Y’all have me second guessing my carpet vision, BIG TIME! Hah! But really. After reading the comment section in yesterday’s blog post, my game plan has definitely shifted a little. I appreciate all of your valuable insight, so thanks for taking the time to comment! Anyway, moving onto a totally different topic today- outdoor furniture. You know what furniture we use all the time that I assumed we’d never really put to good use? Our balcony furniture- specifically our bistro set. I use this space so often because it’s the only outdoor area we have that is completely shaded. From eating outside to working on my laptop at the little bistro table, it’s an area I’ve really grown to love and appreciate. Given we’re all in the mood to spend more time outside and take advantage of our outdoor areas this spring, I thought it would be fun to roundup some of my favorite bistro set pairings. Click through to read more about why I love ours, styling ideas, and to see the fun combinations I found…
The best thing about a bistro set is the size and charm. Their compact size makes bistro sets the ideal seating vignette for any space… a patio, poolside dining, a small balcony, a grassy space in the yard… wherever, really. They’re super versatile and functional!
Most of the time, I use our bistro set to work. If the weather is nice (I hate being trapped inside behind my computer screen), I’ll bring my laptop outside and work from the balcony. It’s just the right amount of space for my computer, a notepad, and my water bottle.
Emmett and I also use the set for drinks. I had no idea how often we’d carry a cocktail or glass of wine upstairs, sit on the balcony, and watch the sunset. It’s such a happy spot that we use far more than I ever expected. Occasionally we’ll also bring food upstairs and have dinner, appetizers, or dessert outside.
Ready to see some pairing ideas, if you’re looking to add a bistro set to your own home or outdoor living space? While these are all outdoor rated, I think a few of the pairings would also work inside- think of a breakfast nook type of setting.
Click directly on the items to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…
01: wainscott table // 02: manila chair // 03: blue set // 04: lacina table // 05: folding wicker chair // 06: french table // 07: maddox chair // 08: seacrest set // 09: vintage set // 10: plaster table// 11: eliot chair // 12: black table// 13: green chair // 14: white round table// 15: teak chairs// 16: concrete table // 17: riviera chair// 18: square marble table// 19: baxton chair
I’d love to hear your favorites from the roundup! It has me wishing we had another place for a second bistro set to live. They make such charming vignettes!
To me, bistro sets have a very worldly and romanticized aesthetic. Probably because you often see them when traveling. They have this odd ability to transport you to a coffee shop in Paris, a coastal town in California, and anywhere in between. It’s fun to bring a little piece of those beautiful places home! Visually, I think they’re really lovely and certainly functional.
Someday we’ll eventually have to rebuild our balcony because of structural issues, but this will be our third summer using and loving this outdoor space. I can definitely say this- I still love our bistro set just as much today as the day I carried it up here. It’s holding up very well, despite living outside year round, and being used frequently.
Are you a bistro set person? Do you like the look? If you already have a set at home- do you use it often? Are you into the readymade matching sets, or would you rather mix & match the table and chairs yourself? I’m all about creating my own pairings because they’re more fun and unique, but I’ll admit- there are some gorgeous matching sets out there! And with that, I’m signing off for the weekend, but I’ll see you here on Monday. I have more projects to finish outside and you better believe I’ll be photographing all of our outdoor spaces this weekend to share with you! Our viburnum is in full bloom and my plan is to enjoy it. I’m soaking up these spring days and I hope you can, too. Cheers, friends!