Perfecting Your Bar Cart Style

I believe that your home should be a reflection of your personality and the things that matter most to you, while leveraging the way you like to live.  I also believe that the days of purchasing items that are beautiful, but go unused, are totally over. My mother moved to Alabama a couple of years ago and she gifted me some delicately designed 25+ year old china. I can recall eating off of it one time as a pre-adolescent and that is a complete and utter shame. Part of the joy of using these pretty vessels is eyeballing them while you dine, catching a glimpse of its intricate design between laughter with friends or when you are plopped down in front of the TV watching your 3rd rotation of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  On a regular basis, I eat my weeknight meals on those plates and it makes me feel just slightly more civilized.  I am on this over-sized soap box simply to say that we all should commit to using and engaging with the decorative elements in our homes as often as possible.  You should buy and fill your home with things that you love and fill you with joy. You should also use those things every chance you get.

This little sentiment was constantly running through my mind as I spent hours searching the web for some bar cart inspiration.  There are so many gorgeous and stylish examples available, but I couldn’t help but wonder how many of those carts were actually being used.  What I discovered for myself was that most bar carts didn’t seem appropriate for my space. Then one day I was strolling through the aisles of one of my favorite stores and I found this baby for around 60 bucks.

It seemed like the perfect piece to create a unique look with its slim design. This long journey, filled with lots of time on Pinterest influenced the following list of tips.  My hope is that it will encourage you to produce a cocktail or mocktail retreat that you will be excited to put to use.

10 Tips for Perfecting Your Bar Cart Style

  • Location– Proportion is hugely important (do you see what I did there?). It would be an absolute travesty to curate the perfect bar cart just for it to be oddly too large or too small in your space. Accessibility is also essential to success and usability. Is there enough room for more than one person to make a drink at the same time?
  • Container/Cart– Consider using something that might not be traditionally used for these purposes. This is a great way to create a visual display that is unique to your home.  It is also a way to incorporate elements that bring you joy. Maybe you don’t need a cart at all, do you have some random waste of usable space in your dining room or kitchen?  Maybe you can put out your collection of cake plates and stands to house your bar cart items creating a whimsical and customized look.
  • Interest-The best carts draw you in and inspire you to make yourself an aperitif.  A pop of color, a unique piece of art, books, flowers, or a quirky statue make it beautiful and worthy of compliments from your brunch crew.
  • Collections– Group your stuff. Collections make everything look more polished. Anything you have more than one of, fits this definition.
  • Function-Fill it with things you will actually use. There are tons of adorable accessories available for your cart and we all know this is the fun part, but it’s best to leave it in the store if you aren’t going to put it to use.
  • Use the Alcohol– Take a little inspiration from your bottles.  Put your prettiest one front and center and build out your theme from there.
  • Variety-Use glassware with different sizes, designs, and texture.
  • Spacing– Don’t crowd the cart.  Your guests (this is also an acceptable “me time” activity) are ready to party so make all your items easy to grab and maneuver.  You don’t want one reach for a bottle sending those pretty little glasses to the floor.
  • Trends– I always feel like trends are risky business in design.  I personally don’t want to invest a ton of money into something that may be totally antiquated by the time the new season rolls around.  However, here is an opportunity to try something on a small scale, for fun, with little investment.
  • Take a risk– Create your own rules or break all of mine!

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