If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed me picking up this bar cart last week. It was originally bought to sell, but after a quick poll on stories, you confirmed what really, I already knew; it was a keeper. Now, I’m actually not much of a drinker, but perhaps a bottle of gin staring me down from the corner of my living room might help that situation. But obviously, I’m a big fan of the gold, and the smoked glass is gorgeous. It still needed to double up as a bit of a side-table, so I thought today I’d talk through how I’ve styled it.
Keep it simple
Now, I will start this off by saying that we actually have a bar in our dining space. It’s a vintage piece, with a pull down bar at the top, and storage at the bottom. It houses everything, Ada’s paints and play-doh, and basically everything that doesn’t have an official home. With this one being fairly old, and especially with it being glass, I didn’t want to pile it high with bottles, cans, lemons, the lot. I’ve kept it fairly simple and un-cluttered in terms of drink, with just some of our favourite spirits on there.
Use a tray
If you hadn’t gathered by one of my latest blog posts, I love a good tray. If something just isn’t looking quite right, a tray pulls it all together. Sure, I could have just dumped the bottles on there and it would have looked fine. But it looks SO MUCH BETTER with a tray underneath.
Display your fanciest glassware
My glassware collection ranges from LSA International and Dartington, to tumblers I picked up from the charity shop for 50p. I’ve displayed my nicest sets, all in different shapes and sizes to give it some variety. These are actually all from Dartington – the Glitz Gold Gin & Tonic pair, the Home Bar Long Drink set and the Home Bar Martini Set.
Add something living
No surface is complete in my home without a plant or some flowers, so my bar cart is absolutely no different. I’ve added a fresh bunch of blooms on the top to add some colour, and my calathea orbifolia on the bottom; it’s a plant that spreads out, rather than up, so perfect for popping on a shelf.
Don’t forget the personal touches
Bar carts are, really, a bit of fun to me. They’re a cute throw-back and nothing that has to be taken so seriously. So I’ve popped on some books, a little candle, my big rose quartz crystal, and a little copper spirit measure for some little personal bits.