A design cliche is something that's one step beyond a trend and fast on its way to becoming predictable. Or maybe just a trend that I think is stupid. The I Married Adventure book = cool vintage read with grapic cover but then it started appearing on every tablescape in magazines and inflated the price to hundreds of dollars on ebay = cliche. Cliches aren't inherently bad but they are something to be wary of - like using plaid in a room. For instance tulip table = round marble cloud sent from heaven but appears in kabillions of rooms of snobby intellectuals with money to burn = cliche that's still awesome. Nothing will ever make tulip table lame. Unfortunately being able to identity said cliches will not make me immune to their powers. I guarantee to make multiple design cliches when decorating my house because I have zero creativity and my motto is "those who can't do, blog". One day if I post pictures of the renovations we can play a game to see who can pick out the most cliches and they'll win
Today's cliche is the bar cart. See Exhibit A below:
I'm pretty sure there's no room to actually make a drink on that thing. This one is for looks only. And if you squat to get a glass there will be a book embedded in your anus. Are you having a party for hoarders?
from Style Redux
Still can't make a drink on that thing. And I don't think it's a good idea to have a bunch of drunks fumbling around a rickety folding tray that holds nothing but crystal and glass on it. Nothing ruins a party faster than a trip to the emergency room.
from Style Redux
This isn't a decorating problem it's a drinking problem. Seriously get some help. (Future design cliche alert! I've got my eye on you giant rope knot!!)
Eddie Ross from the NY TimesTee Hee I'm pouring drinks barefoot and in a vest! Eddie your toe jam is dangerously close to a glass that my lips might be touching soon and it's grossing me out. I don't care how delicious those strawberries look! And where the hell do you store that cart if you only use it for parties?
from LonnyAt the very least confine everything to a tray that you can easily move, clean and store.
Never fear because I have a solution to all this bar cart madness - it's called a liquor cabinet. It has doors and lots of useful storage and a working area to make drinks. The novelty!
I know that technically you have to windex all that shit too but if things are looking bad at least you can shut the doors. That's how I clean - pretend it isn't there. If vintage isn't your style how about this sexy beast?
Amy Lou Designs from Houzz
I was referring to the thing on the wall with doors that kinda looks like a butt on the bottom - NOT the bar cart in front. Why that's just silly having two designated boozing areas in your house unless your house is super big and you need to wheel the booze around to your
Oh wait... yes, yes they are in fact design cliches now.
*Apparently the NYT wrote an article about bar carts unbeknownst to me and they say pretty much the exact same thing. I didn't know anything about it when I started writing this so I think that makes me pretty fucking awesome since the NYT are the obviously THE purveyors of hipness. Nothing says cutting-edge trend like being chronicled in a newspaper.