1. Keep it simple. Don't feel pressured to stock every last fancy schmancy liqueur or bitter. All you need are a few quality spirits to make the classics, a good set of cocktail tools (lime squeezer, muddler, strainer, mixing tin) and some interesting glassware.
2. Use the space surrounding the bar cart to your advantage. Don’t be afraid to add personality and flair to the wall behind it. You’ll be surprised how nicely a piece of art or oversized vase can compliment your cocktail corner.
3. Style with decor from around your home. Non-alcoholic decor like fresh flowers, small lamps, artwork, trays, coffee table books and glassware are all great ways to add style to a bar. Garnishes and lemons or limes are also a great way to add a pop of color. Cloth cocktail napkins are a small touch that can go a long way and something you might already have at home that can be reused.
4. Organization is key to having a perfectly curated and visually balanced bar cart. Use trays to help you divide the bar cart into zones and dedicate each zone to a specific essential, whether it's glassware, bottles or your own brass menagerie. This keeps its contents neat and together. Style your smaller accessories like stirrers, straws, bottle openers and wine stoppers in decorative bowls.
5. Make it very “you”! As functional as a bar cart may be, it should also be a reflection of your personality. Think patterned straws, cheeky coasters, a colorful vase, liquor bottles with a consistent color palette, etc. Only display your best looking liquor and pour the contents of not-so-pretty bottles into sophisticated decanters. Don’t hesitate to include those quirky elements or feminine finds that make your design aesthetic unique.