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India Hicks Shares Tips for Styling a Bar Cart

APRIL 19, 2016

It truly is the little things. When creating a design focal point that also serves to be functional, it’s the attention to the finer details that raises the bar (yes, we love a good pun!). And really, who doesn’t appreciate a well-appointed cocktail station?


Speaking of cocktails, Decorist Celebrity Designer and Island lifestyle guru India Hicks was the guest of honor at a cocktail party hosted by our very own Gretchen Hansen. Held at Gretchen’s home in San Francisco, the party gave a lucky group of friends, designers and design enthusiasts the opportunity to meet India, hear about her interesting life and learn about her newly launched India Hicks London-Harbour Island, a lifestyle brand that is sold through a community of entrepreneurial women.


You'll see that India is a creative force — she has a true gift for making design effortless and fun. Her namesake lifestyle collection is a good place to start if you fancy her design aesthetic (as we do). Also, her gorgeous new book, India Hicks: Island Style, is a most have for any coffee table.


We asked India to share some design tips for styling a bar cart. You can check out a livestream video in our Entertaining in Style Facebook series here.

Gretchen Hansen and India Hicks

Here, India shares with us a few simple design tricks for equipping a bar cart that looks as gorgeous as it performs.


1. Mixing (more than just the drinks)

Mixing the old with the new is absolutely allowed. You can incorporate family heirlooms or one-of-a-kind finds such as vintage glassware and crystal decanters with newer items like fun cocktail napkins and a sleek, modern corkscrew.

Eclectic Bar Cart Ideas

Another way to mix is to incorporate both masculine and feminine elements. For the masculine elements, spirits such as whisky and bourbon in their masculine bottles and old school highball glassware will have you covered. To balance the masculine with feminine touches, opt for champagne, candles and fresh cut flowers in a pretty vase.


2. Form and function can coexist

A bar cart can be one part console, one part cocktail tray. For everyday use, reserve the bottom shelf for decorative items like coffee table books and cocktail guides. Stack fancy dessert plates and group together beautiful liquor bottles (antiqued or filled and in use) and interesting, vintage glassware.


India Hicks Bar Cart

When cocktail hour or party time rolls around, you can showcase your favorite spirits and mixers, a pretty jigger and ice bucket, and napkins and stirrers. Don’t forget fresh roses (or your go-to blooms) or try a palm frond in a tall vase.


3. Give it a personal stamp

If done right, your personality should come through before anyone can see what’s on the cocktail menu. To achieve this, look beyond the usual bar essentials — mixers, glassware and tools — and incorporate elements that have nothing to do with drinks.

Photo Credit: brunchatsaks.blogspot.com

Styling Tips for Entertaining

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Some great pieces to add to the mix are things like candles, metallic art objects, books, decorative vases … even a gorgeous piece of coral or other found object from nature can add a great deal of interest and color. Something purely decorative that connects the cart to your unique personality and style will make all the difference.

India Hicks for Decorist

Love India’s design ideas? You’re in good company. Consider working directly with her on your next design project. Hurry, India's spots get filled quickly. 

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