Month: May 2014

Orangery serving area? Be our guest

An elegant serving and storage area to serve guests in an orangery

An elegant serving and storage area to serve guests in an orangery

I’m thinking of my clients and their lovely orangery as the sun finally shows its face. It’s a perfect location to have people around – that wonderful indoor / outdoor space which creates a special ambience for drinks, a formal dinner or a cheerful chat, cool on summer evenings or cosy in winter.

The only problem they had was how to keep guests comfortably topped up with food and drink when the kitchen is a little further away. Constant trips to and fro make for distracted hosts and interrupted conversation.

The answer is this elegantly custom-built serving area, complete with storage for tableware, a drinks fridge and a serving area for a buffet or hot food. Open shelves at the ends could be used decoratively or for the most frequently-used items, but the rest are discreetly stored away, ready to be whisked out when it’s time to set the mood.

In my experience, people naturally tend to cluster around an area like this at a party (nothing to do with it being the bar, I’m sure!) The flow around a serving space is important, so we’ve kept the profile slim and the corners soft.

The fabulous orangery setting called for something more than an off the shelf item. Practical it may be, but it’s also on show and part of a room designed for entertainment and warm hospitality. Our clients liked the one-off carved design in the cupboard doors, making a subtle aesthetic statement without overdoing things.

A piece like this could be used in any dining or reception room to make entertaining more fun, and built to fit the space allowed perfectly. We’ve also created custom-built units for clients which double as room dividers, as well as freestanding sideboards offering oodles of handy storage.