… these pouches are made from carrot, peas, broccoli or cauliflower and water and… nothing else. They come in a very handy 50g size and are perfect for beginners. They are ideal for helping to build up your babies taste pallet so they are well positioned to try more complex flavours in the future.

“Friends – my first spoon” are suitable either to be used as a main meal or as a snack for later on 🙂 They do not require any cooking or any other special preparation… just open and serve; this makes them an ideal food for when you are on the go. And just in case you baby isn’t in the mood for your choice of food once it is opened, then you can simply reseal it and store in a fridge for up to 24hours.

I am glad we had the chance to try Cow & Gate Friends pouches; they make feeding outside of the home environment so much easier.

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Have you used any pouches like these when your baby was weaning?

What’s your personal top tip for weaning on the go?

Time for a change, time for entertainment

With New Year comes the obligatory New Year’s resolution.

I’ve made a few “promises” to myself and one of them is to entertain more (aka stop being a cave-dweller). I would like to have our friends over much more often, maybe throw a few more dinner parties and in general be more sociable. To achieve it, I need space. So the question becomes: What do I do?

Currently, we have a kitchen / dinner with a table set for four and a front room designed around our family entertainment – large sofa, space to play jumpy console games and to chillax in general. I think the front room will have to stay as it is simply because it is our family space and besides I don’t know how to tell Mark his front room is about to change. Now the dining room part of the downstairs area might just be the subject of a make-over.

My Dining Room

In order to entertain I will need space. If we have more than two people visit us be are quickly reminded of a major drawback to us entertaining. Sitting for hours on little wooden stools is not very comfortable, no matter how good the food, the company or even how many drinks you have had 😉 and there is no room to add full size chairs as the table just isn’t long enough, oh and it has very fat legs that don’t help.

So, what to do now?

The easiest solution would be to just buy a new set of slim chairs, but as our furniture’s quite old I am not able to find anything to match it nicely.

I like dark wood; solid wood, heavy furniture is very me but they make the space seems smaller and darker than it actually is. The more I think about it the more I feel I might be ready for a change.

I had a look around for some inspirations and I have a few ideas for my new dining room. I think I would still like to stick with the wood and keep the same rectangular shape of the table, but maybe this time we should get something lighter, with a more modern look…

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What do you think about my choices?

Would you attempt a make-over just to satisfy your need for fulfilling a New Year’s resolution?

Do you think I should just stick with my old furniture and maybe invest in some soft cushions to make long evenings by the table more comfortable?

I know this is a long list of questions but I am quite in the pickle and unsure what to do next.

* Post written in collaboration with Rodgers Of York