What do you get when you cross the class and sophistication of a bistro set with the easy-going, down-to-earth feel of rustic décor? You get irresistible energy that’s perfect for any part of your outdoor space in your home. With a bistro set, you can add that je ne sais quoi touch to any space. Whether you’re looking for a place to eat breakfast in the morning or want to relax with a glass of wine after work, this type of furniture is sure to please. So if you’re ready to add some French flair to your décor, a bistro set is the perfect way to do it!
People dream of sipping Italian wine under the Tuscan sun, of overlooking the white limestones with azure blue rooftops of Santorini, of sitting in a bistro in the City of Light eating a baguette. And yet people who live in those places decorate their homes in tiki-style, and that’s quite all right.
Bring on the French bistro set madness
Paris has a weird energy that only Europeans can invent. The French are strange people who can handle 4 different seasons in one year with ease. They sit outside cafés all year round, in their small winter jackets that could never possibly keep them warm enough in that cold weather. Granted, they use blankets when they sit and order their shots of espressos, wine, and smoke a cigarette. And with our year-round fortunate weather, this is a no-brainer, especially if you have some quality shading installed that will allow you to enjoy the boring rumbles of rainy days French style!
And yes, we are well aware that original bistro sets have mosaic tabletops and two foldable chairs, however, keep in mind, when a bigger party arrives at a café, they move chairs from other tables to accommodate everyone. And, bistro sets changed during the years, they are made from every material, as long as they are lightweight but sturdy. So, who’s to say a wicker rattan set with 4 chairs could not make a fantastic bistro set, aka a piece of outdoor furniture for small spaces? Right, so mālie down, please.
A bit of history
The café setups actually originate back to the 1800s, when landlords would open up their kitchens to the public in the apartment basements. The bistro sets would be set up on the street pavements thus creating the need for small chairs and tables in order to leave enough space for people to pass by.
The food served at bistros would either be leftovers from landlords serving their tenants or simple food that could be prepared with ease: salads, soups, sandwiches, served with wine and coffee, of course, thus making it cheap and fast. So if you really want that Parisian feel in your backyard or on your balcony, keep it simple.
Tiny hideout from the world
It doesn’t matter if your garden is quite small or don’t have one at all: even if we have a small terrace or balcony, you can make the most of it – fresh air and freedom provided by the outdoors are all that we all strive for. However, in order to really feel good here, it’s worth comfortably but spectacularly decorating the exterior of your home.
Before you begin feeling sorry for yourself for how small your outside area is, notice its positive qualities and assess what you have! Remember: those French landlords didn’t have enough space either! If there’s a tree in your small yard that provides a pleasant shade, that’s already a positive: a smaller dining table with two to four chairs – and you already have a place for an al fresco breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a really pleasant atmosphere. Fabrika recommends getting two chairs and a small table if you don’t have the space for anything more. If you, however, have some more space, consider getting the round dining set to complete the feeling.
Incorporate some vintage iron flower holders
To complete the Parisian bistro feel, get some vintage metal flower holders or pots. Either hang them on your walls or arrange them on the ground around your rattan bistro set. Honestly, you can even find ones that resemble those small Parisian balconies, thus truly bringing Paris to you.
So, we all agree size doesn’t matter right? Even if you have a small outdoor space you can still breathe life into it and create a year-round unforgettable Paris trip in your backyard. Drink some exquisite wine or coffee with friends as the sun sets over a beautiful cityscape, maybe even take on baking delicious baguettes. And there you have it, some inspiration on how to bring France to Hawaii. Check out our hand-woven quality furniture and create your own Eden! Au revoir till the next article!