The cultural phenomena surrounding “Mad Men” has inspired fashion designers, interior designers and may be the catalyst in the cocktail revolution.
With the rebirth of the classic, proper cocktail, a bartender is now a Mixologist, and home bars are back on the drawing board.
Bar carts and trolleys also are in vogue again.
Newell Turner, style director at House Beautiful magazine, said he had “definitely seen a resurgence of bar setups in every room of the house — especially in the living room, dining room and study.”
A little bit retro, a little bit camp, a bar cart or trolley allows party guests to participate, rather than having someone pour them a drink. It makes a party environment approachable and provides a way to ensure people mingle in the living room and dining room — out of the kitchen.
Much attention will be focused on one little piece of furniture, so, choose a cart that is worth all this excitement.
Express yourself with a bar cart or trolley that fits your budget and size limitations. A green tray table is $49.95 at CB2 and IKEA offers a three-tier cart with a tray top for $29.99.
On the high end, Century Design offers the Dorothy Draper (no relation to Don) serpentine cabinet for $14,000 and Mecox Gardens' bar cart in orange with scroll detailing is a beauty, which may be worth its $2,400 price tag. Crate & Barrel, a go-to source for the home, has a trim trolley for $599.
My personal favorite is Serena & Lily's South Seas rattan bar cart for $395. So chic — I just may be able to park it in the bathroom and load it up with towels.