January 8, 2010

Bar Carts Are Back!




Stylish and fun, bar carts are back from the more elegant times of the late 50s and early 60s. They ooze with hospitality and say to guests, "You're here, let's celebrate!" In a time when people are staying in and entertaining more often than going out, bar carts are interactive for guests, help facilitate mingling, and best of all, the host is not stuck with bar tending duties all night. They're lovely objects, don't you think?

*images and story via New York Times, Style Redux

32 comments:

Mango Gal said...

I love the look of bar carts, they're so pretty and simple. I'm currently on the hunt for one, but all the ones I love are out of my price range. I'm going start stalking my local thrift stores.

SogniSorrisi said...

I love the bamboo one. And that side table in the third picture is gorgeous!

Kim Berry said...

I love bar carts! They are so retro! I adore the bamboo one!

:) Kim

Eric @ MyFirstGarage.com said...

They never went out of style at my house - if you know what I mean.

Sarah Klassen said...

Bar carts are great!

I am enjoying how innovative and fun they can be, too. Your examples are perfect, Crystal -- I really like the last two!

I hope you have an amazing weekend.

xo, Sarah

Happenstance said...

I love this post! You're right, it's time we got back some glamour in our 21st century lives! Hit the re-set button and celebrate ... about everything:) Have a great weekend!
I love the bamboo one!

Chicago City Girl said...

completely 100% agree - they're a warm and inviting piece of classic furniture. What more can you ask for?

ps ~ please let me know if you'd like to take part in my Chicago Weekend Warrior series, I'd love to have you!

*cara*

Loving Life in Southern California! said...

I'm still kicking myself for not purchasing a $15 bar cart I found a few years ago at a thrift store in Fargo...

Fee-AMore said...

I can see why they are back.

I agreed, they are indeed lovely objects!

xo.

Daniella said...

Ooooo love, love, love! I so need to get a bar cart set up... liquor bottles take up too much room in the fridge! Are they called "bart" carts as another term? I think I might be missing something? Lovely post as always!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

ooohhh I love bar carts, especially the first one!
hope you have a beautiful weekend, darling! xo

Dragonfly said...

Good news!!! I want one :-)

♥Simply Seductive said...

I love bar carts. There is something about displaying crystal decanters, glasses and of course the liquor that strangely appeals to me!

Apt. #34 said...

Can one register for a bar cart??

LS said...

I love the idea of bar carts! I actually saw one at Bombay today that had a really pretty tea set and afternoon tea platter on it!

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I adore these, love your finds--they're so unique! I have been coveting an outdoor one for the summer all last year--this may be the year I have to break down and do it!

Hope you have a great weekend Crystal!

xo

Sallie Ann said...

I adore my bar cart. It belonged to my great-grandmother and is perfectly suited for my small city condo. I search estate sales and "junk" shops for vintage cocktail shakers, glasses and decanter. It's practical and pretty.

Devon said...

YES! We so need one. The husband has gotten me into old school martinis and a bar cart is a necessity. Finally.

Healthy Shift Worker said...

Gosh I picked up a bar cart from Ikea over 10 years ago and I still have it and I'm still using it!

It comes in handy for all sorts of things!!

Dani said...

This is the first time I've visited your blog and I must say, I'm in love. You're posts are great!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

you're so right! this is exactly what I need. I have an overflowing bar already and need some sort of extension/addition. the bamboo one would be perfect!

housetoyourhome said...

Love the idea of a bar cart and the idea of entertaining at home more, like a throw back to the '50's! Very cool!

::levina:: said...

love these bar carts...can't wait to have one myself for our home.

A Life More Fabulous said...

Love this selection - this calls for an after work drink!
(don`t mind if I do...)
:)

Paula Grace Designs said...

Bar carts are practical! Many are on wheels so what could be better at a party? Just push it around and make sure your guests are happy, happy!
Paula Grace :)

Rikke said...

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This is a Great blog...soooo much beautiful inspiration!!!!
I`ve added you as well:)
Have a great sunday!
All the best from Rikke in cold cold Oslo:)

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

I do so love a bar cart - even better is a bar cart with an owner that can mix a mean martini!!

I also love finding gorgeous blogs like yours. Happy days!

jules

TERI REES WANG said...

While visiting vineyard friends in Baune, France, the had commissioned the local cabinet maker to craft them a rolling bar cart. It suited the setting of their 200 year old home perfectly but, I wonder how happy it was to actually be put to work as a movable diaper changing table for their newborn baby girl, instead?

Brunch at Saks said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. So happy you did because yours is lovely! I love these carts- especially the last one! XOXO

Style Odyssey said...

a bar cart would sure come in handy! i usually like the sleek contemporary look but in these cases, my favorite is the last one- that really rustic wooden cart.

Midtown Girl said...

Guests always ask me where I got my shoe organizer/holder that's in my living space..it's a wine rack - LOL!!

Double duty works for me!

XOXO
Amy

Inspiration in Italy said...

My husband and I were just talking about wanting one of these! They are completely chic with an old-fashioned elegance...these you have posted are amazing!

xo
Rachel

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