By Aaron Bengochea

Published on April 9, 2015

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Bar carts are a regular feature on the design scene, and for good reason: in a small footprint, they perfectly combine functionality with the art of display. But in this home, keeping fragile glassware at toddler eye level and dog tail-height is an invitation for disaster. Enter the bar cabinet, aka the Hooch Hutch.

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This vintage piece, found at a local thrift store, fits the space well and is a nice, curvy counterpart to the mid-century modern lines of the other furnishings. The Hooch Hutch provides the perks of a bar cart–artful display, easy accessibility–but without the peril of low open-shelving.

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As a simple and inexpensive way to dress it up a little, and to help it relate to the deep blue walls in the adjoining dining room, we lined the back with sheets of gift wrap by rifle paper co   We just used double-sided sticky tape, so the paper can easily be changed when the mood strikes us.

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If you, too, find bar carts a bit perilous for your home, consider a cabinet – whether your style is Mad Men or Downton Abbey, options both new and vintage abound.