A few years ago I was researching bar carts for a client and had difficulty locating even a  few for her to choose from. Now, with mid-century modern style on the rise, it seems every furniture line has a bar cart or several to offer. It’s no surprise this versatile piece is showing up all over the place. We can’t help but admire the beauty of a well stocked and styled cart. Here are some carts that caught our eye recently…

We spotted this one at Blairsden (the Mansion in May showhouse in New Jersey) this past May. We love the warm metallic wood finish, those playful paper straws and how the cart is framed in front of that beautiful Greek key tape trim:

mansion in may cart

We are huge fans of Oomph and their bar carts, too – smaller scaled with glass shelves and available in a great selection of  high gloss color, the clean lines of these carts let your barware & styling shine….

oomph carts

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We love the mid-century aesthetic and bright color options of  these carts from Society Social. The styling is so inviting – we are thirsty just looking at them!

Society Social Carts

Carts from Society Social

Some of our faves aren’t even bar carts – they are other pieces of furniture used as bar carts. Represented here are old utility carts, potting tables and even an Ikea computer desk. We love the creativity here, the use of color and the use of trays to corral barware…

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(image sources: cart with  white lacquer trays, green utility cart, Ikea laptop table cart, outdoor bar cart)

08/11

Get the Look: Layered Living Room

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Image source: Elle Decor

We love the layering of pattern and texture in this living room. The mix is unexpected and sophisticated, but comfortable. Here are some pieces we selected that will help you get this look…

the basics: wallcovering: Thibaut, drapery ikat: Duralee, sofa: Ballard, cocktail table: Bungalow 5, rug: […]

08/4

Gray Area

Cool Neutrals SW

There are so many variations of this classic color, ranging from warm to cool; grays are a favorite neutral of designers and can easily fill in for a traditional neutral like white or beige.

What is the perfect shade of gray paint? We hear this question often, and the answer is ‘that depends.’ It depends […]

08/1

Fashion Friday: Neoprene

Neoprene

We hear Neoprene and we think form-fitting wet suits and laptop sleeves, but the synthetic rubber fabric is trending in women’s fashion. Beyond accessories, we’ve seen it laser-cut, embossed, printed, pleated and color-blocked. Body-con styles to more forgiving ones, everyone can wear the trend.

Clockwise from top left: Stella McCartney Embossed Skirt,  Charles Anastase […]

07/25

Fashion Friday: The Denim Pencil Skirt

Denim Skirt Collage

The denim skirt is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. Not surprising because this 90′s wardrobe staple is a very versatile item. It is easily dressed up or down, and a perfect piece for the transition from summer to fall. Lengths vary from mini to long but the must-have style is the pencil skirt. We’re seeing […]

07/18

Radiant Orchid Inspired

radiant orchid collage

Photos, clockwise from left: dress, Anthropologie earrings, Tom Ford nail lacquer, Kate Spade necklace, Tory Burch clutch, Jimmy Choo flats, Michael Kors watch

We always look to the seasonal color report from Pantone for inspiration, both in fashion and interior design, and this Spring’s palette has not let […]

07/16

Get The Look: Navy Dining Room

Navy DR

Today we’ve got a new feature on the blog; Get The Look. We find inspiration in many places, particularly when we see beautifully designed interiors. We thought it would be fun to re-make a room and offer a few tips and tricks along the way, along with a few of our own twists.

First up we […]

07/9

Summer Style: Just Add Water

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We always get a little excited when beach towels show up in the local shops. It’s a sure sign that summer at the Jersey shore is upon us. With over 130 miles of coastline, beach towels come in very handy around here. Today we have a collection of some of our favorites, from the very […]

07/7

Designer Collaborations We Love

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There is nothing like the little thrill we get when we learn our favorite companies are partnering with equally loved designers. Today we share a few notable faves….

Target Designer Collaborations

It’s so hard to choose a favorite because we have loved all of them! Porter Design Company faves include: Missoni, Liberty of London, John Derian and Phillip Lim. We wait […]