If you don’t already own a bar cart, we’re here to tell you why you should go out and purchase one immediately. If you already have one, we want to show you some fun ways to style it and you’ll probably want to go out and purchase a second one for another room. (Erin currently has two in her home)
So, besides the fact that they totally up the ‘I’m really cool, sophisticated and classy” vibe in your home, the bar cart is quite functional. It can provide storage, help when you’re entertaining and of course give you a stylish place to store ingredients for your favorite cocktail. They can also serve as a coffee bar, hot chocolate bar during the holidays or a side table for any room. It is such a fun piece to style for each season or holiday too!
When styling a bar cart, there are a few basics that you want to make sure you have. Stylish barware, cute glasses or mugs, an ice bucket and your choice of spirits. If you want to step it up a notch or two, we recommend adding the following: flowers (real or fake), fun artwork, paper straws in fun colors and cocktail napkins. We pulled together a few fun items in three different styles to give you some inspiration. All items are found on Amazon and we have included the link to each item.
We start with the Glamorous Gold Bar Cart which includes the best book we have seen on bar carts. It shows you many different styles and even includes cocktail recipes.
Next up is the Farmhouse Chic Bar Cart with galvanized barware! GALVANIZED BARWARE!!! We haven’t seen anything like these fun, rustic pieces and can’t wait to get our hands on them along with those adorable mint julep napkins.
Last but not least, we wanted to include a Give Me All the Coffee Bar Cart. This would be fun to set up in a walk-in pantry or breakfast nook area.
These are just a few ways to have fun and play around with styling a bar cart. We hope it excited you and gave you some inspiration!
Although Home Staging has been around for quite a while, it is still a relatively new concept to most people selling a home. Most realize they will need a Real Estate Agent, inspector, appraiser, and mortgage company but they forget the important aspect of fully merchandising their largest asset by hiring a professional home stager. Even when it is brought up by the selling agent as something to consider, it may initially be shot down and looked at as another added “cost” of selling a home. Home Staging is the art of merchandising a home to appeal to buyers the same way companies merchandise their products. We want to break down some of the top objections people have when they think of home staging and debunk some of those misconceptions.
Think of your home as a product in a store like we said in the beginning. For this example, let’s go with a blender. The manufacturer of blender A makes sure it’s shown in the best light possible so it stands out from the other blenders at the store. They carefully choose great ways to highlight the features of the blender on the package by showing graphics of frozen cocktails with little umbrellas giving the potential buyer thoughts of a carefree lifestyle, hanging out by a pool sipping a margarita. They set up a fun display with margarita glasses and limes next to their blender out of the box. Their main goal is to entice the buyer by giving them a glimpse of the wonderful life they could have if only they purchased this blender. Now, let’s look at blender B. There are no photos on the box. All the writing is in black and the box is white. The boxes are stacked on top of each other with no props or displays showing the blender out of the box. Which one do you think is going to stand out first to a potential buyer, margaritas or boring with no pictures? Which do one do you think the buyer will end up purchasing? Let’s take that same concept and apply it to a home. You want to be the fun margarita blender that stands out against the other competition by helping a potential buyer envision a wonderful lifestyle. While a stager is not going to set up your home to look like a tiki bar with margaritas, like the blender manufacturer, they are going to set the stage to merchandise your product (aka home) to appeal to the buyer demographic in your area. If you simply leave your home as is, you’re leaving it up to the buyer to visualize the home as theirs which most cannot. Over 80% of buyers say it is easier to visualize a property as a future home when it has been staged. Understand that staging is actually an investment in your home, not something to make you feel insecure or something that would be hard to maintain. It allows you to effectively market your home to buyers and allows you to stand out against all the other homes competing for buyers’ attention.