3 Surprising Ways to Style Your Bar Cart, According to These Interior Experts

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell

Bar carts are having a huge moment and are adding a dash of Old Hollywood glamour to homes all around the world—and their moment is going far beyond displaying beverages. To prove it, some of our favourite interior experts are the proud owners of the sought-after Pottery Barn Brady Bar Cart and have used and styled them in their respective homes in completely different, but equally as beautiful ways. Think bedside tables, a display unit, and the home of an indoor garden. If you’re also fan of the vintage-inspired bar cart, scroll on and become an even bigger fan.

Jason Grant, Stylist, Author, and Creative Consultant

Tell us who you are…

I’m a stylist, author, and creative consultant with a love for spaces that are lived in, loved, and reflect the owner’s personality.

Describe your style in 10 words or less…

Relaxed, laidback, casual, and quintessentially Australian.

What makes you tick?

I don’t really switch off, so for me it’s all about finding a balance. Life is busy, but time spent being around nature, especially near the ocean, keeps me sane.

Who are your style influences?

I’m living my dream every day which is exciting as a creative person, but I especially find inspiration in nature and travel.

We love how you styled your bar cart—tell us what you did and why…

One of my favourite things is giving an item a different use or purpose. I styled the bar cart with a collection of my favourite things of the moment, so the bar cart became the perfect vehicle for a cluster of beautiful objects to be displayed. But my home is a space that’s constantly evolving, so next week it might take on a different role. I love pieces with dual purposes, then I can constantly reinvent the look and feel of my home. 

PHOTO:

Jacqui Turk

Meghan Plowman, Stylist and Photographer

Tell us who you are…

I am a stylist and photographer based in Perth, Western Australia. I have a love of the natural world, but also a great appreciation of manmade design and how the two can work together.

Describe your style in 10 words or less…

Earthy, raw, yet refined, and minimal at the same time.

What makes you tick?

I'm a very observant person and have come to realise that I take in the world through colour, shape, and composition. I'm motivated by the endless opportunities to see and share moments or create scenes with an essence of what I feel to be beautiful, clever, inspiring, surprising and emotional. It always has to have heart.

I relish working alongside other minds and what each unique vision, skill set and life journey can bring to a project. At the end of the day, I love to arrange visual frames and what that image can communicate.

What are your style influences?

I find inspiration in so many things—from florals to fashion and industrial design. I'm particularly fond of Japanese and Nordic cabin aesthetics across architecture, fashion, and interiors, but I'd have to say a common thread is the combination of the organic with refined. As a collective of creators some favourites of mine are Susanna Vento, Oji Masanori, Charles and Ray Eames, Tom Dixon, Ellsworth Kelly, Glen Proebstel, and Stella McCartney.

We love how you styled your bar cart—tell us what you did and why…

Greenery is an important element in our home. My husband is a horticulturist with a love of indoor plants and you'll often find us on the hunt for new and interesting varieties amongst other bits and pieces. I adore them for their mixed texture and the sense of life they bring to a space. I combined the beautiful Brady Bar Cart with its refined brass edging together with some interesting shapes and textures in the greenery and glass objects. Overall, there is a lot going on, but everything is tied together somehow and I love the theme of a collector at play as essentially this is what we are! From the earthenware pots with a handmade charm to the refined glass curios and oak branch, it reminds me of a weekend well-spent thrifting at a market and discovering. The bar cart itself and the glass items are the refined elements that give it a sense of polish and balance.

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Meghan Plowman

Dandy Moon, Stylist and Hand Letterer

Tell us who you are…

My name is Kristy Reive, I'm a freelance stylist and hand letterer.

Describe your style in 10 words or less…

Eclectic, monochromatic, and anything with a touch of glitter or shiny-ness—I can't resist metallic things!  

What makes you tick?

Being constantly around creative people that inspire me, good blogs, and good coffee.

Who are your style influences?

Pamela Makin from Les Interieurs, Iris Apfel, and Megan Morton.

We love how you styled your bar cart—tell us what you did and why…

Thank you! I chose all my favourite things which is a mix of high and low objects including books, plants and my really handy Pottery Barn storage boxes and arranged them on the Brady Bar Cart. I really love the elegant feel of the bar cart in my bedroom and think it's a great way to show things off. 

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Kristy Reive

Love these spaces? Get the look and shop the bar cart below.

Pottery Barn Brady Bar Cart ($634)

Do you use your bar cart in an unconventional way? If so, we’d love to know how!

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