The cocktail hour is hot again. Call it the Mad Men effect, a spillover of scintillating style that is fueling nostalgia for the cocktail culture of the 1950s and ’60s.
The art of entertaining is having its own revival, thanks in part to a foundational piece of furniture: a bar cabinet. Whether echoing Midcentury Modern design or Hollywood Regency, a bar cabinet recalls the sophistication of bygone eras.
It’s a refined way to store glasses, bottles and cocktail accessories, and the cabinet top gives you the perfect space to mix drinks. Off duty, it becomes an artful spot for displaying bottles and decanters.
When you are entertaining, a bar cabinet makes a grand, flourishing statement in a living room. It also handsomely outfits a study or den. And it can be the pièce de résistance in a master suite – especially since many cabinets are designed to house a mini-fridge.
We’ve fallen hard for the Serpentine Bar Cabinet, an ebony homage to Regency style. Details set it apart: a gold-leaf pinstripe, a custom-cast brass ormolu, brass escutcheon handles, and soft-close drawers and wine racks.
For true glamour, the Ainsworth Eglomise Bar Cabinet shimmers like a Hollywood starlet. Behind its glass panels backed with silver leaf are roomy shelves and two breakaway side doors, each with shallow shelves for glassware. Pairing with our eglomise chests and vanity, it can elegantly equip a master bedroom or guest suite.
Eglomise also adorns our Regina Bar Cabinet. The Forsyth Bar Cabinet and Forsyth Double Bar Cabinet, along with our Preston Crushed Bamboo Bar Cabinet, boast British Colonial styling and dramatic texture.
After you’ve found your match, it’s time to celebrate with something fizzy, like this lemony New Orleans favorite.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
Makes 1 drink
1½ ounces VSOP cognac
½ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, top with sparkling wine and serve.
Or if you prefer a dessert-minded drink, consider this recipe from our collaborator, restaurant mogul Donatella Arpaia.
Makes 1 drink
4 ounces Prosecco
1 brown sugar cube
dash of Angostura bitters
Garnish: pinch of cocoa powder
In a champagne glass, place first three ingredients. Stir once, garnish and serve.
It must be primal. When the autumn air snaps with crispness and leaves begin to fall, we instinctively turn to warm, nourishing foods that satisfy beyond hunger. Cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves—all of the spices that start with C—make a re-appearance and get an extra shake. And of course, rich, slow-cooked chili and cups of steaming hot chocolate are undeniable go-to’s this time of year. But now, so is ice cream.
Jeni Britton Bauer, acclaimed cookbook author and cool founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, stirs up her fabulous Fire-and-Ice Ohio Chili recipe with a surprising scoop of chocolate ice cream inside. The mingling of beef, tomato, autumnal spices and creamy chocolate takes this chili over the top.
It’s the perfect choice for your next tailgate party. But you’ll need a heavy-gauge Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid because Jeni’s Fire-and-Ice Chili simmers over low heat for over an hour to build layers of flavor and a velvety, saucy consistency. Jeni recommends spooning it over spaghetti as a luscious sauce.
Give Fire-and-Ice Chili a try, and see if your football fans can guess the chilly secret ingredient in your latest chili recipe.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds ground beef
2 large onions, minced
1/4 cup chile powder
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 cups water
One 15-ounce can tomato puree
One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup dark chocolate ice cream
Cooked spaghetti, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and thinly sliced scallions for serving
In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil. Add the ground beef and cook over moderately high heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 8 minutes.
Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.
Add the chile powder, cumin, cinnamon, coriander and cloves and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Stir the water, tomato puree and diced tomatoes into the beef, and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in ice cream and cook until hot, about 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve the chili in bowls over spaghetti, passing shredded Monterey Jack and thinly sliced scallions at the table.
This chili can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.
Suggested pairing: peppery, berry-rich Zinfandel.
Fall in love with more seasonal inspiration on Pinterest.
Few people embrace the holidays with more glamour and creativity than Donatella Arpaia, leading-edge Food Network star, famed chef and celebrated taste icon.
When decorating, Donatella believes the more glitter the better! Her latest ornament collection, exclusively designed for Frontgate, captures the old-world charm of silver and gold mouth-blown glass, handpainted and crystal-encrusted. But this collection surprises with an avant-garde touch too: stunning orbs of vivid teal blue look heavenly against the north-woods green of the tree.
Donatella makes it a must to frame her mantel and door with lush, lifelike pine and cypress boughs studded with simple white lights. The pre-lit swags and garland in our Donatella Amberly Manor Greenery Collection make it effortless. Plug them in, position them just so, stand back and revel in the magic.
Want one last Donatella detail for an unforgettable holiday? Add a layer of luxe texture to your mantel with her winter-white faux fur stockings. Of course you’ll stuff them with spectacular delights, but see if anyone can keep their eyes off the three crystal snowflake brooches that dangle from their cuffs!
Find more inspiration from Donatella on Pinterest.
A statement rug can capture attention, and no statement is hotter than hide. Zillow Digs named cowhide one of its top five decorating trends for 2015. With the way hide rugs combine natural elements and design aesthetics, it’s easy to see why.
Each rug adds layers of texture and interest to your living space. In our nine new hide rugs, urbane patterns are highlighted with dimension and depth. Artisans hand-stitch shapely pieces in an array of natural tones, creating a contemporary work of art. That’s why Zillow Digs calls cowhide “the ideal accent texture for 2015’s modern, yet approachable, design aesthetic.”
Authentic hair-on-hide rugs feel soft and warm underfoot and boast natural durability. Color, pattern and size variations are inherently unique, enhancing each rug’s one-of-a-kind nature. Whether in entryways, in living rooms or in front of the fireplace, hide rugs become a focal point – alone, or layered with other rugs.
And then there’s our ultra-thick textural treat: the Natural Sheepskin Area Rug. Shaggy and chic, it’s dreamy enough to nap on.
If you need help choosing a rug or measuring, read our Decorating with Rugs: Softness and Style Underfoot article. From showstopping rugs to ornate accents, discover more ways to luxe up your living space on Pinterest.
Tip: no matter what type of rug you use, place a rug pad underneath to help keep it in place and extend its life.
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