Fall is in full swing and, let’s be honest, that means the holidays are on the horizon. Holiday entertaining and parties will be here before we know it. Now is the time to get those bar carts stocked and ready to go!
The folks over at Chairish challenged me to select my favorite bar cart and subsequently style it. They came to the right place because I am a big fan of vintage bar carts! I have bought and sold a few over the years. Chairish makes buying and selling vintage furniture, art, jewelry and accessories online very easy. From their selection, I chose a Hollywood Regency number. I love the simple bamboo lines and those brass casters…swoon!
The double tiered cart will come in handy because we’ve got a lot of necessities to fit in order to craft the perfect libation. Here are my Top 10 Bar Cart Essentials…
- First, you need the tools of the trade! A muddler, jigger and shaker are any mixologist’s best friends. The mason shaker adds a rustic appeal that I love.
- Bitters are a bar cart necessity these days. Hair of the Dog is a crowd pleaser!
- We like to muddle fresh fruit and herbs for our refreshments, taking tips from The Drunken Botanist.
- Another book always close at hand is Shake which does a wonderful job of illustrating the drink recipes it outlines.
- What bar would be complete without crystal? These vintage, crystal wine glasses from Chairish are very similar to a set of family heirloom glasses we have at our home bar. They are our go-to glasses. Crystal elevates every cocktail. We don’t just reserve it for special occasions.
- I always have fabric cocktail napkins on hand. These ticking striped ones are adorable and perfect everyday napkins.
- The striped straws are just plain fun and whimsical, as well as functional. Form and function? Win/Win!
- The beautiful artisan-made peach basket is used to corral tools when not in use. It can also double as an ice bucket in a pinch because it is ceramic.
In case you’re wondering, The Valencia cocktail is still one of my favorites using citrus medica bitters and fresh squeezed orange juice. The recipe can be found in Shake.
All of the bar ware above can be found at Circa Dee and the vintage bar cart and crystal glasses can be found at Chairish.com.
Vintage fiends like myself always have a list of must-find items tucked away in the back of one’s mind. Perhaps it is an industrial antique scale, a factory cart coffee table, a 1940’s 2-tier plant stand (not to be specific or anything).
For me, as of late, it was a brass bed.
Not a cheap, shiny 1980’s brass bed but a high quality solid brass with a warm patina. A queen size brass bed with serious antique style which would make it vintage, of course, because queen size beds weren’t available until the 1950’s or so. And the price had to be right. After only a few months searching, the perfect piece popped up on Craigslist. The only problem was that it was over 2 hours away. This was a great deal even factoring in gas and tolls. Ryan made the trip picking up the head board, foot board and frame for my birthday. Lucky girl.
This bed was a game changer for sure. It works very well with our existing French provincial family heirloom furniture. That’s not going anywhere. However, I decided to part with the coastal salvage vibe that we had going on previously.
I found a fantastic brass hued mirror that coordinated very well with the furniture and lamps. I brought in Mildred, the necklace-wearing-bust, and other vintage jewelry vessels that I’ve collected. The window seat got outfitted with more pillows because there are never enough. And we finally did something with one of our wedding pictures turning it into a canvas for above the bed. The shell lamps stayed as did the duvet with the addition of new ticking shams.
The biggest change of all is the flooring. Previously this room was outfitted with pink carpet. This winter our home has received many upgrades including new flooring throughout thanks to my patient husband who has redone almost every square foot. I floated a flat weave, natural chevron rug over the weathered-look wood floor.
This bedroom now has a sophisticated yet collected vibe featuring vintage finds and family heirlooms. Each one tells a story. Of course, it is always entertaining to look at the progress of a space. The ‘before’ picture is exactly how this room looked when we first saw the house. It gives me the heebie jeebies. The next one shows how it was last styled with a coastal salvage spin. And of course the present look. You can see that the symmetry remains the same.
What is on your must-find list?