This is my inaugural blog post and it feels like I’m about to go on a blind date with thousands of readers I haven’t met before! That said, I think the best way for us to start our relationship is with a little honesty.
While I love plants and horticulture, professionally, I’m not a gardener. I’m a landscape designer. Landscaping is more than just the plants; it includes all of the components of outdoor design, including creating those amazing outdoor rooms that are the hottest trend right now. As a representative for HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, and Cityline, I travel all across North America helping homeowners define their outdoor spaces.
When I walk into a yard for the first time, I look at the space very differently than some of my industry colleagues. I don’t design based on where the roses, or the hydrangeas, or the boxwoods will go. Instead, I start with creating useable space. I make decks, patios, seating areas that work for homeowners and families. I love creating areas that are all about outdoor living and while plants are still part of the picture; I use them as accents to the outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and hot tubs.
With all of the new studies and information about how the outdoors impact home value, landscaping has now joined kitchens and bathrooms at the top of the renovation list that you need to consider for your home! There are definitely good and bad choices when it comes to home renovations.
With this blog, I promise to share good landscaping ideas, help you enjoy your property, and show you how to make lots of money when it comes time to sell.
As we get to know each other, you’re going to see that I am totally opinionated: I’m going to tell you my version of the truth (with my tongue firmly in my cheek). I really love the outdoors, want to make greener choices in life, and am passionate about helping make every outdoor space beautiful.
Not only am I going to share some amazing before and afters of my best makeovers and my favourite DIY’s, I’m going to let you in on my own personal successes and failures with my new home in the country. We’re going to discuss patio furniture, vegetable growing, my adventures with backyard chickens, and yes…even plants.
Basically, I’m going to be your personal outdoor expert, helping you make the most of your front and backyards in hopes that one day you can invite me over for a barbeque in your amazing new space.