Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Design Dilemma ~ Wet Bar {or something}

OK my beautiful genius designer friends....I need your help! 

What would you do with a weird space next to a fireplace with an upper cabinet and an empty space where there used to be a wet bar?

The prior owner removed the wet bar/cabinet from the lower half of this awkward space and installed a glass shelf (I use the word installed lightly...the shelf is resting on some unfinished wood nailed to the wall).
Obviously the glass shelf debaucle is history, but what to do now?
I had hoped to put a bookcase on this wall to the right of the awkward former wet bar (below) but I don't want it to be too busy in that corner.

To refresh your memory of the space, below is a shot of that side of the living room with the former owner's furniture.
Entirely TOO much going on there for my taste.
Being a symmetrical gal, I would prefer to even up the look on both sides of the fireplace.  I can't think of a way to acheive that without busting the budget so I think that will have to wait. 
So in the meantime, here are the options I've come up with....and I'm hoping you all will have some better ideas!
1.  Have a proper cabinet installed in lower half of awkward space.
2.  Put in a wet bar and use as was intended (not likely to happen).
3.  Drywall over the whole thing and move on (this is the leader in the clubhouse at the moment).
What would you do?
Entertaining all possible solutions.  Would love to hear your ideas!
Hope you're having a good week so far!
~ Karen ~