Almost every morning, when the weather is nice, right after feeding the dog, I get a glass of orange juice; and usually in a mental fog, I paddle off to my apartment balcony, a bench and my bistro table. Spring through fall, that's where I dine bistro style -- breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and a coffee. On my laptop, I research and write posts for my blog. My bistro table is double glassed with short table cloth top under the top glass. The table top gives me color and texture, the glass makes it easy to clean the top.
The history of bistro dining is a bit "controversial," ranging from the Russian occupation of France around 1815 when Cossack solders demanded food 'bystro' ("quickly") to French landlords supplementing their income selling simple meals from their kitchens to French taverns also serving simple meals along with wines and coffees. (see Wiki.)
By the 1920's, in France, bistro dining had become synonymous with serving a quaint, simple meal for two.
It remains one of the most popular table style dining for two (even four) served indoors and outdoors.
The original table design had legs that folded which complemented the accompanying chairs that also folded.
Later, modern designs had stationery legs, an array of materials such as metal or wood or plastic, and colors to complete any decor.
A bistro table and chair set can be very expensive or just down right cheap when purchased at consignment shops and garage sales. My neighbor actually found a classic French bistro table and chair at a dumpster! It's similar to the one below:
HOW TO USE AND ENJOY BISTRO DINING:
Keep it simple for a casual or cottage look.
Add a simple vase of flowers, a bowl of fruit, a candle.
Mix and match the pieces for an eclectic or bohemian look:
Take it up a notch with a themed ambiance:
Throw on a table top or floor length table cloth and a lovely set up china.
Do you love the classic French style of blue, yellow and white?
Or dress it up to its grandest style
with elegant table covering, bone china and crystal glasses and fine flatware.
Outdoors and Indoors - Bistro dining is perfect for small space living.
For all you indoor only dwellers, check out these ideas for inspiration!
Need more ideas for small space dining? See these related posts:
- Tips And Inspirations For Your Apartment Balcony and Porch Decor
- How To Create A Stylish Dining Nook With A Settee
- Inspirations, Tips and Resources For Floor Length Table Cloths
- 13 Stylish Kitchens And Dining Spaces For Studio Apartment
So my question to you is this: "Do you have a small space dining area?"
Next question: "Need or want to give it more pizzazz?"
If you answered yes to both questions, well then, are you considering Bistro dining style?
Final question: "Why not let me in on your plans for a dining style and leave a comment?"
Would love to hear from you - really!