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Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love Hardcover – January 1, 2009
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Winner of the 2010 Gold Medal from the Garden Writers Association for Best Book Writing
“One of the Year’s 10 Best Garden Books” –Boston Globe
"It's not often that a seasoned designer comes up with a fresh, illuminating take on the fundamental concepts of her profession. Her book demystifies design for those of us not trained in architecture, or born with an innate sense of scale." –Seattle Times“A great book for new homeowners wondering where to start.” – yourhome.ca“The pictures are superb. The line drawings clearly illustrate the points raised by Julie. She is an excellent landscape designer and a master communicator. Plumbing the depths of this one book could require an entire winter of studying and dreaming.” –Worcester Telegram and Gazette
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Her most recent book, Landscaping Ideas That Work (Taunton Press, January 2014), is her most practical book yet, offering a host of visual ideas as well as design tips, before and after images, case studies, and essential information for homeowners.
Julie and her award-winning studio, JMMDS, offer full-service landscape architecture and design for residences and organizations, as well as an online landscape design service. For information about the Home Outside® online service, visit www.homeoutsidedesign.com.
With the online design service and Home Outside Palette landscape design app (available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for all major devices), Julie and JMMDS are pioneering new ways to bring good landscape design to homeowners everywhere.
Julie's first book, Contemplative Gardens (Howell Press, 1990), was named "one of the ten best garden books of the year" by The New York Times. Her second book, The Inward Garden (Little, Brown and Company, 1995), won the Garden Writers Association of America Gold Medal in 1996. Her third book, The Magic Land, was proclaimed a "delight" by Yo-Yo Ma and "a companion for inspired daydreaming" by The Boston Globe. Julie's fourth book, written in partnership with architect Sarah Susanka, Outside the Not So Big House (The Taunton Press, 2006), is a consistent best-seller on Amazon.com and ranked at the top of bookseller lists in Canada. Her fifth book, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love (The Taunton Press, 2009), received the Garden Writers Association 2010 Gold Medal for Best Book Writing. In 2009, she published The Toronto Music Garden, an in-depth guide to the conception and creation of this award-winning three-acre public garden, designed by Julie in collaboration with eminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Julie's vision for composing landscapes of beauty and meaning is furthering the evolution of landscape design and changing the way people create and enjoy their outdoor surroundings. Visit her at www.jmmds.com for her news, blog, design portfolio, and upcoming lectures and events.
Many people ask how to pronounce Julie Moir Messervy's name. Moir rhymes with "lawyer"; Messervy is pronounced "meh-SIR-vee."
Top Customer Reviews
This was very helpful in really helping me figure out how I want my yard to look. Step by step (and simple!) process of figuring out what you want and how to do it and why.
I loved the text, but only three stars because I was very disappointed with the photography. Nearly all the photos are of yard that obviously spent 10's of thousands to landscape their yards... not reasonable and distracting as your read.
The photos of professional and unreasonably done yards didn't seem to match the words of the book telling us how to do our own, realistic landscaping design.
I would have loved seeing some real yards landscaped in a real way for inspiration like is done in "front yard gardens" by Liz Primeau.
Unlike most other books, however, this one was designed with the average homeowner in mind. Using juxtaposed before and after photos, the author demonstrates how the sculpted and exquisite yards all started off overgrown, barren or starkly without a shred of personality. She explains how to take a yard from point A to point B - all at once if your budget allows or in planned, attractive stages to spread out the cost.
Among the book's best features are the simple, user-friendly diagrams explaining basic outdoor space theory: outdoor rooms, central clearing or the immersed look. Using these basic designs, the author teachers readers how to:
* Map their space
* Arrange for flow of movement through the space
* Manage the view (maximize the best views, hide traffic or close neighbors as desired)
* Finding and utilizing the best flora for your location
* Identifying and creating the form and function that most appeals to you
* Budget-friendly options (concrete patios, up-cycled garden treasures, retreat spaces floored with gravel instead of expensive flagstone, etc.)
* Defining welcoming and functional entryways
* Connecting the inside and outside of your home
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has been an extremely helpful book and has great photos as well as clearly written.Published 22 days ago by Dana Sams
Was expecting to get ideas for my HOA restricted yard but it was mainly for much larger yard's with no restrictions.Published 4 months ago by Chris L.
This book is not a step by step guide - it is holistic in it's approach. I love this book!Published 6 months ago by Julie M. Kiley
I just can't adequately describe how much I love this book! It is an invaluable resource to those who long to extend their homes outside the walls of their house. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Karen K. Thompson
Well organized and written. Very good general overview of creating the perfect garden.Published 11 months ago by Katya P