Get the Look: 50 Modern Bar Carts, Serving Carts, and Trolleys

As you know, bar carts  have become the must-have accent piece in the modern home. Even those who don’t drink want shiny a bar cart set up in an unused corner, styled to perfection with all the best bar accoutrements—decanters, shakers, stirrers, striped paper straws, martini glasses—finished with a killer piece of artwork hanging on the wall above it.

Bars don’t have to be on casters (though all the bar carts in this post are on wheels). You can create a bar in a cleared out section of a bookshelf, on a lacquered tray atop a console table, or repurpose the armoire you no longer need for your TV since you switched to a flatscreen. A tray table—the kind that’s an actual tray set into a butler’s stand—works particularly well as a home bar too.

This entry has been one of the site’s top five posts since I first published it over two years ago; it’s been long overdue for an overhaul. As of November 10, 2014 you’ll find 50 brand new bar carts arrayed here. With the holidays approaching, it seemed an ideal time for a bar carts refresh.

I’ve been thinking about setting up a bar for my husband for like half a dozen years now. At this point, with the boys approaching teendom, we’ll need a bar cabinet with a lock. (I’ll work on a bar cabinet post soon.) Perhaps I could pull one together as a holiday gift. Or his next birthday. We will be entertaining for our son’s bar mitzvah this winter. Can’t have a cocktail party without a  pretty home bar, after all.

This selection of 50 bar carts, serving carts, and trolleys, some with removable trays, are all ideal for setting up your home bar. Styles include contemporary, mid-century modern, art deco, and traditional classics in brass, walnut, acrylic, polished nickel, lucite, birch, oak, rattan and more.

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S H O P P I N G 

1 Libations Bar Cart, $599 at Crate & Barrel.

2 Gerard Bar Cart by Worlds Away, $1,247.50 at The Well Appointed House.  

3 Isadora Console Table on Casters by Bungalow 5, $1,113 at Zinc Door. 

4 Dar Rolling Round Black Bar Cart, $79.99 at Amazon.

5 Connaught Brass Oval Bar Cart by Arteriors Home, $1,476 at Wayfair.

6 Gastone Trolley in Blue by Antonio Citterio for Kartell, $935 at Lumens.  

7 Luxembourg Yellow Bar Cart by Fermob, $785 at Lumens.  

8 Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley 901 by Artek, $2,230 at Horne

9 Turquoise Lacquer Bamboo Bar Cart, $1,712.50 at The Well Appointed House.  

10 Industrial Style Bar Cart by Woodland Imports, $309.04 at Wayfair. 

11 Lucite Bar Cart. $375 at Furbish.  

12 Foxed Mirror Chrome Bar Cart, $399 at West Elm. 

13 Cart With Antiqued Mirror Tray, $1,170 at The Well Appointed House.  

14 Bølling Red & Oak Tray Table on Casters, $695 at DWR.

15 Barboy by Verner Panton, $1,850 at DWR.

16 South Seas Rattan Bar Cart, $395 at Serena & Lily

17 Møller Serving Trolley, $1,725 at DWR

18 Trays Black Seving Cart by Piero Lissoni for Kartell, $650 at YLiving

19 Clara Bar Cart in Gunmetal, $299.95 at Pier 1

20 Swedish Light Wood Serving Cart, $159.95 at Williams-Sonoma Home

21 Lilly Lacquer Bar Cart, $425 at Society Social.

22  Ireland Silver Geometric Bar Cart by Worlds Away, $1,020 at ShopTen25

23 Mai Tai Trolley by Punt & Odosdesign, $875 at A+R.  

24 Melrose Bar Cart by Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams, $2,750 at Bloomingdale’s. 

25 Round White Serving Cart, $108.89 at Wayfair

26 Gold Finish Iron Bar Cart by Safavieh, $299.99 at Target. 

27  Cosmopolitan Polished Nickel Bar Cart, $1,160 at Williams-Sonoma Home.

28 Lilly Turquoise Lacquer Bar Cart, $425 at Society Social.

29 Vintage Mid-Century Bar Cart by Nasco, $300 at Chairish

30 Roland Gold Leaf Bar Cart by Worlds Away, $817 at ShopTen25.  

31 Cottage Rattan Bar Cart, $395 at Serena & Lily.  

32 Cheval Antiqued Brass Bar Cart, $1,950 at Jonathan Adler

33 Workshop Industrial Style  Bar Cart, $1,399 at West Elm.  

34 Vintage Mid-Century Modern Bar Cart, $1,250 at Chairish.

35 Bølling Walnut Tray Table, $895 at DWR

36 Gerard Gold Leaf X Bar Cart by Worlds Away, $947at ShopTen25.  

37 Polished Nickel Bar Cart, $1,476 at The Well Appointed House

38 Parisian Bar Cart, $995 at Serena & Lily

39 Bayou Classic Stainless Steel Utility Cart, $142.98 at Amazon. 

40 Red Vintage Danish Modern Bar Cart, $1,100 at Chairish.

41 Mathieu Mategot Perforated Steel Server, $2,950 at Thomas Brillet, 1st Dibs.

42 Faux Bamboo Bar Cart by Powell Furniture, $184.39 at Wayfair. 

43 Weldon Turquoise Serving Cart, $179.95 at Pier 1

44 Manhattan Red Lacquer Bar Cart, $595 at Serena & Lily

45 Fancy Gold Serving Cart by Woodlands Import, $227.94 at All Modern

46 Wheelie Bar Cart, $259 at CB2.

47 Lisbon Brass Bar Cart by Arteriors Home, $1,200 at Wayfair.

48 Prost Bar Cart, $699 at Crate & Barrel.

49 The Marshall Black Metal Bar Cart, $29.50 at Amazon.

50 Brooke Polished Nickel & Mirror Bar Cart, $499 at Pottery Barn.  

 

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Get the Look: 25 Buddhas

If you were inspired by yesterday’s Montage: 34 Buddhas in Decor and would like to infuse a little zen into your own rooms, here are some ideas for buddha decorations for the home. Buddha heads, Buddha bookends, Buddha lamps, Buddha candles. Peace.

S H O P P I N G 

Row 1
Moe’s Home Collection Buddha Face in Silver, $103.99 at Wayfair.
San Francisco Buddha Cocktail Napkin, $35/set at Gump’s.
Buddha ‘Pop Art’ Poster, $11.99 at Target.

Row 2
Golden Resting Buddha Statue, $62 at Buddha Groove.
Buddha Silhouette Decal by K&L Wall Art $12.90 at My Wall Decal.
Buddha Groove Hand Carved Buddha Head Statue, $96 at Sears.
Baccarat Crystal Little Buddha, $125 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Row 3
Resin Seated Buddha Bookends, $56 at Buddha Groove.
Head of an Indonesian Buddha, $400 at Met Museum Store.
Buddha Head Light in Green at Moe’s Home Collection.

Row 4
Urban Trends Ceramic Buddha Head in Orange, now $119.95 at Bellacor.
Blissliving Home ‘Wisdom Buddha’ Pillow, $75 at Bloomingdale’s.
Acadia Buddha Head Lamp at Cassona.

Row 5
Turquoise Glazed Ceramic Buddha Head Lamps, $2,350 at Objectiques.
Buddha Eco Art Buddha Pillow Cover, $40 at Wabisabi Green.
Meditating Beeswax Buddha Candle, $13.99 at Way Out Wax.
White Ceramic Meditating Buddha Sculpture, $719 on eBay.

Row 6
Madhubani Painting, ‘Peaceful Buddha’, $144.95 at Novica.
dCOR design Abigail Buddha Head in Grey and Gold, $49 at Wayfair.
Seated Buddha in Royal Attire, $4,000 at Jacques Carcanagues.

Row 7
Blissliving Home Buddha Head Candle in Citron, $40.50 at AllModern.
Msterpiece Buddha Melamine Tray, $14.99 at Jaf Gifts.

Row 8
Seated Buddha in Stone, $78 at Museum Store Company.
Buddha Head Bookends with Marble Base, now $72 at Kohl’s.
Bird Wanna Whistle Buddha Duvet Cover, $199 at Deny Designs.

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I love the buddhas at Novica.

Shopping Trip: Liberty of London x Target

The Liberty of London collaboration with Target has been pretty well publicized among the fashion crowd. If you’re on the blog circuit, you know that the NYC pop up shop was so successful they had to shut it down early because the goods were all gone. Apparently merch was available online starting at midnight last night, though I didn’t wait up.

I did however swing by the Watertown store this morning. I got there by 9:30 (the store opens at eight) and already a lot of shelves were bare. Apparently some die hard shoppers waited out in the pouring rain this morning to get first dibs. Soon enough, I saw them – three young women with carts BRIMMING with Liberty print madness. Teapots, watering cans, storage bins, stationary. Later I spotted them on line at the dressing room (I simply slipped the dresses over my leggings and tee) with dozens of pieces in multiple sizes.

The first stuff I found was the dresses. Not impressed. While the patterns were pretty – larger more hippie chick prints than the traditional tiny florals we’ve come to associate with the brand – the fabrication wasn’t high quality (surprise, surprise) and the cuts were either too boxy or too trendy, and the styling mediocre. I passed, but on my second spin ’round the place, wound up picking up a cute mini dress with a tie waist that I’ll pair with tights and a cardi for a pre-spring look. (Unless I decide to return it. I mean, me, in florals?)

The rubber rain boots are cute, but I’m hardly going puddle stomping, especially in pink trimmed florals. The umbrellas were gone; the scarves, again, not high on fabric quality. So I quickly headed to find the home furnishings. Scouting was necessary, as  the Liberty items are scattered throughout the store, in the appropriate departments. There are oversize cardboard flowers strung from the ceiling, which just might indicate where one can find the displays.

The dishes are cute, but were pretty much gone, much to the chagrin of an octogenarian couple hoping to brighten their kitchen. I’m a sucker for stationary, but used self control. There was an abundance of beautifully packaged candles – because they smelled lousy.

The picture frames, however, were a different story. I scooped up (too) many Indienne and art deco print frames in glossy finishes. I’m imaging a picture wall, on which the frame is the art, rather than what’s in it.

There was plenty of bedding (again, not the kind of cotton with which one wants to get intimate) but I didn’t see pillows beyond those piled in other shoppers’ carts.

The baby bathing suits are absolutely adorable. The men’s ties are ok, though maybe a touch on the thin side. The teeny bopper minis and sundresses were definitely cuter than the full size versions. I had my heart set on acquiring one for my friend’s daughter, and insisted her husband put me through to her despite the fact he was on the other line with his sister (this is a matter of FASHION), but lo and behold, third grade girls eschew flowers. Too bad.

My favorite purchase? This shiny, plexiglass lidded box.

Finally, the highlight of my trip was a fellow shopper telling me she knows (and loves!) my blog. I had approached her to take a photo of her overflowing cart. Turns out she has a blog too; read about her Target does Liberty trip. And check out the yellow Foo dogs (not Liberty).

Get the Look: Green, The Color

A few if these items are “green.” The rest are simply green, in the old fashioned sense, like, you know, the color. I adore them all.

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Shopping Guide

Sparrow Hooks, $32/two at WellDressedHome. (25% off with Store Adore code.)

Dahlia Chair, $100 at Target.

Normann Copenhagen Collect Bookshelf, $3,500 at Velocity Art & Design.

in2green Greige Ikat Recycled Cotton Throw, $125 at Green With Glamour.

Kartio Carafe by Kaj Franck, $60 at Abodeon.

Gothic Garden Settee, $1,950 at Scott Estepp Gallery, 1st Dibs.

Ojai Dinnerware Set, $253 at Jonathan Adler.

Chartreuse Scallop Mirror, $59 from uncommon at Etsy.

Weed Stool by Jane Gray for Stray Dog Designs, $285 at Green With Glamour.

Inhabit Builtby Lamp Chump Change, $172 at Design Public.

Vintage Gym Lockers, $850 from Area 51at Bond & Bowery.

Carnival Slipper Chair, $325 at Urban Outfitters.

Bubu 1er Stool by Philippe Starck, $110 at Zwello.

Daisy in Sea of Green Wallpaper, $62/roll at Bradbury & Bradbury.

Atticus Organic Cotton Fabric, $39.75/yard at Mod Green Pod.

Design Diary: Erin Gates At Home

By New York City standards, the 1,400-square foot condo in JP that interior stylist and blogger Erin Gates shares with her husband Andrew and their two little dogs isn’t all that small. Or so points out our dear friend Jen, who lives in a tiny studio in the Village with her husband Luke, just upstairs from her in-laws. However, as my husband constantly reminds me, we’re not in New York. Really?

Erin’s place is quite the showpiece, in a very accessible, Domino magazine sort of way. And, she did everything totally on a budget, with the exception of a little splurge here and there. She did it herself too – painting walls, painting actual paintings, refinishing furniture inherited from Andrew’s grandparents, and scouring estate sales and design-conscious chains.

I loved the trendy but sophisticated hi/low sensibility so much, I hired her to help me with our condo. The piece I wrote about her home, “Small Is the New Black,” is on the cover of today’s Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. Both Erin and the interiors look fabulous.

Here are the photos, shot by everyone’s favorite photographer, Eric Roth.

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Above left: The cover shot – Erin and Baxter in the entry. The painting is an Erin Gates original – she was a studio art major at, coincidentally, Connecticut College (I went there too, but graduated sooo much earlier).

Above right: Erin sitting in her brand new, wanted it so badly, Louis Ghost Armchair designed by Philippe Starck. The Kelly green walls were inspired by a page in Domino. The zebra print rug is from West Elm. The blue artwork in the background is a framed piece of wallpaper.

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Above: Erin has inspiration boards hanging in her office, filled with all sorts of fun images. (I took these photos, not Eric.)

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Above: Standing in the living room, looking into the dining room. I can’t even tell you how many inquiries Erin and I received about the bookcases. Listen up people, they’re the Sapien Bookcases from Design Within Reach. They’re actually on sale right now, $168.30 – $253.30. West Elm makes two similar models, the Cadman Spine and Spine Wood bookcases, and CB2 has the Array (in grey and orange). They’re less expensive, but not quite as sturdy.

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Above: A full view of the living room. The sofas and chairs are from Boston Interiors. Who knew they had such clean-lined pieces? The rustic coffee table was a splurge from Crate & Barrel. The white pedestal side table is a Saarienen copy, called the Trumpet from Target, just $24.99. The white vase on it is a Jonathan Adler knock-off – IKEA’s Färm vase, just $1.99. The starburst mirror above the fireplace is from Pier 1. The curtains are from JC Penney – apparently a great source for custom drapery. The luscious Oriental rug was on loan for the shoot from Landry & Arcari, with the expected hefty price tag. Erin’s mom bought it afterwards!

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Above: The dining room table and chairs were hand-me-downs from Erin’s husband’s grandparents, who relocated from Chestnut Hill to Sea Island, Georgia. Erin painted the pretty chairs white, and recovered them in an $8/yard zebra print fabric. When they bought the condo, the paneling in the room was a dark stained wood. Against the advice of their realtor, Erin painted them white. In the background is a glimpse of the glass-fronted pantry, which is what sold Erin on the place.

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Above left: The pantry, Erin’s favorite part of the house. She papered the back in Jonathan Adler’s Bamboo Reverse wallpaper in white and metallic silver. A pricey paper, but she only needed a small amount. Notice the bamboo Roman shades on the window? From Target. Erin and Andrew built the wine storage slots and added the wine fridge – there were cabinets there originally. I love the vintage French opaline glasses as much as Erin does. “I’m literally mad for them,” she told me.

Above right: The bedroom. I adore this room. It’s so pretty and peaceful, and I love the grey accents. The funky grey ikat pillows are from Fabricadabra (did you see them in Daily Candy? Thanks for the tip Erin!) The double prints over the bed are framed pieces of vintage Schumacher wallpaper. (A wallpaper designer left loads of vintage samples to Erin’s dad.) She has French Provincial style dressers that are equally romantic, plucked from the grandparents. The Venetian crystal chandelier is from Great Chandeliers. It was only $100, but a real pain to put together. Here’s a funny little tidbit: When I visited the bedroom was yellow. Erin made her husband paint it blue the weekend before the shoot. What a guy!

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Above left: Here’s Erin and Baxter in the entry again, this time we’re seeing the wall across from the bench. Erin scored the buffet for just $75 at an estate sale in JP that she happened to stumbled across. The interior was originally a sunny yellow, but she repainted the two end interiors turquoise. Atop sits her cherished Fu Dogs, found on Ebay. The arrangement of framed photos and artwork on the wall above includes all sorts of fun memories, like their wedding, the store her grandparents founded when they came here from Ireland, and a fun silhouette of Baxter, that Erin made herself. (See closeup below.)

Above right: The kitchen cabinetry and appliances are not so snazzy, but Erin made the seating area plenty spicy, with the black and white scheme and saffron runner. She loves her plate wall, with $1.99 plates from Home Goods. The blackboard is from Home Goods too; the frame was gold, but she painted it white. This seems to be one of Erin’s favorite pastimes! When I visited the Mandarin orange branches were on the mantle, but they look perfect here.

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Above left: Erin’s handiwork, a silhouette of Baxter on a grassy background. (She sent me this image the weekend before the shoot. I think she made it to give the picture wall some punch.)

Above right: Erin’s brother, Sean Tubridy, who is a graphic designer and photographer, sets up and shoots these very clever Polaroid portraits, using LEGO figures. This one is a bride and groom, posed in the same way as Erin and Andrew’s favorite wedding picture of themselves. Sean also started the artsy and clever website Save Polaroid.

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