Friday, July 18, 2014

Garden Style Inspiration: Ralph's in Paris


Summer is just made for alfresco dining and long evenings with friends, sipping rosé on the terrace, don't you think? Our garden redo rolls on, and we are far from being photo-ready, but last weekend, a hot Saturday night called for dinner outdoors. So much time had been spent choosing materials, okaying hardscapes and planting plans, that the styling of it all - taking it from a pretty blue stone terrace to an actual garden room - hadn't been given much thought.


So out came the old picnic table. The dining room chairs moved outside. A quick trip to Red Ticking yielded the perfect blue and white napkins. A new table cloth from Anthropologie delivered a French vibe - but it was the detail of tying a pretty ticking stripe ribbon round the napkins that inspired - it brought to mind Ralph's in Paris.


Have you been to Ralph's? The restaurant in the Ralph Lauren store in St. Germain des Prés boasts one of the loveliest courtyards ever. The blue striped pillows and cushions and iron chairs have an unmistakeably Frenchie feel... but at the same time would be equally at home on a veranda in the Hamptons.

 
It's this perfect marriage of French and American style that I would love to bring to the new terrace of our shingled home, which is full of vintage Parisian finds. Here's some inspiration: 


Vintage iron furniture is definitely in order. Some grain sacks and tickings, a miss-matched collection of blue and white transferware...perhaps some rattan and a blue and white garden seat or two for good measure...

Where to find it all? Red Ticking, Atelier de Campagne, French Larkspur, My French Country Home Brocante all serve up lovely bits of French Vintage. I'm sure Ralph Lauren Home would be good for a pillow or two et voilà: hopefully by next summer our terrace evenings might be mistaken for dinner at Ralph's.

What's happening in your garden these days?

Hope you get to enjoy the outdoors this weekend! XO

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19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous...have not been but plan to next time for sure. Everything he does is just spot on perfect. Love your ideas and inspirations! My biggest deal is my small garden that we planted this year, starting to get veges, peppers and herbs and it's so exciting! Happy weekend to you!

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    1. Tina, you would absolutely love Ralph's! I think we need a blogger meet-up in Paris! How wonderful that you are growing a vegetable garden! We don't have the space, but I think it would be heaven to be able to walk out the door and get fresh, yummy garden goodness. Happy weekend! XO

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  2. Stunning! Jeanne, I love that we are both thinking dining al fresco on our respective coasts! :)

    OK…I did see Ralph's when I was in Paris, right after it opened, as we were staying just down the street. But for some reason, I was so Franco-focused that I didn't think I wanted to go to an "American" shop. Wrong move. It was by the end of my visit that I realized how very hip and hot this place was. Love how you recreated it in your own backyard. I'm sure your guests were thrilled! And, you've given me inspiration, b/c my project drags on as well. So, I haven't been inclined to invite friends over to dine, but perhaps I should just party on!

    Enjoy the weekend!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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    1. I love that we are on the same page today, Elizabeth! It was tough for me to invite people over before our project finishes, but now I'm so glad I did. We had friends who are like family to dinner, and they were interested in seeing the work in progress. Once I got past the imperfections, it was a lovely evening. So I say by all means party on! Happy Weekend! XOXO

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  3. Jeanne, your table setting looks lovely! Beautiful linens! Please share more of your terrace and garden. I've not been to Ralph's but it is on my list. Happy weekend ahead :)

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    1. Hi Loi, once we get things a closer to doneness I will definitely share. We have about 90% of the hardscaping done, but very little of the planting. We need to redo the irrigation and in the heat of summer can't get much in the ground without water. Oh well. Next summer it will be lovely!

      Have a happy weekend, too! Cheers!!

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  4. How lovely I just adore blue and white schemes!

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    1. Thanks, Karolyn! Have a happy weekend! XO

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  5. We've been to Ralph's...so pretty...ooh, I fancy another trip back there ;)
    You can't beat blue and white so clean, fresh and stylish!
    Happy Weekend, Jeanne xx

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    1. Catherine, I was just thinking a return to Ralph's is in order for design research! Hope you have a happy weekend, too! XX

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  6. What a great find! That's a really nice chair & Table, and looks like the perfect piece for your room.
    Dining Room

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  7. Jeanne,
    I love how summer inspires us each to move outdoors and entertain under the stars. Your table looks so fresh and Ralph, well, Ralph is always true to him self and knowing what will wow his customers. All things gathered to covet and inspire. Having worked for Ralph many years ago, I still hold fond memories of our design meetings and seeing his vision come to life and put his stamp on it. One of the commandments should be "thou shalt not covet RL" but I know many tempted to do just that.
    Thanks for sharing your sweet table and your inspiration. Red Ticking shop is on my list.
    pve

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  8. oh yes, i adore ralphs in paris!
    cannot wait to see your reveal, looking good!!
    debra

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  9. What a perfect combination of Americana and Paris to use as an inspiration for your own backyard! Your table is absolutely lovely! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Jeanne! xoxo

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  10. Not much as we are in a terrible drought down here in CALIF.I did not know RALPHIE had a foodie spot in his store in PARIS!I think I skipped his shop cause well he is AMERICAN and I' in PARIS.....BUT heck I will go next time!The things we find out in this BLOGGING world!I hope your AL FRESCO was perfect!!!

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  11. Thank you for the shout-out Jeanne, I am flattered! I love the Ralph Lauren restaurant in Paris .... maybe next time you are here we could meet up there for lunch?! :)

    Sharon
    xx

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