Parisian Café Chairs in Black: Chic Outdoor Refresh

You already know I am mostly a queen of restraint when it comes to decor, indoors or out. But look at nature! Thank goodness she doesn’t hold back. When I do shop for new furniture and decor, I’m into quality and timelessness. So when our pea-graveled French inspired courtyard whispered it needed these European-crafted Parisian Café Chairs in Black, I was all ears.

Parisian Café Chair stripe Turkish throw tucked in a corner of my garden to invite relaxation and reading (cookbooks are my idea of relaxation!). #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #bistrochair #turkishthrow #seagrassbasket #turkishtowel #outdooroasis #romanticgarden #outdoordecor #bistrochairs

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I’ll show you how three simple pieces delivered a simple Chic Outdoor Refresh, and you certainly don’t need a courtyard or garden! Even small patios and balconies can get le jiggy widdit.

Parisian Café Chairs in Black: Chic Outdoor Refresh

If you think shopping AllModern for outdoor pieces is too modern for your traditional taste, you may be pleasantly surprised. Modern French, Scandinavian, and Midcentury Modern options often play very nice indeed with vintage and even Old World style.

Hello Lovely Parisian Café Chair - perfect for gardens, patio, and small outdoor spaces or balconies. Parisian romance and folding bistro chairs tuck away for storage. #hellolovelystudio #frenchmodern #frenchcountry #Frenchbistro #outdoordecor #patioset #smallpatios #parisianchairs #bistrochair

1. Metal Bistro Chairs in the Garden

For example, their Candido Folding Patio Dining Chair Set (Jet Black) is designed and hand-forged by Old World artisans in Europe.

Hello Lovely Parisian Café Chairs - perfect for gardens, patio, and small outdoor spaces or balconies. Parisian romance and folding bistro chairs tuck away for storage. #hellolovelystudio #frenchmodern #frenchcountry #Frenchbistro #outdoordecor #patioset #smallpatios #parisianchairs
Parisian Café Chairs in Black: Chic Outdoor Refresh

We’re talking heavy metal pieces designed for hotels, restaurants, and fine establishments.

Parisian Café Chairs in black in a French country courtyard with pea gravel. #hellolovelystudio #cafechairs #outdoorfuniture #outdoordining #bistroset #blackchairs #patiofurniture #patiofurniture #parisianchairs

Their steel frames and tops are treated for rust-resistance before a scratch resistant exterior furniture powder coating is applied.

French country seagrass baskets with Frenchie black stripes are perfect for stowing summer essentials inside and out. #seagrassbaskets #frenchbaskets #homedecor #baskets #cafechairs #frenchcountrydecor #modernfrench #hellolovelystudio

Full disclosure: the only other bistro or cafe chairs I owned came from a discount store, and ooh la la, these are in a league of their own. Their price reflects the European craftsmanship ensuring they will be comfortable, stand up to the weather, and endure the test of time.

I have sort of a ‘chair collection neurosis’ which appears not to be healing with time. So I could spend hours on AllModern considering French bistro chair possibilities!

Parisian Café Chairs and baskets to stow summer essentials inside and out. #cafechairs #bistrochairs #frenchcountry #outdoorfurniture #seagrassbaskets #frenchbaskets #homedecor #modernfrench #hellolovelystudio

2. French Stripe Seagrass Baskets

To keep the modern French vibe going in our courtyard, I was thinking more black accents.

I shopped for baskets and fell for this 2-piece wicker/rattan basket set.

French country seagrass baskets with Frenchie black stripes are perfect for stowing summer essentials inside and out. #seagrassbaskets #frenchbaskets #homedecor #baskets #frenchcountrydecor #modernfrench #hellolovelystudio

I hoped they would look as good in person as they did online, and SHAZAM.

Seagrass Rrench baskets with stripes, Turkish towel runner, and outdoor oasis dining with French country romance and a table set for brunch. #hellolovelystudio #frenchbistro  #frenchbaskets #frenchcountrydecor #modernfrench #bistrochairs #outdoordining #seagrassbasket #turkishtowel

Oui…they are even better so I’m a happy French farmgirl.

Parisian Café Chairs in our French country courtyard with boxwood and pea gravel. #hellolovelystudio #cafechairs #frenchcountry #bistrochairs #outdoorfuniture #frenchcountrydecor #modernfrench #hellolovelystudio
Parisian Café Chairs in Black: Chic Outdoor Refresh

For me, seagrass recalls summertime, beachy relaxation, and simple pleasures. Plus…they are so dang practical!

White ironstone pitcher with white roses and spring blooms atop books on a bistro table. #hellolovelystudio #ironstonepitcher #frenchcountry #florals #romanticdecor

You can find woven baskets in the trunk of my SUV, bedside holding books, in the laundry room, storing towels in a bath…pretty much like every place I roam.

The third sweet black-themed find to show you…

White ironstone pitcher with white roses and spring blooms atop books on a bistro table. #hellolovelystudio #ironstonepitcher #frenchcountry #florals #romanticdecor

3. Turkish Stripe Throw

One of the things I appreciate about Turkish towels for the bath, beach, and table is how versatile they are for outdoor decor.

Lush green garden and black Parisian Café Chairs in my romantic courtyard. #hellolovelystudio #outdoorfurniture #patiofurniture #bistrochairs #cafechairs #outdoordining

How can my Rische Turkish Cotton Beach Towel be used?

French country courtyard with boxwood, gravel, blackParisian Café Chairs, baskets, and a French mirror. #hellolovelystudio #cafechairs #frenchcountry #bistrochairs #outdoorfurniture #patiofurniture #frenchbaskets #outdoordecor #outdoordining

As a beach towel, picnic blanket, shawl, sarong, throw, tablecloth, or table runner.

Um. What can it NOT morph into?

Parisian Café Chair and stripe Turkish throw tucked in a corner of my garden to invite relaxation and reading (cookbooks are my idea of relaxation!). #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #bistrochairs #turkishthrow #cafechairs #turkishtowel #outdoordining #patiochairs #frenchgarden #outdoorfurniture #bistrochairs

In fact, even if you are attached to thick luxurious terry cloth towels in the bath, you might like this stripey number draped over the tub or providing decor on a towel bar.

A word about the color of this towel.

Fancy Parisian style picnic essentials in a black stripe French seagrass basket with Turkish throw. #hellolovelystudio #parisianstyle #frenchcountry #champagne #turkishthrow #frenchpicnic #milieumoment

I ordered the black, but ‘dark grey’ or ‘faded black’ would be a more accurate description. It is not jet black like the cafe chairs. (With the sunlight in the photo below, it appears blue, which is not the case in person.)

French country courtyard with boxwood, gravel, black bistro set, baskets, and a French mirror. #hellolovelystudio #cafechairs #frenchcountry #bistrochairs #outdoordining #frenchbaskets #patiofurniture #outdooroasis

I am sooooooo thrilled with how these pieces have perked up a little spot where I typically place a bench. They aren’t simply lovely to look at; they truly invite comfort.

Black bistro chair and outdoor oasis dining with French country romance and a table set for brunch. #hellolovelystudio #cafechairs #frenchbistro #modernfrench #bistrochairs #outdoordining #patiofurniture #outdoorfurniture

And I’ll take a little more of that as summer approaches.

I have eaten breakfast and lunch out here and even worked on the laptop several times.

Hello Lovely French country bistro with black dining set, seagrass baskets with stripes, and Turkish stripe throw in a courtyard with gravel. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #outdoordecor #bistroset #outdoordining #outdooroasis #seagrassbaskets #turkishtowel

BTW, the round black table is vintage Ikea shopped from my basement. So keep in mind you can always pair bistro chairs with any number of side tables for a more custom look.

French country courtyard with boxwood, gravel, black bistro set, baskets, and a French mirror. #hellolovelystudio #cafechairs #frenchcountry #bistrochairs #outdoordining #frenchbaskets #patiofurniture #outdooroasis

Create an Outdoor Oasis With Less Stress

Frequently, we just need to get started and not overthink our designs outside.

French country style courtyard with pea gravel and black metal modern French bistro dining area and boxwood. #hellolovelystudio #cafechairs #outdoordining #patiofurniture #modernfrench #courtyard #outdoorfurniture

Did you see this post to inspire your outdoor oasis shemes?

French country blissful vignette with macarons, spring flowers, Milieu magazine, and linen on a tabletop. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #milieumoment #vignette #macarons

When you start with function (serene sanctuary spot for dining/reading?), then spring for a few fresh purchases and gather favorites from around the house, you’ll be on your way to oasis.

French country style courtyard with pea gravel and stone wall with a black metal modern French bistro dining and boxwood. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #modernfrench #cafechairs #outdoordining #outdoorfurniture #patiofurniture

I placed pretty French things in my baskets to score eye candy for you, and I foresee styling them in all sorts of fresh ways through the seasons.

French seagrass baskets in the garden with copies of Milieu magazine and picnic essentials (champagne, macarons, and a Turkish beach blanket). #hellolovelystudio #milieumoment #seagrassbaskets #frenchbaskets #frenchpicnic #turkishtowel

For someone who seems to live and breathe white decor, what do you think of my ebony night sky finds?

Score more black and white inspiration HERE.

Inspirational faith quote from John Ortberg on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #faith #spirituality #christianity

Merci, AllModern!

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  1. Amy
    May 29, 2020 / 10:19 am

    Love your new little oasis!! You tickle me with your humor…”Um. What can it NOT morph into?” 😂Your posts always brighten my day no matter the content! ❤️Happy Friday…woohoo!!

    • Michele
      May 29, 2020 / 3:35 pm

      You’re so good to me – thank you, Amy. How are things in your beautiful home these days? Is there a sense of normalcy yet?

      • Amy
        May 30, 2020 / 6:19 pm

        You are sweet to ask! My husband just installed our last custom bamboo shade! Yay! We used and could not be more pleased! They are sooo nice and we got a discount using code from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. Now the squirrels can’t peep in anymore the hubs says…ha! We have neighbors, but woods between us so it’s private either way, but feels good to have shades up. Had to get all new memory foam mattresses (Casper & Novaform) and bed frames since all our old beds except for our master were twin and bunk. Got one up today; will finish others tmrw. Rugs are on their way. I went with for bedrooms. Had to get LR rug from McGee & Co since ruggable’s largest is 8×10. It was their cheapest rug on sale but I really liked it…a light grey with darker grey ticking stripes. I’m excited to get the rugs this week and hoping they work without seeing them in person! All the reviews on Ruggable were very encouraging so I’m feeling pretty good about it. We shall see! So yes, feeling more & more settled. Mostly, thankful we were able to move in before shutdown since all our boys had to come home from school/college. Has been nice to have more room as we were in a trailer while building. If you make it down South again, near Huntsville, AL, would love to have you for a cup of coffee on our back covered porch…it’s my fav spot of all! 😊

        • Michele
          May 30, 2020 / 8:08 pm

          That coffee time sounds so good, Amy. I would love it. We haven’t decided where we will settle for retirement and it’s fun exploring new to us places we could potentially call home. Thank you for sharing those resources – I will tuck them away. Never heard of Ruggable – that’s a darling name for a site! I am definitely pondering how much square footage we’ll need in our next move. I thought we would truly be emptynesters in this fixer upper, but NOPE. Our attorney son moved in last week while he house hunts (he put a bid on a home, and our fingers are crossed). The other son is in Colorado, but who knows? Have a wonderful weekend, friend.

  2. Amy
    June 1, 2020 / 8:00 am

    Will be fun to see where y’all end up! Whenever and wherever, I knownit will be lovely!

    • Michele
      June 1, 2020 / 10:28 am

      We would love to follow your lead and build without being a hurry – always keeping eyes peeled for an airstream to make over for temporary digs! 🙂

  3. Amy
    June 1, 2020 / 11:15 pm


  4. June 7, 2020 / 8:18 am

    Staying indoors is a smart move, especially since you have not been feeling up to pair lately. It is best to take care of yourself. Your bistro chairs are beautiful and can go anywhere. You have made a beautiful and cozy outdoor space.
    Hope you feel better.

    • Michele
      June 8, 2020 / 10:26 am

      Thank you, Bev. Chronic illness is a rollercoaster and turning to nature always helps. Hugs right back to you, lovely.

  5. June 9, 2020 / 12:49 pm

    This is so absolutely stunning! I love this bistro set and how you styled it in your pretty space!!! Thanks for sharing for Charming Homes and Gardens!

    • Michele
      June 9, 2020 / 4:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Kristin – I love finding inspiration at Charming Homes & Gardens!

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