Bringing The Bistro to You!

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

This week is me and my husband’s first wedding anniversary, and I wanted to surprise him with a new bistro set for our patio to enjoy our Sunday “wine & cheese night” rituals outside.  As I was searching for the perfect one for our home, I found so many fun, vibrant bistro sets, that it was hard to choose only one!

For my home, I chose a classic, vintage, Parisian style set that I found at a local antique shop here in San Diego.  While browsing through my favorite brands online, as well as the beautiful antiques down the street, I was loving all of the different styles, colors, and materials that are out there.  Bistro sets are really just the perfect pieces to have to go a little out of your comfort zone, and add some real pop and pizazz to your patio!  I hope some of these favorites will inspire you just like they did for me!

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

 

Horchow

Horchow

 

 

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

Hampton Bay via Home Depot

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

Plow & Hearth

Plow & Hearth

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

 

Mercury Row via Wayfair

Mercury Row via Wayfair

 

 

How would you decorate your bistro set once you found one you loved?  Would you leave it bare, add some cushions, or maybe a vase on the table?

Funky Front Porches

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

With all of the gorgeous summer nights we get to experience here in San Diego, I’ve been thinking about redesigning my front porch to be able to enjoy each sunset from the comfort of my own home.  There are so many ways to design a beautiful and functional porch regardless of how large or small your area may be.  Do you prefer to lounge out front in a rustic Adirondack chair?  Or perhaps cozy up to a nest or hammock?  There are so many options to choose from that can work in even the smallest of porches!

 

My husband and I live right by the beach, and love to spend our evenings outside grilling and enjoying the evenings from our porch.  Having a smaller area to work with, we’ve been looking for the perfect little bistro set to have a drink and some munchies on without using up too much space!

Breakwater Bay (Via Wayfair)

Breakwater Bay (Via Wayfair)

 

These hanging nests are so fun and look just absolutely cozy!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

If you’re looking for something more traditional, you can never go wrong with paired rockers.  Brighten it up and add some personal style for each season with fun pillows like these!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

When I see nests as comfortable-looking as this, I just want to curl up with a good book for hours, don’t you?

West Elm

West Elm

 

Personally, I’m a huge fan of whites and neutrals in the home, and I especially love the fresh, bright look it gives this porch.  I love the way they incorporated a little pop of color with that gorgeous turquoise bench!

Frontgate

Frontgate

 

Always a favorite, Kouboo knows how to add some serious style to a porch!  If you prefer to lounge in the backyard, try making a bold statement with tropical plants out front!

Kouboo

Kouboo

 

I love this idea for a family beach house.  Although they are the same style rocker, the differing colors add a fun edge- not to mention that each person can pick their own color.

Grandin Road

Grandin Road

 

If you like the hanging nest, add a little uniqueness with a design like this seahorse or a hanging bench with funky throw pillows!

Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Hayneedle

Hayneedle

 

 

Which style front porch do you like best?  We always love to see your pictures!

My Top 5 Go-To’s for Inspiration

Sometimes when you start a new Interior Design project, it’s hard to get the momentum going.  You need to start looking for inspiration…  I look everywhere!!  I find ideas in other people’s homes, from my travels, in magazines, and from my favorite Interior Design books.  I thought I would share with you the books from some of my favorite designers!  If you need a little inspiration and can’t find it in your usual places, maybe one of these will give you just the ideas you need!

These 5 books are from Interior Designers that I have had the pleasure of meeting.  Their design stories and philosophies will stand the test of time – these books will never become dated… and flipping the pages of a beautiful book is so much nicer than flipping through pages on the computer, isn’t it!?

 

1. Alexa Hampton’s The Language of Interior Design

Alexa Hampton

Alexa Hampton has such a beautiful, timeless style.  My favorite thing about the rooms that Alexa creates is that they are welcoming!  So often design can be stifling and untouchable.  Alexa has a way of making things both beautiful and inviting.  And I love her take on beds – she creates “cocoons” that you just want to crawl up in!

 

2. Lisa Newsom’s The Houses of VERANDA

Veranda

Veranda Magazine needs no introduction!  It is one of the best shelter magazines for Interior Design available today (or ever).  Lisa Newsom has put together some of the “best of the best” houses from Veranda and created a “coffee table book” of inspiration.  I love her Southern charm, and this book just radiates hospitality.

Some of the “exteriors” are just EXTRAORDINARY!

 

3. Thom Filicia’s American Beauty

Thom Filicia

Thom Felicia designs with such a casual, carefree style.  His designs take into consideration everyday life, “pet friendly” and all.  This book chronicles a complete lakeside home that Thom created for himself and it is filled with charm and inspiration!

 

4. Trudy Dujardin’s Comfort Zone: Creating the Eco-Elegant Interior

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I just recently had the opportunity to meet Trudy and learned more about her eco-friendly design philosophy  After a personal experience with environmental toxins, Trudy has built her business on teaching others how to make their homes beautiful and “healthy”.  This book is a beautiful piece to add to the “coffee table” stack!

 

5. Jonathan Adler on Happy Chic Colors

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Fun, funky, bright, colorful, joyful, playful…..I could go on and on.  Jonathan Adler designs just make me smile!  They radiate optimism and happiness like no other designer today.  This book is more than good design, it’s a good read…and one that will leave you smiling!

Bring it OUTSIDE!

Spring has sprung, and with warmer weather heading our way, it’s time to bring your furniture outside!  Whether you’ve got a large patio or working with a smaller space, we’ve found something just for you!

 

Build Your Own - Hampstead Painted Sectional Components, Pottery Barn

Build Your Own – Hampstead Painted Sectional Components, Pottery Barn

Although I LOVE the pop of turquoise they’ve chosen for the pillows and cushion, the best part about this sectional is definitely that it’s a “build your own”.  This feature allows you to customize it to fit your space, so it will be perfect on any patio!

 

Groundworks Ventana Solarium, Lee Jofa

Lee Jofa

If you already have your furniture set, you may be in need of some fresh fabric this season.  Our choice is the Groundworks Ventana Solarium line by Lee Jofa-  it is perfect for both indoor and outdoor, with beautiful tones that will pair nicely with any furniture you already have!

 

Mosaic Tiled Coffee Table, West Elm

Mosaic Tiled Coffee Table, West Elm

My first choice for an outdoor table is almost always mosaic tile.  These hold up beautifully in any condition, and are true works of art for your patio!

 

Rattan Indoor-Outdoor Chair and Ottoman Set, Garnett Hill

Rattan Indoor-Outdoor Chair and Ottoman Set, Garnet Hill

Rattan is another great choice for outdoor furniture as it really brings that beachy element in to your home.  You can use it indoors or out, or even add cushions to make it more cozy!  Pair this white rattan chair with a beautiful handpainted garden stool or use it as a small end table!

Handpainted Garden Stool, Fine Garden Products

Handpainted Garden Stool, Fine Garden Products

 

 

Bird Bistro Set of Two, Grandin Road

Bird Bistro Set of Two, Grandin Road

If your patio is suited better for two, a little bistro set is the best choice for you.  You don’t have to sacrifice gorgeous patio furniture for a smaller space, especially not with a fun, vibrantly colored piece like this one!

 

Fiesta Stripes Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Cerulean, Lulu and Georgia

Fiesta Stripes Indoor/Outdoor Rug, Cerulean, Lulu and Georgia

If you are looking for an easy way to bring the tropics to your house, look no further than this cerulean indoor/outdoor rug!  Use it like they have done here with some lounge chairs, or put it next to your “build your own” sectional to amp up your color palette!

 

Hanging Rattan Chair, Serena & Lily

Hanging Rattan Chair, Serena & Lily

Cacoon Double, Dedon

Cacoon Double, Loopee Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nestrest, Dedon

Nestrest, Dedon

What outdoor furniture could you possibly find that is cooler than these hanging nests?  If you are looking for something for one, the hanging rattan chair by Serena & Lily would be perfect for your front deck where you can sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine in the evening.  For shady daytime lounging, the cacoon will keep you out of the sun, and certainly comfy as can be!  My favorite choice, though, would be these awesome nestrests by Dedon.  Not only are they SO much fun to have in your backyard, but they seem REALLY comfortable, too!

 

Concho Garden Planter, Anthropologie

Concho Garden Planter, Anthropologie

Arabesque Lantern, Kouboo

Arabesque Lantern, Kouboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, add some summertime décor to your pool or patio with the Concho garden planter by Anthropologie and Arabesque Lantern by Kouboo.  As always, we LOVE that this terra cotta lantern is formed and carved by hand!

 

 

 

Send us YOUR outdoor inspirations this year!!