Home Outside

Creating the Landscape You Love

Home Outside

By:  Messervy, Julie Moir

9781600850080
Product ID:  071206
$30.00 Hardback
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01/27/2009
Taunton Press

9.2 X 10.9 in
256 pg



ARCHITECTURE / General
HOUSE & HOME / Outdoor & Recreational Areas
ARCHITECTURE / Landscape

Would you like to make your outdoor living spaces a beautiful, functional extension of your home?

Home Outside will give you all the big picture design concepts you need to create an outdoor paradise -- and all the step-by-step details to bring your vision to life.

Acclaimed landscape designer and award-winning author Julie Moir Messervy takes you through seven key concepts that can help you transform your landscape -- and your lifestyle.

  • Pleasure Ground
  • Lay of the Land
  • Big Moves
  • Finding Your Comfort Zone
  • Making It Flow
  • Placing the Pieces
  • Sensory Pleasures

For every part of your property, the author helps you see it through the eyes of a designer -- explaining concepts in simple, understandable language and providing great tips for pulling it all together.

You'll learn how to create a front yard that's warm and inviting to friends and neighbors. A backyard that's friendly, functional and relaxing for any kind of entertaining.

And for those quiet moments you may need from time to time, you'll learn how to create peaceful spaces that feel like your own private sanctuary.

With all the insights of Julie Messervy, 358 photos and 72 drawings, Home Outside delivers everything you need to make the great outdoors an important part of your home.

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


Julie Moir Messervy's vision for composing landscape of beauty and meaning is furthering the evolution of landscape design and changing the way people create and enjoy their outdoor surroundings. With over three decades of experience, eight books (incuding Home Outside and Outside the Not So Big House with Sarah Susanka), and numerous high-profile lectures, Messervy is an innovative leader in landscape and garden design theory and practice. Her landscape architecture and design firm, JMMDS, is located in Saxtons River, Vermont.