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Solutions: Let favorite wine accents flavor home decor

Jeanine Matlow
Special to The Detroit News

You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to highlight the popular beverage in your home. The fact that all I get from most varieties is a migraine hasn’t stopped me from keeping a vino-inspired theme around the house.

Luckily, I can still enjoy a bit of bubbly every now and then and I cherish a painting done by a friend that portrays a popular vintage poster of an elegant woman behind a glass of champagne.

Nearby, hangs a reproduction of a vintage poster that shows a waiter holding a bottle of French wine on a tray. The yellow and black color scheme that has become one of my favorite combinations is featured in both images.

I still have the wine rack that my father passed down to me years ago. The classic shape was eventually painted black to better suit my taste.

Sadly, its sentimental origin hasn’t let the piece leave my storage room lately, not only because we don’t stock wine like we used to, but also because I don’t have the best spot for it right now.

Still, I may take it out of hiding and give it a new purpose, like a slim table for our narrow entry hall. I’ve seen wine racks hold everything from rolled up T-shirts and towels to magazines and craft supplies, so I know I can make it functional in some way.

Though I have enough already, I still can’t resist buying empty wine crates when I see them at upscale markets and other stores where they often sell for $5.

While I prefer to keep them in their natural state, some people like to add paint or a stain finish. Mine have held everything from books to dog toys. The crates can also work as shadowboxes or be attached for a cubby-like storage system.

There’s something special about the texture of wine corks, especially when they appear in multiples. Whether you turn them into something more definitive like a corkboard, wreath or trivet, or simply place a bunch inside a bowl, they make a statement wherever they land.

Today’s wine labels have become an art form. Just visit any wine retailer and see for yourself. With proper removal, they can be matted and framed for display purposes or you can line up a few bottles to add some color to your kitchen. You might even make the labels into coasters as the perfect perch for your glass of wine.

One item I’m still coveting, but have yet to buy, is a wine barrel. I tend to like the store display varieties best, especially those with shelves carved into the center. Their unique shape makes them a candidate for a handsome end table.

Even the most utilitarian items like wine glasses can add distinction to any space. Arrange them on a tray with some fun napkins. Fill one of the glasses with nuts, turn a wine decanter into a vase and you have a charming display when entertaining. Cheers!

Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at jeaninematlow@earthlink.net.