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5 simple home luxuries for less

Indoor bar
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"People like having a separate entertaining area," says Denham, but you don't have to build an extra room onto your house to create one. Instead, carve out a space where bar furniture can be a novel conversation piece. Keep it simple with an old-fashioned bar cart stocked with your favorite spirits, says Denham. "That's more of a luxury statement to me," she says. "There are really nice bar carts in brass, stainless steel and glass." Often it would be part of the dining room.

If you want something more permanent, Denham suggests installing one or two base cabinets with open, thick glass shelves above and a mirrored back. You can stack your glasses and bottles on the shelves or add some stainless steel bar racks on the ceiling for the glasses.

You can also opt for a piece of wine furniture, which comes in different shapes and sizes, ranging from a cabinet to an armoire to an actual bar with electrical outlets, lighting and space for a small refrigerator. Argov says prices are generally $700 to $2,300. The furniture usually is not plumbed, but comes with drawers and surfaces for preparing and serving drinks. "We have seen an uptick in wine furniture sales," says Argov.

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