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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2013
Creative wine storage can enhance decor
BY JANA SOELDNER DANGER
Can't find the right piece of artwork for that empty wall? How about a wine rack that turns a collection of bottles into a decorative display? Na- ples-based Aluminum Home Solutions calls it art by wine, and offers the metal racks in a variety of sizes. There's also a unit that fits inthe space that is often wasted under a staircase.
The company had been making hurricane shutters exclusively for more than a decade when owner Jaime Zabala decided to expand his product line. "Hurricane shutters are very seasonal," says company representative Debra Parsley. "The owner put a wine wall into his own home and people saw it and wanted one. It's a piece of art on the wall."
The racks are lightweight and easy to install, Parsley says. Three different finishes are available: antiqued bronze,
shiny white, and mill, which looks like stainless steel. Different sizes can accommodate 12, 18 or 30 bottles, and curved edges keep them firmly in place. Prices range from $400 to $2,000.
Eric Flores of Cincinnati- based Wine Cellar Innovations says the demand for metal wall racks has increased in part because they blend well with contemporary decor, which
is popular now. But there are other ways to display wines, including more traditional wood storage units.
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