In the Belgian town of Tielrode, two artists transformed an inherited property, a former inn and cafe, into nature retreat Good Repose. A major part of the renovation was the south-facing courtyard and its semi-covered terrace structure. In quintessential Belgian fashion, the owners landscaped the courtyard with gravel, whitewashed and plastered the brick walls, and designed the exterior space with a suite of artful outdoor furniture. Here, we dissect the peaceful look, from the chairs and mini-grill down to the sturdy ceramic tableware.
If you’re designing a gravel courtyard, start with our Hardscape 101 guides for Gravel 101 (including Pea Gravel and Decomposed Granite) and 10 Things Your Landscape Designer Wishes You Knew About Gravel (But Is Too Polite to Tell You). For more of our favorite gravel gardens to co-opt, see our posts: