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12 Days of Bars (+ Libations)

12 Days of Bars

We’re sharing some of our favorite bars and wet bars with holiday beverages to enjoy at home!

>>D A Y 1<<

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Wauwatosa Wet Bar

The wet bar in this butler’s pantry serves as a focal point in the dining room. It’s the perfect spot to mix drinks and offers extra counter space. Check out the framed mirror backsplash and unique wallpaper, too!

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Cranberry Moscow Mule

>>D A Y 2<<

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Waukesha Sunroom Bar

With easy access to the kitchen, this sunroom bar is the perfect spot to host guests. It features wine cubbies, a beverage refrigerator, and room for seating.

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Maple Hot Chocolate

>>D A Y 3<<

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Hartland Wet Bar

This wet bar features custom cabinetry, a hammered copper sink, and Bronzo Quartzite tops. The beverage refrigerator and glass storage are ideal for entertaining.

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The Candy Cane

>>D A Y 4<<

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Fox Point Wet Bar

Want a well-stocked wet bar/butler’s pantry? Look no further! Storage, wine and beverage refrigerators, an ice maker – it has it all. Also, check out the gold leaf tile backsplash and the gold ceiling!

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Brandy Old Fashioned

>>D A Y 5<<

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Oconomowoc Basement Bar

This lower level bar is ideal for entertaining all ages! It features custom cabinetry, a raised game/snack table, and ample storage.

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Apple Sangria

>>D A Y 6<<

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Brookfield Basement Bar

Superhero. Bar. There’s not much more to say about this unique space!

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Gingerbread Martini

>>D A Y 7<<

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Oconomowoc Basement Bar

This lower level bar features character-grade cherry cabinetry, leather-textured granite, a hammered copper sink, a stacked stone backsplash, and gray weathered beams. It also has ample storage and two beverage refrigerators.

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Sparkling Cranberry Punch

>>D A Y 8<<

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Hartland Wet Bar

This wet bar has easy access to the kitchen and features custom cabinetry with a crackle finish and space to prep beverages.

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White Christmas Margaritas

>>D A Y 9<<

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Wauwatosa Wet Bar

This wet bar offers extra counter space in the dining room and ample storage for barware. Check out the corbels, too!

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Mocha Punch

>>D A Y 10<<

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Oconomowoc Basement Bar

This dreamy bar features a hammered copper top, a Lannon stone backsplash, and rustic custom cabinetry. It’s cozy and sophisticated.

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Double Chocolate S'mores Martini

>>D A Y 11<<

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Muskego Wet Bar

This lower level wet bar features marble subway tile, leather-textured granite, and custom cabinetry in a smoky gray color. It’s a comfortable spot to entertain!

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Cranberry Orange Mimosa

>>D A Y 12<<

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Delafield Basement Bar

The bar features custom walnut cabinetry, a stacked stone backsplash, honed/textured granite, and a recessed blue ceiling detail.

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Jack Frost Martini

Recent Project: Family-Friendly Lower Level Remodel

The homeowners wanted to transform their empty basement into another living space that both the adults and kids could enjoy.  It was important that the lower level offered a comfortable area to watch movies, entertain, and play.

Muskego Lower Level Remodel

The remodeled space is a balanced mix of cozy and sophisticated details.  It features an informal entertaining area with engineered hickory flooring, a bold chandelier, ample storage, and room for a large table.

The arched openings and columns add character to the lower level and keep the entertaining area and living room open to one another while defining each space.

Muskego Lower Level Remodel

This space also includes a wet bar with marble subway tile, leather-textured granite, and custom cabinetry in a smoky gray color.

Muskego Lower Level Remodel

The lower level playroom features two chalkboard doors and can be closed off with barn-style doors to keep toys hidden during gatherings.

Muskego Lower Level Remodel

The lower level also includes a powder room, featuring unique lighting, and a fitness room.

For detail photos, see this project on Houzz.

Back-to-School

Ensure school year success with these home tips from Bartelt.

Summer is winding down, and while the kids may not be ready to go back, it’s important to ensure a smooth transition between vacation and the start of the school year.  We’ve compiled some ideas to make your home more efficient and life easier for back-to-school.

Study hard.Wauwatosa Homework Station

Big or small, consider setting aside a space dedicated to homework.  Include seating, supply storage, a desk, and other essentials for assignments or projects.  A “homework station” allows kids to be part of family activities.  Parents can also easily monitor computer use and ensure students are getting their work completed.  A home office is another option.  We’ve converted unused formal dining rooms and other spaces into functional dens.  Kids have room to spread out their papers and books and concentrate.  There’s also plenty of room for bookshelves and office gadgets.

Establish a family hub.Fox Point Mudroom

The mudroom is your family’s launch pad.  You can keep all out-the-door essentials right where you need them.  Incorporate lockers, assigning one to each family member.  When they come home from school or extracurricular activities, they’ll have their own space to stash their belongings.  The mudroom is a high traffic area, so it’s also the perfect opportunity to keep the family on-task with messages and reminders.  Consider a “drop zone,” or command center, for phone charging, file cabinets, a calendar, a chalkboard, mail storage, and other organizational tools.

Lighten the load.

We touched on this recently, but we believe this is important.  With the beginning of the school year comes more laundry.  Whether it’s part of the mudroom or near the bedrooms, a laundry room should include ample storage and functional features – custom cabinetry, a sink, counter space, shelves, and other elements to make laundry time more efficient.  Like the mudroom, we suggest incorporating cubbies, with a designated bin for each family member (or different clothing types), into the laundry room design.  This makes it easy to sort clothes and even easier for the kids to put them away.

Have a bite to eat.

Encourage your family to kick off the day with a nutritional meal.  A breakfast bar or nook – off the counter or as a banquette – is the perfect spot to enjoy a bowl of oatmeal, sip on a cup of coffee, or read the morning paper.  It often fulfills other roles, too.  Kids can sit there for an after-school snack and share the day’s events.  They can set up a temporary homework area.  You can use it for extra party seating or a buffet.

Find Oconomowoc Lower Levelspace to unwind.

Carve out space for the kids to relax and spend time with friends.  A play area with toy storage, bookshelves, and a table for projects is ideal for younger children.  A finished lower level or bonus room is a great space for teenagers (and adults).  Include a snack bar with a beverage refrigerator, games, a bathroom, and a home theater for the perfect “hangout.”

*As seen in the August issue of “Village West Living,” a publication for Elm Grove residents.