How to Style the Perfect Bar Cart: Three Ideas for Creating the Ultimate Party Setup

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Sure, bar carts serve as a place to stash your booze, but they also become your home’s de facto entertaining hub. With a little effort, you can curate a Pinterest-worthy setup that reflects your aesthetic and helps you throw the perfect party. Sally Gotfredson, an interior-design manager for One Kings Lane (Sophia Bush worked with the site to redecorate her L.A. home), gives Us tips on nailing three different looks.

Get the look: Noir bar dolly ($1,189); Kevin Russ, "Horse Couple" ($225–$269); Juliska Carine pitcher ($98) Courtesy of One Kings Lane

RUSTIC

Gotfredson says she chose a black-and-white photo by Kevin Russ and “smoky” handblown glasses to echo the “casual feel” and burnished finish of a reclaimed pine and iron cart.

Get the look: Juliska Amalia wine decanter ($155); Domenkika bar cart ($315); Picasso, "La Corrida" ($599) Courtesy of One Kings Lane

LUXE

Matching a golden frame with a gilded, mirrored cart creates a “glamorous and party-ready station,” says Gotfredson. “The print feels like something you collected abroad, and it can blend in with any color palette.” The delicate beading on the Juliska glasses “gives a feminine edge and feels incredibly decadent.”

Get the look: John Chillngworth, "Drinks Stall" ($225–$299); Anderson Teak Cobana serving trolley ($735); Vietri Drop short tumbler ($40) Courtesy of One Kings Lane

BEACHY

Shatterproof tumblers and a brightly colored prints “set the tone for a lighthearted gathering,” explains Gotfredson. The vibrant art is “cheerful and a tad nostalgic,” while the sturdy drinkware means you actually get a chance to chill out instead of worrying about the potential for broken glass.

If you’re in celeb hotspot Southampton this summer, stop by the new One Kings Lane brick-and-mortar store to shop a mix of furnishings, tableware, gifts and vintage items and tap the resident style pros for advice on tricking out your own home bar. You can also tap the resident style pros for advice on tricking out your own home bar. Cheers! 

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