(The Washington Post)

These days, it seems as though every home featured in a design blog or magazine has a beautifully designed bar area, and it’s not surprising to see why. A stocked home bar — complete with fun coasters, cocktail shakers and stirrers — lends itself to gathering, entertaining and celebrating.

“A stocked and stylish bar cart invites guests to make themselves at home,” says Los Angeles-based interior designer Jessica McClendon.

As the founder of the interior design service and blog Glamour Nest, McClendon is all about creating down-to-earth spaces with a dash of decadence. She recommends building a bar area in the living room, dining room or even bedroom.

“For my busy clients who have kiddos, the bedroom can sometimes be the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail after everyone else goes to bed,” says McLendon. “It may be unconventional, but it’s an easy reminder to kick back and relax.”

Here are her top bar accessories.


(Neiman Marcus; CB2)

SPLURGE: Harmonie round whiskey decanter ( neimanmarcus.com ), left. SAVE: Stud decanter ( cb2.com ).


(Horne; Anthropologie)

SPLURGE: Two Kivita coasters in crystal and gold ( shophorne.com ), left. SAVE: Two slivered geode coasters in white quartz ( anthropologie.com ).


(Aerin; West Elm)

SPLURGE: Modern shagreen desk tray in dove ( aerin.com ), left. SAVE:White rim lacquer trays (rectangle) in slate ( westelm.com ).


(Anthropologie; Z Gallerie)

SPLURGE: Four Curvature DOF glasses ( anthropologie.com ), left. SAVE: Four Soiree double old-fashioned glasses ( zgallerie.com ).


(Williams Sonoma; CB2)

SPLURGE: 22-ounce Rabbit cocktail shaker ( williams-sonoma.com ), left. SAVE: 18-ounce stainless steel gold mini cocktail shaker ( cb2.com ).


(Bonjour Fête; Amazon)

SPLURGE: Gold glitter star drink stirrer ( bonjourfete.com ), left. SAVE: Plastic "Cheers" script swizzle sticks/cocktail picks in gold ( amazon.com ).


Los Angeles-based designer Jessica McClendon. (Laure Joliet)