These Perfectly Styled Bar Carts Will Make Your Guests Jealous


Photographs by Jeff Elkins
Photographs by Jeff Elkins

1. Keep the look casual with a metal library cart—this flea-market find was $15. A little rust only adds character.

2. Arrange a colorful grouping of the season’s lingering blooms, such as dried hydrangeas, berries, and mums.

3. This brass mortar and pestle, $35 at Falls Church Vintage Annex, stands ready to muddle fresh herbs and spices.

4. A fur pillow sham, $45.50 at Pottery Barn, is easily repurposed into luxe decor.

5. An antler-shaped bottle opener is half tool, half sculpture ($34 at Anthropologie).

6. Keep your tools in the brass family for warmth and easy mixing and matching. Jigger, $5.95 at CB2; four-purpose bar tool, $32 at Salt & Sundry.

7. Birch logs lend wintry style, with or without a fireplace ($20 a bundle at Crate & Barrel).

8. Draping a country-chic garland across the bar, such as this woven grapevine version—$20 at shopterrain.comadds a festive touch.

9. Add variety with an assortment of finely detailed lowball glasses ($68 each at, flutes, and coupes ($12 and $20 each at Anthropologie).

10. Swap out typical lemons and limes for a seasonal bowl of pomegranates and persimmons.


Photographs by Jeff Elkins

1. Perfect for apartment living, an acrylic bar cart, $995 at wayfair.comdoesn’t take up visual space and keeps cocktail-making tidy.

2. A simple floral arrangement, such as this bunch of dusty miller, softens the look.

3. Tom Dixon’s futuristic copper shaker ($145) and tray ($200) create high-design moments—and help you craft ice-cold martinis.

4. An LED light with a festive message, $99 at West Elm, works for the holidays and year-round.

5. This Philippe Starck citrus squeezer ($100 at Acme Mid-Century & Modern in Old Town) is classic retro style that shouldn’t be hidden in a cabinet.

6. Think beyond traditional colors and shapes with these smoky “Northern Lights” glasses from West Elm ($10 each).

7. Mix in decor among the drink accoutrements. This peace-dove sculpture, $875 at the Etsy shop Caribe Casual, sends a mellow holiday message.

8. Glittery Christmas-tree decor from CB2, $29.95 and $19.95, adds disco-era glamour.

9. Don’t limit yourself to booze: A vintage record player boosts the cart’s party vibe.

10. A vintage wood-and-silver bar-tool set ($350 at the Hour in Old Town) is heirloom-quality.

This article appears in the December 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

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