One Bar Cart Two Ways (And A Giveaway!)

Bar carts are incredibly versatile! Style it up as a traditional drink station or use it in your bedroom for accessories. See both on the Mix & Match blog! // bar cart uses, bar cart setup, ways to use a bar cart

**The giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered!**

A big thanks to Holly & Martin for providing the bar cart for this post and a SECOND one to give away to one lucky reader! Follow the instructions at the bottom of the post to enter.

I love when a piece of furniture or home decor can perform double duty, especially in a smaller home. Our row house in Philadelphia definitely falls into the "petite" category (it checks in right at a cozy 1200 square feet) so I'm always keeping an eye out for versatile pieces that will serve us well.

When Holly & Martin invited me to choose a piece of furniture from their collection, their Zephs Bar Cart in black immediately caught my eye because bar carts can be used in so many ways! Plus, after admiring them in so many others' homes and on Pinterest over the years, I'll admit that I couldn't turn down the opportunity to get my hands on one of my own.

To show you how versatile a bar cart* truly is, I decided to style it up in two completely different ways: in a traditional bar setup and as a spot to store and display wardrobe accessories. It was so fun to think creatively about how to pull off these two looks. I'd love for you to weigh in with which one you like best! Plus, find out how you can win one for your own home at the end of the post!

First up, the bar cart bar cart:

Bar carts are incredibly versatile! Style it up as a traditional drink station or use it in your bedroom for accessories. See both on the Mix & Match blog! // bar cart uses, bar cart setup, ways to use a bar cart
Bar carts are incredibly versatile! Style it up as a traditional drink station or use it in your bedroom for accessories. See both on the Mix & Match blog! // bar cart uses, bar cart setup, ways to use a bar cart
Bar carts are incredibly versatile! Style it up as a traditional drink station or use it in your bedroom for accessories. See both on the Mix & Match blog! // bar cart uses, bar cart setup, ways to use a bar cart
Bar carts are incredibly versatile! Style it up as a traditional drink station or use it in your bedroom for accessories. See both on the Mix & Match blog! // bar cart uses, bar cart setup, ways to use a bar cart

The Zephs Bar Cart is a great size - it has room for everything you could need in a drink station with room to spare, meaning there's even space to add a decorative piece or two! I also appreciate the fact that this particular bar cart is the same height as a typical countertop, which makes this piece really practical to use for prepping drinks. No awkward hunching over while you're swirling and pouring those cocktails. :)

I had fun moving this piece around to different spots in our dining room and kitchen and found that it fits in just about anywhere with its sleek black metal frame (it comes in white and gray too, by the way). It's like a rolling party cart! I particularly loved how it looked paired with my vintage Persian style rug in my kitchen. (Psst - you can see the whole kitchen right here if you're curious.)

Now let's head to setup number two!

Use your bar cart to store shoes, jewelry, and other wardrobe accessories:

Bar carts are incredibly versatile! Style it up as a traditional drink station or use it in your bedroom for accessories. See both on the Mix & Match blog! // bar cart uses, bar cart setup, ways to use a bar cart, creative uses for a bar cart
Bar carts are incredibly versatile! Style it up as a traditional drink station or use it in your bedroom for accessories. See both on the Mix & Match blog! // bar cart uses, bar cart setup, ways to use a bar cart, creative uses for a bar cart
Bar carts are incredibly versatile! Style it up as a traditional drink station or use it in your bedroom for accessories. See both on the Mix & Match blog! // bar cart uses, bar cart setup, ways to use a bar cart, creative uses for a bar cart
Bar carts are incredibly versatile! Style it up as a traditional drink station or use it in your bedroom for accessories. See both on the Mix & Match blog! // bar cart uses, bar cart setup, ways to use a bar cart, creative uses for a bar cart

Using furniture and decor in new or unusual ways is always a fun experiment, and using a bar cart to hold wardrobe accessories is certainly different. As it turns out, wine bottle racks are perfect for holding heels, and the glass racks work well for displaying jewelry like necklaces! If you had a mirror hanging above it, you could easily use this piece as a vanity too. Store your makeup on top and you've got the makings of an all-in-one place to get ready in the morning!

So tell me - what's your favorite out of these two ideas? Would you use a bar cart with a traditional bar setup, or get creative with storing your accessories?

Now before I get to the giveaway, I wanted to share a few general comments about Holly & Martin's functional, stylish, and affordable pieces - those three adjectives add up to a winning combination in my book! I can speak to the fact that they stand the test of time as well, since we've had one of their coffee tables in our living room for three years now. After three moves, it has held up beautifully and we always get compliments on it. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen it a number of times. :) Their pieces are easy to assemble and thoughtfully designed - definitely take some time to look through their collection!

Finally, I love that you can find Holly & Martin pieces in a lot of places you already shop online including Wayfair, Overstock, The Mine, and Hayneedle. Each place carries a different selection, so be sure to hunt around if you're on the lookout for a specific piece.

**The giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered!**

All right, now let's get to that giveaway I promised!

Holly & Martin has generously offered a second black Zephs Bar Cart that I have the pleasure of giving away to one of you! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling me how you would use a bar cart in your own home along with your email address. You can also enter the giveaway on Instagram - keep an eye out for a post that will go live at 9pm EST on 9/4/17!

Terms and conditions: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents ages 18 and older, and closes on 9/12/17 at 11:59pm EST. A winner will be chosen at random and has 10 days to claim his or her prize. If, after 10 days, the winner has not claimed the prize, another winner will be chosen at random. This giveaway is being run concurrently on Instagram, but is in no way sponsored, associated, endorsed or administered by Instagram.

 

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Fashion-Inspired Winter Decorating with JORD Wood Watches (& Giveaway!)

This post was written in collaboration with JORD Wood Watches. They provided a beautiful watch for review in this post, but as always, all opinions are my own! 

With a change in seasons comes an opportunity to change up some of the decor in our homes. I think we've all recovered from the onslaught of holiday decorating (right?), and now I'd say we're solidly in what I like to call the dead of winter. If you live in a place that has a cold climate this time of year like I do in Philadelphia, I'll bet you have the urge to layer up and bring on the cozy vibes. (Wood burning fireplace, anyone?) Bringing that feel into our homes can help stave off the some of the doldrums that these cold, long months can bring. 

I'm a big believer that inspiration for decorating can come from anywhere. Lately, I've been pulling some from fashion, so when JORD recently contacted me about reviewing one of their stunning wood watches, I thought it was a perfect excuse to talk about show it off and talk about fashion-inspired winter decorating!

They sent over the Frankie watch in Koa and Ash for my husband to try (I pretty much only wear my FitBit, so I thought he'd enjoy it more - isn't that nice of me? Ha!) and I absolutely love its simplicity, the warm tones of the wood, and how lightweight it is. Most link-style watches are so heavy since they're made of metal, but that's definitely not the case here. 

My husband's style is classic and timeless (he's a great dresser, if I do say so myself :) ), and this watch fits right in with that look. It has staying power, and it's definitely something he can wear for years to come. 

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So, how does this men's wood watch, along with other parts of winter fashion, inspire our decorating? Lots of ways, my friends! In the colder months, think about how we dress - we layer up. We add a sweater over our shirts, wrap a scarf around our necks, and pull on boots over our warm socks. Much of it is practical, of course, but I think we have this innate desire to warm things up and to feel cozy and comfortable. It's the same way in our homes. During this time of year, you probably add in cozy layers without even thinking about it by bringing in things like throw blankets to your living room and adding a down comforter to your bed. I'll bet you even have some fuzzy slippers...I do! (And I may be wearing them right now...)

But, being cozy doesn't always have to mean something that's actually fuzzy and soft - think about the warmth that other textures and finishes can bring to a room. Wood tones, warm metals like brass, different textures, and deeper colors like the navy of my husband's blazer in the photos above can all contribute to that feeling. 

I could totally design a room around the photo above - perhaps a man's home office? - it would be classic and timeless, but with a modern twist. The JORD watch packaging provided the perfect jumping-off point for mixing textures and colors together for these photos. It came in a sturdy wooden box (you can see it in the opening photo), and inside, the watch was wrapped around a little burlap pillow. It all fits right in with the mix of plaid, silver and brass accessories I wanted to include. 

I told you inspiration is everywhere. You just have to look. :)

So! Let's wrap this up with a quick summary of how you can use fashion to inspire your winter decorating:

  • Take a look at what folks are wearing this time of year as you go about your daily life (as we've learned today, even a unique watch can be a source of inspiration!) and note when certain patterns, textures, and colors catch your eye.
  • Mimic what you see by bringing in different pieces things like pillows, blankets, accessories. We're not talking about a full scale makeover here, just a few items here and there to create that layered, cozy vibe throughout your home! Think plaid blankets, woven baskets, and brass accessories you can stick on a bookshelf. Have fun!

And now let's get to the good stuff - the GIVEAWAY!

(**This giveaway is now closed.** Congratulations to our winner, Sarah! Please let me know if you didn't receive an email with your gift code!)

JORD has generously provided a $100 gift code that you can use toward anything on their site. Every person who enters using the button below will be eligible. (If you're on a feed reader or seeing this in your inbox, you may have to click over to the post on the website to enter) In the end, only one (1) person will win the code, but everyone will receive a consolation code worth $25 at the end of the contest! 

Fine print: the contest will close January 29th at 11:59pm. The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire April 30th, 2017.

 

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E-Design Package Giveaway!

 
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**This giveaway is now closed**

Do you live in the Philadelphia, PA or Washington, DC metro areas?

Want to win some free design services? 

If you answered "yes" to those two questions, you're in luck! I'm excited to announce that Mix & Match Design Company is giving away a free full room design package to one lucky person. So if you've been dreaming of transforming a space in your house - be it a bedroom, living room, nursery, etc. - and need help making that happen, now may be your chance! Interested? Read on to make sure you qualify and how to enter your space.

The winner will receive a full room design board package. Here's what's included:

  • A consultation about the space via phone, email and/or Skype/Facetime
  • A design board with a visual representation of the items needed for the space 
  • A source list with item prices and links to purchase

What might your design board look like? Scroll through a few examples below (click the left and right arrows to navigate):

In order to be considered, you must meet the below requirements and agree to the following:

  • Live in the Philadelphia, PA or Washington, DC metro areas
  • Be willing to have photos (before and after images) and information about your space featured on the Mix & Match Design Company website portfolio
  • Assume the cost of any furniture purchases and make those purchases by a mutually agreed upon deadline on or around August 1, 2016
  • Allow Chaney, founder and lead designer, to visit (in person!), style and photograph the finished space in your home

How to enter: 

The survey will close on April 15th, 2016 and a winner will be selected after that date. I can't wait to work with one of you!!

P.S. I would love it if you would help spread the word about the giveaway to your Philly and DC-area friends. The more the merrier!

 

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