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PS: Tell us how you came up with the concept for the chalkboard bar area. What are some of your favorite DIY moments in that area?

LS: Since having a space to entertain was one of her wish list items, we took advantage of her huge wine collection and wine refrigerator. We decided that her large-by-NYC-standards foyer was the perfect nook to create a wine bar. We wanted to capture a cozy, Parisian cafe vibe and decided it was the perfect place for some chalkboard (another wish list request!). The dark color of the chalkboard paint helped to disguise the wine refrigerator, but we also commissioned a custom bar made from reclaimed wood and added to her existing mirror collection to further distract the eye.

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