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White Devil
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Posted: 2011-10-05 09:31 am   Permalink

Our outdoor tiki bar steers away from many of the standard features normally found (i.e., an overabundance of bamboo, thatch, etc.) in home bars that seek to emulate professional, high-end commercial restaurants. This was partly conscious, and partly guided by space limitations and lifestyle considerations: we don't entertain often, and spend most of our off-work time relaxing rather than socializing. We didn't want to paint all (or even any) of our ceilings black, we didn't want to devote an entire indoor room to a bar, and we have lots of other decor that doesn't intuitively blend with the tiki theme. The challenge was how to make it all work together: how would our collections of Chinoiserie, robots, art nouveau, progressive rock album art, comic & movie poster art, Adirondack, Northwest Coast Native American and 19th century British colonialist stuff fit in with polynesian pop inside our cottage-style home? So far, it seems to be working for us...


The front entrance. The bar is situated in an otherwise-unused space between one side of the house and a free-standing metal carport. The raised wooden floor was made from disassembled & reassembled pallets.



The bar top is an unused closet door infilled with about fifty thousand layers of epoxy. Aside from the poles, roofing and furniture, the largest expense was the wiring, done by a professional electrician (all other work done by meself). All the lights are on one switch, while the fan is on a second.

The bar sign was constructed with hobby store letters applied to a plank of cedar; the bar cabinet is a dart board chest with jungle mask affixed.


To one corner of the bar/carport is a large wooden moai expertly rendered by Dave "Basement Kahuna" Wolfe. (The obvious insect dilemma has been addressed.)

Female Abelam carving to left of Ku is by Dave "Lake Tiki" Hansen.


A full view of the rose arbor and the back porch entrance, which itself sports a cigar store indian statue.



On a terrace overlooking the moai and bar is our just-completed renovated vintage camper (make unknown...that's how renovated it is). Although movable, our intent is to facilitate backyard camp-outs, cookouts, sleepovers & event hosting.

Behind the camper and well-removed from the street is the hammock shed.

Snazzy canopy courtesy of Vintage Trailer Supply.

Curved deck entrance echoes vintage curves of camper.

The camper's interior was done by my wife, Tiger Lily, and features faux-retro forest pinup girls and old trailer camp postcards. I left the metal wheel wells exposed to serve as side tables, finished with aluminum paint.



A mix of vintage and reproduction trailer camp postcards grace the table.







The kitchen is a mix of vintage decor & contemporary (i.e., functioning) appliances.

The master bedroom boasts the tiki classic books & a Witch Doctor lamp.




A case of curiosities.

The master bath holds more muggage & a Sailor Jerry shower curtain.



In the guest bathroom, Tiger Lily's vintage Floridiana collection begins...





Tiger Lily decorated the guest bedroom with her unique combo of Florida tourism souvenirs, Chinoiserie, and Billikens.

















Sophisticated Savage kitty Duncan welcomes arriving guests to her domicile.












Our tikified domicile deliberately defies many established conventions, and rather than adhering slavishly to more predictable, ubiquitous design limitations, seeks to expand the possibilities for coexistence with counterintuitive influences. Exotic, but eclectic in execution. We're situated near Athens, Georgia, which is only fifty miles or so from Trader Vic's Atlanta, and we invite our TC friends to stop by whenever you're in the area.
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GROG
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Posted: 2011-10-05 10:18 am   Permalink

GROG like.

 
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The Sperm Whale
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Posted: 2011-10-05 10:36 am   Permalink

I dig it !!! I wanna come over. I love how you are mixing it up. I bet you find a lot of inspiration with your music up in them thar hills. Right On

 
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Atomic Zombie Bastard
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Posted: 2011-10-05 12:02 pm   Permalink

Really gorgeous! I love the eclectic style you guys have got going on! You can see you have a great eye. While you might not have stuck rigidly to the more defined Tiki conventions i think this is a lovely and very interesting interpretation. Design elements such as your modernist items, chinoiserie and the nod to beachcomber style really enhance all the Tiki!

I also enjoyed your descriptive commentary!


 
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White Devil
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Posted: 2011-10-05 12:14 pm   Permalink

Thanks for all the positive feedback, guys: I thought this would be a great way to share our home with folks who can't just pop over.
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2011-10-05 1:08 pm   Permalink

Great collection...I love that china cabinet!!!

 
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Posted: 2011-10-05 1:27 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-10-05 13:08, VampiressRN wrote:
Great collection...I love that china cabinet!!!


Yeah, and believe it or not, it sat in our favorite Atlanta antique shop for about three years until I finally sold enough cds to snag it. The photos don't do it justice, either.
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komohana
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Posted: 2011-10-05 6:22 pm   Permalink

A veritable riot of styles and influences...love it.



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Q-tiki
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Posted: 2011-10-06 07:26 am   Permalink

That was a great tour! Very well written...

Thanks for sharing your home and the tremendous collection with everyone. I am inspired!


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White Devil
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Posted: 2011-10-06 08:01 am   Permalink

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On 2011-10-06 07:26, Q-tiki wrote:
That was a great tour! Very well written...

Thanks for sharing your home and the tremendous collection with everyone. I am inspired!





We're happy to inspire, Q-ti. Now if I can just inspire Holden to produce one of my tiki mug designs! ;}


    
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bongofury
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Posted: 2011-10-07 2:47 pm   Permalink

Great pad! I like your findings from the Seven Seas/Round The World collection. Also dig the china hutch and would like to see a closer look at the carving detail. Thanks for the pix.

 
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Posted: 2011-12-12 2:55 pm   Permalink

New photos added of camper completion, and requested detail of china cabinet.

    
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capheind
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Posted: 2011-12-14 12:08 pm   Permalink

Beautiful, from the south pacific military hooch bar, to the tiki barn, to the eclectic tiki lounge of a basement/library. If only I could convince the girlfriend to go this far....

 
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White Devil
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Posted: 2011-12-14 1:21 pm   Permalink

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On 2011-12-14 12:08, capheind wrote:
Beautiful, from the south pacific military hooch bar, to the tiki barn, to the eclectic tiki lounge of a basement/library. If only I could convince the girlfriend to go this far....



Hint: It took me 40+ years to find the right woman who enjoys and/or tolerates this stuff! Of course, not everyone wants to live 24/7 in a tiki bar (that would include us), but there are alternatives that are just as interesting without being over-the-top: that was the whole idea behind what we did with our house. A comfortable, moderate golden mean that's not claustrophobic but aims at the Exotic Ideal nonetheless.


    
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2011-12-16 08:30 am   Permalink

Wow
Awesome
But u need your own forum
Not Home Tiki Bars

Tiki house


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