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!)

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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…

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:

Ornate Metal Bistro Set Under $200

Budget Friendly Wood Patio or Courtyard Furniture

Bistro Set Around $100

Monticello Bistro Set
Monticello Bistro Set…certainly charming indeed.

Black & White Bistro Dining Set

Black Outdoor Bistro Chairs

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

I independently selected products in this post—if you buy from one of my links, I may earn a commission.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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