Love is All Around

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Every Christmas I have a tradition of watching Love Actually while I wrap presents. I’m a cheese ball and have a thing for Colin Firth. And Hugh Grant dancing by himself at 10 Downing Street. And Emma Thompson is a class act who makes motherhood look incredibly brilliant. But this year I received an early reminder of how much love really is out there when we choose to receive it. It was snowing, I was already late for a meeting, and had a flat tire. Quite a banner day all around. When I stopped to fill it up with air, I left my wallet on the hood of the car then drove off without it. Later, when I realized it was missing, I raced back to the gas station to see if it had turned up. No dice. I’m not sure which was more irritating: that someone in my neighborhood would steal a wallet, the inconvenience of having to replace all of my cards, or losing my favorite Coach wallet. Before I could explore that self-pity spiral, I received emails to two different accounts AND a Facebook message from a woman whose husband and son had found it in the middle of the street and brought it home for her to sort out. Miss Christina wasted no time googling me until she found my contact info (my drivers license was in a coat pocked from the night before). I could’ve cried. I definitely squealed and hugged the heck out of her when I went to collect my things—and returned the favor with a bagful of beauty treats. I believe that people are innately good. But this family was so concerned about me, my safety and getting my wallet back to me, that they went above and beyond. I hope I would do the same, but it was a gentle reminder during the busiest time of the year to slow down and show love to whomever might need a helping hand, a smile, or just to be heard when it feels like no one is paying attention.

 

 

 

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Oh, Make Me Over: Styling a Bar Cart for the Holidays + DIY Bar Cart Makeover

Styling a mid-century bar cart for the holidays

I found this mid-century bar cart recently and just completely feel in love with it. I’ll be honest, the love vibes didn’t hit me at first, but then I gave it another look and realized for the price I could make it work.

So, I partnered with my friends at Seven Daughters to share a little bar cart makeover AND some bar cart styling ideas / tips for the holiday season.

Styling a bar cart for the holidays + DIY mid-century bar cart makeover

DIY mid-century bar cart makeover

So, let’s start at the beginning! The cart had some issues and clocked in somewhere below average, but you can kind of see the potential. Right?

What I loved about it… The fact that it’s vintage, the circle shapes on each side, and the way the wood handle looked with the white metal.

What I didn’t love about it… The glass shelves and metal grates underneath made it look like something that belonged outside, not indoors.

The solution… The main issue I had with the bar cart was fixed with one simple solution. Adhesive wallpaper. Yep, I’m using it again because I freakin’ love this stuff! And it works like magic.

After we cleaned the glass and removed it from the metal grate shelves, we covered the glass in this banana print adhesive wallpaper, trimmed the edges, and popped both glass shelves back into place. So easy! It really transformed the cart, in my eyes anyway. And calls more attention to the things I loved most about this bar on wheels in the first place.

A mid-century bar cart makeover

A mid-century bar cart makeover

Once the makeover portion was completed (it seriously took all of 15 minutes), I started working on getting this guy gussied up for the holidays. To be honest, I’ve never really had a bar cart until now. So, it took a little trial and error to figure out exactly how to style it up. Overall, I came up with two options: one with artwork and one with a holiday wreath. I’m not sure which of the two I like better. So maybe you can decide for me? Let me know which one you like!

Aside from the wall art differences, there were some bar cart staples that I just couldn’t be without: alcohol (mainly wine, like Seven Daughters Moscato and Pinot Noir), glassware, an ice bucket, napkins, coasters, etc.

A mid-century bar cart makeover + styling a bar cart for the holidays. Including this DIY holiday bouquet idea.

Styling a bar cart for the holidays with Seven Daughters

And of course, a couple of DIY projects too. Which in this case entailed a DIY holiday bouquet (similar to the one I made here) and a WINE TIME decanter. The process for making the bouquet was the same as it was for this holiday centerpiece tutorial. So, you can check out the step by step process there.

As for the decanter, this project couldn’t have been any easier. All it took was some gold foil letters from the craft store and a few minutes to line everything up properly. This process could easily be used as a name marker on glassware at holiday parties too. Just remove the sticker after the party is over and wash as you normally would.

And that’s pretty much it. How do you style your bar cart at home for the holidays?

A mid-century bar cart makeover + styling a bar cart for the holidays

DIY // Gold Foil Wine Time Decanter

A mid-century bar cart makeover + styling a bar cart for the holidays

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

What do you think of the bar cart makeover? What essentials do you keep on your bar cart at home?

This post is in partnership with Seven Daughters. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

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