"Get Carted" Design Challenge Favorites

Hey guys, did you catch The Nate Berkus Show yesterday? We were there in the audience with a bunch of design bloggers. After the show, The Nest threw a party and put our guests to the test to break the ice (no pun intended!). With a table full of props, they got to work styling bar carts. Here are the top results.
  1. Our Design Challenge winners: Katie Ragona from The Design Apprentice, http://katieanner.blogspot.com/ Sara Kate Huff from Dwell and Design, http://dwellinganddesign.wordpress.com/ and Harold Barnes III, from Third Time Design http://thirdtimedesign.wordpress.com/

    Blogger tip
    Your party should begin with a well-designed drink. Then mix vintage and modern elements to make your bar a conversation piece.

    Credits
    Bar Cart No. One from the New Traditionalists, http://www.thenewtraditionalists.com, glassware from CB2 http://www.cb2.com and Crate & Barrel, http://crateandbarrel.com Two Tone Lacquer Serving Tray from Pearl River, http://www.pearlriver.com and the Other Bubbly Glass from Anthropologie http://www.anthropologie.com

  2. Nest editors Sam, Sarah, and Anni from Daily Decor on TheNest.com

    Nest tip
    Always have plenty of drink umbrellas! Cocktail decor should be fun, but we are also fans of using symmetry and neatness to make the bar area look put together. 

    Credits
    Bloom Etched Stemless Flute from CB2 (http://www.cb2.com) and Dizzy Cocktail Glasses from Crate & Barrel http://www.crateandbarrel.com

  3. Deb DePeter and Becky Tellefsen from Living Livelier http://livinglivelier.blogspot.com/

    Blogger Tip
    We like to use conventional things in unconventional ways. Try turning a group of glasses on their sides or upside down, or visit your local dollar store to add affordable color with wrapping paper.

    Credits
    Modern Tray Table from Ethan Allen, http://www.EthanAllen.com, Disco Mirror Balls from Pearl River, http://www.pearlriver.com and glassware from Crate & Barrel http://www.crateandbarrel.com

  4. Lindsay Butler from Everything LEB, http://everythingleb.blogspot.com/ Camila Pavone from High-Heeled Foot in the Door, http://high-heelfootinthedoor.blogspot.com/ and Carlee Dodson from Deliciously Organized http://deliciouslyorganized.blogspot.com/

    Blogger tip
    Our cart was all about celebrating with friends and lots of champagne. Use whatever you have to make a pretty display. We gave the ice bucket a mini face-lift with a piece of orange ribbon tied to the top and bottom. We draped a purple scarf for color and added a cocktail ring for fun.

    Credits
    Bar Cart No. One from the New Traditionalists, http://www.thenewtraditionalists.com Guang Sang Tea Tin with Jasmine Tea from Pearl River, http://www.pearlriver.com and Acrylic Format Tray from CB2 http://www.cb2.com

  5. Emily Clark of Emily A. Clark http://www.emilyaclark.blogspot.com

    Blogger tip
    Everything doesn’t have to be used for its original purpose when styling a bar cart -- or your home. I went with a cool, party vibe for my design with plenty of glassware and lots of sparkle.  This would be great at a New Year’s Eve party.

    Credits
    Modern Tray Table from Ethan Allen, http://www.ethanallen.com 4-piece Core Martini Gift Set, Walker Decanter, and Format Tray from CB2, http://www.cb2.com Owen Decanter and Martini Stir Rod from Crate & Barrel, http://www.crateandbarrel.com and Disco Mirror Balls from Pearl River http://www.pearlriver.com.

  6. Tamara Matthews-Stephenson of Nest by Tamara http://nestnestnest.blogspot.com/ and Chanee Vijay of {Me}longings http://melongings.blogspot.com/

    Blogger tip
    We like to use a balance of threes in groupings -- three wine glasses, three bottles of wine, etc. And great design is all about good editing, so we stopped before adding too much to our cart.

    Credits
    Bloom Etched Stemless Flutes and Arc Large Wine Glass from CB2 http://www.cb2.com and Guang Sang Tea Tin with Jasmine Tea, Disco Mirror Ball, Two Tone Lacquer Serving Tray, and White Sketchbook with Milk Bottle, Gymnastics, and Bike Designs from Pearl River http://www.pearlriver.com

  7. Michelle Verdugo from Design Evolution http://www.designevolutionblog.com/ and Jacqueline Dodd http://flavors.me/jdodd

    Blogger tip
    This Mad Men-inspired bar cart focuses on candlelight and martinis -- the recipe for any good party! The simple touch of ribbon keeps the look personalized without being fussy.

    Credits
    Modern Tray Table from Ethan Allen http://www.ethanallen.com, Decorum Dishtowel from Anthropologie, http://www.anthropologie.com 4-piece Core Martini Gift Set and Bar Tool Set from Crate & Barrel, http://www.crateandbarrel.com and Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker from CB2 http://www.cb2.com

  8. Tanya Martinez of Save the Date for Cupcakes http://savethedateforcupcakes.blogspot.com/ and Teresa Meyer of The Stamford Wife http://thestamfordwife.blogspot.com/

    Blogger tip
    Punch up a wood bar cart like this one with pops of bright red and a few modern elements. We used vintage inspired glassware and tea towels for an organic, flea market feel, but offset it with an acrylic tray to keep things sleek and contained.

    Credits
    Bar Cart No. One by the New Traditionalist, http://www.thenewtraditionalist.com Format Tray from CB2, http://www.cb2.com and Decorum Dishtowel, the Other Bubbly Glasses, and Pal of Athena Ring Box from Anthropologie  http://www.anthropologie.com