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Landscape Design: Brooklyn, NY

Landscape Design: Brooklyn, NY

A Welcoming Entry Garden with a Modern Flair This attached rowhouse in Brooklyn will be renovated next year, but in the meantime the owners were eager to create a welcoming oasis in their tiny front yard. They wanted a landscape design with a clean, modern aesthetic and envisioned a geometric layout using rectangular pavers embedded in moss. […]

Landscape Design Tip: Back Up Your Seating!

Landscape Design Tip: Back Up Your Seating!

When placing a seat or bench in your landscape, “Create a sense of security around your bench,” Julie Moir Messervy writes in Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love (Taunton Press, 2009, page 161). She recommends creating a feeling of safe enclosure by placing a bench in front of a wall or hedge, or planting large […]

Coastal Massachusetts: A Sideyard Transformed into a Firepit Garden

Coastal Massachusetts: A Sideyard Transformed into a Firepit Garden

We turned an unused side yard into an outdoor “fire garden” for a couple that likes to entertain at their Massachusetts seaside home. We created a formal path that links the new octagonal bluestone patio to an existing terrace, centering the fire pit on the owners’ kitchen window. A grassy play space is edged by […]

Home Outside Palette App Makes Holiday Decorating Easy

Home Outside Palette App Makes Holiday Decorating Easy

Use the new Holiday palette on the Home Outside Palette app to plan some winter decorations for your landscape! Evergreen swags here, twinkle-lighted trees there, snowmen in the yard, containers of seasonal greens on the deck—everything you need for creating festive designs for your yard (in every season) is in the Holiday palette! The palette includes 32 new hand-drawn elements for […]

Landscape Design: Creating Visual Echoes

Landscape Design: Creating Visual Echoes

  By Julie Moir Messervy, JMMDS. When you start the design of any property—big or small—you need an organizing strategy that helps you to make decisions related to form, shape, and line. Here, the round swimming pond gave us a clue that led to repeating the curve in the retaining wall, the crescent shape of […]

Lighting in the Garden

Is there anything more magical than spending a summer evening in the garden? Of course, stumbling around in the dark is a less-than-magical experience! Here’s a tip from Landscaping Ideas That Work: Wherever there’s a level change, the steps need to be well lit. Small fixtures can create soft highlights that guide you through the […]

Product Giveaway: Beautiful Handcrafted Wooden Garden Tools

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Garden Furniture and Accents, Uncategorized

L: Le Jardinet garden dibber for planting seeds, bulbs and transplants; C: garden row markers; R: row markers in use in the vegetable garden. Images courtesy of Le Jardinet.   On Julie’s trip to Seattle for the NW Flower & Garden Show, she made the delightful acquaintance of garden designer Karen Chapman, who has a custom container-garden […]

Defy the Polar Vortex with an Outdoor Fireplace!

There is no pleasure like sitting before a blazing fireplace—and it needn’t be inside your house. Outdoor fireplaces can be freestanding or built into the wall of a structure, as shown here. This massive stone wall with its huge sandstone mantle allows wood storage below the large firebox. Text and image from Landscaping Ideas That […]

Tiny Houses in the Garden

What is it about little houses in the garden? Whether it’s a shed, folly, teahouse, treehouse, gazebo, or good old-fashioned outhouse, who can resist a tiny structure designed to enchant the viewer and enhance the landscape? We love the images on this blog post about tiny houses. Recently we created a Pinterest board just for these […]

JMMDS and Hempstead House in the News!

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 in Garden Furniture and Accents, Uncategorized

JMMDS’s magical indoor winter garden design in honor of Yo-Yo Ma for the Hempstead House design showcase was featured today in Newsday and The New York Times. Newsday reporter Valerie Kellogg describes our design as “an imaginary landscape with giant silver stones, glittery logs, maple saplings, rugs of saturated color and streamers finger painted by children as they listened […]