Thursday, April 15, 2010

Don't Call It a Comeback: Bar Carts

(Duncan Bar Cart, Restoration Hardware, $549)

Bar carts are back, baby! Or maybe they never left? I adore a good bar cart or beautiful butler tray. Not only are the handy for organizing and saving space (more on that later) but they're indispensable for a hostess who is serious about her drinks. Channel your inner Emily Gilmore (people, if you aren't Gilmore Girls fans, you should be), and serve it up right.

(Sasha Waddell Furniture, £645.00)

For those who choose to booze, a permanent bar cart is a great idea. Wheeled versions and butler trays are perfect because they can remain in situ months but are easily moved should you need to rearrange furniture for a party.

(Butler Tray + Stand, West Elm, $59 + $179)

If you're just a temporary tippler, a long-term dedicated bar might not be a practical use of your space. My favorite use for an off-duty bar cart is as extra storage for all of my entertaining serveware. Get a rolling cart with shelves that you can wheel out and stock with drinks and glasses for parties. The rest of the year use the cart to store dishes, pitchers, cake stands, cloth napkins, serving utensils, and specialty glasses that you don't use frequently. This keeps your kitchen cupboards free to hold your items you use daily. Or buy a butler tray that can be easily folded up and stored when not in use.

(Luxembourg Bar Cart, The Conran Shop, $650)

And bar carts aren't just for drinks or storage. Bar carts a great for displaying art, books, serving up a light brunch, or just creating some extra counter-space in your life. Do you have another great use for a bar cart? Leave a comment below with your ideas!

(Roberta Serving Cart, Target $169.99)

Finally, check out this amazing bar cart project I saw over at BHG.com. A couple turned an old baby changing table into a crazy-cool bar cart!

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