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.
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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.
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.
We’re talking heavy metal pieces designed for hotels, restaurants, and fine establishments.
Their steel frames and tops are treated for rust-resistance before a scratch resistant exterior furniture powder coating is applied.
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!
2. French Stripe Seagrass Baskets
To keep the modern French vibe going in our courtyard, I was thinking more black accents.
I hoped they would look as good in person as they did online, and SHAZAM.
Oui…they are even better so I’m a happy French farmgirl.
For me, seagrass recalls summertime, beachy relaxation, and simple pleasures. Plus…they are so dang practical!
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…
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.
How can my Rische Turkish Cotton Beach Towel be used?
As a beach towel, picnic blanket, shawl, sarong, throw, tablecloth, or table runner.
Um. What can it NOT morph into?
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Create an Outdoor Oasis With Less Stress
Frequently, we just need to get started and not overthink our designs outside.
Did you see this post to inspire your outdoor oasis shemes?
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.
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.
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.
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