What a thrill to have Stefanie ask me to share my favorite nook! I love so many little spots in my house, but I decided to share the latest work in progress – what my husband Mike and I have nicknamed “cork: a wine room” (as if it were a restaurant).
Simply put, cork is nothing more than the bonus room over our garage … repurposed into a grown-up nook for entertaining and enjoying a good glass of wine. I wish I could have gotten better photos, but – as you might imagine – the natural light coming into the room is limited. Hopefully, you’ll be able to get a sense of how inviting the room really is.
I chose a very dark wall color (Urbane Bronze by Sherwin-Williams) to create a cozy, intimate feel. Up the stairs to the bonus room, I’ve hung the sides of wooden wine boxes. Some of the boxes are so ornate that they truly are small works of art.
Although the room itself is relatively large, the ceiling is sharply sloped on both sides. To make the best use of the space, we had cabinets custom-made into the corners. Amazingly, the cabinetmaker was able to create space for up to eight hundred bottles. A television rises out of the center cabinet, also custom-made, but we more often use it as a sideboard for hors d’oeuvres.
The furniture is concentrated towards the middle of the room – because you’d hit your head any other way. Fortunately, there is room for a pair of club chairs and a sofa.
The large cocktail table is taller than ordinary coffee table height, but lower than dining table height – a nice compromise that allows it to serve both functions. Ottomans tucked underneath the table serve as extra seating. I’m not finished with the room just yet. I still need pillows for the sofa, window treatments, a throw blanket and some accessories. Those things will come soon enough, however, and – in the meantime – we are enjoying our space and hosting impromptu wine tastings!
Stefanie, is that enough for me to convince you to make a road trip to North Carolina? Thank you soooo much for having me over at your inspiring blog!