If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably already know that I’ve been pining over brass bar carts for quite some time. I even turned a cheap Walmart baker’s rack into a “bar cart” to temporarily fill the void when we were living in Savannah (you can see it here in our Savannah home tour). We don’t have the extra space for a bar in our current place, but I can’t wait to find the perfect cart for the perfect corner in our next home (big announcement on that coming soon!).
Although I love them all, my favorite bar carts tend to be vintage brass styles. I also prefer carts with 2 tiers (as opposed to 1 or 3) – they offer extra space for storing and styling more cocktail goodies and still enough height for taller bottles! While I wait no-so-patiently for the right spot to display my ideal vintage brass bar cart, I thought I’d share some of my top bar cart essentials with you.
p.s. Can we talk about this dreamy Vintage Regency Brass and Glass Cart from Chairish? It would make the perfect backdrop for my cocktail accessory wish list.
12 Go-To Accessories for Styling a Bar Cart:
- Bar Cart
- Vintage Regency Brass & Glass Server, Chairish
- Wine Rack
- Raw Wood Wine Rack, Dot & Bow ($40)
- A Vase for Fresh Flowers
- Blue & White Vase, Ballard Designs ($79)
- Bottle Opener
- Whale Bottle Opener, Wayfair ($8.99)
- Small Bowl or Dish for Lemons and Limes
- Cocktail Shaker
- Mid-Century Cocktail Shaker, West Elm ($29)
- Cup for Stirrers & Small Bar Tools
- Mint Julep Cap Vase, Shop Waiting on Martha ($35)
- Tray for Corralling Liquor Bottles & Decanters
- Ice Bucket
- Rattan Ice Bucket and Tongs, Lenox ($50)
- Owl’s Brew, Williams Sonoma ($15)
- Fresh Flowers
- Peach Ranunculus, Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods
5 Quick Tips for Bar Cart Styling:
- Use bottles and decanters in varying heights
- Corral smaller items and create visual organization with trays and bowls
- Add warmth with wood and natural textures like rattan
- Use books for layers and adding color
- Keep a vase handy for displaying fresh flowers
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Valentine’s Day has kind of a bad rap, probably because of the implied need for a significant other and red roses, but I have always been a fan of the holiday – attached or otherwise. What’s not to love about baking pink desserts, making heart-embellished arts and crafts with your girlfriends, and drinking pink champagne? Embrace the excuse to be a little girlier than usual :)
Here’s a Valentine-inspired medley of pink and gold prettiness…goodies on my wishlist this February, and every other month of the year.
Blush and Gold // Shop the Look:
What’s on your Valentine’s Day wish list?
This year I wrapped most of my Christmas gifts in a simple color palette of gold, black, and natural kraft brown. I love the modern look of black and gold paper paired with the natural texture and color of kraft paper.
I don’t usually have a gameplan when I go to buy wrapping paper for the season. I start by selecting one or two rolls that stand out to me, and then choose a couple more complimenting rolls. When possible, I like to use at least one solid color – pretty patterned paper tends to stand out more when there are some solid packages in the mix.
Kraft with Gold Pine Detail // Target
Black with Gold Dots // HomeGoods
Textured Kraft // World Market
Black and Gold Lattice Pattern // Target
I highly recommend keeping a few large rolls of classic curling ribbon around. I have been working on this roll of gold ribbon from Target for several years. The multi-packs of ribbon that come out for the holidays don’t have nearly as much ribbon and usually cost more. It’s also fun to use unconventional ribbon and twine to add texture and personality to your packages. Black baker’s twine and jute twine (shown below) are both available in my online boutique.
Add handmade tags to your gifts for a personalized touch. These simple parcel gift tags look nice on their own, but it’s also fun to dress them up with rubber stamps (this bird stamp is one of my favorites), metallic pens, glitter, or whatever craft goodies you have around.
Did you find any amazing gift wrap this year?
Happy Holidays! – Joan