How To Style A Bar Cart

Bar carts are making a comeback and this post will tell you the what, where, and how to style a bar cart like a pro! Bar carts are kind of a throwback to a time when folks came home from work, made a cocktail, and listened to records on their stereo set in the living room.

How To Style A Bar Cart
Photo Credit-French Drinks Trolley

I can vividly remember my mom being so excited about finding the perfect bar cart for the living room. It was shaped like a huge globe and it opened up from the top to reveal fabulous glassware, decanters, and of course the good “brown liquor” LOL!  Those were definitely the good ole days!

Nowadays, living rooms are barely used in most homes or they are non-existent in most new open floor plans. Stereo sets have been replaced by iTunes and not too many people host old fashion cocktail parties anymore!  However, in the last few years, these beautiful nostalgic bar carts are making a comeback!  Millennials are discovering this space-saving, yet artful way to entertain, and Empty-nesters are having fun rediscovering bar carts in grandma’s garage along with those cool old albums!  Here is a picture of a bar cart just like the one my mother had! Too bad we did not keep that cool vintage piece… sigh.

How To Style A Bar Cart
Photo Credit-Vintage Italy Globe Bar Cart

However, if you don’t have one in grandma’s garage or if you can’t find one at Goodwill, have no fear…you can just go to Target or any home store and you will see quite a collection!  Prices typically range from $100-$400  depending on the style, material, and size. Here are a few options I discovered in my quest to find the perfect bar cart since Mommy’s bar globe is long gone!

 

How To Style A Bar Cart
Target Bar Cart- Target.com Price $113.00 on Sale
How To Style A Bar Cart
Bed Bath & Beyond Online Bar Cart $249.99
How To Style A Bar Cart
Cost Plus World Market- $169 on Sale

This last picture is my bar cart!! I found this compact three-tier bar cart at Cost Plus World Market on sale! It was the perfect size for the small space near my fireplace in the living room.  I had so much fun styling this cart with a vintage “Black Glam” theme and a few holiday touches.How To Style A Bar CartI finally picked up the book Vintage Black Glamour  by Nichelle Gainer . I have been wanting this book for years and it was finally in stock!  I also had to display my fancy ONE HOPE glitter Brut bottle, which can be purchased on my storefront, here.  How To Style A Bar Cart

I made several trips to Goodwill and Ross to find old glasses, a decanter and even a Nat King Cole Christmas Album-my favorite!

Now that you have some ideas about price range and WHERE to purchase your bar cart, let’s talk about WHAT you need on your cart and HOW to style it like a pro! There are really no rules for styling your bar cart but, here are a few tips to keep your bar cart looking fabulous!

Things you may need on your bar cart:

  1. Your favorite spirits
  2. Non-alcoholic options such as sparkling water or bottled juices
  3. Glasses
  4. Shakers or bar items
  5. Ice bucket
  6.  Decanters or Fancy bottles
  7. Candy dish or small trays for snacks
  8. Straws or stir sticks
  9. Decorative items like books, pictures, frames, or a small vase
  10. Plants, flowers or a small lamp, depending on size of your cart

Try not to over crowd your bar cart. It is easy to get carried away…I kinda did, lol!

Function & Styling Tips:

  1. Make it functional but fun! Put items on the cart that you will really use or love to display!
  2. Determine the best size cart for your space. Note: my three-tier cart is cool however, space is limited and tall items have to go on top. Two-tier carts allow for larger items on both shelves but, take up more space so decide what is best for you!
  3. Display your fancy glasses and special bottles, this is a great time to take out the gift items you never use!
  4. Add a little color with sparkling water bottles or colored beverages.
  5. Set a mood-cool, casual, rustic, vintage, compliment the style of your space!

I hope you have enjoyed this nostalgic yet trending home decor idea. Stay tuned to my blog for my holiday decorating series and more! Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a post!

Stay busy being fabulous,

Kery B.

 

 

 

 

Fall Family Room Tour 2017

It’s almost fall y’all…even though this heatwave feels like summer will never end!  This Labor Day weekend was a great time to shop for fall home decor items! I even took a little “field trip” to Kirkland’s- a home decor store that I had never been to before. Checkout my fall family room tour video to see how I decorated my family room this year.

Stay busy being fabulous,

Kery B.

DIY Coffee & Tea Station

DIY Coffee & Tea Station DIY Coffee & Tea Station I enjoy having coffee or tea in the morning but, I also enjoy a nice cup of coffee at night after dinner!  I usually drink decaf so I am able to go to sleep without a problem. On most mornings,  I am rushing out of the house and I don’t have time to stop for coffee, so I decided to setup a DIY Coffee & Tea Station that is functional and saves money…bye, bye Starbucks, lol! Checkout my quick video to see how I put everything together.

Stay busy being fabulous,

Kery B.

Floral Arrangement Demonstration Video

I have really enjoyed trying new techniques with my floral arrangements! This time I used grocery store flowers with a tea leaf wrapped in the vase to create a beautiful arrangement. I was in a passionate purple and blue mood this week…checkout my video!

Stay busy being fabulous,

Kery B.

Pantry and Laundry Room Organization

January is the perfect time to get organized! During my winter break, I decided it was time to complete my pantry and laundry room organization project that I had been putting off for years! Watch my video to see how I transformed my pantry and laundry room (see before and after pictures below). See how you can get that Martha Stewart/ Container Store look on a Dollar Tree budget, LOL!

Pantry and Laundry Room Organization
BEFORE
Pantry and Laundry Room Organization
AFTER

Stay busy being fabulous,

Kery B.

Holiday Home Tour 2016- Great Decorating Ideas!

Holiday Home Tour Video

Time to deck the halls for the holidays!  For years I looked forward to shopping for the perfect tree with the kids, baking cookies for Santa, and decorating the house for the holidays. Now that the kids are grown, I pull out my artificial tree and call it a day!  The best part is I can start decorating whenever I want! Personally, I like to decorate for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving while everyone is out Black Friday shopping!

I usually change my color scheme about once every few years and this year I decided to go back to a very traditional look after several years of my sliver winter wonderland theme. To get ideas on a color scheme or theme, I like to go to the higher end stores like Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, and West Elm first. Then I head to Big Lots and other discount stores to find the same look for less!  Checkout my holiday home tour video for decorating ideas to get that Pottery Barn holiday look on a Big Lots budget, LOL! Enjoy!

Stay busy being fabulous,

Kery B.

Fall Kitchen Tour

I am so excited….I made my first video!  I wanted to be brave and try something new with my blog so I decided to learn how to create and edit videos!  Well, after many hours and several failed attempts I finally finished my first fall kitchen tour video! I decided to make this video a fall kitchen tour because fall is my favorite season! I love the colors of fall, the cool crisp breezes, college football, and the comfy warm fashions!

I also enjoy decorating my home for every season and my favorite room in the house is my kitchen! I remodeled the kitchen about nine years ago and it is still holding up! Trust me… it has been through many family gatherings, science projects, and sticky hands! It is definitely the center of our home. I am thankful to God for all the years spent with family and friends in this kitchen.

Now this is my first video so it is definitely not perfect! The lighting is not the best and the music is too loud for my voice over LOL. Also, it looks a little blurry in full screen mode so it’s better to view with the mini screen. Overall,  I am happy with the result for my first time!  I hope you enjoy this fall kitchen tour, let me know what you think in the comments! Happy September!

Below is the link to the recipe for the 2 point Weight Watchers Pumpkin Muffins mentioned in the video. Enjoy!

Weight Watchers 2 Point Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

Stay busy being fabulous,

Kery B.