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Christina Poletto is an interior design and history buff based in Hudson Valley, NY. When she’;s not writing lifestyle stories for magazines or chasing a happy toddler, she runs Dovetailor Design Studio, specializing in interior design, home staging, and furniture refurbishment.?

Not since the 1940s (you know, that decade following the repeal of?Prohibition) have we seen such a surge in the popularity of the bar cart. From shelter magazines to DIY?blogs to tastemakers’; own living rooms, the once-forgotten relic is shaking up interiors at every turn. Whether you credit the set designers for Mad Men, the 21st-century craft cocktail-bar renaissance, or?pioneer drink artisans like Julie Reiner, who have inspired us to try our hand at stirring up some beyond-the-basics tipples while entertaining at home, these wheeled wonders are here to stay.

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And why not? The bar cart is an endlessly adaptable home accessory: It provides an instant?decor pick-me-up and a?versatile storage solution, and there’;s a style to suit?every?environment. Whether you have one or you want one, here are some thoughts on building a better bar cart.

This glammed-up example from Honestly WTF proves that plants can lend a bar cart a little extra pizzazz.

When choosing a cart, the rule of thumb is simple: Find a style that fits your decor. Midcenturytoddler pillow cases, minimalist, industrial, glam, rustic — every?aesthetic is?accounted for, with vintage and handmade models in ample supply. Since the range of sizes varies as widely as the styles, make sure to measure the space you’;ve designated for the bar cart’;s parking spot and commit to checking the dimensions of every option you’;re ogling from afar.

Here are a few other factors?to consider:

Caprock Vintage

Caprock Vintage brass and glass tea cart, $595; buy it here.

Custom Rustics LTD

Custom Rustics LTD spalted pecan bar cart, $950; buy it here.

Greta de Parry Design

Greta de Parry wood and steel bar cart, $1,999; buy it here.

Made For Each Other

Made For Each Other reclaimed wood cart, $1,175; buy it here.

Mighty Vintage

Mighty Vintage 1960s bar cart, $355; buy it here.

If Lacquer Could Kill

If Lacquer Could Kill vintage lucite rolling cart, $1,195; buy it here.

Scout and Forge

Scout and Forge vintage factory die cart, $995; buy it here.

Be Sofia

Be Sofia vintage brass bar cart, $1,749; buy it here.

When it’;s time to stock your cart with supplies, start with a?selection of basic liquors: the building blocks you’;ll use for most cocktails. Think vodka, gin,?tequila, whisky?and rum — with at least one pick that’;s nice enough to sip neat (and pretty enough to display proudly).?Emily Henderson, a?true-blue design star and the author of Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms from Tabletops to?Bookshelves, says the one bottle that’;s a mainstay on her bar cart is Bulleit, a bourbon whisky?made in Kentucky. Besides being the core ingredient for a couple of her favorite recipes (the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned), the bourbon comes in a simple bottle with a lovely label. Next, round out your repository?with neutral?mixers —?club soda, tonic water, and sparkling water — and a go-to bottle of Champagne or other sparkling wine for celebratory toasts.

Reclamation Etchworks

Reclamation Etchworks etched glass decanter set, $119 for four; buy it here.

Once you’;ve got your essentials sorted, you can begin assembling the interesting drink?enhancers — such as liqueurs, aperitifs, bitters and garnishes — that you’ll need for many of?the most appealing cocktail recipes. Here’;s a short list to get you started:

Beehive Bitters Co

Beehive Bitters Co spiced orange cocktail bitters, $10; buy it here.

Pink Elephants Retro

Pink Elephants Retro vintage brass bar cart, $240; buy it here.

Herbal Revolution Farm

Herbal Revolution Farm Maine wild blueberry shrub, $16; buy it here.

Stock up on well-made bar tools that are beautiful as well as functional, and you won’;t have to worry about hiding them away after happy hour’;s over. Bottle openers, cocktail shakers, corkscrews, cutting boards, decanters, ice buckets, jiggers, stirrers, strainers, pitchers and carafes are all prime options for upgrades. And don’;t forget trays — for serving and for organizing. Get them in a few sizes to hold (and transport) glasses, tools, cocktail?napkins, and more.

Hope Farm Co.

Hope Farm Co. wooden tray, $38.50; buy it here.

Bon Maison Decor

Bon Maison Decor crystal-handled vintage shot jigger, $60; buy it here.

Sarah Cecilia

Sarah Cecilia brass bottle opener, $40; buy it here.

LaBrecque Glassworks

LaBrecque Glassworks wine stopper, $18; buy it here.

AHeirloom

AHeirloom wooden cocktail muddler, $24; buy it here.

Katy Skelton

Katy Skelton marble tray, $225; buy it here.

Chasing Bliss

Chasing Bliss drink stirrers, $21 for 12; buy it here.

The White Pepper

The White Pepper vintage brass pineapple ice bucket, $174.50; buy it here.

Old Goat and Horse

Old Goat and Horse vintage ice crusher, $14; buy it here.

Cheeky Vintage Closet

Cheeky Vintage Closet midcentury ice bucket, $26; buy it here.

If you want to be a stickler about it, there are at least eight different types of glasses that could rightfully claim a place on the bar cart. But who has the space (or the barware budget)? Instead, just stick to good-looking sets of the styles you use the most. One foolproof formula to try: a set of highball glasses, a set of old fashioned glasses (aka lowball or rocks glasses), and some delicate coupes for sipping Champagne.

Rust Belt Threads

Rust Belt Threads vintage roly poly glasses, $165 for six; buy it here.

House of Andaloo

House of Andaloo vintage rosaline dessert glasses, $80 for four; buy it here.

Pretentious Beer Glass

Pretentious Beer Glass aromatic beer glasses, $125 for four; buy it here.

Liquorary

Liquorary vintage highball glasses, $60 for four; buy it here.

I Like Mike’;s Mid-Century Modern

I Like Mike’;s Mid-Century Modern vintage bar cart, $799 buy it here.

It’s springtime and that means it’s time to start thinking about your spring garden plans. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, herbs—oh my! This tutorial is going to show you how to create your own Vertical Pallet Vegetable & Herb Garden.

Get it from Forever 21 for $9.03 (available in sizes S–L) or show your love with a different top from Amazon for $16.99 (available in six colors and sizes S–XXL).

With days getting longer, warmer and shinier, it is time to think of some new clothes to wear this spring and summer! Did you know that linen clothing?are always in fashion? The shapes, cuts, lengths and colors change but the linen fabric itself is always popular. Why is that? Should you consider purchasing a piece of linen clothing? Let me reveal some benefits of pure linen clothes in this post.

 


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