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Setting the bar

What says gracious, classic holiday entertaining like a fully stocked bar cart? If you love the idea of a bar cart but don’t have the space or need for the permanence of a new piece of furniture, may we suggest a temptingly close second? The bar tray is a simple way to get the look without rethinking your entire space for one evening of entertaining, and during the holidays, who doesn’t love ease and convenience? Whether you have a disused pair of decanters, a swizzle stick collection, or are starting fresh, putting together a drinks tray that expresses your look is fun, easy and surprisingly impactful. The first step is selecting your tray, then adding decanters and an ice bucket. While they need not match, its important that they be functional and not too heavy. Decking out your tray with the perfect bottle opener, garnish bowls and cocktail shaker is an opportunity to have some fun with mixing and matching and getting creative. The final step, of course: just add booze and watch your guests become their own mixologist.

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From left: “Good as Gold” hip flask in polished brass, hand-carved bitters bottle, Crystal Cluster decanter, olive wood bowl with Batik inlay (sold as part of a set), Waxing Moon ceramic decanter, Curve medium marble nut bowl, Crest bottle opener, Bumpy vase, all on a Manchester tray in Chestnut finish.

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“Good As Gold” hip flask, $58

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Olive Wood bowl set with bone inlay, $154

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Fort Standard “Crest” bottle opener, $60

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Cranberry Whiskey Sour 

60 0z. (5 Bottles) Mike’s Hard Cranberry Lemonade

10 0z. Jim Beam bourbon

5 oz. simple syrup

1/2 cup fresh cranberries, halved, plus more for garnish

3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish

Mix all ingredients in the container or dispenser of your choice, add the herbs and cranberries, and serve neat or over ice.

All available for purchase in-store and online at Coveted Home. As always, thank you for letting us help you design your life.

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Simple Holiday Decorating

I have never been one to get fussy over holiday decorating. Really, when it comes to decorating period I tend to stay simple and steer clear of fussy and overdone. The boutique has also never been one of those stores that during the holiday’s is dripping in Christmas decor. When you walk into the shop it is certainly festive–we have the holiday music on (we all love it and have been playing it for over a week now!) and we have some really unique accessories that make for simple decor statements during this time of year. These pieces are easy to work into your existing decor, whether it be on your dining table, fireplace mantel or entry table. They all also happen to make really great gifts.

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Antler & trees

These polished silver antler candlesticks are striking and bring a little drama to the table. Available in 2 sizes:                           Large $80, Medium $68

Olive wood cheese board $35

Antler & trees

There are 4 varieties of these awesome laser cut trees, $25 each.

The gold stars come in 3 sizes and can go just about anywhere. I don’t even think they are strictly holiday decor, leave them out year round! Small $15, Med $20, Large $25.

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The delicate glass champagne flutes are perfect for that New Years Eve toast! $55 for set of 6 glasses.

Petrified wood nut dish $129

We have various shapes and colors of the beautiful ceramic pieces by Emily Reinhardt of The Object Enthusiast. What girl out there wouldn’t want one of those as a gift?! Prices range from $20-$38.

I hope you will stop by this Saturday the 30th for Small Business Saturday. We will be serving up champagne and offering 15% off your in store purchase. Happy Holidays!

All photos by Kenny Johnson Photography