The Gin Shelf

Author: Charlotte O'Shea

This is a rather impromtu feature – I was supposed to be writing about make-up. Bought about by the instagram popularity of my latest kitchen makeover feature, my much loved and frivolous “Gin Shelf”.

I have a 3 year old daughter. She’s also fondly known as “The bulldozer”. So apart from the obvious safety hazard, there is not a cat in hells chase of us ever attempting to be the proud owners of a covetable bar cart.

For Christmas my sister-in-law bought me an incredibly thoughtful gift, a set of “his n hers” tumblers by Kate Spade, a bottle of Hendrix, some posh tonic and a bag of limes. My own little cocktail kit if you will. I thought it was such a shame that my fancy glassware would have to be hidden away in a cupboard and vowed to think of an alternative way of creating my own little entertaining space, far away from the reach of a wilful toddler.

It became apparent exactly what I should do when I discovered the amazing industrial shelving unit by Cox and Cox. Why of course. I could literally style a little corner of my kitchen purely for my own self-indulgence and evening tipple pleasure.


Now if you are not a lover of gin then a wine shelf would be equally as enjoyable – these Kate Spade glasses are essentially the same as my tumblers (which I can’t seem to find online anymore – apologies, but I also have these H&M versions which are a bargain at £8.99). And if you are a lover of luxe (and also, because why the bloody hell not?) then how about a space on your wall purely dedicated to champagne?!

I also think a tea and/or coffee shelf would be lovely, just think of all the teapots and pretty china you could absolutely justify purchasing (ahem…like these Carrara cups by Oliver Bonas for example). On the subject of Oliver Bonas, it’s their mixed metallic teaspoons I have on my own gin shelf.

I’m a late adopter of the “Peg Board” but now I have the perfect place for one – mine was £11.99 from ASOS and comes with hundreds of letters and numbers.

Do let me know if you feel inspired to swap your bar cart for a cocktail shelfie, and what you might display on yours.

Purveyor of short shorts. Make-up junkie. Hopes to grow old disgracefully.
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23 thoughts on “The Gin Shelf

  1. LOVE this! We have a gin shelf (or 2) but it’s a temporary thing while we sort out our dining room. I am hoping to have a barcart but something like this is a serious contender!

  2. I have a gin bar cart at the moment but my little one is on the verge of crawling so it’s going to be relegated for a while.
    This might just be the solution to keep the out of reach of tiny hands but handy for mine!🍸

    1. Absolutely Sarah, although I must say as it’s “there” and so reachable I do struggle with not having gin with my lunch 😉

  3. Love it! Love gin and wine and fizz but ours is def going to be a tea/coffee shelf. We have very little cupboard space and I hate stuff out on the top so…one day that’s what it will be for lol!! Er about that make up post though…😜 x

  4. I loved this when I saw it on Instagram and still love it! We’ve just sold our bar cart due to a small person but a shelf means we can still have our gin and drink it!

  5. Haha! Bulldozer is a brilliant name for a toddler. I love this idea too – I’m not a gin drinker, but I like where you are going with the champagne idea. Or vodka, could do with a raspberry caiproska right now. Yum!

  6. Ooh yes! I am crazy about ‘Fizz Friday’ and really I want a personalised neon sign for my kitchen in the house I move into in July, but a peg board is a much cheaper alternative! I see Lakeland have just started doing a very similar one for only £9.99

    I have a lot of lovely gin, although I’m drinking it up before moving and also in a bid to save a little money for the house move! Have you seen the Isle of Harris gin? The bottle is the prettiest I have ever seen.

    1. Ooh just looked that up, really pretty bottle.

      Another gin for, you know, “healthy” drinking, is Arbuckle’s honeyberry gin. Apparently it is a superberry so technically that means it is really good for you, right?! The bottle isn’t nearly as pretty though 🙂

      1. Annie, this sounds like one of my five a day. As are the limes on my shelf that go in the gin 😉

  7. OMG obsessed with this and am going to have to recreate it immediately in my kitchen, I wish I was as creative as the Rock My Gals! Such an ace idea.

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