Cheers To Good Design!

These two professionals designed great home bars, each with a stylish splash and a unique twist


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ROOM PHOTO BY ANGELA BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

 

PORTRAIT BY ANGELA BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY

WHO: Principal designer Kitty Golding, of Chelsea-based design firm Kitty & Company Interior Design, has put her stamp on everything from condos in Chicago to lake homes in Michigan for more than 28 years. Golding considers the relationships with her clients paramount in achieving a successful design; to that end, she offers her clients follow-up consultations. “The partnership between the client and the designer needs to be solid, with lots of trust, for it to work well,” she says. Known for more than residential designs, a Kitty & Company commercial office space was recognized at the Detroit Home Design Awards in 2018.

DESIGNER’S GOAL: Hamburg Township homeowners Brian and Deb Schroeder had two goals when they decided to remodel their basement: They wanted a tap room with a rustic, industrial feel for entertaining friends, and a fully-functional brewery so they could brew indoors year-round. Golding did some research and then asked her clients a series of questions to assess their specific needs. “We had to design a home bar area that would not only accommodate brewing … but look great for entertaining,” Golding says. To assist in the development, she tapped Derrick Dixon and his team at Trademark Building Solutions, based in South Lyon.

INFORMATION: 734-562-2459, kittyandcompany.net

“THE LIVE-EDGE CHERRY SLAB BAR TOP FROM JOHN’S URBAN TIMBER (IN WHITMORE LAKE) WARMS THE INDUSTRIAL TONES AND IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO SIT.”— KITTY GOLDING

KITTY GOLDING’S BAR DESIGN TIPS
• Knowing what equipment is necessary is important. In this case, we needed to make sure we had an industrial sink, a kegerator (a refrigerator that dispenses beer), room for brewing kettles, a full-size refrigerator, and more.
• Consider your focal point. My favorite items in the bar are the copper and stainless brew burners that hold the kettles. They’re pieces of art as well as conversation pieces.
• Make sure there’s enough leg room under the counter, and that you have the right height of stool.

GET THE GOODS
A. 42-inch wall mount range hood, starting at $1,550, Proline, prolinerangehoods.com
B. 3322S Industrial rectangular stainless steel sink, $275, MR Direct Sinks & Faucets, mrdirectint.com
C. GrowlerWerks pressurized growler 128-ounce uKeg, $199, Crate & Barrel, Troy
D. Hudson Pub Stool $170, World Market, worldmarket.com
E. Park Hill Collection brewery sign, $139, 3bird, Dexter

DESIGNER’S BAR TOP SUGGESTIONS (LEFT TO RIGHT)
Beer Flight: Beer is art personalized beer flight set, $58, HomeWetBar.com, homewetbar.com
Cocktail Napkins: 50-count lime green cocktail beverage napkins, $5.10, Target, target.com
Beverage Tub: Bash silver beverage tub, $90, Crate & Barrel, Troy
Coasters: Refined square coaster in gray, $29, Port Living Co., portlivingco.com




ROOM PHOTO BY BETH SINGER

 

PORTRAIT BY NICK GERBER FOR
THE BMP FILM CO.

WHO: Principal designer and owner of AMW Design Studio, Amy Miller Weinstein, attended Cranbrook, the University of Michigan, the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and Harrington College of Design in Chicago. Weinstein has 35 years of interior design experience and will mark the 10th anniversary of her Birmingham studio this March. Over the past 10 years, she has earned an exceptional number of Detroit Home Design Awards for her luxurious and sophisticated contemporary designs. She continued her winning streak in 2018, placing in the top three of seven categories, in addition to earning top prizes in the Home Office and Historic Renovation/Restoration categories.

DESIGNER’S GOAL: A minimalist aesthetic was the guiding principle in this Birmingham home bar. The focal point was constructed by Troy-based Perspectives Cabinetry and includes dark faux wood cabinets, stainless accents, and an onyx natural stone countertop from Troy-based PMP Marble & Granite. Vying for interest is a temperature-controlled wine room with custom metal wine racks forged by Waterford-based Gallery Steel, whose dark finish is intended to relate to the all-important bar. “The goal was to seamlessly connect the two spaces with the use of a frameless glass wall and door system, creating a beautiful solution for both areas,” Miller Weinstein says.

INFORMATION: 248-321-0931, amwdesignstudio.com

“A SUCCESSFUL HOME BAR SHOULD LOOK AND FUNCTION LIKE A BAR, NOT LIKE A KITCHEN.”— AMY MILLER WEINSTEIN

AMY MILLER WEINSTEIN’S BAR DESIGN TIPS
• Pay attention to various forms of lighting so that party moods can be achieved.
• Add a TV!
• Select cohesive and interesting materials and finishes.

GET THE GOODS
A. Adelaide barstool in black, $369, BoConcept, boconcept.com
B. Stone tec grigio porcelain floor tile, price upon request, Cercan Tile, Michigan Design Center, Troy
C. Custom cabinetry in dark oak melinga, price upon request, Perspectives Cabinetry, Troy
D. California Faucets Poetto pull-down kitchen faucet in satin nickel finish, starting at $1,414 as pictured, Advance Plumbing and Heating Supply, Detroit and Walled Lake
E. Silver alabaster shadowstone, price on request, Realstone Systems, visit realstone.com to find your local dealer
F. Axis larger sconce, $1,137, Hubbardton Forge, hubbardtonforge.com
G. Onice Velluto polished onyx, price on request, PMP Marble and Granite, Troy

DESIGNER’S BAR TOP SUGGESTIONS (LEFT TO RIGHT)
Ice Bucket: Carter double walled ice bucket, $60, Crate & Barrel, Troy
Cockail Glassware: iittala Aarne glasses, $75-$100/two, Finnstyle, finnstyle.com
Drink Dispenser: Cold drink dispenser with glass stand, $85, Crate & Barrel, Troy
Ice Trays: Peak ice trays, $41/three, Crate & Barrel, Troy

 

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