A Beautiful Bar.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a girl who likes her cocktails.  A glass of wine, a chilly martini, a feisty margarita- all a lovely way to end a day if you ask me. I’m still in search of an (affordable) vintage bar cart for my office so come quittin’ time I can round up the fabulous ladies in the studio and toast to another day completed.  This morning I felt inspired by vintage style bar accessories- because having a little proper bar in your home is a fabulous way to decorate an unused corner! I’ve started setting up one in my own home using the vintage buffet I got at an estate sale.


Obsessed with this vintage bar on Ebay. $.99 right now. Hellllllooooo lovah! Paint it black, white or a great color, pop this cute poster above it in a great frame and top with a tray of vintage decanters or glasses (like these mercury rimmed ones) and you are in business Mad Men style!

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I can’t get over how fantastic this set is! It looks like Jonathan Adler, but it’s vintage….


This silver plate cocktail shaker from the 30’s would be beautiful sitting on top of a bar cart like this one from 1st Dibs!

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This cart from C. Bell is freakin’ awesome- it’s top it with a tray of blue french opaline glasses (set of 35 for sale on eBay– trying to resist bidding since I collect them due to lack of storage!)

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A folding tray works well as a small bar as well- loving this one from WAH and would love to see it with an awesome print Iomoi ice bucket!

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These animal print trays with ring detail would be great for stashing cocktail napkins and wine stoppers! Love!

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Some images of great bar set ups to inspire you!

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  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the cocktail set from 1st dibs. oh that would be from another life sipping gin in that with my marabou slippers on and my silk charmeuse jammies

  2. Very, very inspired!! Love the mages and the bamboo themed pieces! The art above the bars really make it happen!

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  3. I want a bar cart too! Arteriors has a few pretty ones, not vintage though. Global Views also has a black and white Regency style one that I can totally see you liking, not vintage either. Great post :-)

  4. How timely your post is…Did you catch the Boston Scavenger post on Apartment Therapy today? I’m thinking this tea/butlers cart that’s available in Hingham would make the PERFECT bar cart for your office…and at $149 dollars you’d have plenty left over to buy the all important booze to stock it with! Cheers! (Here’s the link…http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/fuo/1724960148.html)

  5. i love that you posted this today because i was just setting up a little bar on my butler’s pantry the other day! all i have right now is a decanter with my husband’s scotch and a cocktail shaker for my cosmos, so i needed some more ideas! i need a tray…just not sure i want to put glasses because they will collect dust! thinking aloud here…thanks for the post!

  6. I’ve been craigslisting and ebaying looking for a great bar cart for a few months now – the search conitnues – love these you showed!

  7. I’ve obsessing over that vintage bar cart. It’s only $60ish right now and about two hours away from me. This might just have to be mine…

  8. Found a great brass and glass two tier cart at local antiques shop- $240! Saw exact same on 1st dibs for 10x the price, not sure if I am lucky or 1st dibs is trying to rip someone off! Got two vintage seltzer bottles, green and blue, on ebay and thats as far as Ive gotten, oh, except the MAkers MArk! Fun!

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