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Photo: © 2014 by Janae Hardy

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Cut Down the "Where Do You Keep the…?" Guesswork

What You Wish You Could Do: Have a Matt Bomer lookalike serve drinks at your next cocktail party, charming everyone while keeping their glasses full.

You Settle for: Dumping the contents of your liquor cabinet on the kitchen counter so guests can serve themselves without conducting a scavenger hunt.

Next Time, Try: Keeping a bar cart in the living room. You can store all of your drinks and mixers right where the action is, and vintage, brass-colored carts are almost (almost!) as easy on the eyes as Bomer. If you have wood or laminate floors, roll the cart over a welcome mat so it won't move around—many of the older models don't have brakes, say Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, authors of A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home.

Photos courtesy of A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home, copyright © 2014 by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Janae Hardy. Published by Potter Style, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.