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

Bistro Table, French Cafe Chairs, Paris Cafe Chairs, Rattan, Les Deux Magots, Antiques Diva Berlin Apartment, Terrace Furniture

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).

Bistro Table, French Cafe Chairs, Paris Cafe Chairs, Rattan, Les Deux Magots, Antiques Diva Berlin Apartment

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

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva®

Babyccino Blog

Photo above is one of the sensational series on the Paris Breakfasts Blog

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>While I don’t have children myself, I have been utterly bewitched by the four femmes at Babyccino and find myself laughing out loud over their dazzling style tips and true-life commentary on life in Europe. While my husband, WG, & I might be atypical “topedia.com/terms/d/dinks.asp” target=”_blank”>Dinks”, my morning browse through their blog makes me feel like I’m sitting at my favorite café, Les Deux Magots, chatting with girlfriends as I sip “un grand crème” and eat one croissant too many.

Written by 4 mums located in 4 different cities – London, Paris, Milan and Amsterdam – this site describes itself as “a daily dose of city life mixed with products and parenting tips.” Though written for “the urban mom”, it’s certain to be a delight for anyone interested in European Living!

With a name like Babyccino, you’d expect this blog to be strictly for “the parenting-set,” but not so! As I’m not in the market for becoming a parent anytime soon, I tend to glaze over the childhood rearing tips (much as I do when sitting at a cafe with my mommy-friends) and then I take time to linger over their wildly funny tales of Valentines plans gone awry, shopping tips on the best mobile phones for women of the world, political ponderings or beauty product reviews. Today’s blog on “To Kiss or Not To Kiss” moved this blog up to the top of The Antiques Diva “Diva-Worthy Links” list!

Keep Up The Good Work, Babyccino!

The Antiques Diva™

(seen at right having a tea party with my 5 darling nieces in Oklahoma)