How to Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space…Even If You Have None

published Jul 10, 2018
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Our outdoor M.O. takes its cues from the Parisian sidewalk bistros of our dreams: sit, relax, repeat. Whether you’re working with a spacious yard or a tiny balcony, your outdoor space should be as stylish as the indoor space you’ve worked so hard on.

That means investing in furniture that you actually want to sit on (read: not those scratchy plastic chaises at the home-improvement store). We think Industry West’s Monaco collection nails 21st-century bistro style, combining crisp modern colors with classic French design. And each of these set-ups will look just as chic inside when the temps drop—and will stay fresh season after season.

So, what kind of outdoor space do you have?

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I have a whole garden…

Lucky you! The Monaco collection is worthy of all those beautiful flowers you planted: The Monaco table has stretched rattan and solid teak for an organic aesthetic, plus its aluminum frame keeps things light. Add a colorful Monaco bench (we love the classic French bistro look of the Salvie Green) and complementary table stools, and you’ll never want to go inside. We recommend getting a bunch of these adorable, portable side chairs for all the friends who are “just stopping by” all summer long.

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I have a balcony…

C’est romantique! A bar-height bistro table and stool are the ideal perch for leisurely mornings reading the Sunday paper. Their profile is just slim enough for a small space so you can it in the sun and sip your French press. The collection is a modern twist on classic French bistro style, with rattan that’s molded and stretched onto each piece using a time-honored technique.

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I don’t have an outdoor space, but I do have plants…

Bring the outside in! The Monaco collection’s rattan style and indoor/outdoor flexibility lets you create backyard vibes even in a city apartment. The Monaco stool is a chic seat, and also can double as a plant stand. Top the Marseilles bench—a modern twist on a classic ’60s bistro design—with a few colorful cushions (tropical palms, perhaps?) to let the lush life inside.

Whether your outside space is en plein air or just in your imagination, the vibes can be real. With a café au lait atop a classic bistro table, Sunday mornings can transport you to the Côte d’Azure.

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