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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Delightful Ideas For Wine Party Favors

August 16th, 2017

Planning on throwing the wine party to end all wine parties this summer? Then you’ll definitely have to get your gears running and think of unique wine party favors for your guests. And contrary to popular opinion, unique doesn’t equate to expensive. You can churn out custom favors that your guests will love without straining the budget. Here are some delightful ideas for you to try out:

Custom wine bottle labels

This is perhaps one of the easiest, if not the easiest, party souvenir you can make. You can either have the labels DIY or just have a local art shop design and print out the sticker labels. Just be careful in choosing the type of material you’ll be using to print your labels on. We recommend gloss label stock with a peel-able backing. You can opt to have a clever wine quote printed on the label or just leave the entire thing blank with only the date of your party and a small “thank you” note. Get wild and creative with the designs and impress your guests sans the $$$!

Customize your wine party favors!

Personalized Wine Boxes

Here’s something that’s not too common, as far as wine party favors are concerned. Personalized wine boxes are smart and functional souvenirs that your guests will surely find delightful. You can have personalized messages or quotes laser engraved into wood wine boxes. There are lots of stores, both online and otherwise, selling wood wine boxes. We suggest buying those with a blank canvas so it’ll be easier to customize. You can even choose to do DIY hand-painting on the boxes for a more personal touch.

Wine accessories can be customized as well!

Custom Wine Stoppers/Bottle Stopper Corks

This is a very fun way to make your wine party favors really distinct for your guests. Here’s what you do: first, purchase some plain wine stoppers or bottle stopper corks. It’s important that they should be PLAIN – no frills whatsoever. Next, choose some adorable ornaments, such as those tiny ceramic figurines, those tiny dollhouse accessories your kids love, fashion jewelry/gemstones, and the like. Then get super creative and decorate your stoppers or corks! If you’re not having that many guests over, you can even fully personalize each one to your guest’s taste. You can actually do the same for corkscrews.

Wine-inspired scented candles

Redesigned scented candles

For those of you who have time to spare, this is one souvenir your guests will surely adore. There are two ways to go about it. The “easy” route is to just purchase scented candles and wicks. Utilize old wineglasses for this project. Put the wick in the center, melt the scented candles, and pour into the wineglass. You can also decorate the wineglass to your liking. The other way to do it is to actually make the candles yourself. You’ll need wicks, of course, wax flakes, non-toxic crayons or candle color blocks, and essential oils for the scents. Measure and melt your wax flakes. Then simply melt your crayon or color block along with your wax flakes. Lastly, add the oils, a few drops at a time until your desired scent is achieved. Pour the mixture into your container with the wick at the center and let cool. Voila! DIY scented candles. ^_^


Technical Tuesday Episode #345: A Smorgasboard Of Racking Styles

August 15th, 2017

There’s that popular saying that “Too many cooks can spoil the broth.” Or, if you translate it to fashion lingo, too many things going on in a design will definitely ruin it. It kind of applies to home and interior decorating as well. But that’s only when you don’t know how to create a flow for your design theme. Even if you go over-the-top, it will still work if a certain symmetry is achieved. Our Tech Tuesday spotlight will better illustrate this point:

Project # 290986
Wood: Platinum / Rustic Pine
Bottle Capacity: 1116
Where: Cobb, GA

Platinum Series creation

Today we have a wine cellar project that we would like to describe as a smorgasboard of racking styles. From the pictures alone, you can see just how varied the racking units are. There are several individual and bulk bottle storage options combined to give birth to this gorgeous assembly. Even with the varying racking styles, the end result is very put together. Let’s take a closer look at this set-up:

Amazing smorgasboard of racking styles

All the racks here come from our Platinum Series. That means these are all custom racking units. This would also partly explain why there is a wonderful balance in the arrangement. You can see that there are a number of styles utilized here: Individual Bottle Columns, Open Diamond Bins with Solid Face Trim, Rectangular Open Wine Bins, and Quarter Round Displays. You can also see that wine pegs were utilized on a portion of the wall. Ordinarily, with so much going on, this room would probably look quite disoriented. But because the Platinum Series assures perfect fit with wine cellars of any size and/or shape, the end result is seamless. Notice how all the racking styles were mixed and matched to form a harmonious assembly that doesn’t look cramped at all. In fact, there’s still a lot of floor space left over (just imagine those boxes have been tucked away!).

Dusty Weathered Stain option

One very special feature of this wine cellar is the stain and finish option for the racks. Our team applied Dusty Weathered stain and treatment to all the units. This type of stain will make your wood achieve a timeworn look. It’s quite the popular choice for those who want their racks emanate a vintage charm. The Dusty Weathered stain works particularly well with pine, redwood and oak. A custom topcoat is applied and the color plays on the grayish-brown hues to complete the weathered appearance to the wood. Since the wood choice for this project is Rustic Pine, the stain was beautifully showcased in the wine racks. *Cheers*

Why Our Urban Living Series Will Work For You

August 14th, 2017

There are a lot of perks to apartment or condo living. For one thing, you don’t need to spend so much time and effort in maintaining your residence. Most condo fees cover a lot, from utilities to spring cleaning to snow removal, maintenance of exterior structures, facilities, and more. Since you’re owning a smaller space compared to a house, the amount of maintenance work is much less. Also, most apartments or condos have better security and some even have 24-hour security personnel.

Nonetheless, there are downsides as well. Space is certainly on top of the list. There’s also the fact that you co-own the entire building with several other unit owners. That means decisions on major structural issues are usually carried out through an appointed body, like a condo board or management. In other words, there’s less flexibility. That’s why if you desire to have a wine cellar in your apartment or condo, our Urban Living Series will work for you.

Functional and elite options for you

The Urban Living Series offers a varied collection of modular wine storage packages. We guarantee that you will definitely be able to find the racking assembly that will suit your bottle storage needs. Note that these packages were specifically designed to accommodate compact spaces. They were also designed to work with your budget, which is why there’s a healthy selection of options. For example, if you have a relatively small collection and equally small space to spare, the Cozy Corner Package will fit the bill nicely. You can also go for the tasting center options which will allow you enough space for your glassware as well. Alternatively, if you have more floor area to spare, there are also packages that can let your store several hundred bottles. The Dueling Waterfalls w/Extended Tabletop is one of those packages you must check out!

In general, our Urban Living Series collections are comprised 85% Vintner, 10% Designer, and 5% Custom Racks, combined. But as we mentioned, there are also “elite” options you can explore, depending on your style preference and budget. There are several wood choices, as well as stains and finishes you can choose from. This includes our Lacquer option. So if you want a more sophisticated and luxurious look to your racking arrangement, it’s totally do-able.

Last but certainly not the least, you can also opt to have the racks shipped fully assembled. That means it won’t even be a major project at all. All that’s left for you to do is to store your wine bottles! And in the likely event that your collection will keep growing, it’s actually easy to expand your racking arrangement. Thanks to the flexible configurations of our Urban Living Series, adding more racking units can be done in a breeze. ^_^


“Professional And Polished” Wine Room Wows Clients’ Guests

August 10th, 2017

Testimonial Thursdays are always a happy occasion and we probably don’t even need to explain why. When clients send in their heartwarming reviews about our products and services, we are thrilled beyond compare. After all, that is our ultimate purpose – to bring about 100% customer satisfaction. So when our client sent in this detailed review about her WCI experience, we knew we had share it ASAP:

WineMaker Series wine racks

Our client sent in for some of our WineMaker Series racking units. Owing to the rather compact dimensions of the space, they did well with their racking choice. Our WineMaker catalog is comprised of shallow-depth racks that are perfect for maximizing bottle storage capacity. As we can see from the snapshot of the completed assembly, the body of the wine bottles are fully supported within the wine racks, while the necks slightly stick out. Hence, the bottles are kept secure and comfy while allowing for more storage. Moreover, the shorter depth means these racks use less wood, making them more affordable. That’s why for entry-level wine cellar projects, we highly recommend our WineMaker Series.

“I’m very happy with my purchase.  Here is a picture of the wine room we built.  It is approximately 5’6” square.  , It turned out our measurements ended up being a little “off” when we were determining the number and size of racks to order. To make up for the extra space, my contractor built columns – they are a beautiful match and appear as if they were intended to be there!  He also built a base for the racks which is a really nice touch.  The racks have been attached to the wall since the area where we live is prone to earthquakes.  Our contractor utilized a nail gun to complete the job. I also purchased a wine refrigeration unit from CellarPro to maintain the temperature and humidity levels in the cellar.  The wine room is part of an addition that we put on the house, and extra insulation was installed to help keep the room cool.  People who come over to our home always want to see our wine room first! Everyone is SO impressed and numerous people have commented as to how professional and polished it looks.

The racks arrived in 13 boxes.  Ideally, I would have loved for them to arrive in fewer boxes. Still, I have no complaints as all of the boxes arrived on schedule, undamaged, and with all of the required pieces.  I also had free gifts but they were initially not included so I called your Custom Service number.  They were able to verify that the gifts hadn’t been shipped and were subsequently shipped immediately.”