Every home that I’ve decorated or visited on behalf of potential customers contains a bar. Is that a little odd since very few people I know in real life have bars in their homes? I suppose that’s part of the fantasy coming out but I’ve never wanted one myself. I had a very simple bar in my original Halas starter home and the equivalent set I sold to players was extremely popular.
Before the holiday rush, I configured a new bar in the showroom. I used the same basic counter, one that the average player can afford to purchase. The fancier ones made from Ironwood and above are extremely expensive since they require rare woods. I find players more willing to pay that price for kitchen configurations more so than bars. And because I was placing this bar alongside my lowest priced kitchen set, I wanted it in a similar price range.
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The Halas homes have a convenient area for creating this arrangement because the built-in shelves. If you’re not in a Halas home, you can still achieve this look by using a bookcase instead. The most important aspect of this arrangement is the styling, something I’m going to post about separately in more detail. In my opinion, I have very new skills in creating custom carpentry items in EQ2. For example, I don’t know how to edit the layout files yet which I think is a mark of someone serious about creating custom objects. However, what I do think I bring is good styling, a skill I feel I learned from decorating hundreds of homes that had more relevant purpose in The Sims games.
This particular bar utilizes half of the built-in shelves from what is often a den in the Halas homes. The key elements are:
- Briarwood bar – very inexpensive
- Papasan Chairs – moderately priced stools
- Tapestries – color to offset all the wood tones
- Rug – choose one to match your tapestry
- Vampiric Mirror – Cold storage door
- Display accessories – keg, mugs, goblets, food, etc.
Building out your Bar
- Start by hanging the tapestries. Having selected purple and white, narrowed the field of rugs considerably but I wanted to do something other than my usual earth tone décor.
- Find carpet that compliments the wall hangings. I liked the effect of using a round rug. The fact that it also had purple in it to match the tapestries was a bonus. Place your rug before you position any furniture.
- Create a cold storage box - I used the largest cubby as cold storage. This was done by inserting a small shelve and food items, which I then covered by using the Vampiric Mirror as the door. Adding a doorknob, in this case the Maj’dul Door Knocker is a nice touch.
- Decorate remaining shelves – keg, mugs, jugs and anything else you can acquire that fits the theme. Decorating where some elements are balanced (placement & height) alongside things that look misplaced or uneven creates visual contrast.
- Position the bar and accompanying chairs. These are the last elements to go into the space. Tweak the size and spacing to your preference.
And you’re done. The only potential high cost item in the space is the Vampiric Mirror since its creation requires candy from the Halloween event. The further away we are from October, I suspect the more expensive it will be to get your hands on one. However, having the door is something easily omitted and added if/when you can purchase one.