“An outdoor reception doesn't mean you have to let go of elegant elements. We used a mix of bistro lights and candelabras, as well as hurricane lamps and smaller votive candles for this garden dinner. The lighting only became stronger after sunset, creating a truly elegant mix of candle light, bistro lights and the natural light of the moon and stars." - Planner Adam Donovan-Groves, of Donovan-Groves Events. Audrey Isaac, of 100 Candles, adds, "Tall, elegant candelabras towering over floral centerpieces create a dynamic feel to a table. Match the candlesticks to the floral vessel for maximum impact!" Florist: Southern Blooms by Pat's Floral Design.
As seen on HGTV's Love It or List It Too, Jillian Harris has taken this small, outdated kitchen and has turned it into a bright, inviting space. This French bistro inspired kitchen has beautiful glass front cabinets to display the family's dishes, and new appliances for cooking and preparation. The silver backsplash gives the space a hint of glamour, while the accent wall with silver serving trays nods to the vintage style the family desires. The breakfast bar gives the family a place to sit and enjoy their meals.
When entertaining space is tight, you need stylish furniture pieces that do double duty. This Barrel Stave Bistro Table from NapaStyle with arched legs made from genuine barrel staves fits the bill. The handmade table includes two shelves for storage of glasses and wine bottles, with a smooth pine top for rustic dining.
Spring peas are one of nature’s delicacies—a true tonic after winter. St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional pea planting day in warmer regions, but you really want to wait until soil temperatures are in the 45-degree range. A clue for the right pea planting time in your region is dandelions, daffodils and forsythia. When these spring favorites start to flower, it’s time to plant peas. Plant too early, and pea seeds will likely rot in cold soil before they germinate. Plant too late, and vines will only have a short bearing window. For garden planting, soil should be moist but crumbly (think chocolate cake). If it’s too wet, seeds may rot before sprouting.
Instantly add dining space to your porch with a space-saving bistro set. Here, a collapsible bistro table is paired with collapsible chairs in front of a vintage wooden dresser that serves as a plant stand.
This small outdoor patio is located just adjacent to the home's main patio. Flat-topped bench rock boulders were cut into paver stones in various gray hues for the patio floor. Black wrought iron chairs with red and white striped cushions are positioned on either side of a bistro table, and multiple perennial plantings surround the seating area.
This 1920s house-turned-restaurant uses its bright red-orange canopy with an aluminum goat silhouette to attract visitors inside. The building's original stone exterior was restored, giving the restaurant authentic charm.
A sleek black kitchen faucet makes a stark contrast against the clean white quartz countertops in this bistro-inspired kitchen. White subway tile set with dark grout creates an elegant display in the upper glass cabinets, while clean-lined gray cabinets below add a touch of contemporary.
Metal garden chairs and a bistro table topped with Carrara marble give this dining nook the feel of a Paris cafe. Roman shades in a graphic, green and white lattice print tie in with the green fabric on the chair seats, bringing the outdoors in.
A mixture of different stones, from the octagon-shaped flooring and rustic bricks, adds texture and tactile appeal to the bistro room. A pizza oven sits behind a wet bar, making it the perfect spot for entertaining.
The custom reclaimed shelves with brass brackets allow the homeowners to display their favorite glassware and other curated objects, while cabinetry on the opposite wall provides closed storage for everything else. White subway tile is accented with dark charcoal grout for a bistro look.
These vintage-style pendants illuminate the quartz countertops and wooden barstools, an ideal spot for the family to congregate. The dining spot sits adjacent to a covered patio, bringing in lots of natural light.