I’m clueless when it comes to making a cocktail BUT I love to style a bar cart, especially for the holidays! There’s so many fun ways to add some festive touches to your bar set up quickly and easily. The key is layering items properly and balancing the visual weight on the cart. You can even set the scene around your cart with more holiday decor like little Christmas trees, twinkle lights, and a colorful rug. Below I’ve listed everything you need to deck out the most festive bar cart AND step by step instructions for styling it all like a pro!Read More
all photos + design by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
Searching for the most unique, local gifts? Look no further than our Gathered Mercantile Holiday Gift Guide! We're featuring gifts from our shop including many from our local vendors + makers as well as vintage pieces and exclusives from Miss Molly Vintage. Find gifts for the bar cart, gifts for the plant lover, gifts for the bourbon lover, gifts for her, gifts for the home, and gifts for the Kentucky fan below. All items are available for purchase at Gathered Mercantile and we can ship too! Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order or ask any questions if you aren't able to make it to the store! Happy shopping!
One of my secrets for creating truly unique and eclectic spaces is incorporating lots of thrifting finds! Peddler's Mall Stores are one of my favorite places to shop and they have locations all over Kentucky too! Every store is full of hundreds of different booths and perfect for treasure hunting (I've basically furnished and decorated the majority of my home from my Peddler's Mall finds).
This week, they asked me to collaborate with them on a derby themed set-up. I headed to the Lexington location to look for items for my derby barcart and it did not dissapoint! I was able to find everything in the following photos (including the bar cart!) and after one hour of treasure hunting my derby bar cart was complete (without spending a ton of money too)! If you are decorating for a party or event on a budget, this is the place to go for the most unique finds!
To start setting up your bar, you will first need a bar cart! You can also use a small table or any kind of cart or standing tray for this too! Next add a few vintage books or trays for layering and stacking. Then you will want to add a few little decorative touches: some equestrian decor and/or a small floral arrangement (roses are perfect for derby!). Fill your bar cart with plenty of vintage derby glasses- perfect for mixing and sipping all your cocktails and beverages. Finally finish with a few vintage decanters or pitchers for holding all your bourbon, mixers, and any other liquor. Check out my tutorial below for creating a chic Kentucky derby bar cart in just 6 steps!
* All items featured in this post were courtesy of Peddler's Mall Stores*
Well, I just about died over every part of last week's "Giraffe House" fixer upper. Not only did I love getting to see some background on Chip and Joanna's first flips, but the design of this house was exactly my style and so eclectic. I'm a huge fan of mixed and layered textures in design and this space was overflowing with them! I also loved how Joanna mixed different styles in this space: a little bit of midcentury, global, and rustic modern elements were all included. You can check out the amazing before + after below and find more photos of the entire house here.
It was so hard for me to pick just one favorite space in this house, but the one that most stood out to me was this stunning dining area. Those brass pendants alone are enough to make me swoon, but the addition of the jute rug, rattan dining chairs, and round dining table make this room over the top amazing! I love the ship-lap ceiling too and how it contrasts with the metals and more modern elements. I've rounded up lots of similar light fixtures, rugs, + dining tables for you to shop below:
Everything about this room is completely unique but at the same time it feels so cozy and full of character. I also love the addition of a bar cart in the corner with a simple mid-century round mirror above it. The table is set with lots of simple and classic white dishes to add some brightness. One of my favorite elements of the entire room are these rattan dining chairs that add so much texture and warmth to this table setting. I've linked up lots of similar chairs, accessories, and bar carts for you to shop below:
What was your favorite part of "the giraffe house"? You can find more of my Fixer Upper Friday posts here, featuring all my favorite rooms so far from season 4!
photos by Sarah E. Dunn Photo & Design
The holiday season is just around the corner and one way to wow all your guests for Thanksgiving gatherings + beyond is by setting the perfect bar cart! We have everything you need to get started including our copper mugs. Some of my other bar cart must-haves include paper straws, brass trays, vintage glassware, and for the holidays, cinnamon sticks and a little bit a greenery add a festive touch! Use trays, cutting boards, or stacked books to create different levels and stack your glassware + bottles on top. Vintage glasses, jars, and metal tins are perfect for holding straws, stirs, or garnishes.
Our copper mugs pair perfectly with my husband's favorite cocktail: the Kentucky mule, which is a perfect festive drink to serve year 'round. We included the recipe for this in our Autumn lookbook and I've also attached it below! Just in time for Christmas, we also have a Kentucky Mule Gift Set available which includes 2 mule mugs and 1 bottle of Gent's Original Mule Mix ($32 for a gift wrapped set). Shop this set, mule mugs, + some more of our favorite bar cart items all linked below! With a few of these tips + bar cart essentials, you'll be ready to serve up some festive cocktails in no time! Don't forget that we also offer styling services for your holiday gatherings and can set up a full drink station or bar cart for your next event! Visit our holiday decorating packages + services page for more information + to reserve a date!
18 ounce hammered copper moscow mule mug
- Hammered solid copper body, lined with nickel
- Designed to keep drinks colder
- Brass handle for easy and comfortable grip
- Perfect for cocktails, beer, and even iced tea
How fun are these new pineapple tumblers from The Pineapple Co.?! They double as both a cocktail shaker and a cute tumbler, not to mention making the chicest decoration for your bar cart or shelves! These also make a perfect gift for weddings, showers, housewarmings, or practically any event! Each pineapple tumbler comes in the cutest palm-printed box and you can choose from a gold or copper finish. These are all handmade and truly look vintage which I love! You can order yours at the link below:
The pineapple has long been recognized as a symbol of hospitality and warm welcome. Welcome others to your home with this two-piece brass pineapple tumbler, a unique serving piece for a well-crafted cocktail. This beauty doubles as both a cocktail shaker and tumbler, and makes a chic adornment for any bar cart!
Size: 12 oz.
Materials: Plated Brass
Hand Wash Only