Grace in the Garden & 35 Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas

 Garden gate idea inspiration: a gothic wood door to a beautiful lush green garden beyond climbing vines on a stone wall. #gardenideas #gardengate #secretgarden #romanticgarden #frenchcountry

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

It’s time to welcome lush green garden inspiration into your heart! You know I love to blog stream of consciousness style, so while I thought I would be simply parading some of the best garden gate ideas and country garden inspiration spied on Pinterest FOR NO GOOD REASON, I was wrong. After spending time with these secret gardens and the aliveness of their lush beauty, I found my heart moving and maybe even greening. Don’t even get me started on all the “door” and “gate” metaphors. Yesterday, I spent the entire day unplugged from technology and plugged into nature, so perhaps this immersion explains things. Anyway, about my heart…it has become a very tender and softened ground. Spring’s beauty will do that, yes? I am remaining still and open today to the seeds God and this Glorious Universe may wish to sow. Too many days, those seeds are scarcely given a chance to germinate in the spiritual dryness and frozen soil covering it. But oh the potential for blooming when fertility returns!

Garden Gate Ideas and Beautiful Gardens to Inspire! An arched rustic door with round window leads to a lush garden flowering with blooms. #gardengate #gardenideas #summerstyle #outdoorliving #landscapeideas

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Also in bloom here? Positive words to nurture the gardens of our hearts into the sweetness of more graceful living. If you missed my last post, it’s a perfect chaser for this one and also contains peaceful quotes: French Country Farmhouse Decor Inspiration...do check it out and be ready to pin French-y goodness.

 Garden Gate Ideas and Beautiful Gardens to Inspire! White picket fence swinging gates beneath an arbor with climbing vines leading to a lush garden flowering with blooms. #picketfence #gardengate #gardenideas #summerstyle #outdoorliving #landscapeideas

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

But first.

What’s your current mood? This?

Beautiful toddler deep in thought with flower in hair. #toddler #child #photography #meditative

Grace in the Garden

This?

Beautiful blonde child with a worried look. #child #photography #pensive

Grace in the Garden

This?

 Beautiful blonde child in white shirt, kneeling in prayer at bed. #prayer #child #Christianity #faith

Grace in the Garden

Whatever your temperament, just a reminder that it does not define you. Are you miserable even as the buds burst forth and trees flower all around? I’m sending you peace, but it’s truly okay. Because you are that beautiful soul underneath witnessing the feelings, the flurry of thoughts, and shifting sensory states. I cannot prove it, but I believe it all belongs and none of it gets wasted.  I also believe all the blooming around you is just for YOU and holds the secret to your prosperity.

My current mood?

 Young toddler child in pink shoes reading a book in lush green garden. #child #reading #garden #peaceful

Grace in the Garden

I have so much more growing to do, friends. In recent years, I have devoted much daily practice to letting go of old ways. putting on a new mind, getting still and opening my heart to receive the fruits of joy. While I have easy access to pain (as so many artists do), saying YES to joy requires more courage when you’re wired like me. But thankfully, I have been granted struggles to increase my strength and courage. See why I said I believe it all belongs!?!

Garden gate inspiration: Latticework-patterned wooden gates, which open to a pool and pool house.#gardengate #poolhouse #summerstyle #lattice

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

I’m going to tell you another deeply personal secret since it’s just me and you chatting here in a sanctuary garden of safety. It took me nearly half a century to one day awaken to a most sobering truth about myself. I realized I was not good at loving people, including myself. I realized that for most of my life, my consuming desire was to acquire more affection, acceptance, and love from others. I realized the desire was reigning within my heart and keeping me from wholeness. I began to awaken to a hunger for a new desire I could not name. I’ll write more about that desire later, but these photos of lovely children hint at the grace which was to flow into my soul.

Beautiful child in blue glasses wearing Down Syndrome Awareness Bow Tie. #bowtie #child #joy

Grace in the Garden

Beautiful child touching running water. A photo with bokeh, via Natalya Shtern. #photography #bokeh #water #joy #childhood

Grace in the Garden

Inspiring quote with a garden theme: HER HEART WAS A SECRET GARDEN, AND THE WALLS WERE VERY HIGH. (The Princess Bride) #secretgarden #quote #inspiring #hellolovelystudio

Grace in the Garden

Garden Gate Ideas and Beautiful Gardens to Inspire! Iron gates at a French chateau open to lush gardens in the mist. #gardengate #gardenideas #Frenchcountry #Provence

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

You’ll note that plenty of these “gates” are doors, but I see no point in getting fussy about that. Most of these gardens strike me as French Country, though they exist in America, the English countryside, Italy, and beyond France.

Are you familiar with the entrance to the Giannettis’ modern farmhouse Patina Farm below? So minimal, simple, and welcoming.

Let’s wander a bit. Into secret gardens. Into nature’s healing. I’ll meet you at the finish line.

Garden Gate Ideas and Beautiful Gardens to Inspire! Picket fence, arbor, and garden gates lead to a lush garden flowering with blooms. #gardengate #gardenideas #summerstyle #outdoorliving #landscapeideas

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

Garden Gate Ideas and Beautiful Gardens to Inspire! A rustic arched door with pink blooming bush nearby in the French countryside leads to a lush secret garden. #gardengate #rusticdecor #secretgarden #provence #frenchcountry

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

 Garden gate ideas and French Country garden inspiration: Picket fence style garden gates lead to magnificent lush French garden with boxwoods. #gardengate #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #gardeninspiration #boxwoods

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

 Inspiring scripture quote about doors: KNOCK AND THE DOOR will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7. #quote #doors #scripture #matthew7

Grace in the Garden

Garden gate ideas and French Country garden inspiration: A rustic planked Old World Medieval garden gate to a secret garden with hydrangea. #gardengate #frenchcountry #hydrangea #rusticdoor

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Garden gate ideas and garden inspiration from Donald Lococo Architects: #gardengate #gardeninspiration #summerstyle #landscapeideas

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 Inspiring quote about grace: GRACE WILL TAKE YOU PLACES HUSTLING CAN'T. #quote #inspiration #grace #faith #christianity

Grace in the Garden

Garden gate ideas: This is a gate, decorated with a bee, at Frances Schultz's Bee Cottage Home in East Hampton. #gardengate #bee #cottagestyle

Frances Schultz’s Bee Cottage Home…Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

Garden gate ideas and garden inspiration: an oak gate in Arts & Crafts style. #gardengate #gardenideas #rustic #landscapeideas

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Garden gate ideas and inspiration: Iron entry gates to courtyard at a Tuscan Villa | Tuscan House. #iron #gates #ruscan #villa #

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

Inspirational quote about grace: CHASE GRACE. #quote #inspiration #grace #faith

Grace in the Garden

Garden gate ideas and garden inspiration: rustic planked garden gate doors to a beautiful lush garden with French Country style. #gardengate #frenchcountry #rustic #gardenideas #Provence

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

Garden gate ideas and garden inspiration: a beautiful iron garden gate at teh entrance to a lush blooming garden. #gardengate #FrenchCountry #gardenideas #Provence #courtyard

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

Inspirational quote: I'M LIKE HEY, WHAT'S UP LET'S FLOW. #quote #inspiration #flow #yoga #hellolovelystudio

Grace in the Garden

Garden gate ideas: Lovely landscaping surrounding arched garden gate doorway in French Country courtyard with boxood and gravel. #gardenideas #gardengate #FrenchCountry #Provence #courtyard #boxwood

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Garden gate ideas and inspiration: a magnificent stone farmhouse or chateau with iron gate entrance. #frenchcountry #garden #courtyard #gate #Provence #formalgarden

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Inspiring quote: We won't be distracted by comparison if we are captivated with purpose. Bob Goff. #quote #inspiration #bobgoff

Grace in the Garden

Here’s a great book by Bob Goff that I love!

Garden gate ideas and French Country inspiration: an arched garden gate has wood and iron and is framed by stone posts. #gardengate #gardenideas #FrenchCountry #Provence #farmhouse

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Garden gate ideas and garden inspiration: a beautiful light green arched garden gate door contrasts with a white home with lovely round window. #gardengate ##gardenideas #landscapeideas #cottage

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Garden gate ideas and garden inspiration: Garden Gate, French Quarter, Charleston, SC. Doug Hickok. #gardengate #archeddoor #secretgarden

Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

Inspiring quote: Grace doesn't seem fair until you need some. -Bob Goff. #quote #inspiration #grace #bobgoff

Grace in the Garden –  Here’s a great book by Bob Goff that I love!

 Garden gate ideas and inspiration: a boxwood garden with beautiful topiaries and balls. #frechfarmhouse #boxwood #gardeninspiration #gardengate

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Garden gate ideas: Simple elegance....most tend to over do every detail. Sometimes the lack of pattern is better. Leo Dowell Designer. #gardengate #FrenchCountry #gardeinspiration #secretgarden

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Inspiring quote. Don't dig up in doubt what you've planted in faith. Elizabeth Elliot. #inspirational #quote #faith #christianity

Grace in the Garden

Garden gate ideas and garden inspiration: green garden gates to a secret French Country garden. #frenchcountry #garden #gardengates #Provence #romantic

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Garden gate ideas and inspiration: a beautifully framed arch with climbing vines. #gardengate #gardenideas #climbingvines #summerstyle #courtyard

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Garden gate inspiration: a simple arched gate leads to a courtyard entrance of a cottage. #gardengate #cottage #courtyard

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Inspiring quote: THEY TRIED TO BURY US THEY DIDN'T KNOW WE WERE SEEDS. #quote #seeds #inspirational #hope

Grace in the Garden

Garden gate inspiration: a dark painted arched door flanked by brick posts leads to a beautiful garden with flowering pink tree. #gardengate #curbappeal #gardeninspiration #spring

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 Garden gate ideas: a simple rustic wood arched garden gate opens to a lushly planted path for a romantic cottage style mood. #gardengate #secretgarden #cottagestyle #gardenideas #hosta

Photo: Michael Lloyd/The Oregonian…Pinterest Garden Gate Ideas & Grace in the Garden

 Garden gate inspiration: a French Country style garden gate is rustic with straps and clavos and flanked by topiaries. #gardengate #frenchcountry #rustic #secretgarden

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 Garden gate ideas and inspiration: An iron garden gate framed by climbing vines leads to a beautiful path and courtyard. #gardengate #frenchcountry #provence #secretgarden #irongate

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Garden gate ideas and inspiration: An arched iron gate framed by stone leads to lush green garden. #gardenideas #gardengate #irongate

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Garden gate ideas ad inspiration: gothic arch door flanked by stone walls in a lush green garden. #european #gardengate #gothic #gardendecor

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Garden gate ideas and inspiration: Dark iron formal gates flanked by lanterns open to a European style courtyard and magnificent house. #gardengate #courtyard #Frenchcountry #irongate

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Garden gate ideas and inspiration: a rustic wood garden gate door with iron straps on a gravel path in a lush secret garden. #gardengate #secretgarden #frenchcountry #gravel

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French Inspired Decor...

Motivo French Chandelier
Linen Footstool
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
Laluz French Country Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Cara White Sofa
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
27″ Bar Stool
Rattan Side Table
Beachy White Felicity Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Aidan Gray Collier Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
French Tolix Style Metal Side Chair (Set of 2)
Modern Farmhouse Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Reclaimed Elm Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
French Country Lantern Pendant
Jute ARea Rug
Old World 2-Light Sconce Pair
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Accent Stool
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Linen Slope Arm Dining Chairs
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Grey Accent Chest
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant
White Vase Set
Apothecary Chest
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Santa Maria Sconce Set of 2
Fireclay Farm Sink
Striped Dress Form
Elm rustic stool
Matelasse Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Grey Bistro Set
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Scrubbed Look Wood Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
French Country Chandelier
Teak Farmhouse Stool

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As I type these words, I am gazing through my window at a sacred stone garden bench where I often sat watching my sweet shih tzu Bella Luna explore our backyard. I had no idea at the time those memories made in only a few months at the garden bench would need to last a lifetime. She left her body, but I swear her spirit stays near to me in this place. It has me daydreaming.

Painting of Bella Luna by Cindy Austin. Bella Luna belonged to Michele of Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #painting #shihtzu

Our sweet Bella Luna was painted by Cindy Austin – you may recognize her work as she is the artist who painted Miss Mustard Seed’s beautiful “Eulalie” cow.

Maybe the beauty fading from our lives doesn’t cease to exist but carries on in a transformed state. Like water that freezes solid, melts into liquid, and then evaporates. Maybe all the faded beauty is stored somewhere out there, not dull or faded at all, simply vaporous and ready to rain down its blessing.

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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26 Comments

  1. May 8, 2018 / 2:23 am

    Here is the problem with posts like this: It is impossible to pick a favorite photo! I think, oh, those iron gates are perfect….the curvy one…no, the straight bars….oh, but what about those colorful wood gates! But the unpainted, weathered ones are so charming…and on and on.
    Those kids are absolutely adorable.

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 8:10 am

      Hahaha. I’m so happy they charmed you, and I agree those photos of the children are powerful and lovely. 🙂

  2. Connie
    May 8, 2018 / 7:23 am

    All such lovely, lovely images to view with thoughts of quiet lingering, communing with God’s Creation all around.

    I too have a lovely garden gate into our backyard. It has an archway over it, covered in beautiful vines that go from lush green in summer to gorgeous reds and golds in fall; taking its rest over winter in early spring in soft grays and brown neutrals. Many a bird has made its home in the secret stashes of the vine’s interior giving us sweet song from our kitchen window. The garden gate is enjoyed on the patio side by sittin’ a spell on the loveseat, surrounded by pots of blooming sweet alyssum and our 3 lovely attentive dogs…and a good book to read. It is a small portion of Paradise here on Earth. 🙂

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 8:08 am

      What a beautiful picture you have painted so lovingly of your paradise. I love the idea of watching those vines change the look of the gate through the seasons. And reading a book on the patio is about as luxuriant a concept as I can fathom. Read on, sister! xox

  3. Caroline
    May 8, 2018 / 7:24 am

    Good Morning Michele,
    I am enjoying your beautiful post this morning. Your words make my heart sing, my thoughts entirely, I do wish I could put my feelings into words as eloquently as you do. Your writing is so lovely.
    The bursting of spring’s beauty in your pictures from the gates to those adorable children, ummmm

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 8:04 am

      Thanks for adding to the beauty here, Caroline. The sound of hearts singing is the sweetest music I know – have a wonderful day, friend. 🙂

  4. Kathy
    May 8, 2018 / 7:57 am

    Beautiful garden gates and beautiful thoughts! Thank you for sharing, Michele!

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 8:02 am

      So happy you liked! Those gates truly ignite my imagination. 🙂

  5. tracy
    May 8, 2018 / 8:14 am

    Michele- I love your spirit. The post is simply precious in word and images. My gardens are waking with much to do. The iron gate opens to weeks of hard work ahead, but I’ve enlisted my grandson’s help this year (whew!) It looks to be a good season. Thanks for you daily inspiration. I know it’s work also.

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 8:32 am

      What a beautiful thought to partner with your grandson for the gardening chores aheaad! I’m in awe of you gardeners who toil and coax nature into order, bringing lushness to the landscape. I hope the season brings you much joy! Thanks for the kind words. 🙂

  6. Patricia
    May 8, 2018 / 8:31 am

    I am so sorry for your loss of your dear Bella Luna. I know that feeling all too well.
    Grace is given to us in so many ways. The previous love from a creature of God is divine and shows us what pure LOVE is.
    That is a gift of Grace.

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 8:38 am

      What a gift of grace she was – you are right – that sort of love is divine. Peace and blessings to you.

  7. Patricia
    May 8, 2018 / 8:33 am

    “Precious LOVE”

  8. Alice Genzlinger
    May 8, 2018 / 9:02 am

    Needed this post to remind me that I need grace as much if not more than the next person. Yesterday while shopping at Marshalls for a Spring time purse ( I found A small Kate Spade for $99) the check out young lady seemed to be very quiet and so I said to her thank you and I hope your day is graced with loving customers. She looked shocked and said oh thank you, I needed that. No matter where your day takes you, you can make another persons day lighter and brighter. Doors versus gates can start a whole new conversation. Doors seems to me to stop me in my tracks, whereas gates allow me to see inside. So the young lady allowed me a small glimpse into her soul like the gates that allow a peek inside. Keep sending your thoughts to us as they inspire.

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 9:12 am

      You’re so wise and thoughtful. Today I’ll be marinating in those ideas about becoming more of a gate than a door. Beautiful. Thanks for honoring this space with grace and positive encouragement. xox

  9. May 8, 2018 / 9:25 am

    A lovely way to start the day. I have scrolled thru this post a few times after reading it and I love it more and more each time. Each photo causes me to pause and wonder what is behind the gate, who lives there, what is their story? And the kids…innocent and beautiful

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 10:30 am

      So happy to add lovely to your day, Elizabeth. Thanks for blessing me. xox

  10. Phyllis
    May 8, 2018 / 9:36 am

    Thank you a beautiful post to start my day.

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Thanks so much for reading, friend. Peace to you. 🙂

  11. May 8, 2018 / 9:55 am

    Hi Michele, I love your words! You so graciously share your personal feelings and that in turn makes us think about our own lives. The metaphors are beautiful. The garden doors and gates and winding paths so enchanting. Thanks for inspiring and blessing us with your gift! I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet little dog. She’s in heaven with my whole gang….
    xo
    Holly

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 10:28 am

      You’re such a light, Holly. Thank you for blessing me. I miss her everyday. xox

  12. Joanna
    May 8, 2018 / 11:11 am

    I think only those of us who have had a dog really know of the sense of loss. We lost our dear, sweet Border nine years ago and miss her still. Our thoughts no longer bring tears, but smiles. She has a place in our hearts forever, as your sweet, little girl. We have another, of course, because what is life without a dog? The same but different. Loved just as much,
    Gates always entice me. What is beyond? I had a iron gate commissioned when we settled on the west coast. I see many stop to look and peak into my backyard oasis. My garden is my happy place. Whether sitting or working (can hardly call it work), I always feel calm. My husband has to remind me that I’ve been out for hours and to come in. Ahhh, gates. They do make me dream. Can I intrude on your garden?

    • michele
      Author
      May 8, 2018 / 3:43 pm

      Thank you for sharing your heart, Joanna. I would love to peek through your garden gate as well!!! I admire you brilliant gardeners who lovingly nurture the earth season after season. I am good at pulling weeds and choosing pillows for outdoor furniture, but no green thumb! So happy to have you here gazing in the garden gracefully. xox

  13. Sandy Woodley
    May 10, 2018 / 8:59 am

    Love gardens and one of my favorite things to take pictures of are doors or gates. As I scrolled through these pictures, I was shocked to see a picture of my garden gate and pathway that was taken a number of years ago for an article in the paper about my garden. Thanks for the happy surprise.

    • michele
      Author
      May 10, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Oh my! Thank you so much for visiting – please let me know which image can be credited to you!!! It is such a challenge to find original sources for images on Pinterest! 🙂

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