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Create a French Country Patio

Say oui! to a summer spent outdoors with salvage-style furniture and colorful vintage touches

French Country Patio

Photo by Christiaan Blok

In the south of France, cheery alfresco terraces are as commonplace as the sunflowers that dot the landscape. But you don't have to hop the pond to create an American version of Provence here at home. Take this shady spot, which homeowner Kim Rawlins, owner of Phoenix's Sweet Salvage monthly market, put together for an impromptu party in her backyard. Weathered white bistro chairs and a welcoming round table provide a charming backdrop for colorful accessories. Read on for more ways to feel like you're under the Provencal sun.

Drink Dispenser

Photo by Andrew McCaul

Serve up the beverage of your choice from this sophisticated holding tank inspired by antique apothecary jars.

About $30; Cost Plus World Market

Watering Can

Photo by Andrew McCaul

Comb flea markets for galvanized classics or invest in a sturdy tool, such as this handsome hoop-handle model.

About $35; Barebones

Colorful Rug

Photo by Andrew McCaul

Add personality and softness to a poured-concrete patio with this round patterned rug made of durable polyester for outdoor use.

6-foot-diameter rug, About $300; Pier 1 Imports

Woven Basket

Photo by Andrew McCaul

A lidded jute hamper brimming with fruit brings a farmers' market feel to your backyard.

About $17; HomeGoods for stores

Bottle rack

Photo by Andrew McCaul

Once used to dry bottles in French wineries, herisson bouteilles—or "bottle hedgehogs," so called for their prickly form—make a prime perch for freshly washed glassware.

About $15; Cost Plus World Market.

Glasses, about 89 cents each; IKEA

Metal Table

Pick up a well-worn table at a yard sale or opt for this wrought-iron one, with its elegant curves and hand-distressed finish.

About $239; Oriental Furniture

1950s-Style Linens

Photo by Andrew McCaul

Soft, colorful cotton makes any tabletop summery; this red-and-yellow design jibes with the homeowner's version.

About $44; AntiqueKitchen.com

DIY Patina

Photo by Andrew McCaul

The homeowner's vintage seats were fashioned after 19th-century Parisian bistro originals. We whitewashed a bargain acacia-wood folding chair, then distressed it with sandpaper and a few jabs with the point of a screwdriver. Age the steel legs and frame by painting them with a rust antiquing kit from Sophisticated Finishes.

Chair, about $15; IKEA.

Rust antiquing kit, about $13; Dick Blick Art Materials

Marmalade-Jar Storage

Photo by Andrew McCaul

The citrus spread was developed by the Keiller family in the 1700s, in Dundee, Scotland, and you can still spot their stoneware jars at antiques shops.

We found our decades-old beauties on eBay for about $16 (left) and about $13 (right).

Glass Container

Photo by Andrew McCaul

An oversize glass jar makes a sturdy vase for top-heavy blooms.

About $6.99; HomeGoods for stores

Stylish Tableware

Photo by Andrew McCaul

Flour-sack stripe dish towels and fleur-de-lis-rimmed ceramic plates—what's more iconically French?

Towels, from about $3.99 per set; plate set, about $9.99; HomeGoods for stores

Washtub Planter

An authentic 1940s European laundry tub makes a charming container for a backyard herb garden—especially when set on a modern metal stand.

About $280 for tub and stand; Williams-Sonoma

Cherry-Red Pillows

Photo by Andrew McCaul

Add a pop of color—and comfort—to your seating with a pair of indoor/outdoor polyester pillows.

About $20; Pier 1 Imports