Shea McGee's minimalist home bar offers a refreshingly simple solution for clutter-free storage

The celebrity interior designer makes the home bar an ultra-organized space

Shea McGee
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Post-pandemic, more and more people have built home bars into their houses. This light-hearted interior design trend is a fun way to elevate home entertainment and create an innovative space for socialization, and it can be oh-so-easy. 

Celebrated interior designer Shea McGee took to Instagram to share photos of her living room, revealing an understated, concealed bar. Shea's home shows that using a cabinet or sideboard as a home bar can reduce clutter while offering the same benefits as a larger, bolder home bar.

Unsurprisingly, experts love the construction of Shea's arrangement. Soledad Alzaga, a San-Francisco-based interior designer, says: 'Using a home bar with a closed cabinet has several benefits. It provides a neat and organized storage solution for liquor, glassware, and bar tools, keeping a clutter-free space.' This is especially helpful if you have a small home bar.

Soledad Alzaga
Soledad Alzaga

San Francisco-based Interior designer Soledad Alzaga has worked on design projects in San Francisco, Sonoma, Atherton, New York, Martha's Vineyard, Los Angeles, Mexico, and Argentina. Her firm has been named one of the top 15 Best Interior Design Companies in San Francisco.

She continues about organizing a bar in this way: 'The closed cabinet helps protect the contents from dust and sunlight, preserving the quality and extending the shelf life of your liquor. It is also a good idea if you have kids or teens in the house to keep your liquor in a closed cabinet.'

Artem Kropovinsky, NYC-based interior designer and founder of Arsight, adds:' A closed cabinet bar is like a magician's hat in the world of interior design, full of surprises and elegance.' He continues, 'What is beautiful about these bars is their chameleon-like ability to fit in with any decor whatsoever. Wherever they are used, they provide a clean aesthetic devoid of clutter.'

Artem Kropovinsky headshot
Artem Kropovinsky

Based in New York, Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, has a decade of extensive and considerable global design experience. Prioritizing minimalism, sustainability, and authenticity, Artem, alongside his team of professionals, works on projects in the US and worldwide.

For those considering installing this kind of elevated bar cart in their homes, the interior designers advise considering the function of your space. Artem says: 'The closed bars are especially suited to spaces with multiple roles, such as home offices that turn into social areas. It ensures an elegant switchover without hassle.'

Soledad continues, 'Choose between an open or closed home bar based on what you like and how you live. Consider who will use the bar, whether you plan to store liquor long-term, and your aesthetic preferences. It's all about what suits your style and lifestyle best.'

She adds: 'If you drink or entertain often, having an open bar in your living room or dining room adds to your decor and gives you easy access. If your overall style is minimalist, it's better to have your bar behind closed doors to avoid visual clutter.'

Equipped with a concealed home bar, hosting a cocktail party is just as easy as making sure  your bar looks organized. It's as easy as closing (or opening) a door.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.