Pea Gravel Courtyard, Quotes, Bistro Sets & Garden Deliciousness Now

HOW HOW HOW is it even June? I’ll require a couple of days for this development to sink in. Pea Gravel Courtyard, Quotes, Bistro Sets & Garden Deliciousness brings peaceful outdoor living ideas as we turn our attention to garden inspiration, patios, decks, and porches. My garden and courtyard is always a bit forlorn and spare this time of year. In Northern Illinois, we’re just getting started with planting. I plan to spend as much time in our sweet little front entrance sanctuary as possible. (Last year, I happily added French cafe chair charm, and you’ll soon see how another little trio joined the current one!)

Knotty alder front door with speakeasy opens to a pea gravel courtyard - Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #entry #courtyard #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #europeancountry #interiordesign

The quotes and poetry excerpts mostly fall under an umbrella I might call ‘self-care’ but that you might call ‘spiritual’ or ‘contemplative.’ I wonder if there are seeds of hope, of discovery, of deeper soulfulness planted here?

Pea Gravel Courtyard, Quotes, Bistro Sets & Garden Finds

Yung Pueblo inspiring life quote poetry on Hello Lovely. #yungpueblo #lovequotes #selfcare
In my French country pea gravel courtyard, plates made from palm leaves look like wood and are a perfect choice for summer outdoor entertaining. I used them as mini individual cheese boards and dessert boards - Hello Lovely Studio. #easyentertaining #palmplates #disposableplates #tabledecor #summerentertaining
Farmhouse Stools can be used for seating or little accent tables.

I am tired, but a good tired. Working on the yard and courtyard this week produced sore muscles, droopy eyes (allergy meds), and swollen bumpy arms inflamed with insect bites.

Pretty purple annuals perched on a rustic wood stool in my pea gravel courtyard with pea gravel. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #courtyard #summergarden #rusticstool

I weeded and raked leaves, but I’m nowhere near done, but I’m taking my own sweet time.

Hurry quote to inspire by St. Francis De Sales on Hello Lovely Studio. #hurryquote #inspirationalquotes #stfrancis

These images reflect different stages in the progress so there are obvious gaps and areas in need of TLC! I need to add: pillows, a potting bench or rustic table, and side tables or tree stumps.

Rustic farmhouse wood stool in the pea gravel courtyard garden with summer blooms - Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #gardenstool #rusticstool #summergarden #homedecor #outdoorstool
Self-care quote by Jeff Foster on Hello Lovely. #selfcarequotes #traumaquotes #healingquotes #depression
My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Farmhouse French Pea Gravel Courtyard & Inexpensive Bistro Dining Sets As Well As Garden Finds. Rustic French inspired garden ideas and shopping…certainly lovely indeed.
Funny quote and humor about muffins spelled backwards on Hello Lovely Studio. #funnyquotes #humorquotes #muffins #foodhumor

Unfortunately, our towering burning bush (the only shrub we did not erase from the courtyard when we bought the place!) did not survive the heavy rains experienced in 2019.

Charming French country inspired garden with pea gravel and boxwood. #hellolovelystudio #gardendecor #frenchfarmhouse #frenchcourtyard #peagravel #outdoordecor
Yung Pueblo inspiring recovery quote poetry on Hello Lovely. #addictionquotes #yungpueblo #lovequotes #selfcare

What a job to dig up decades of deeply rooted growth and haul it away to make room for a young burning bush which is thriving.

Romantic, simple, French courtyard with pink accents for a tea party - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Self-care quote by Jeff Foster on Hello Lovely. #selfcarequotes #traumaquotes #healingquotes #couragequotes

In Other Seasons…

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio
Snowy French country courtyard in Northern Illinois looks serene and peaceful - Hello Lovely Studio. #courtyard #wintergarden #serene

Let’s have a look.

Snowy trees in my winter yard in Northern Illinois - Hello Lovely Studio.
Yung Pueblo inspiring love quote poetry on Hello Lovely. #yungpueblo #lovequotes #selfcare
Entrance with stone steps to our home in the woods in winter - Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #cottageexterior

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

My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
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The little metal gate was supposed to simply be a placeholder since we intend to build a custom gate from wood…yet we still have not addressed it!

Inspirational quote about peace, rest, and prayer by Michele of Hello Lovely. #peacequotes #prayerquotes #spiritualityquotes #selfcarequotes
Wodsy exterior of our charming cottage sited on a hill with a front stone walled courtyard. #hellolovelystudio #cottageexterior #cozycottage

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Vintage Galvanized Metal Watering Cans

A few vintage watering cans on display will likely move to a shelf or bench. Find new galvanized watering cans here.

My Farmhouse French inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly rustic indeed.
Galvanized watering can is functional and a beautiful ornament in the summer garden! #galvanized #wateringcan #gardening #gardentools
Galvanized Watering Can…in case you need a beautiful ornament that gets the job done.

Vintage Bicycle With Basket as Planter

Vintage bicycle with white roses in basket in our French country courtyard - Hello Lovely Studio. #frenchbicycle #bicyclebaskets #whiteroses
Yung Pueblo inspiring life quote poetry on Hello Lovely. #yungpueblo #lovequotes #selfcare

Inexpensive Hand Me Down Painted Wood Benches & Chairs

The furniture are yard sale finds painted in a 50/50 combination of greyed-down whites (Farrow & Ball Cornforth White and Hardwick White).

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 My mirror will move to a bench or table once I find the right one. French inspired garden ideas and shopping…certainly lovely indeed.

I like how the paint has weathered and the pieces have an aged look after a few years here.

Wood burning fire pit in our French country courtyard with pea gravel is the perfect little addition to enjoy roasted marshmallows and family time. #firepit #woodburningfirepit #outdoordecor #patiodecor #hellolovelystudio
French farmhouse inspired courtyard with pea gravel, wood furniture, and vintage galvanized buckets. #hellolovelystudio #gardens #courtyards #frenchfarmhouse #peagravel #outdoorfurniture #outdoordecor
Self-care quote by Jeff Foster on Hello Lovely. #selfcarequotes #traumaquotes #healingquotes #restquotes

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 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.
Etty Hillesum life quote to inspire on Hello Lovely. #lifequote #lovequote #spiritualityquotes

Stoneware as Planters

My stoneware jars are from Target, and I didn’t see them online so they may be available only in 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, OKL…certainly beautiful indeed.

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

Yung Pueblo inspiring healing quote poetry on Hello Lovely. #yungpueblo #lovequotes #selfcare
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.

Galvanized Metal Buckets, Tubs & Containers

Old vintage metal buckets have risen in price but new ones are reasonable. I have several of this exact one (below) which I use for open storage on shelves and for entertaining.

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.
Wodsy exterior of our charming cottage sited on a hill with a front stone walled courtyard. #hellolovelystudio #cottageexterior #cozycottage

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.
Yung Pueblo inspiring life quote poetry on Hello Lovely. #yungpueblo #lovequotes #selfcare

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.
Instead of sharing a big cheeseboard or sweets buffet, individual mini boards are a safe way to entertain during Covid-19. #hellolovelystudio #summerentertaining #easyentertaining #outdoorentertaining #minicheeseboard #appetizerideas
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.

DIY French Poem Stenciled Mirror

Here’s the French stencil used to quickly create an etched look on an old beveled mirror. This attracts the birds, and contrary to what you may think, they don’t crash into it.

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.
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.
Inspirational quote about pandemic and covid19 on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #covid19 #therona
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.
Yung Pueblo inspiring life quote poetry on Hello Lovely. #yungpueblo #lovequotes #selfcare
My French farmhouse inspired courtyard in summer with pea gravel, ferns, galvanized buckets, and boxwood - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly a peaceful pea gravel courtyard indeed.

An Inspiring French Garden

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

Potting Bench Idea

My eyes are 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.

Ornate Metal Bistro Set Under $200

Metal Garden Stool - Better Homes & Gardens
19″ Metal Garden Stool…certainly charming indeed.

Budget Friendly 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.

Black & White Bistro Dining Set

Coral Coast bistro set with black and white Parisian chairs.
Outdoor Bistro Set…certainly classic 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.

Black Outdoor Bistro Chairs

Catania Outdoor Black Bistro Set
Catania Outdoor Black Bistro Set…certainly classic indeed.

What did you think of the French garden tour (video above)? Go back to watch if you missed it, and find additional French inspired outdoor inspo HERE and HERE.

Yung Pueblo inspiring life quote poetry on Hello Lovely. #yungpueblo #lovequotes #selfcare

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Upholstered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
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French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
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Pamela Arm Chair
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French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
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Rattan Armchair
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Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
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French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
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White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
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Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
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White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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16 Comments

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

      Well, then I’m so glad I included it! Peace to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

  5. Mumbai
    June 2, 2021 / 1:12 pm

    hello Michele….if this beautiful white painted house is yours on the pics, I had never seen before. Honestly, I don’t
    like pea gravel because it is difficult to clean when the leaves fall down, not comfy for shoes etc….Anyway, do everything in a calm spirit and don’t work too much…take care of your health.

    • Michele
      Author
      June 2, 2021 / 9:54 pm

      Hi there, friend. Yes – it’s our home, and it’s light grey but perhaps appears white in the images. I find it soooooo easy to care for the areas with pea gravel, and it’s doubtful you could have more fallen leaves than we do since we’re heavily wooded here. We use a blower to remove leaves just a couple times per year, and it takes just minutes. But I do understand not wanting to walk on it. I think the pea gravel needs to make sense aesthetically for the project as well. Since the tones in our gravel are my favorite colors, it works for me on multiple levels. Hope you are safe and enjoying late spring! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. June 10, 2021 / 6:06 am

    Michele, you are always providing me with so much inspiration and appreciation for life and offering beautiful little pearls of wisdom to enjoy it to the fullest. I apologize I havenโ€™t been able to get over and comment earlier, but I am here now and so grateful for your beautiful post. Thank you so much for always joining us at the TFT party. Thank you for your lovely comments each week, please forgive me if I donโ€™t always get a chance to reply, I read them every time. I will be featuring you this week at the party. Blessings, dear lady.

    • Michele
      Author
      June 10, 2021 / 8:16 pm

      You’re so lovely, Theresa. I can’t wait to join you all today and so appreciate your support. We’re a sisterhood, yes?

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Kubu Basket Set
Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
French Country Settee
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Upholstered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
30″ French Storage Basket
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile (My Backsplash)
French Wire Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
French Country Wall Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Distressed White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Colleen Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing