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Michelle Edgemont Design for HGTV: How to Use a Bar Cart

I’m the last person on the planet to get on the bar cart train. Our apartment is too small and too full of a rambunctious three year old to actually have a bar cart full of liquor and breakable glassware. When HGTV asked me to style ten unconventional uses for a bar cart my eyes were opened to their versatility.

Bathroom storage? Totally! Somewhere to put all my plant babies? Yes please. Craft supplies? Give me that bar cart.

Here are my five favorite looks from the project. You can hop over to HGTV to see the rest.

The bar cart I used was from Target, and it sadly no longer available. But – I found more for you to check out.

Wood and Glass Bar Cart (feminine and pretty)

Antique Brass with Geometric Details (Modern and masculine)

Wooden (good for outdoors)

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HGTV x Benjamin Moore Color Project

HGTV came to me with an idea: to produce a lifestyle shoot that incorporated Benjamin Moore’s new 2017 trend colors in a way that shows readers how the paints could fit into a variety of places in their homes.

Do you always have flowers in your home? I know that I don’t. Which could be a side effect of “not taking your work home with you” or just as easily a smart decision with not that many surfaces in a small Brooklyn apartment that can hold flowers and Matchbox cars that are constantly whirling through the air courtesy of my almost-three year old boy. No flower is safe.

Although, if I DID want to decorate my home with flowers and if I DID repaint my walls with lush, saturated color from Benjamin Moore – then this is how the flowers would be styled. Monochromatic. It’s an easy, modern way to choose what blooms go in your home. This shoot I produced and designed is more on the conceptual side. I walked around the flower market meticulously matching the colors of nature to the color of a paint swatch. While you probably don’t carry a paint swatch of your walls in your purse, a good rule of thumb would be that red goes with red, pink goes with pink, blue with blue…so on and so forth.

So here you go my lovely people. Five of Benjamin Moore’s trend forecasted 2017 paint colors, five areas of your home, and five arrangements to liven up a space.

Tomato Tango + a dining room centerpiece

Dark Burgundy + an entryway

Pink Bliss + a bedside table

Midnight Navy + a front door wreath

Guacamole + outdoor planters

You can see more images and read more details over on HGTV.com. Photos by Julia Elizabeth Photography.

        

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Bat Mitzvah at Sunset Terrace

Besides weddings, designing Bat Mitzvahs has become my absolute favorite thing that I get to do. It’s no surprise that 13 year old girls have a similar aesthetic to a few things that I love: shine, color, being unique, and personalized everything. Elizabeth’s Bat Mitzvah at Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers was no exception. She wanted pink, purple, shiny gold polka dots, fringe, and disco balls. And these things we gave her.

I designed Elizabeth’s mom’s 40th birthday party a few years ago. It was an honor to be able to have a part in another one of their family celebrations. Their true New Yorker style came out in the venues they chose: Lincoln restaurant for the luncheon and Sunset Terrace for the party. From Lincoln Center down to Chelsea Piers, we brought bright contemporary pops of pink and purple.

The party at Sunset Terrace was full of custom, personalized details. They said YES PLEASE to my crazy ideas of a custom polka dot dance floor and a pink fringe installation across the entire ceiling. We got a little kitchy with a mix of Yiddish and teenager-slogan custom made wooden text around the room. The flowers were kept simple, yet gorgeous, with big pink peonies in white geometric vases. And of course, some disco balls scattered around the room, because no party is complete without a few disco balls.

The images from January Stewart perfectly reflect the super fun filled day that Elizabeth and her family had.

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