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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
A well-designed landscape extends your home beyond its four walls. Landscape and garden designer Julie Moir Messervy shows readers how to create living spaces outdoors in her new book, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love. Messervy believes most people are more comfortable fixing up rooms than yards, so she seeks to instill confidence by taking a step-by-step approach. She addresses real-life challenges, such as limited time, budget constraints and neighborhood association rules, and provides a wealth of ideas and photos for inspiration.
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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.
Julie has given us fresh ways of viewing our property and be able to actually utilize all of it (not just the house) to enrich our lives and the lives of others. Here is a quote form the book: "Home is the place where you feel safe and find refuge. Like being hugged by a loved one, encircling your house so that it feels enclosed brings a comforting sense of security to your property. Enclosing arms - walls,fences, screens, and hedges - mark and guard the territory around your home against intrusion from outside, while offering sanctuary and seclusion within". p. 106