The lovely Lolly and I both have similar plans for our snugs; a versatile, stylish space to work and play. You can catch up on Lolly’s inspiration post for her gorgeous room (with lots of handy comments on lighting too) in our archive.
Back at our house the snug alcove cupboard has been built and undercoated, the custom fire surround has been requested and the sofa has been ordered too. James has fashioned me a desk out of scaffolding boards and I’ve had one mega clearout of all my craft supplies. My parents are down this week and my Dad is very kindly wallpapering the inside of my old cabinet with palm tree paper. We’re making progress. Very, very slow progress.

I’ve added the before shot of the room into the header to give you a reminder of the space. I’ve measured where all the furniture will go and so far there’s a rather large gap underneath the adorable porthole window.
Anyway as you may have guessed from the title, the purpose of this post is to talk bar carts. Those gorgeous wheeled contraptions designed to be a companion to your cocktails. They had their hey-day in the seventies but made a very chic come-back a few years ago.
The gap is crying out for a pretty yet practical bit of furniture and my heart is saying, “Do it, do it, splash out on a trolley for your drinks and be done with it. You need an elegant Rowan and Wren cocktail station in your life.’ Then my practical head tells me to stop being so frivolous and invest in something that isn’t a flash-in-the-pan trend. There I was banging on earlier this week about my low budget and strict expenditure. How hypocritical.

On the trend front though, I remember pinning a drinks trolley to my Pinterest board about five years ago. In the grand scheme of interior trends, shouldn’t this one be over and done with now? Based on their maturity you’d think they’d have become a bit cheaper. Maybe it’s because they’re practically a modern classic these days or perhaps I haven’t been privvy to the world shortage of castors which makes adding wheels on to a bookcase a pricey affair.

William Morris would be proud. Looking at the gallery of bar trolley images above they are so darn beautiful and so useful too.
I’ve got a bar tray in my dining room so I’m used to the level of dusting such a display involves and I’ve got any amount of pretty glassware and a few bottles of gin. Heck I’m halfway there. As the budget for my house redecoration runs thin perhaps I should just grab another tray and style one up instead. I particularly like the set-up in the gallery below via Elle Decor, especially the cockatoo. Oh, but the wheels! I think I need wheels. And I’m not sure an Ikea hack cuts it.

Has bar cart fever peaked for you? (Did you ever really care?!) Any furniture finds you’d like to share with me to stop me parting with the best part of £400? The Oliver Bonas circular one below one is calling me…


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