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HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Custom Mini Bar
HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Custom Mini Bar

Katy potting a plant with awkward alcove in the background

Several years ago, Katy, my past design partner and I worked on a project in a NYC apartment that benefited from quite a few custom pieces.  One of those pieces was installed in this awkward niche.


The niche was awkward because it held the access panel to the HVAC system and its filter.  Whatever the space would be used for, it needed to be accessible, functional and useful.

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Custom Mini Bar

Awkward alcove

We thought the space would be a great location for a bar.  Although our client loved cigars, he was not much of a drinker.  He wasn’t sure he would utilize a bar. After reminding him of how he liked to entertain and of the nice bottles of wine he carried home from his regular trips to Paris, he gave us the approval for a tiny wine fridge.


We wanted the fridge to be built into cabinetry, so that it would look purposeful and be multifunctional.  We also wanted to install an overhead cabinet for extra storage.


Our solution was to have an overhead cabinet built to blend with cabinets elsewhere in the room, and in order for the HVAC unit to easily be accessed, we enlisted our gifted furniture maker to create a base cabinet on wheels.  He balanced the narrow wine cooler by flanking it with two custom fabricated stainless steel doors.  He purchased two handles from Vinotemp, the wine cooler manufacturer, which gave the pleasing result that repetition and cohesiveness provides.  The countertop was constructed of exotic wood to complement the apartment’s Brazilian cherry wood floors.


The bar solution was a success!


HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Custom Mini Bar

Custom Mini Bar

6 thoughts on “Custom Mini Bar

  1. Anne Furey says:

    What a GREAT solution…bar/fridge on wheels. Bravo!


    1. Thank you Anne! Considering the design genius that YOU are, your compliments mean so much!


      1. Anne Furey says:

        You are wayyyyy too kind girlfriend! xo


  2. Anne, You are wayyyyy too humble! This is who you are: http://www.annefurey.com/galleries/custom/custom_01.html



    1. Anne Furey says:

      You are hired as my publicist! (If only I would update that gallery with current work – those are all over six years old – …and higher resolution photos…I’d be smiling bigger! Thank you Melissa!


      1. I have seen quite a bit of your gorgeous work that is NOT represented on your website, you DO need to add it! And yes, thank God for today’s higher resolution photos! It’s amazing what a difference just a few years has made!


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