HOW TO (RE)STYLE A BAR CART—TO STORE YOUR GUEST ROOM AMENITIES!

Summer brings warm days, cool drinks, and – sometimes! – vacationing visitors. With our Lora bar cart ideas for your guest room, you can be the host with the most.

They’ve traveled many weary miles, or maybe just across town. They’re staying for a week, or a weekend, or a night. You’ve opened your doors to them, and you want your overnight guests to feel like the VIPs they undoubtedly are.

Help is on the way—in the form of our Lora rattan bar.

Now, we’re not suggesting that you tie one on, although that’s one way to relax with your guests! Instead, we’re going to give you ideas for how to style a bar cart in a whole new way. Making guests in your home (or even in your Airbnb rental!) feel at home comes down to providing a few simple conveniences. Lora, as the perfect combination of organization and presentation, has you covered.

1. Luxurious Linens

In addition to providing clean sheets and pillowcases for the guest room, stock Lora with some bedding basics, like an extra blanket, pillows, or a cozy throw, so guests can make themselves as comfy as they’d like. Retailers often carry inexpensive unisex waffle-weave robes – another item your guests might appreciate. These items fold easily and tuck into Lora’s shelves.

Bonus: For cold nights, we love Naked Cashmere’s Helen hot water bottle. It’s a hot water bottle tucked into a cashmere sleeve—a gorgeous way for your guests to stay warm.

2. Spa Serenity

Provide guests with soaps, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other essentials. Place them in one of our Apollo apothecary jars and put the jar on one of Lora’s shelves. If there’s a tub and your guests are the soaking kind, bundle up some bath bombs or bubble bath to help them relax. Also, don’t skimp on the fluffy towels and washcloths! Lora has plenty of room for storage.

3. Everyday Electronics

Nothing is more frustrating than forgetting a hair dryer or a phone charger when you go on vacation. In addition to providing a spare hair dryer, keep an assortment of extra chargers, cords, and adapters for your guests—or even a charging pad if you’re feeling fancy! Roll the cords and secure them with hook and loop tape to keep them from getting tangled. Then, corral them in an Apollo jar, and place the jar on one of Lora’s shelves.

While you’re thinking of it, make sure there’s a visible, accessible electrical outlet or power strip, so guests don’t have to move your furniture to charge their phones or tablets. 

4. Marvelous Miscellany

As you’re coming up with ideas for your guest room cart, take a tip from Airbnb superhosts everywhere: It’s the little things that mean a lot.

  • Stock Lora with a stack of fun paperbacks or decorating lookbooks (stack heavy items on the bottom shelf to prevent tipping!);
  • light reading, like local magazines or The New Yorker, which has great fiction;
  • activities like Sudoku or crossword puzzles, a deck of cards, or a few board games; and
  • nonperishable sips and nibbles, like cookies, crackers, fruit, or nuts, plus a carafe of water.

As a finishing touch, top off your Lora guest cart with a vase of fresh flowers. And why not add a bottle of wine, a corkscrew, and some wine glasses? We’re talking about how to style your bar cart, after all!

With Lora in your corner, that little B&B down the road will have nothing on you! Whether you’re entertaining family and friends or making Airbnb guests at home, everyone will feel pampered and welcome – and you’ll earn that rep as the Best. Host. Ever.

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