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Bar Cart Styling | our newest addition


The truth... I have had bar cart envy for some time.  I never thought our Dining Room was large enough for one... but for some reason, yesterday I tried anyways.  We had an old bar cart from my Father in Law's estate that I had used previously as my nightstand.  Ever since, it has been chilling out in our crawl space.  Waste!  I pulled out the measuring tape & what do you know... it fits perfectly!


It tucks in perfectly between our fireplace & our built ins & corrals all of our booze & boozy accessories quite well.  (I think)


I also added yet another gallery wall above.  I have always loved the idea of having the walls filled in this space.  Maybe it's just my inner desire to cover up the nasty orange peel texture!  I personally love my little courage calligraphy I did a few weeks back on a whim... It's a little wink to the Liquid Form of Courage we all need every now & then.


A few tips for styling a bar cart...

Use a tray! Confining your liquid libations into a tray gives them an organized look.  

Have glasses close at hand.  Whether a low ball, high ball, old fashioned... have a set of glasses within reach.

Add some straws or stirrers in case a guest would like their drink stirred... not shaken.  (I always prefer a straw myself)

The lower shelf can be used for items that aren't always used, but could be pulled out easily if a party spontaneously erupts.  It happens!  Better to be prepared right?! 

Have an array of drink options... Even if you don't drink vodka, your guests might.  Having a variety on hand will be greatly appreciated.  I also always keep a few sparkling pink lemonades on hand.  They are a great offering for those wanting a non alcoholic option, plus, they also make a great mixer.  My new favorite cocktail is Sparkling Pink Lemonade + Gin.  We had it at my daughter's birthday party & I have officially named it the "Hello Kitty"


Hope you all have a great Friday!!


  
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30 comments:

  1. You totally needed this! So glad you found one you like ;) xo Kristin

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  2. Maybe you should just bring your whole cart in case I need it before our class. Ha! Looks great!

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    1. Agreed! Maybe I should have added a chic flask to my Conference Bag post! lol

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  3. Can you please tell me where you got those plates? They are gorge! :)

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    1. They were Tracy Reese for Target last holiday season... back when they paired up with Neiman Marcus.

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  4. Just saw this on IG and love it! Have a great weekend!

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  5. beautiful! i wish you took a picture from a little further back so i could so the whole space with it!

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  6. Love the plates Kristin ! Love your style too !!! Can u share the source of your plates

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    1. They were Tracy Reese for Target last holiday season... back when they paired up with Neiman Marcus.

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  7. What a stylish drink station! Love the pink straws

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  8. I love this, and now want to go out and buy a tray for all the booze that's stashed up high on the top of our bar beyond the reach of toddler arms.

    Which brings me to the next question...you and I have kids the same age, so how do you keep yours away from "mommy's and daddy's juice?" and pretty breakable things? Maybe yours is just much better behaved than mine? :) As soon as my boy could roll over to the bar he pulled the wine out of the racks (6month old with wine bottle - lovely) so they've been relegated to greater heights ever since.

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    1. HAHA! NO she is not better behaved! By any means!!! But I must say she is pretty good about not picking up the bottles or anything. I think she is just used to things being at her level & could really care less at this point. Plus we still have baby gates up around this room, so she is rarely in there.

      Her favorite toys though are my Gold Wishbone & a pair of Brass Duck Bookends... She knows she can grab those when she wants :)

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    2. My son is the same way! I tried to keep most things out when he was little and teach him not to touch certain objects. It's seemed to help when we are at other people's houses, stores, etc. because I can tell him "don't touch" and he pretty much knows the drill. He loves all the brass animals around and likes to "read" all of the books. My daughter seems like she might be a different story, though. :)

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  9. Lovely. Your courage calligraphy would make a great printable *wink wink*.

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  10. Love it! Bar cart styling is truly an art form. Have a great weekend!!!

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  11. It looks great! Love the courage calligraphy

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  12. I will take a Hello Kitty, please. Looks great, I just added a bar cart to my screened porch too and am wondering the same thing...why did it take me so long to bust this guy out?!

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  13. your styling is so good! always spot on. and i love that courage print. have you done a lot of calligraphy before?

    i bought a brass bar cart for my daughter's birthday and i have some plants on it right now, but i don't know how long it will last with my daughter! the cart has glass shelves and she likes to mess with it and try and push it around. i might have to wait a year or two...especially to put glasses, etc. on it. :)

    love the dark wood and castors on this one!

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  14. So, when am I coming over for drinks? ;) I love this so much! Your styling is superb and I'm obsessed with your courage calligraphy. You should absolutely open an Etsy shop and sell those bad boys. I would buy one in a heartbeat. I have a little "Creativity takes courage" saying on my desk that I made in photoshop, but I like your one word "Courage" better, plus the fact that it's hand drawn. I'm also thinking I might need to try the Hello Kitty drink this weekend! :)

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  15. I love it! You've inspired me for my pool party tomorrow. :)

    I already have those straws too. I got them at Chapters here in Canada. You can bet they're going on the bar cart!

    Annie XO

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  16. I love it! So much fun. Here is a bar cart makeover I did last summer: http://stephaniehallburns.blogspot.com/2012/07/trash-to-treasure-bar-cart-makeover.html

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  17. Love it! Fabulous Styling!! I recently purchased a vintage bar cart and just love it. Love your blog, so much inspiration here!

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  18. Yes...I may be having a little hello Kitty tonight! Sounds delish! ;) Love the cart and the gallery wall is fab, too!

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  19. We brought a bar cart this weekend! I love yours, some serious styling inspiration there.

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  20. And make sure to put one or two of your prettiest bottles in front (even if you don't really use them that much)!

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  21. Love this! Where did you get those glasses? - Amy

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  22. Looking good lady! Such a sucker for a beautiful bar cart! xo Big Hugs @ Waiting on Martha

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  23. love it. I used to think that bar carts were gaudy and cluttery if not done right or in the exact right spot... this is beautiful.

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  24. Where did you get the glasses on the bar cart? I love the gold!

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    1. They were from the Neiman Marcus Target Collaborative last year... Check on eBay

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