Circular Lawns: Give your lawn a shape.

Lawn Shape Challenge

Awhile back I wrote a post entitled Design Tip: Give Your Lawn a Shape (see here). It gives ideas on the design principle that your lawn should be a feature of your garden, not just a receptacle in your garden. A lawn shape is a design technique that is so simple it hurts. Recently, a reader made the following comment on that post and posed a question: "Hi Julie, my … [Read More...]

Southern Wild Design

Perennials: How do I love thee?

Got a sunny spot? Plant some perennials! The butterflies and bees and hummingbirds will love you. You will love it, too! Oh how I love perennials! Last fall I tore out some lawn and started a small perennial bed. My long-term plans include very little grass and LOTS of perennials. This is the first spring […]

Bamboo shades

The Layered Window: Texture with Bamboo Shades

The interior of a home is much like a great garden…it is made up of many layers. As we plant and tend our gardens over the years, we add and subtract plants and pathways and other elements to make the garden our own. This happens inside our homes as well. I’m much more at home […]

Angry Birds(s)

Angry Bird(s)

Be prepared for the crazy antics that take place when you welcome wildlife into your garden. The entertainment value is priceless. Oh it is quite pleasant to watch the butterflies and other insects flit from flower to flower, but the real action takes place at the birdbath! The birdbath…ah the birdbath. What a great spot to gather […]

Small Bathroom Makeover

Small Bathroom Makeover

Slowly but surely the house makeover marches on! When I bought my little bungalow, I was drawn to the practical stuff like the all-brick exterior, the wood floors, the wiring, and all the other stuff that most folks would find boring. If those things are in place, then the cosmetic fixing-up is do-able. So far […]

Garden designer

Confessions of a Garden Designer

I haven’t done a lot of design work this spring…on purpose…other than my own space. I wanted to take a step back and reassess the work I’ve done and allow myself some time to work on my own garden. I’m not a fan of traditional landscaping…the perfectly manicured lawn (generally lots of it) and rows […]

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyard

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards: Phase 1

If you ever find yourself wandering around western North Carolina consider making a stop at Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards in Henderson County. Located on Chestnut Gap Road near Hendersonville the winery offers award winning wines in a fabulous setting. (for more information click here) In the fall of 2013, I completed a master plan for the tasting room and […]

In the House

Bamboo shades

The Layered Window: Texture with Bamboo Shades

The interior of a home is much like a great garden…it is made up of many layers. As we plant and tend our gardens over the years, we add and subtract plants and pathways and other elements to make the garden our own. This happens inside our homes as well. I’m much more at home […]

Small Bathroom Makeover

Small Bathroom Makeover

Slowly but surely the house makeover marches on! When I bought my little bungalow, I was drawn to the practical stuff like the all-brick exterior, the wood floors, the wiring, and all the other stuff that most folks would find boring. If those things are in place, then the cosmetic fixing-up is do-able. So far […]

snow

My Winter Projects

It’s warm and wet outside, the birds are everywhere and singing their little hearts out, and I’m feeling a teensy bit panicky. Why? Because it is obviously spring–all of the sudden–and I have so much to do! Just a few days ago we had snow and ice and now it is spring! My only comfort […]

Reupholster an Ottoman

How to Reupholster an Ottoman

Wow! I actually got another small project done yesterday! I managed to reupholster an ottoman. But before I get to that and if you are confused and thought this was a blog about gardening, etc., it is. You are in the right place, but since winter is approaching and I’m in the house more, I’m sharing […]

book swap

Book Swap!

Crafting disaster aside, let’s get back to things I know how to do and love! Books! Books! Books! I love books…real, tangible, made-with-paper, hold-in-your-hands, turn-real-pages books. With the cold weather upon us, it’s time to take a look at our libraries for winter entertainment and study. There are gift lists galore right now and chances are […]

curtains

Curtains for the Dining and Living Rooms

Fall is winding down and winter is well on its way. I finished my outdoor chores for the year (well…sort of…mostly), and I moved myself indoors for some projects that have been waiting for my attention for far too long. Some garden design work still lingers, and I’m still acquiring plants for clients and placing them […]

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