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The wine cellar from Narnia

This afternoon I started a pot roast for supper…mmm, I love pot roast. Anyway, I went to get an open bottle of Fat Bastard Shiraz to add some wine to the dish. (No divorce daemon there, I promise. Ok, maybe a little one.)

I grew up in the boutique wine world. You know, my parents collected wine and spirits. Dad used to belong to the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society in London and used to collect unique malts. They would travel the world and bring back different and unique wines and he would do things like open the last of his 1962 Dom Perignon to celebrate Chloe’s birth. And, being the European child I am, I used to have the smallest glass of..whatever was going…to celebrate a special occasion, and a drop of Czech rum in my tea at Christmas. I mean thimbleful glass. I mean DROP. Jon, Kers and Clover used to get their thimbleful of champagne to celebrate too, ever since they were maybe 7 or 8 yrs old. (It’s the European way)

So, truth time: I actually don’t really drink, but do enjoy a glass of wine or champagne once in a while, and Chloe and Robert don’t drink alcohol at all, but nevertheless, I’ve always wanted a wine cellar. Like always. Forever!

I’d also like to make my own wine, like be a special vintner and make spectacular boutique wine. Actually, the next time I have $20 million I don’t know what to do with, I’m so buying Chateau Alemann; my family chateau in Switzerland, and all the vineyards around. It’s on my bucket list. πŸ™‚ Then I suppose I’ll make “Robert Won’t Drink This” Merlot and “Chloe Won’t Drink This” Pinot Blanc…lol

Anyway, the reason I’m telling you all this is that I have a lot more imagination than money and, when this little gem of a Narnia wardrobe came up for sale at the local thrift store, I snapped it up.

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It sits in the lower floor of my home on some cool teracotta tiles.

A couple of years ago now R, C and I went to that box-store-that-everyone-loves-to-slate Ikea, with the measurements of the inside of the wardrobe, and found these super cool industrial shelves. They were actually made for this wardrobe! (joking, but only just)

So everyone knows that there is no way anyone over 30 can actually put Ikea pieces together, so we gave the job to C and she did it brilliantly.

I left the original coat hangers in the top and there is a box on the bottom shelf which holds all the cellerable wine, like the Chateauneuf du Pape and my favourite “champagne” Domain Chandon Blanc de Noirs. There are Italian wine pitchers, a cork screw made from 150yr old Vine and a little silver pumpkin. Apart form that, my little collection contains sparkling water, Czech rum, (absolutely the best rum in the world), a bottle of Pastis I brought from France, and a Tequila from Mexico along with the usual stuff.

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And this is what can happen as a result of having a Narnia wine cellar.

You know I’m joking!

This is Morgan strung out on left-over turkey drumstick. Must have been all that Tryptophan! πŸ™‚

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I hope you’re all having a wonderful, spectacular week and thank you so much for showing Chloe all that support. She’s got scary homework now and has to get back to her university studies, but she’s so happy and proud she photographed, wrote, and managed that post and all exited to get her own website going. She did such a wonderful job that I’ve no doubt she’ll be absolutely brilliant.

So thank you; you have the best and softest little pink hearts in the world, and I’m so glad C and I have you all in our lives. πŸ™‚

Comments: 28

  • October 9, 2013
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    Brilliant mini wine cellar!

  • October 9, 2013
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    Last wine I bought was called “Mad House Wife” and you do have a nice kitty cat. We have two cats Ziggy and Rosie. Then a dog name “Daisy”, I stop in from UBC and the coffee is on

  • October 9, 2013
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    Cute! Wonderful post thanks for sharing that…

    Wyn~

  • famousashleygrant

    October 9, 2013
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    love your wardrobe hack!!! This post would be great on a life hacking website or something because that’s what it made me think of. It is an awesome bar!

  • October 9, 2013
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    That is a very cute kitty and what a great idea to repurpose a wardrobe! I love it! And I love how you connected to something so magical as Narnia. Beautiful!

  • October 10, 2013
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    A divine wine cellar. I love your creativity. Looking forward to C’s blog. Have a beautiful day.

      • October 26, 2013
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        Maybe when she is out of school.

  • October 10, 2013
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    Well that is the smartest looking wine cellar I have ever seen. Great disguise.
    ~Dawn

  • October 10, 2013
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    Love you wine cellar and what a fun post to read ….great ENDING there too! πŸ™‚

  • October 10, 2013
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    I don’t drink but a little either. Wine gives me a headache, although I do like a bit of Sangria in the summer. OR a bloody mary on Sunday.

  • Christie

    October 10, 2013
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    What a fabulous idea! I’ve never seen a wardrobe used for a wine cellar before. Brilliant! I love the photo of Morgan. My kitty zonks out the same way. πŸ™‚

  • October 10, 2013
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    That is a fabulous idea–I love wardrobes–they are such gorgeous pieces of wood! Also, love champagne and a jammy Zinfandel (but I’m from CA, so what do you expect…) πŸ™‚ And love you and C too, it is a delight to have you in my life and my inbox. Hugs from my soft pink heart <3

  • October 11, 2013
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    What a fabulous way to use the wardrobe and I like that you compared it to Narnia’s. Your Morgan looks like contentment itself. Thanks for sharing at my HOME and have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  • October 14, 2013
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  • October 19, 2013
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    Oh my what a wonderful idea. When I move to a bigger place I totally need a Narnia wine cellar πŸ™‚

  • November 2, 2013
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