We took a short vacation last week and spent Thanksgiving with our family in Florida. Instead of boring you folks with images of us and Mickey, I thought it would be appropriate to blog about my brother in law's bar. It will probably be the envy of most of the "retro" folks visiting the site but I think anyone putting time into renovating their home can appreciate it. He built this tiki bar himself, I am guessing over 12 years ago, and it has followed him from apartment to apartment and finally to it's current location at their home in Orlando. It is pretty impressive - it takes up a corner of their home and showcases his collection of all things tiki: a lot of items "borrowed" from various drinking establishments and others purchased from artists over the years.
They have recently completed some renovation work, moved the bar and made a small seating area next to it. The only thing he has left to do is find a way to showcase his tiki mug collection, most of which was given to him by yours truly. Finding these little things has given me insight into some of the tiki-nuts out there and has given me an appreciation of this mid-century phenomena.
This bar, though different in style from what we intend on building at the Tinybungalow, has become my inspiration. A lot of time and care has gone into it and sitting around for the occasional mai tai... or two... or three..., has become an annual ritual for the family.