The quest continues with my weekend makeovers to update areas of my house and my recent project was redesigning my bar cart.
(1) I’m a crazy organizing / re-organizing home freak.
(2) I love my wine + cocktails.
Therefore, all it took was trying to come up with a new cocktail over the weekend and 2 hours later I had redesigned my bar cart and was still left without a cocktail. Go figure. My goal with updating the bar cart was to make it more of a functional design piece rather than a figurative “bar cart.” Therefore, I carefully curated a selection of remaining booze (emptied out 9 bottles) so it no longer overtook the space and then added our record player and vintage vinyl albums. I have also come to learn that the key to pulling any redesign together is adding greenery. In this case, I transferred my basil plant to the bar top along with my Grandpa’s vintage decanter. A little bit functional, a little bit personal = the personal combination.
I’m so thrilled with how the bar cart redesign turned out. It has so much more functionality and decor elements that tie in with our personalities. I love walking over and putting a vinyl on the record player like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elton John or Stevie Wonder and dance around while I’m making a slightly dirty vodka martini. What better way to shake it up?!?1
Here are my tips to redesigning a bar cart that has your own personal style mixed in —
Essentials to a well decorated bar cart:
- Limited selection of booze
- Cocktail recipe books
- Bar Essentials (i.e. cocktail spoon, shaker, opener, jigger, etc)
- Small selection of glassware
- Something with personal meaning (frames, objects, records, decanter, etc)
Tip — make sure to stagger items to create height and dimension. It’s all about creating visual vignettes that appeal to the eye.
Crosley Record Player | Craft Cocktails Recipe Book | Vintage Cocktails Recipe Book | The Old Fashioned | Hatch Decanter | Bar Tools | Double Old Fashioned Glass | Wood & Mirrored Tray | Wood Bar Cart (similar)
Needless to say, my bar cart design has come a LONG way since I first posted about it. I think that’s the beauty of home design, it’s a natural evolution and the more you practice it, the better you get. It also helps to take the approach of less is more!
I’m curious, what’s your favorite cocktail?
Keep Living a Stylized Life.