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Y’all, my bar cart is my fav-or-ite piece in my loft. In 2012 I upsized to a larger apartment, and the first thing I bought was this vintage beauty for less than $30. When I downsized to my current studio loft last year, I was determined to find a spot for my bar cart, even if I trip over it every. single. day.

So, when Target asked the HGTV blog team to each style an outdoor bar cart, I couldn’t be more excited. I finally got to put my golden gal in the spotlight. While my bar cart at home is always weighed down with an assortment of alcohol, bitters, tools and trinkets, I wanted to create something super simple and colorful that can make the transition from AM to PM with ease.

Spring Bar CartBowls

The colors.

I was inspired by a palette of white, brass, spring pink and shades of sea green. A few key pieces like the porcelain tray and vintage glass buoy are eyecatching on the streamlined cart. But, I let Mother Nature do the “talking” when it came to color. Fresh-cut fruits and flowers instantly bring vibrancy and boldness to the setup.

Spring Bar CartTumblers | Vase

The purpose.

Where’s the gin? Where’s the bourbon?! Well, I decided to opt for a casual, family-friendly bar cart setup during the day. [Mom and Dad can take over once nighttime falls.] Once the sun comes out and the weather warms up, kids are going to be outside until it gets dark. Although I used glass tumblers and a hefty glass pitcher, feel free to opt for plastic pieces instead. Try this: A kid-friendly bar cart filled with a variety of snacks and chilled drinks is perfect for playtime breaks.

Spring Bar CartTowels

The theme.

Years ago, my dad gave me these 50-year-old copies of Robinson Crusoe and Tom Sawyer that he must have read 20 times eachI saw the worn copy of Robinson Crusoe sitting on my bookshelf and it instantly became the inspiration behind the vintage-inspired coastal theme on my cart’s bottom shelf. Plus, the pink and green time-worn covers fit in perfectly with my chosen color palette.

Spring Bar Cart

This antique Japanese glass fishing buoy was one of my favorite finds, along with the hefty brass seashell to accompany it.

Spring Bar CartGlass Jar

Spring Bar Cart

We typically think of bar carts as more sophisticated, indoor pieces, but break yours in this spring by taking it outdoors for casual family meals, small get-togethers and larger warm-weather soirees, too. Cheers! 

How can you make your next party sizzle? Shop Target‘s newest spring decor and entertaining products (available in-store and online now) to bring coastal inspiration and create a summer beach house look with a little French Riviera.

3 Responses

  1. RSS says:

    I love your bar cart. This one is by far my most favorite. Just love the way it looks and it's so inviting.

  2. Janis says:

    Love it! Great styling.

  3. Liz_HGTV says:

    I second that. I can't wait 'till it's warm enough to enjoy this bar cart OUTSIDE.

Kayla KittsKayla is a special projects editor at HGTV.com and a co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. Kayla is an overbearing cat mom with a love for vintage-modern furniture, artisan cocktails, organizing all...


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