Raise your hand if you've already sacrificed the idea of a strict summer diet in the name of a shaken spicy margarita or frosé this season. Summer is the quintessential carefree season when barefoot beach walks meet backyard dinner parties. And even though we love sipping on fresh summer cocktails on a rooftop somewhere, there is also something to be said about entertaining at home—as long as it's easy.
So how do you ensure that you're always ready for an impromptu cocktail hour or kitchen dance party? It all starts with a well-stocked bar cart. If you have one update to make to your home this summer, this should be it—and it's a quick and easy one. To get you started, we rounded up our favorite bar decorating ideas for every style. Whether you're a diehard traditionalist or a streamlined minimalist, we have the bar cart for you. Get your home ready for summer entertaining this weekend—you'll be shaking Palomas in no time.
For the Minimalist
For a perfectly minimalistic look, do as Niki Brantmark of My Scandinavian Home does and pair a simple modern brass bar cart with a black-and-white frame and brass mobile. Finish off the look with a stylish Bluetooth speaker—because you can't have a party without music.
For the Modernist
In this modern Aspen home, interior designer Hillary Thomas paired a streamlined Crate and Barrel brass bar cart with striking abstract art. She stocked the bar with a variety of cocktail essentials, a silver ice bucket, and an assortment of crystal decanters.
For the Fashion-Forward
In our co-founder Hillary Kerr's Los Angeles office, a mirrored black Serena & Lily bar cart is paired with a leather strap mirror, a brass pineapple, and an orchid. Who says you can't mix business with pleasure?
For the Traditionalist
When Alysa Cameron relocated from New York City to a quieter life in Schoolcraft, Michigan, she wanted her décor to reflect her 1867 Italianate-style home. In the living room, she painted the walls a stately green and paired a vintage bar trolley with a nude drawing and sculptural palms. It's the perfect spot to shake up a Manhattan.
For the Free Spirit
Wardrobe stylist Sarah Copper scored quite a find with this Milo Baughman bar cart. Pairing it with a Damien Hirst painting, she uses the space to display anything from cocktail essentials to a collection of her favorite books.
Next up: Move over, rosé—the spritz is the cocktail of summer 2017.