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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Home Outside - Julie Moir Messervy (Landscaping)

Released January 2009

Julie Moir Messervy's award-winning landscape design guide is a must-have. If you struggle with garden design, you'll find this book to be an invaluable resource. If you simply want different ideas for your existing garden space, you'll still find Home Outside to be a great addition to your library.

Filled with beautiful photographs of gardens of different shapes and sizes, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love offers a wide array of garden and patio designs. Each garden incorporates outdoor living space so that you add square footage to your home without having to pay hefty construction costs. If you've ever wanted an outdoor kitchen or a tranquil location to kick back and relax on a sultry summer evening or crisp fall day, Home Outside is going to help you achieve your goals.

The book begins with an introduction in garden design. As you progress, you learn about landscaping on a budget, creating your dream garden one section and a time and getting a layout for your garden design. You'll learn how to plan a garden around a slope, come up with a themed garden design or plan a great outdoor space for entertaining. The book is fill of ideas and base plans to get you started.

I loved how the author included before and after pictures of many different homes. You get a great idea for the basic lay of the land and how the homeowner's ultimate goals turned their newly purchased home and yard into their own personalized living space. With so many pictures giving you ideas, you'll find this to be an amazing resource for your own garden and patio landscaping goals.

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