By Martini Severin

BOSTON (CBS) – I’m now obsessed with, and wholeheartedly recommend the use of decanters for your home bar. One day while making dinner, my eyes fell on the hutch that serves as coffee station and wine and cocktail bar in our kitchen. About a dozen bottles of different liquors leftover from dinner parties and cocktail parties we’d thrown over the past two years crowded available space on that hutch. My immediate thought was—Ugh! It looks like I never quite graduated college.

(Photo Credit: Martini Severin)

From that day, that hutch started grating at me. It was cluttered and not at all visually pleasing. I racked my brain for a solution (other than drinking every ounce of spirit on that hutch). A temporary solution was to throw out the bottles with the least amount of alcohol left in them. Sure—we could put the remaining bottles away, but where? We have very little storage at our house. I suppose we could have thrown another party to ply our friends with drink, but then they’d feel compelled to bring more bottles as gifts and then we would be right back where we started. Surely, there was a more attractive way to display one’s liquor.

The answer came to me while watching North by Northwest for the umpteenth time. If I wanted a grown-up way to display my spirits, I could do so using decanters! My mother had been doing this for years, why was this just occurring to me?!? And that is how my obsession with decanters started.

I first had to figure out where to get them. Sure—I could have gone online to order a few that were to my liking, but where’s the pleasure of the hunt in that? First things first, I opted for the free route. That’s right, I visited relatives. My aunties are gracious hostesses and though they rarely drink, they do keep a fully stocked bar and own several decanters. My visits over a weekend resulted in two ornate glass decanters and an increase in my waist size (those aunties love to feed me and sadly, I can’t resist.) In total, I knew that I would need at the least 4 decanters, one for vodka, gin, tequila and rum, so I had two more to find.

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The next weekend, I donned comfortable shoes, went to the ATM for cash before two days of antiquing in town. On day one, I went to Charles Street in Boston where I purchased a pretty round glass decanter from Upstairs Downstairs Antiques. Then, I headed to several local thrift stores around town (sadly, I found nothing there). On day two, I decided to include Jamaica Plain in my search since I was to meet a friend on Center Street for lunch. Between Cobwebs and Yesteryear, I hit the jackpot. All in all, my quest for (purchased) decanters yielded three additional beauties that ranged in price from $12-$35 each.

Now, when I’m in the kitchen making coffee or preparing a meal, and my gaze falls over to the hutch, I smile rather than frown. The decanters are lined in a neat row on the hutch. I use stickers to indicate which liquor is which. Though, I think my next obsession will be vintage decanter labels. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the stores below if you’re interested in buying a few decanters yourself.

Upstairs Downstairs Antiques
93 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114

Bridge & Fine Antiques (for crystal decanters)
99 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114

703 Centre Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

34 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Martini blogs on the Boston fashion scene at She goes in search of the latest trends and snaps shots of men and women around the city who really understand style.