Interior Decorating by Elaine Burns

It’s 5 O’Clock in Brooklyn

Spring cleaning time has arrived to my little apartment, and a major focus this year was purging the kitchen: unused tools, expired pantry items, and the items of my bar cart.
Throughout the fall/winter, my cart has started to accumulate lots of new liquors, mixers, and cocktail supplies, so I aimed to create a less cluttered, fresh feeling display (and stored some of the less pretty items).
In sticking with the springtime-refresh theme, I aimed to feature plenty of natural elements.

I wanted to feature some of my favorite shapes and colors on the top shelf of the cart, so went for smaller, more unique bottles. The cart needed height, so I used pink tulips in a favorite vase and some books with pastel spines. A floral vintage card tray complemented the fresh flowers and held my favorite flea market glasses. The embroidered tea towels (a fun weekend project) and the bear paw bookend made the display feel a little more whimsical.

The final touch - the vintage clock - is actually non-functioning, so is forever stuck on 5 o’clock. Just a little reminder that there is always something worth celebrating.

Photography by Erin Fikentscher