French Quarter Courtyard – bringing the Big Easy to your backyard

After two major fires destroyed the city of New Orleans in the late eighteenth century residents were forced to build on deeper, narrower lots, giving rise to the unique walled spaces seen today. Full of varying textures, lush foliage and Old World charm, an outdoor room inspired by courtyards of the French Quarter can provide the perfect magical escape.

Reminiscent of French Quarter architecture, the Carondelet deep seating collection features a cast aluminum frame with an ornate quatrefoil design and luxurious 5.5 inch thick Sunbrella cushions. Courtyards in New Orleans were historically lit by gas lamps, making them a signature look even today. Including something like the Regency Natural Gas Light with an open flame will create an authentic atmosphere. Add an outdoor rug featuring a leaf pattern to imitate native plants – like palms, holly ferns, and crepe myrtle – typically found in New Orleans landscapes. The all-weather outdoor frog speakers add an inherent quirkiness and are perfect for listening to your favorite zydeco band. Don’t forget to include an intricate garden fountain, commonly used as the focal point of many courtyards. Complete the room with eclectic décor elements like an outdoor lantern and a cocktail shaker for afternoon Sazeracs.

French Quarter Courtyard Essentials