Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds

I am tired but it’s a good tired. Working on the yard and courtyard this week has my muscles sore, my eyes droopy (from allergy meds), and my arms dotted with swollen bug bites. I have replaced plants that didn’t survive and weeded, but I’m not done and honestly have no business posting pictures since things are unfinished in the courtyard. But I’m keepin it real and now shopping for a few needed pieces. Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds will hopefully be helpful to both you and me as I finish tweaking this sweet little garden.

My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard & Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets As Well As Garden Finds. Rustic French inspired garden ideas and shopping…certainly lovely indeed.
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I’m sharing images snapped earlier today of progress, and there are obvious gaps and areas in need of TLC! I need pillows, some sort of potting bench or rustic table, maybe a small bistro set, and possibly some art.

Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds

Unfortunately, our towering burning bush (the one and only shrub that we didn’t erase from the courtyard when we bought the place!) did not survive the heavy rains we experienced this summer. What a job it was to dig up decades of deeply rootedness and haul it away a few days ago. I planted a new one, and there is now space for a little dining set and/or potting bench area.

Let’s have a look.

Walnut stained alder front door with speakeasy - Hello Lovely Studio. Come see my Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly lovely indeed.

Vintage galvanized buckets bring a rustic and tumbledown look, and I like the contrast with the fancy mirror.

My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard & Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets As Well As Garden Finds. Rustic French inspired garden ideas and shopping…certainly lovely indeed.

The little metal gate was supposed to simply be a placeholder since we intend to build a custom wood gate…we still have not addressed it!

My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly simple indeed.

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Vintage Galvanized Metal Watering Cans

I have a few vintage watering cans on display that will likely move to a shelf or bench. Find new galvanized watering cans here. The mirror I have leaning below will move to a bench or table once I find the right one.

My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly charming indeed.
Galvanized Watering Can, Small - Come see my Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds.
Small Galvanized Watering Can…certainly rustic indeed.

Inexpensive Hand Me Down Painted Wood Benches & Chairs

The furniture is a friend’s castoffs bought and painted in a custom combination of greyed-down whites. I like that the paint is now chippy after weathering here for a few years.

My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard & Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets As Well As Garden Finds. Rustic French inspired garden ideas and shopping…certainly lovely indeed.
My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio…certainly rustic French country indeed.

Rustic Unfussy Rose Corner

No fancy rose garden growing here – I have yet to commit to gardening so it’s just a few containers of kordanas for now and some knockout roses on the other side of the wall.

My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly simple indeed.
My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio…certainly in need of some sprucing indeed.

Stoneware as Planters

My stoneware jars are from Target, and I didn’t see them online so they may be available only in the store. They are similar to Farmhouse Pottery pieces which are high quality, handmade, and investment pieces.

Image result for farmhouse style stoneware urn crock - come see my Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds.
Farmhouse Pottery PIeces, OKL…certainly beautiful indeed.

Target has some great inexpensive stoneware pieces though, and their Smith & Hawken pieces are fabulous!

Terra Cotta Planter Gray - Smith & Hawken - come see my Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds.
Smith & Hawken Terra Cotta Planter Gray, Target…certainly affordable indeed.
Stoneware Utensil Holder Cream - Hearth & Handâ„¢ with Magnolia - come see my Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds.
Hearth & Hand Utensil Holder, Target…certainly useful indeed.

Galvanized Metal Buckets, Tubs & Containers

Old vintage metal buckets have gone up in price but new ones are reasonable.

Galvanized round tub with ice and cold drinks ready for a party in summer. Come see my Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds.
Galvanized Round Tub…certainly inexpensive indeed.
My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard & Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets As Well As Garden Finds. Rustic French inspired garden ideas and shopping…certainly lovely indeed.

Tall Planters on Porch

My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio…certainly simple indeed.
My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly handsome indeed.

Garden Accent Gate

You can find these little inexpensive garden accent gates everywhere now.

My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard & Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets As Well As Garden Finds. Rustic French inspired garden ideas and shopping…certainly lovely indeed.
My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio…certainly rustic country indeed.

They sometimes come with fancy arbors…

Traditional 94 x 48 Inch Black Iron Scrollwork Garden Gate - come see my Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard, Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets & Garden Finds.
Black Iron Scrollwork Garden Gate…certainly charming indeed.
My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly peaceful indeed.

Pea Gravel Colors

Here is a close-up of the gravel in the courtyard.

pea gravel in my courtyard
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly rustic indeed.
Inspirational quote from Rumi.
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DIY French Poem Stenciled Mirror

Here’s the French stencil I used to quickly create an etched look on an old beveled mirror. This attracts the birds like mad!

My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly simple and charming indeed.
My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio…certainly peaceful indeed.
My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Farmhouse French Inspired Courtyard & Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets As Well As Garden Finds. Rustic French inspired garden ideas and shopping…certainly lovely indeed.
My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Photo: Hello Lovely Studio…certainly humble indeed.
My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly peaceful indeed.

An Inspiring French Garden

Let’s welcome tranquility and tour a gorgeous formal garden that resembled my humble rustic patch of gravel NOT A BIT!

Potting Bench Idea

I have my eyes peeled for a bench or table for the courtyard with a scale like this.

Belham Living Wood Potting Bench in driftwood grey
Belham Living Potting Bench…certainly useful indeed.

Bistro Set Under $50

I now have space for a little dining set so I am exploring affordable bistro sets options.

White bistro dining set with folding table and chairs.
3 Piece White Bistro Set…certainly inexpensive indeed.
Metal Garden Stool - Better Homes & Gardens
19″ Metal Garden Stool…certainly charming indeed.

Inexpensive Wood Patio or Courtyard Furniture

5 piece conversational patio set with cushions
5 Piece Patio Set With Cushions…certainly affordable indeed.
Turner Metal Garden Stool
Turner Metal Garden Stool…certainly whimsical indeed.

Bistro Set Around $100

Aluminum bistro set
Aluminum Bistro Set…certainly traditional indeed.
Monticello Bistro Set
Monticello Bistro Set…certainly charming indeed.
Teak Garden Stool
Teak Wood Slat Garden Stool…certainly lovely indeed.

Bistro Dining Set Around $300

Coral Coast bistro set with black and white Parisian chairs.
Outdoor Bistro Set…certainly classic indeed.
Ryefield Concrete Bistro Set
Ryefield Concrete Bistro Set…certainly lovely indeed.
Oakland Living bistro set
Oakland Living Bistro Set…certainly traditional indeed.
Glam White Embossed Garden Stool
White Embossed Garden Stool…certainly lovely indeed.
Acacia wood outdoor dining set
Acacia Wood Dining Set…certainly versatile indeed.

Stackable Bistro Chairs in Grey

Grey and white stacking bistro chairs
Set of 2 Stacking Bistro Chairs…certainly charming indeed.
Catania Outdoor Black Bistro Set
Catania Outdoor Black Bistro Set…certainly classic indeed.
Marina Ceramic garden stool
Marina Ceramic Garden Stool…certainly a pop of color indeed.

What did you think of that French garden tour (video above)? Go back adn watch if you missed it and find more French farmhouse goodness HERE and HERE.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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12 Comments

    • Michele
      Author
      July 27, 2019 / 1:13 pm

      Well, then I’m so glad I included it! Peace to you. 🙂

  1. July 27, 2019 / 7:51 am

    Good morning Michele!

    I have always enjoyed this sweet courtyard becauseI think it is a space that many can replicate. I love the pea gravel, the sitting area, the mirrors, watering cans, ok, I LOVe it all.

    There are a ton of great sales pieces for the garden at home goods, TJMAXX and Tuesday morning!

    Have a wonderful weekend friend.

    • Michele
      Author
      July 27, 2019 / 1:12 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Elizabeth – I’m still working on it, but it delivers so much peace already. Off to catch up on your lovely blog and hoping you are enjoying a delicious bon weekend.

  2. Connie
    July 27, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    I would LOVE to have pea gravel in my courtyard….but it is not do-able since we must shovel and/or use a snowblower in winter in that area. {sigh}…. Love the idea of graveled courtyard. Lovely to see your photo!

    • Michele
      Author
      July 27, 2019 / 2:15 pm

      Ahhh. We get a ton of snow here in Northern Illinois but haven’t had an issue since there is a sidewalk path between the areas with gravel. Thanks, Connie!

  3. August 3, 2019 / 8:50 pm

    Michele,
    You are so welcome for the feature on TFT. Working in the garden is always so much work but so relaxing. Your courtyard is going to be so lovely when you are done. It looks great already.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      August 3, 2019 / 10:55 pm

      My trouble is just getting started – once I begin, then I enjoy it and want to keep going. Thanks, Bev! 🙂

  4. August 7, 2019 / 9:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

    • Michele
      Author
      August 7, 2019 / 10:26 pm

      I appreciate the show of support, Marilyn – thank you so much. 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      August 8, 2019 / 12:17 pm

      Yippeee! I’ll be right over, Amber. Peace to you.

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