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Photo by Alex MacLean

A Message from Julie Moir Messervy


Welcome to Home Outside!

As a landscape designer, author, and lecturer, I travel extensively across the U.S. and Canada. Wherever I go, I see tracts of houses without any landscaping around them. Aerial photographer Alex McLean’s photograph above perfectly captures the problem. Except for shade trees along the street, there is nothing except one lone Weber grill to call a homeowner to venture out-of-doors.

Inspired to address this problem, I wrote Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love (Taunton Press, 2009) to help homeowners with their landscapes in the simplest possible language. But I always knew that they still needed more help. So four years ago my team and I decided to jump into the digital world and create a simple and fun app that people everywhere could use to mock up their own backyard and then begin to transform it into a personalized landscape. Unlike existing CAD or desktop landscape design programs that are created for professional use, the Home Outside app features all the elements that make up a property, from the house and driveway down to the compost bin and perennial planting. Each element, beautifully hand-drawn by JMMDS’s own Bethany Gracia, is easily selected, duplicated, resized, and moved into place to help people create the home outside they’ve always longed for.

We also created Home Outside Design, our online design service, and for several years we’ve been doing layout plans, planting plans, and photo overlay sketches for properties around North America. Now we are bringing the two endeavors together. Clients can use our Home Outside app to submit their property information and preferences, so that we can deliver their designs more quickly, efficiently and inexpensively. We can now offer beautiful expert design to everyone, at a price more homeowners can afford.

Thank you to my amazing colleagues at JMMDS; our original developer Jeff Richardson of All Dreams Digital; Gary Toste and the rest of the team at Brisk Mobile; our web support team at Burlington Bytes; and Emily Quirk, Sam Bell, and Tim Hamilton at Matter Communications. What a team!

Who is Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio (JMMDS)?

JMMDS is the award-winning landscape architecture and design firm that created the Toronto Music Garden and hundreds of public and private gardens. Founder and principal designer Julie Moir Messervy is a well-known lecturer and the author of eight books including Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love. Julie believes that beautiful design should be available to everyone.

Clients include hundreds of private homeowners, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival; Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden of Richmond, Virginia; Franklin Park Conservatory of Columbus, Ohio; Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Myriad Botanical Gardens of Oklahoma City; and many more.

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How are JMMDS and Home Outside connected?

Home Outside is an online landscape design service created by Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio (JMMDS). Using the same team of landscape architects and designers who create JMMDS’s signature public and residential landscapes, Home Outside offers a streamlined process that lets homeowners save money by creating a base plan and describing their property with the Home Outside landscape design app for iOS and Android devices. With their Home Outside online landscape design service and app, Messervy and JMMDS are pioneering new ways to bring great landscape design to everyone.