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5 Simple Ways to a Style a Bar Cart

Home Design Hacks, Bar Cart Styling, How to Style a Bar CartPamela DeweyComment

You’ve finally settled on the perfect bar cart. Whether its midcentury modern, shabby chic or glam, you know you want all the mixings for a perfect cocktail on your bar cart. And you want to look good while you’re doing it. 

1. Get your tools.

Make sure you have a cocktail shaker, bottle opener, corkscrew and an ice bucket. And if you’re a wine drinker like I am, don’t forget accessories like a bottle stopper and a wine aerator.

You also want to have a variety of glassware. Think highball and lowball glasses, champagne flutes, wine glasses, martini glasses and of course, shot glasses. If you’re a beer drinker, pick out a few pilsner glasses.

2. Add your alcohol and mixers.

It’s good to have basics like vodka, gin, bourbon and tequila. But keep your eye out for pretty bottles when you’re out shopping. Just make sure that pretty bottle is something you’re actually going to drink.

Then add mixers like tonic water, seltzer, soda, bitters and grenadine.

3. Organize it.

Divide your bar cart into different sections. Most people put their liquor bottles on the top shelf. Group similar glassware together, and any other collections you’re displaying on your bar cart.

If you are lacking cohesion, use a tray. A tray makes any group feel organized. It also adds a layer of pattern and interest.

Grab this  vintage brass tray  with this amazing patina for $25.

Grab this vintage brass tray with this amazing patina for $25.

4. Add some color.

A lot of glassware lacks color. Vintage glasses often come in colorful patterns and styles. Seek out a few colorful pieces to add some interest to your bar cart.

Or you can add some brightly colored straws, drink stirrers or other cocktail accessories.

You can even use something as simple as lemons and limes for a bright spot on your bar cart.

You can add this  8 piece set of pink vintage glassware  to your bar cart for $30.

You can add this 8 piece set of pink vintage glassware to your bar cart for $30.

5. Make it yours.

Have a collection of cocktail recipe books? Awesome! Stack ‘em up. Own a bunch of vintage tiki glasses? Pick a few of favorites, and group them together.

Your bar cart should reflect like your style. And more importantly, you should have fun with it. I mean, this isn’t rocket science. Just mixology. 

7 Easy Steps to Build a Gallery Wall

Pamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

As someone who loves to decorate (and redecorate) her house, this week I thought I would share some tips on how to create a gallery wall.

There are multiple ways to design a gallery wall, but here are some of my favorites. Let me know in the comments section, if you have any other ideas to add.

1.      Start with one piece of art and build from that. This is often a bigger statement piece, but it could just be your favorite piece of art.

2.      If you want to go for a particularly clean gallery look, use frames that are all the same color. Or if you prefer a more eclectic look, mix in different styles and colors of frames.

3.      Lay your artwork down on the floor and practice arranging it. You can even take pictures with your phone to help you decide what arrangement you like best.

4.      If you are a graphic design pro, you could lay it out in InDesign, or whatever program you like. It might be more time consuming, but if you are very particular, this is a good option.

5.      Another option is to use painters tape to outline the art on your wall. This will give you a good idea about how the frames fit together, but you won’t get the visual element of how the art mixes.

6.      Make your significant other, roommate or Mom hold up the art in your desired location. (This requires a patient significant other, roommate or Mom.)

7.      Get out the hammer, nails, a pencil and a level. It’s time to hang some art! Remember, you can always fill those nail holes later if you change your mind.

Below I have shared some photos of the galley wall in my living room, as well as a link to a beautiful home featured on Design*Sponge with its gallery game on point.

 

This is the gallery wall in my living room. Please forgive the glare on some of the pictures. I am working on my photography skills.

This is the gallery wall in my living room. Please forgive the glare on some of the pictures. I am working on my photography skills.

Here is a closeup of my gallery wall. I went with a mixture of frame styles and colors. Also don't Jeni's prints look great?!

Here is a closeup of my gallery wall. I went with a mixture of frame styles and colors. Also don't Jeni's prints look great?!