British Inspiration For A Summer Styled Bar Cart

Haworth, West Yorkshire, England (home of the Bronte sisters)

When it was time to style my bar cart for the summer season, I went British! Having lived in England, I adore a British summer, yes, rain and all. And when I think of a British summer, I think of all the small villages (like Haworth, pictured above) and garden parties where Union Jack bunting is often featured prominently. So distinctly British.

Bar cart: Crate and Barrel | Union Jack Bunting: Marks and Spencer

Last time I was in England, I stocked up on bunting at Marks and Spencer, and I'm glad I did. I love it wrapped around my cart!

I prefer fresh flowers in my decanter, rather than liquor, during the summer.

To add to the British theme, I used my Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Souvenir cup from 1953 to hold my cocktail straws. I picked this up at a charity shop in Haworth, England.

I live in one of those old, rambling New England homes, built on over centuries. The original part of the house is believed to have been built in the late-1700s, but the dining room, where my bar cart sits, was part of a 19th century addition to the home. I love my dining room, with its funky, warped floor boards and textured, plaster walls, and I enjoy adding to its personality with my finds, both old and new (see some of my antique finds for my dining room here). I recently added an old pub sign from England, which compliments my British styled bar cart well. I fell in love with this piece immediately when I found it at the Brimfield Antique Show.

My British styled bar cart has inspired many a warm, summer night's Pimm's Cup.

Cheers, and here's to a beautiful summer!


  1. Love your blog and am so glad I found it. Here's a question about Brimfield. My daughter and I went to it a couple of years ago - maybe in July. It was as hot as the hinges of Hades and with the except of 2 or 3 booths, we didn't see anything particularly exciting or special. A lot of it was just mass produced stuff from China which was surprising. We went the first two days of the show and not on the weekend. Was that our mistake? It looked like a lot of vendors were coming in on Friday and we wondered if that's when the people with the good stuff - unusual, antique and one of a kind - showed up. I'd like to try it again; we obviously missed something!

    1. I wish I knew more about Broomfield! May was the first time I had been. I used the map to go to the vendors most likely to be appealing to me. Are you going in July?

  2. No, not this year. I need to do a little more research to find out the best time to go, which days, etc. Happy 4th!

    1. Happy 4th to you, as well! I think I'm going back to Brimfield in September. I'll be on vacation during it this month. I plan on doing some research for it too. In May I went with Yankee Magazine as part of their #brimfieldfinds promotion. Here's a link to their insider's guide:http://www.yankeemagazine.com/article/features/an-insiders-guide-to-brimfield#_