August 13, 2013The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement: Guide To Building A Beverage Center
By Sara In AZ
I came across some decorating books at the thrift the other day called The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement. They were published in 1970/1971 as far as I can tell. There were probably as many as 20 of these decorating books for sale that day, but I knew there was no way I had to space to store all of them….so I tried to pick out a couple that looked interesting. I decided to go for the big guns like kitchen and bathroom decorating…that sort of thing! Soooooo, you can expect more posts peppered here and there in the future about the *perfect* way to decorate your early 1970s home. Today, though, we kick off this series with how to build a “Beverage Center”.
We could just call it a “Bar”, but why don’t we go all out fancy and just call it an “All Purpose Entertainment Unit” from now on?!? Ummmmmm, well maybe not….. since that will be MUCH harder to type than just “Bar”! Or we could go with “APEU”…..I don’t know, we’ll just see how it goes I guess! hee!
As you can see in the above picture there are the plans to make the ‘APEU’ in the picture below. I rather like this bar set-up, it looks super easy to make and I can just picture this in numerous basements right now!
Wow, here they have taken the bar to the next level and installed a mini fridge in an armoire – fancy!
I super love the look of both of the bars below, very clean and modern looking. Seriously, I think they could fit into any home today.
This bar area looks like a good fit if you have a small space to work with.
Squeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!! All that wood……..those amazeballs barstools……..I think the little “Julian Loves Inez” plaque at the top is my fave. Totally, totally want this APEU….if only I had a basement…..maybe I should start digging now???
Or, you may want to think about a bar that could be contained in a room divider…not a bad idea at all.
I think this APEU is my second favorite bar set-up (after the ‘Julian Loves Inez’ bar). This one is so cool in that you can completely close it off when not is use, much like having a bar in the room divider…except here you have way more space. I wish all of the pictures in this book were in color – you just know those cabinets are painted all sorts of awesome colors! And that Tulip table……*swoon*!
Anybody off to build an APEU now??????? If so, please invite me over for a martini when you are done!