Living Room Update : Storage Cabinet

*This post is sponsored by Sauder.  All opinions are my own!

Storage cabinet as bar cart. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com

Our living room is coming along. VERY slowly. We are super happy with our new rug. We have ordered a new chair. And we are preparing to put up a gallery wall of some of our favorite art. For our gallery wall, we wanted the prints to work around a small piece of furniture. At first we were thinking about something like a small decorative table, but we were having a really hard time finding the perfect piece. This spot is right in our entry way, so it can’t come too far out from the wall, and we want it to be a little tall, something that wouldn’t look too small against a large focal point wall. And while I wasn’t originally thinking about a storage cabinet, that is precisely what we found. And it is perfect! For so many reasons. I also never dreamed I would use it as a bar area. But guess what. It’s full of booze. And both my husband and I LOVE it (the cabinet. The booze too but only in a socially acceptable way). That almost never happens.

I was familiar with Sauder from doing a previous post so I knew that they would have furniture that suits my style. I spent a few hours really scouring the site and looking to see what might fit the space the best. But as you do, I got all side tracked and pretty much furnished my whole home in my head before I got back on track and really focused on the task at hand. I still have my eye on this chair though. The site is super easy to use and breaks it down for people who want to search for things in various ways. I love that! Like, at first I searched ‘Tables and Nightstands’ but then popped over to search ‘Living Room’ and then finally under the ‘Style Lab’ tab which shows the furniture in styled vignettes. It makes it really easy to find the pieces you want to see while also showing you things you might not have been thinking about. Once I found this cupboard – I mean, the faux marble top grabbed my attention and I couldn’t shake it I was ready to place my order. The ordering was simple and in a week or so, it showed up at my door.

My husband and I opened up the box and started building the cabinet. There were really easy to follow instructions in the box and I am certain that I could have put it together without him. But that is how our roles are divided in our household. He gets bugs, trash and building things. I get taking pictures, nagging and smiling sweetly when he threatens to walk off the job…

I was really impressed at how each piece was labeled and it was easy to lay out and organize how to put it together. But I was also impressed at how affordable it was without sacrificing style. While it is a faux marble top, it still looks really nice and the shape of the wooden legs help the whole piece to look modern and stylish. If you found this piece at a trendy furniture store it would cost 3 times as much.

How great does this look! I kept the styling simple for now as we are going to build the gallery wall around it and won’t have this photo leaning against the wall when that happens. The colors work so well in the room and are really interesting how they all work together. But you know what else I’m super excited about?!

It’s full of cocktails! I never thought I would have a designated bar area in my living room. I mean, we have two small boys who kick soccer balls around the house and love to wrestle.

The fact that mama’s favorites can be tucked away inside the cabinet makes it perfect. Since this is the first thing that you see when you enter our home, I didn’t really want to have liquor bottles set out in plain sight as if to say, “Welcome to my home. Let’s get sloshed.” And I now have a place to house my wine glasses. These glasses do not fit in my kitchen cupboards. Dumb.

I love marble. Faux or not.

Marble topped cabinet works perfect as a bar cart. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis cabinet is going to be so great for entertaining.  The surface will wipe clean easily and I can make drinks where the guests are instead of being stuck in the kitchen preparing them.  It’s so funny how you start out thinking you want one thing and end up with something else.  The unexpected plus of this cabinet is that I now have another surface to style in this room.  I found during the holidays last year that I really didn’t have anywhere to set decorations, so this year I’ll be able to set out a little village or something.  SO excited about that!   I can’t wait to get started on the gallery wall to finish off this spot in our living room.  And I’m certain Sauder has a TV stand that would round out the furniture update in that room.  I think I’ll go look right now…  

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

Seagram’s new Flavored Seltzer Waters

I love flavored seltzer waters.  I don’t like to drink a ton of calories so I really enjoy sparkling waters.  I think they are super refreshing and have mystical healing powers.  OK, I know that isn’t true but an old boss of mine used to swear that the fizz cured headaches.  I always have sparkling water on hand for any ailment I may have.  Maybe it is just a pick me up, but I like to think it helps me get well.  But I also just find them really refreshing and a perfect afternoon beverage on a hot day.

Seagram’s sent me their new flavored sparkling seltzer waters to try.  I was super excited because I usually add a squeeze of lime (one of my all time favorite flavors) to my water and end up wasting 3/4 of it because I have no other use for it aside from my beverage.  With these I  get a variety of flavors to try without needing to do anything but pop open a can and no waste.  Naturally, I tried the Key Lime flavor first.  If you are not already a fan of sparkling seltzer waters, you may not enjoy these.  These are FIZZY, like, super duper fizzy, the kind where it almost hurts to swallow.  I LOVE that!  The added flavor was not overpowering but you also didn’t have to search for it either.  It was a good balance of flavorful and refreshing and delightful to drink.  I was unable to try to the Blackberry Raspberry flavor as it froze/exploded in my fridge.  Science is weird.

The Orange Citrus ended up being my favorite flavor.  And while I didn’t use any of these in a cocktail, I just KNOW these would be sensational.  The fizz and flavor would be an awesome mixer for your favorite spirit.  I think I will keep some of these on hand for summer sipping.  These would also be the perfect addition to your party bar set up.  You would need little else than these flavored sparkling seltzer waters, a few bottles of the most popular liquors and some fun glassware to keep your guests happy.   They  would provide tons of options for your guests with minimal effort by you.  Find these delicious drinks at your local grocery stores.

*I was sent these beverages for review.  All opinions are mine.