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Monday
Aug302010

how to: design wine storage

Underground cellars date back hundreds if not thousands of years—before refrigeration—but today they can simply be accessible storage for wine lovers and frequent entertainers.

Whether you’re a novice or a connoisseur (fr., to know) there are a few key points to keep in mind before building a wine cellar.

1. UV rays can break down the complex structure of wines—which is why bottles are made of protective, darker transparencies—so choose a dark space in your home such as a corner in the basement, a closet, pantry, or under the stairs.

2. Avoid extreme heat and cold—but temperature fluctuations are the worst. Find a space that’s consistently cool with a 70% level of humidity, or where the climate can be easily controlled.

3. Wine breaths while it’s in the bottle, not just after it’s opened, so avoid strong aromas in the air.

4. Always store bottles on their sides to avoid dry corks—which can lead to oxidation or outside air getting into the wine.

5. Moving the bottles or constant vibrations can disturb wines so avoid the space next to your washer/dryer. It’s best to secure racks to walls—definitely if they’re taller than 48”.

6. Whatever racks suits the overall design of the room, make sure they accommodate champagne bottles—which are larger than standard reds or whites—if you intend to stock them.

8. Think about what kind of filing system makes the most sense to you. Reds vs. whites is easy—it’s when you get down to regions, grape varieties and blends that’s a challenge.

7. Go big and include a tasting area by incorporating a high dining table or mini bar. Keep accessories nearby—including bottle openers, glasses, cork bins, napkins…

9. If you build it, wine will come to you as gifts year-round so over-build and grow into the space.

10. For the best deals to stock your cellar, sign-up for membership to your favorite vineyard or wine club. Not sure what to stock? Or for how long? Research, build, then plan a wine tasting party!

Thursday
Aug262010

how to: create a stainless art installation 

Supplies:
1. Stainless balls, 6” or 10”, quantity as needed.

2. Enameled balls, 4” or 6”, quantity as needed.

3. Drill with a 3/32mm drill bit.

4. Drywall screws.

5. Pegboard, plywood or MDF, sized as needed.

6. Mounting hardware—consult your local hardware store for the best advice.

Directions:
1. Design a composition based on a mixture of stainless and enameled balls, 4”, 6” and 10” in diameter.

2. On a rug or protected flooring, layout the balls per the sketch to get a 3-D vision of the design.

3. Safety first: wear protective eyewear and be careful to keep the drill and balls from slipping out of control. Using the 3/32mm drill bit, drill a hole into each ball. Note: it can take a moment to ‘puncture’ the metal with the drill bit, so keep the pressure steady.

4. Screw a standard 2” drywall screw from behind the pegboard into the pre-drilled hole.

hint: if you’re not able to “float” a panel, attach the installation to a board sized for the design and hang it like wall art using the appropriate hardware for its weight and the wall.

Thanks to chris, midtown atlanta store designer, for this creative and beautiful DIY project.

Tuesday
May042010

displaying modern art

Mixing modern and vintage is right on trend but it can be a challenge if your architecture is from another century. We hope you can forgive us for the quality of the image, but this creative idea from our Miami store was one of our favorite solutions that we wanted to share.

In Victorian times, picture rails were incorporated into the trim or molding as a way to hang portraits and art. Usually thick ropes ornate with tassels were attached to the artwork and hidden clips allowed for easy placement and positioning on the rail—without doing damage to plaster walls.

While the bungee cords shown are looped around the metal pole, consider latching their hooks on to actual picture rails to hang modern art or framed photos. Cords come in a variety of thicknesses, lengths and colors; check your local hardware store to find the most appropriate for the task and hang on!


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