Hey out there! It was a fun weekend over here…equal parts busy AND lazy! We hit the pumpkin patch as a family and it was nothing short of a ball for the boys! I, too was excited because Fall finally happened in Chicago-land and I was able to sport my new ruffle-sleeve sweater and ankle booties. You probably saw me raving about the weather and my stylish Fall finds all over social media, but all good things must be shared, right? Especially when there’s a sale. #IknowIamnotalone — Ok, so today’s post is a simple one, but since so many readers and friends were inquiring about the Fall Bar Cart peeking out in the background of all the photos in my Burnt Orange & Berry Fall Table post, I thought I’d show you just how easy it was to throw together. I’m calling it my “High-Style, No-Fuss Fall Bar Cart“!
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You may have noticed I didn’t participate in any Fall home tours this year [see last year’s Fall Tour here] in order to simplify life a bit. I still added some simple Fall touches throughout the house, but really only focused on the dining room. I love putting tablescapes togther, but when it came time to spiff up the bar cart I wanted to keep things ultra-easy. Today I’m going to share my tips for how you can achieve what that high-style bar cart look, but with a low-budget with very little time involved. Let’s break down exactly what’s on my cart and how I got this look!
MY 6 ELEMENTS OF A NO-FUSS FALL BAR CART
1 | COPPER ICE BUCKET
I’m a gold lover through and through, but there’s something so warm and inviting about the use of rich coppers and bronze metallics in a space. And rose gold? Um, yes. Give me allll the metals! I scooped this copper ice bucket up on clearance a few weeks ago and thought it make a good year-round staple. After assembling my Fall Table, I remembered I stashed the ice bucket in the cupboard and immediately pulled it out and set it on the bar cart. The copper really compliments the deep orange hues of the table and I thought the ice bucket just might look pretty from afar in the background of all of those table shots I took!
What do you think?
2 | LIQUOR DECANTER
In most of my bar cart set-ups, you’ll typically see at least 2 or 3 decanters on the top shelf, but in the spirit of “no-fuss” I opted for only one (a monogrammed one T received as Groomsmen’s gift some years ago) and filled it with spiced rum. It seemed seasonally appropriate and the color is so warm and pretty. The perfect accompaniment to hot apple cider if you’re going for the spiked version!
I still love these metal liquor labels I’ve had for a few years now. It’s like a little necklace for the bottle!
3 | COCKTAIL GLASSES
Again, keeping it simple! A few stacked glasses in the back added some depth and dimension to the cart and obviously one must have a glass to drink out of!
These footed glasses were a thrift store find, but I sourced these similar glasses here.
4 | TREE CLIPPINGS
Now, this element is what makes the whole bar cart in my opinion! I was so inspired by the beautiful hotel and venue where the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event was held that I attended in September! There were rich greens all throughout the entrance and lobby and upstairs on the 2nd floor where our sessions were held, they had large water-filled glass cylinder vases with these massive tree clippings and branches spilling out from the top on a table right when you stepped off the elevator. It was so simple, yet so stunning!
When I got home, I grabbed our hedge shears and went to town in the backyard. I was actually happy to find a few small branches in the yard, so didn’t have to do much clipping at all. The leaves were just starting to turn around here, so you’ll see that my branches were mostly green with a few yellow leaves sprinkled throughout. It’s crazy to think of how different the colors would be if I went outside to grab some clippings to stick in a vase now! If you can catch them before they all fall off, the reds, oranges and yellows would make a beautiful [and free!] centerpiece.
5 | DECORATIVE ACCENTS
Since my Fall table was Burnt Orange & Berry themed, I thought it would help unify the space if I added some of the “berry” color to the bar cart as well. These are clearance faux flowers from World Market and I stuck them inside of a plant white vase…I actually think it might be one that I used to fill with reed diffusing oil. All I know is that I’ve had it for ages! The gold geometric figurine was added for some visual interest and because I think every vignette needs a fun, gold accent!
6 | WINE RACK
Yep, I grabbed the *entire* metal wine rack that normally sits on my kitchen counter and plopped it down on the bottom shelf. It was a perfect fit and literally, NO FUSS! The bottles were left as-is and when it’s time for hosting, I can simply grab the whites and stick them in the wine cooler, refrigerator or in an ice bucket. No need to rearrange the bottles in the rack or take them all out and worry about styling them standing up. Easy peasy! We received this wine rack as a wedding gift 6 years ago and it’s no longer available, but this option and this one are pretty great alternatives from the same retailer.
There you have it, folks! My High-Style, No-Fuss Fall Bar Cart broken down for you in these six simple categories. Of course, you could always add a few more elements to fit your taste and style, but remember, I was going for SIMPLE!
Don’t have a bar cart? Not to worry! These elements can be added to your buffet table, kitchen island or set-up on a tablecloth covered card-table. Wherever and however you are entertaining this season, don’t be afraid to amp up the style factor a bit. It really doesn’t have to cost much or take too much time to put together.
BAR CART SOURCES:
Missed the Fall Tablescape post? Click the image below to see more of the table with sources linked!
I hope you found even an ounce of bar cart styling inspiration today! What do you like to put on your bar cart for simple Fall style?
It’s really cooled down lately and I think I might be turning the heat on soon…better yet, the fireplace! I’ll be back on Thursday for another edition of My Dollar Store DIY. Thanks so much for being here!