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The High Life
Erika Johnson
The High Life
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If you watch Mad Men, you may also feel particularly captivated by Don Draper’s beautiful in-office bar cabinet. Can’t every space be that cool?

A well-stocked (and beautifully styled) bar in the home is an entertaining must. Bar carts can be wheeled between rooms at the arrival of surprise guests. They can also be styled as part of an entryway or dining room. While intended for spirits, these carts display vintage glasses, books and framed photos beautifully.

The perfume bottle, fashion books and sleek ice bucket above ooze femininity. The pretty pink bottles play off of the tear-sheet background. How sweet!

Speaking of sweet, what’s a bar cart without a signature cocktail? Every host should have a ‘my favorite drink’ recipe up their sleeve.

The French 75

  1. Measure 2 ounces gin, 1 sugar cube, and a squeeze of lemon juice with ice
  2. Shake well
  3. Strain into a coupette glass with a twist of lemon
  4. Top with champagne

(Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart)

This airy, stainless and glass cart (above) styled with vintage books and leaning frames  speaks to the versatility of styling a bar cart. The beautiful bottles and their punchy typography add a contemporary element. The eclectic vignette is perfectly complimented by that handsome crocodile tray. The lifestyle accessories that can adorn such a cart are endless.  Some of my favorites are:

And for those of you less likely to imbibe…

Spirits are not required.

Isn’t this the most adorable way to store style accessories? I can imagine this display in a fabulous dressing room or woman’s city apartment. How chic!

How do you style your favorite bar cart?

- Erika

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