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. So much budding and greening happening even as I type these words. When I browse new furniture and decor, I’m mindful of quality and timelessness. So when our pea-graveled French inspired courtyard whispered it needed European-crafted Parisian Café Chairs in Black, I was all ears.
I’ll show you how three simple pieces added up to a simple Chic Outdoor Oasis, and they certainly don’t need to live in a courtyard or garden. Small patios and balconies can get LE JIGGY WIDDIT too!
Parisian Café Chairs in Black: Chic Outdoor Oasis
While my high quality, heavy, metal bistro chairs found at All Modern are no longer available from that vendor (have an open mind about AllModern for outdoor pieces even if you have traditional taste!), you can find them in an array of colors HERE and HERE.
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
These black Fermob Outdoor Bistro Side Chairs were designed and hand-forged by Old World artisans in Europe.
We’re talking heavy metal pieces designed for hotels, restaurants, and high end, discerning 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 tag reflects the European craftsmanship ensuring they will: sit comfortably, stand up to the weather, and endure the test of time.
I have a bit of a ‘chair disorder’ which appears not to be healing with time. Ha! So I could spend hours online considering French bistro chair possibilities!
2. French Stripe Seagrass Baskets
To keep the modern French vibe going in our courtyard, more black accents made sense.
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 balmy weather, beachy relaxation, and simple pleasures. Plus…they are JUST so dang practical!
You will find woven baskets in the trunk of my SUV, bedside holding books, working hard in the laundry room, stowing towels in a bath…every space needs ’em.
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 Stripey Turkish Cotton Beach Towel be used?
As a beach towel,
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 certainly not a jet black like the cafe chairs. (With the sunlight in the photo below, it appears blue, which is not the case in person.)
Yogurt Jars for Parfaits
My little yogurt jars were brought back with me from Paris, but you can find them HERE and everywhere these days…so many ways to use them:
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 rest, calm, stillness, and comfort.
And I’ll take a little more of that as spring unfolds and summer inches closer.
French Farmhouse Accents: Napkins
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. Not gonna lie…saving my pennies for the coordinating table RIGHT HERE:
Is that bistro table perfection, or what? But in the mean time, as you can see, it’s okay to pair bistro chairs with any number of side tables for a unique custom look.
How to Create an Outdoor Oasis Without Stress
Frequently, we simply need to get started and not overthink our designs for outside.
Did you see this post to inspire your outdoor oasis shemes?
When you start with function in mind (serene sanctuary spot for dining/reading?), then gather a few new purchases with favorites from around the house, you’re 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 on white decor, what say you about the night sky finds?
Score more black and white inspiration HERE.
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