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Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Fontenay Flooring

January 29th, 2013 No comments

Beautiful Cooperage floor from Fontenay

Looking to add a subtle, yet show-stopping accent to your wine cellar? Consider a gorgeous, custom wood floor…made entirely from reclaimed barrels and tanks. Fontenay, the world’s original source of reclaimed wine barrel flooring, installs one-of-a-kind wood flooring that tells a story of winemaking in the very grain of the wood.

Imagine a floor that displays remnants of wine names, dramatically dispersed amongst the planks. With a custom floor made from reclaimed wine barrels, you can go for this or any other look you desire, from streamlined planks in matching hues, to a beautifully rustic mismatched look. There are several distinctly different types of Fontenay flooring to choose from.

Fontenay collects barrel heads, and turns them into three different materials. The first is the Cooperage collection, which is the outside of the barrel head, complete with the special patina earned from age, as well as stamps and brand markings that winemakers have put on the barrels.

The second type of material is the Wine Infusion collection. This wood comes from the inside of the barrel, and so has been naturally stained with the color of the wine the barrel held. Different types of wine deliver different colors and tones, so a Wine Infusion collection floor can represent a stunning variety of all your favorite varietals.

The third type of material is the Stave collection. This collection comes from the outer part of the barrel, from which the hoops have been removed. Stave flooring comes in an interesting and eye-catching pattern made from long and short pieces, with natural markings from the barrel hoops.

Not only is a floor made from reclaimed wine barrels beautiful, it’s eco-friendly, too. In the United States, most wine barrels are made from beautiful white oak, which can take hundreds of years to grow. But the life of a wine barrel ranges from a mere one to five years, and large vineyards can use as many as 100,000 barrels per year. If you choose Fontenay flooring, you can feel good about making a flooring choice that’s good for the planet, as well as a unique and gorgeous design.

Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Artwork

January 17th, 2013 No comments

Collectors building custom wine cellars often struggle with a question: “How do I make my wine cellar reflect me?” Wine is your true passion, so you want your wine cellar to be more than just rows and rows of bottles. You want it to reflect your personal style, and say a little something about you and your love of wine.

One create way to add that special personal touch to your wine cellar is with artwork. A print, painting or mosaic can speak volumes about you and your taste, helping make your wine cellar unlike any your guests have ever seen before. But where to get started? Here are our top five picks for wine cellar artwork. Have a favorite that we missed? Tell us in the comments!

  1. ESPARANTOstudio print

    Prints: Modern and edgy, graphic prints can say a lot with just a few words. Wine-themed prints are often witty and clever, making them great for the connoisseur with a sense of humor. Try this “Life is too short to drink bad wine” print from  seller ESPARANTOstudio, or these wine-themed graphic prints, uniquely printed on vintage dictionary pages, from Etsy seller TheSalvagedSparrow.

  2. Mosaics: For a piece of artwork that is totally unique, consider a handmade mosaic mural. Mosaics can be made of small bits of glass, fine china, porcelain, or a mix. The mosaic artist composes the pieces into a decorative image, then grouts the pieces and seals the creation. A mosaic can be placed on walls, framed, surround an archway, or cover a tabletop. An artist can create an image unique to you: think your favorite wine region in Spain, or your favorite place to drink a glass in the backyard.
  3. AnnToozeFineArt pastel

    Paintings: A wine painting can add a focal point to your wine cellar, and become a conversation-starter between you and your guests. Whether you’re drawn to soft watercolors or a bold, modern style, you can find a wine-themed painting that perfectly suits your taste. Browse these beautiful original pastels from Etsy seller Anna Tooze Fine Art. For something extra-special, look for art that uses reclaimed materials, such as this wine bottle and glass silhouette painting.

  4. DIY cork art. Been saving your corks for a rainy day? You can use old corks to create a variety of totally original art pieces that would be fabulous addition to a wine cellar. For inspiration, check out this fabulous wall hanging, this cork monogram, or this wine cellar door completely covered with cork halves. Now that’s a unique piece!
  5. Vintage posters. Do you have a thing for all things vintage? A vintage wine ad poster might be the perfect way to put your personal stamp on your collection. Frame one print as a focal point for your cellar, or try a gallery wall that showcases your favorite vintages in style. Check out this Contratto champagne ad, and this Sandeman’s port ad.

Custom Accents for Wine Cellars: Furniture

January 2nd, 2013 No comments

console

You’re a wine connoisseur. You spend every spare moment reading up on the greatest vintages and hunting down that perfect bottle. But do you ever feel like your hobby is confined to the wine cellar? With your collection shut away, it’s easy to feel like your passion takes a backseat. How to integrate your love of wine into your home?

One great option is to use specialty wine furniture. Howard Miller designs stylish furniture that is a great way to showcase your love of wine. From inviting bar stools to ornate wine cabinets, wine furniture allows you to bring your passion out of the cellar and into the most lived-in areas of your home.

Bars and Bar Stools

No wine lover’s home is completely without an elegant bar area. A bar is a great place to open and decant wine bottles and of course, mix up the occasional cocktail. Howard Miller bars have luxurious Italian marble tops, and are adorned with carved details. The bars offer chilling drawers perfect for storing wine, wine racks, and a variety of finishes to complement your decor. And no bar would be complete without a place to sit and enjoy your cocktail, so Howard Miller offers a variety of bar stools as well. Built to seamlessly match the bar, these bar stools truly complete the look.

Cabinets 

Wine cabinets are a great way to make your wine collection fit seamlessly into your home.
Wine cabinets come in a choice of high-quality finishes, with details such as carved feet, built-in wine racks, and lighting. For a wine cabinet that doubles as a bar, choose a model with stemware storage built right in. With so many customizable options, you can find a wine cabinet that both houses your collection and makes a beautiful design statement.

Consoles

If you’re looking for a piece of wine furniture that is both functional and practical, look no further than a
Howard Miller wine console. Consoles offer the storage of a wine cabinet with the counter space of a bar. Use a large console in your dining room: it doubles as an place perfect for holding a holiday-worthy buffet. Use a small console to fit that empty corner: the top can display photos from your travels to wine country, while the storage space holds your bottles from the trip. With a variety of models available, it’s easy to find the one that perfectly fits your collection’s needs.