If you were fascinated by your gran's barcart and that pretty crystal glassware you were never allowed to touch, it's time to celebrate their comeback...
We find barcarts quite fascinating – they are as practical as they are beautiful, can be wheeled around from room to room, and they double as storage/display. As you might have gathered, we retail drinks trolleys and bar carts on home-lust.com for a reason – we love their glamour and versatility, and, yes, this is one of our favourite items in the house.
The Mad Men-esque barcart comes in all shapes, designs and materials nowadays, and can be used as a mobile occasional side table, a bedside table or pretty console. There are literally dozens of ways to use and accessorise them, and there are even books written on bar carts and how you can decorate them with your favourite tomes and trinkets, plants and pots, and, of course, your delicious decanters.
If you are really serious about barcarts, check out these decorating and drinks manuals you can find in your nearest bookstore or Amazon:The Art of the Bar Cart: Styling & Recipes by (coming out in September 2017)
The Bar Cart Bible: Everything You Need to Stock Your Home Bar and Make Delicious Classic Cocktails by
But if your time is limited, we've distilled some of the ways you can use and accessorise your barcart in the home ...
The Cocktail Cart | Liquor vessels, barcart bottles, wine decanters and cocktail-making paraphernalia add a sexy touch to your next dinner party. In the dining room it can store your prettiest serveware and table linen when not in use.
Livingroom Display | Think vignettes of interestingly-shaped vases, framed photos and antique touches. Add a trailing succulent in a statement plantpot, and voilà, grown-up sophistication made easy.
Elegant Bedside Table | You can do a lot with it in the bedroom: neat piles of books, scented candles, some trinket boxes and travel souvenirs artfully arranged atop a vintage nighstand? Oh, yes!