Raising the Bar


These days retro decor is as ubiquitous as it was back when it was first introduced in the '50's (although then it was called "new," and Victorian was called "retro"). A modern love of mid-century design spawns from the popularity of shows like Mad Men and vintage online retailers like ModCloth, not to mention Macklemore's ode to discovering awesome old-fashioned pieces. Speaking of (an) old-fashioned—a particular retro decor item has recently been brought back into vogue: the bar cart. Beautifully snazzy and (literally) intoxicating, the bar cart is a great throwback item that insists, "Design me!" If you're looking for some inspiration for living room makeovers, here are some bar cart set-ups that we believe are, bar none, the best out there. Now you can have a decked out spirits station that even Draper would approve. Inspiration Image via Babble.

orange poppy

Get transported to hippie California with this bright orange cart adorned with playful modern accents (the banana and ampersand are so too-cool-for-school). Inspiration Image via Cup of Te.  

girly edgy

Glass and pink flowers are offset by a skull liquor bottle and black bottles lining the bottom. A perfectly fresh mix. Inspiration Image via Image via Babble

modern & stark

A snakeskin bar cart has a solidly and effortlessly cool vibe when accented with silver, a black and white photograph and a bust of Kennedy. Inspiration Image via Cup of Te.

a little bit groovy

Relive the swingin’ sixties with this bar cart set-up centered around peace, love, and throwback colors like avocado green and burnt orange. We’re loving the a-okay hand sculpture as a signature piece. Inspiration Image via HGTV.

eclectic feel

A standard gold bar cart is jazzed up with a ton of bright accents and a quirky lamp. Inspiration Image via Etsy Blog

this is a man’s world

Really looking to do a bar cart set-up Don Draper would approve of? No fuss, no flash. Just some type, a table and some damned fine whiskey is all you need. Inspiration Image via Rue Magazine (October/November 2012 Issue).

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