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Steal This Look: An Artful Gravel Garden in Antwerp

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Steal This Look: An Artful Gravel Garden in Antwerp

July 30, 2021

One of our favorite gravel gardens is also one of the most simple. The courtyard in the Antwerp gallery-home of gallerist Veerle Wenes designed by Lens°Ass Architects features gravel, sparse vines, a single tree, and elevated concrete floor. Here’s a look at some of the decor elements to recreate the look.

Large glass doors pivot out onto the garden. Photograph courtesy of Verne.
Above: Large glass doors pivot out onto the garden. Photograph courtesy of Verne.
A concrete island stands in the middle of the gravel courtyard. Photograph courtesy of Verne.
Above: A concrete island stands in the middle of the gravel courtyard. Photograph courtesy of Verne.
A single bench made from the same concrete used for the island, hovers over the gravel. Photograph courtesy of Verne.
Above: A single bench made from the same concrete used for the island, hovers over the gravel. Photograph courtesy of Verne.
Ivy grows over half of the gallery/house exterior. Photograph courtesy of Verne.
Above: Ivy grows over half of the gallery/house exterior. Photograph courtesy of Verne.
A wood table on iron folding legs and a pair of Muuto yellow chairs make up all the furniture in the garden. Photograph courtesy of Verne.
Above: A wood table on iron folding legs and a pair of Muuto yellow chairs make up all the furniture in the garden. Photograph courtesy of Verne.

Materials

The Sherwin Williams 7005 Pure White Interior/Exterior Paint is favored by architects for an exterior white paint. (See \10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Exterior Paint Picks for more.)
Above: The Sherwin Williams 7005 Pure White Interior/Exterior Paint is favored by architects for an exterior white paint. (See 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Exterior Paint Picks for more.)
Learn all about gravel in our posts Hardscaping \10\1: Gravel Gardens, Hardscaping \10\1: Pea Gravel, and Low-Cost Luxe: 9 Pea Gravel Patio Ideas to Steal. Photograph by Matthew Williams from Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces.
Above: Learn all about gravel in our posts Hardscaping 101: Gravel GardensHardscaping 101: Pea Gravel, and Low-Cost Luxe: 9 Pea Gravel Patio Ideas to Steal. Photograph by Matthew Williams from Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces.

Lighting

The Atomic Topless Steamline Industrial Guard Sconce in White is \$3\27 at Barn Light Electric.
Above: The Atomic Topless Steamline Industrial Guard Sconce in White is $327 at Barn Light Electric.
The &#8\2\20;Standard&#8\2\2\1; Biergarten Table, in natural with green frames, from Beer Garden Furniture starts at \$549.
Above: The “Standard” Biergarten Table, in natural with green frames, from Beer Garden Furniture starts at $549.
Designed by Jens Fager for Muuto, the Raw Chair, shown in Yellow, is \$\1,649 CAD at The Modern Shop.
Above: Designed by Jens Fager for Muuto, the Raw Chair, shown in Yellow, is $1,649 CAD at The Modern Shop.
The Desert Blanket in Orange and Camel by Garza Marfa is \$\200 at Heath Ceramics.
Above: The Desert Blanket in Orange and Camel by Garza Marfa is $200 at Heath Ceramics.
Above: This Hand-Blown Glass Carafe by Anna Karlin is $250 at Ode to Things.

N.B.: This post has been updated with new shopping information; it was first published April 2017.

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Finally, learn how to successfully use gravel in a hardscape project with our Hardscaping 101: Gravel guide.

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