If you’ve been following INTERIORStyle by Kiki for a while, you know how much I adore Hollywood Regency aka Old Hollywood design. As a little girl, I would watch old black and white movies with my great Uncle Johnnie. I’d daydream about being the beautiful lady with the furs, the sparkly jewelry and the fancy bedroom (yes, even then I loved decorating). Thanks to Netflix, I re-discovered my love of black and white movies and developed an obsession with Bar Carts.
Look at classic movies like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or “The Seven Year Itch.” You’ll see ladies and gents “dressed to the nines” for fabulous cocktail parties. And the elegant Bar Cart was often at the center of the party. When I bought my first home a few years ago, I knew that I wanted a bar cart to be part of my decor. Finding the perfect one for me wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Although, the new “vintage-inspired” bar carts are gorgeous, I wanted an authentic bar cart that had a few miles on it. I wanted my bar cart to look like it came right from Holly Golightly’s living room. I stumbled upon 1stdibs.com and found several beautiful options. But the cost was running upwards of $1500 to $3000! Definitely not in this single girl’s budget. Finally, after months of trolling etsy.com, I found this vintage brass bar cart for $275.00! Once it arrived, all I had to do was put the 3 parts back together (the seller kindly took it apart to reduce shipping costs) and give the glass a quick cleaning. My bar cart now resides in my dining room; and I think it adds a little personality to my space. Plus, everything I need to make smart cocktail is right there!
A Bar Cart is a Party on Wheels
I love that Bar Carts allow you to take the party on the road. Your guests can hang out in the living room and help themselves to a cocktail or when you can take to party to the patio when the weather is nice. Bottom line: No more bartending duty for you, my friend!
Emily Griffin Design
via Society Social
Bar carts come all styles, shapes, and sizes
If you’re not a a fan of Old Hollywood Glam style or the opulent 80s like me, you may not be in love with the idea of shiny brass bar cart like mine. There’s still a bar cart out there to match your personal style.
Do you prefer modern decor with clean lines? Try a lucite bar cart like this one in the One Kings Lane’s Manhattan office.
via Matchbook Magazine
Going for a more masculine, debonair vibe? Try this Don Draper inspired bar cart from West Elm.
If you’re not a drinker, use your bar cart as additional storage or a unique decorative element in just about any room in your house.
Five Unique Uses for a Bar Cart
A Bar Cart as Bathroom Storage
A Bar Cart as a Nightstand
Via Apartment Therapy
A Bar Cart as a Bookshelf
via Better Homes and Garden
Whether used to get the party started at your next shindig or as stylish storage in your home office, a bar cart adds the right combination of dramatic flair, elegance, and sophistication to any space.
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