Andrew Skipper Styles My Terrace

Dear Diva Readers,

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Andrew Skipper writes:

“As an interior decorator, I love taking a room and helping it realize its highest potential. The entire process from inspiration to installation thrills me! I’ve often had clients ask me to help them create outdoor spaces that can be extensions of their homes. At my own home in the USA, you can often find me puttering in the garden on a warm afternoon or entertaining friends with a dinner al fresco. When Toma (yes, The Antiques Diva does actually have a first name!) asked if I could help with her balcony, my reply was a resounding, “Yes!”

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Her terrace has great bones to begin with. She’s got a fantastic French marble-topped butcher’s table in the center that is often used for dining or doing fabulous apertivo Italian style next to her cyprus trees. The charming bistro chairs that Toma purchased in Paris direct from the famous Cafe Les Deux Magots certainly enhance the European feel of the space but we also wanted to create a place to relax, perhaps with a glass of wine and a stack of magazines.  The two lounges with black cushions which flank the table are the perfects spots for an afternoon nap in the sun.

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With five window-type openings facing the courtyard, I wanted to plant window boxes that would look attractive from the interior of the balcony as well as from the ground below. Since the terrace is open to the living room, we took our color-cues from Toma’s interior decor – so chic, you would swoon if you saw the official Antiques Diva Showhouse – and decided pink and white would complement the overall scheme nicely. With our color pallet in mind, we set out to the garden center to select our plants.

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Bright pink geraniums greeted us upon arriving at the garden center and we just knew these would be perfect for a bright pop of color. We also wanted to add in different textures and a bit of height. A pair of small olive tree topiaries would be the perfect way to bring height and a bit of something special to the flower boxes. We also spotted a tiny orange tree and both immediately went for it! I instantly pictured this sweet tree in one of Toma’s Chinese blue and white pots. Since Toma entertains on the terrace, (she’s famous for her house cocktails) we added in some mint plants to use for cocktail garnishes.   The pair of topiary cyprus are an homage to her in laws, given to Toma by friends when her mother and father in law passed away two consecutive years.

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The result is a beautiful European-style enclosed roof top terrace that’s fit for relaxing and entertaining. I can’t wait for the first party she throws this summer! Is that a cork I hear popping?”

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Ciao,

Andrew Skipper and The Antiques Diva®   

French Cafe Chairs

Dear Diva Readers,

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Bistro Table, French Cafe Chairs, Paris Cafe Chairs, Rattan, Les Deux Magots

Anyone who has strolled the streets of Paris (or done so vicariously while watching a movie set in this romantic city) has seen row upon row of cafe chairs and tables, beckoning tourists and locals alike to sit and enjoy a cappuccino and a croissant.  I’ve whiled many a morning at Les Deux Magots and nearly 10 years ago when Les Deux Magots was doing a renovation I was able to buy some chairs direct from the famous café, commemorating our 5 years living around the corner from this landmark institution.

Bistro Table, French Cafe Chairs, Paris Cafe Chairs, Rattan, Les Deux Magots

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I brought my Les Deux Magots café chairs with me when I moved from Paris to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to Berlin where I currently call ma maison.  These chairs add a French flair to any seating area and are a great way to “bring Paris home”!

Bistro Table, French Cafe Chairs, Paris Cafe Chairs, Rattan, Les Deux Magots

Bistro Table, French Cafe Chairs, Paris Cafe Chairs, Rattan, Les Deux Magots

What I love about café chairs is that they work in so many situations. When used in a modern kitchen, they bring a sense of history and savoir flaire without being old fashioned. Use them on a front porch for effortless European style. Or do what I’ve done and use them on a terrace for casual outdoor dining that instantly transports you to another time and place.

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With a plethora of designs and colors, you can surely find a style to fit your taste. From classic and clean to whimsical and vibrant, the French bistro chair is the perfect piece to add into a space –  and being made of rattan, they’re durable! This makes them family and pet friendly, not to mention usable for outdoor rooms (thought I will note I keep mine in good condition by storing them in the covered area of my terrace when not in use).

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Where would you use these classic French chairs? Indoors, outdoors, in the kitchen, on a deck?

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva®