Garden Style: A Patio Bistro

The term bistro table has been co-oped in landscape design to mean any small table with two chairs. So I thought I’d go back to the source and play with the idea of using a classic French bistro as inspiration for an outdoor space. I’m not saying that I’ll actually do this, although I love some of the details.

French Bistro

photo via Flickr

Let’s break it down. There are some key elements…

A blackboard. Menus are usually posted on some variation of these.

Bistro Chalkboard

Image via Cafes et Bistrots de France

There is exterior chalkboard paint. Frame out an area of a wall and use it for a garden to do list or party menu. Chalk boards don’t have to be just for kids outside.

Exterior Chalkboard Paint

Then add some cool rattan chairs. I love these chairs. Ever since I lived in France in my twenties they have been personal favorites. There are so many patterns, colors and styles available it’s hard to choose.

Classic Bistro Chair
Or maybe a bench. This could be a super interesting garden bench on its own. There are also highchairs for toddlers, bar stoools and side tables in this traditional rattan style.

 

Bistro Bench

Absolutely add some pots of geraniums and lace curtains. The curtains could be hung from a pergola or as a shade element of some kind instead of being in the window. I have a garage window that could use some of these actually.

Lace curtains and geraniums

And then there’s the Bistro table. Typically these have cast iron bottoms with smallish easy to clean round tops.

Bistro Table
I might personalize it with color…these are from TK Collections. Combine the blue base with the blue rattan chairs above for a strong color statement.Bistro table basesNow where’s that espresso and a pain au chocolate?

Paris espresso cup

 

 

 

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Professional landscape designer, lover of the land and all things design.
LABELS: Dining al fresco, Gardens, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories

2 Responses to Garden Style: A Patio Bistro

  1. Thanks for this topic and especially the breakdown on elements contained in it. Some of that is easily applied directly, others adapted. I think I will move in this direction on my small patio area…almost time to bite the bullet.

  2. David — I thought it was fun. I don’t usually do things like this, but I was missing France this weekend and it seemed like an easy enough thing to do! –S

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