The famous bar cart – serving beautiful libations and serious style in the home and workplace for decades.
Popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s, this vintage gem is finding its way back into the home and office. The resurgence of mid-century décor, fashion and home bars began as AMC’s hit series Mad Men dazzled us each week on the television. This year, you will be seeing a plethora of modern and vintage bar carts in home décor. Accompanied with beautiful bar and glassware in stunning designs. The demand for this functional and swanky home accessory is at its peak once again, making it one of the hottest items for 2015.
From industrial to Hollywood regency, there are lots of styles this year for the bar cart. No longer are you limited to vintage shops and high dollars, the bar cart can be found in numerous stores in a wide range of prices. Whether you choose a simple or over the top design, this home décor accessory will bring a lot of style to any space. And if you are not sold on aesthetics alone, these beauties are very functional as well as stylish. Versatile, mobile, time savers that showcase your treasured high-balls and limited edition whiskies.
Once you’ve chosen your bar cart, you’ll need to learn the art of stocking the bar. Otherwise you’ll end up with a haphazard liquor collection, mismatched glassware and a short supply of bar tools giving you an aesthetic reminiscent of a frat house. One of my favorite bloggers, Design Love Fest, has a gorgeous tutorial on “Setting Up Your Bar“. There is no point in purchasing a beautiful cart if you’re not going to set it up properly. If you desire the swankiness of the 60’s, you’ve got to dress up that cart and give it the attention it needs.
Now that you know where to buy and how to set-up a sexy bar, it’s time to make a damn good drink. Enjoy the Long Kiss Goodnight, a refreshing winter cocktail created by the talented Prairie Rose (author of Bit By A Fox ) for Design Sponge’s Behind the Bar .
As previously stated, I am not keen on this years Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala. Described as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red”, this color is stuck somewhere between the renaissance era and Sedona, AZ. (I feel dizzy just thinking about that connection). The color is a bit confusing. And maybe that’s why I have been hesitant about using the color in home decor. I can’t really place where it came from or where it should go.
But today I read Decor8’s post 8 Ways to Decorate With Marsala: Pantone Color of the Year 2015. And surprisingly, I just might get on board with this unique shade of red. Holly Becker’s photo’s and tips were very insightful, and I enjoyed her fresh perspective. I’m still not fond of Marsala, but I could see that if used in moderation, it could be quite lovely. So check out the post and tell me what you think.
Starting today, I will have a regular post called Pin Crush featuring my favorite pins on Pinterest. Today’s pins are all about bold moves, using pops of color in neutral spaces. This collection can be found in the Abode & Boho Color boards. Enjoy and be inspired! XO
“Discard everything that does not spark joy” – Marie Kondo
I’m currently reading the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and my mind is being blown. I’m only twenty pages in and I feel empowered to take on the organization beast. Anyone who knows me, knows I am always organizing and purging something. And therein lies the problem, I am ALWAYS organizing and purging. It’s like Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, over and over, everyday for the rest of my life!
Last week I was starting to feel a bit insane about my cluttered house. I was desperately seeking a solution to get off the carousel ride. January and February are my slow months, so I am home a lot. On one hand, it’s wonderful and relaxing. On the other hand, it’s stressful. I have too much time to notice all the things I hate about my home. Specifically, the clutter parade. I didn’t have it within me to give it another go-around knowing that it was going to look the same a week later. So, I decided to give up and embrace the mess. That was, until this book unexpectedly fell into my lap.
So, how is this different from all the other organization books and articles? Well, I can’t tell you all the reasons since I am only a few pages in. But! I can tell you this, it’s not a “one step at a time” method. It’s a take the bull by the horns lifestyle change. The conventional wisdom found in most organization books are band-aids masking as the solution. They teach you to do a little at a time or go room by room, trapping you into a routine that never ends. Seriously, it never ends!
Marie Kondo believes in tidying up in one fell swoop. Yes, take your entire house and deal with it head on – all at once. The idea is that once you take this aggressive move, you’ll stop the never ending cycle and never revert to clutter again. Too good to be true? Well, we will see.