My tendency is restraint when it comes to color and decorating, indoors or out. But just look at nature! Thank goodness she doesn’t hold back. So much budding and greening happens in spring, drawing us outdoors. (Well, except it’s snowing as I type these words!). While I no longer have a pea-graveled French inspired courtyard, I still own these European-crafted Parisian Café Chairs in Black which are perfect for creating a sweet Frenchy moment outside.
Parisian Café Chairs & How to Create Country French Calm
I’m not sure if I’ll place them on the front porch or the deck of our new house so stay tuned!
Today we’ll revisit how three simple pieces can easily bloom into a simply Chic Outdoor Oasis, and they certainly don’t need to live in a courtyard or garden.
Small patios and balconies can get refreshed too!
I suppose “country French calm” is a subjective matter…for me a calm oasis often involves books and magazines!
1. Metal Bistro Chairs in the Garden
These black Fermob Outdoor Bistro Side Chairs are truly special–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.
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 hoarder disorder’ which appears not to be healing with time. Ha! I mean, I blogged just the other day about jarcuterie and styled a decidedly affordable bistro set.
I could spend hours online considering French bistro chair possibilities! Psst. See that mirror in the gravel (above) – a gardener broke it when he was leaf blowing so it now lives in French country heaven.
2. French Stripe Seagrass Baskets
To keep the modern French vibe going in our courtyard, more black accents made sense.
After browsing for baskets, I fell for this 2-piece wicker/rattan basket set.
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.
While I ordered the black, ‘dark grey’ or ‘faded black’ is a more accurate description. They are certainly not a jet black like the cafe chairs. (With the sunlight in the photo below, the color 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.
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.
When you start with intention (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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