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Design

Landscape and Garden Design Inspired by Travel: Paris and Versailles

Landscape and garden design inspired by travel is one of our specialties. Traveling to new and beautiful places is an excellent way to gain new ideas and inspiration. Such inspiration is especially helpful to bring your own garden to life. We always love European gardens and invite the challenge of finding ways to adapt these design aesthetics to the Texas landscape and climate. We intentionally take trips to destinations where we feel we can absorb ideas and gain inspiration for our landscape designs. Recently, we took a trip to northern France and Paris. Inspiration was all around us in the...
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Design Lifestyle

Enhance Your Outdoor Living Experience

One of our most important jobs is to enhance your outdoor living experience. Outdoor spaces often lack the attention they deserve or are completely overlooked when it comes to style. Inside the home, people will look for days, months, or even years for that perfect piece of art, unique fixture, or exquisite piece of furniture. But many times the outdoor is styled on a whim without the same attention to detail and thoughtfulness. An outdoor space is an extension of the home's interior and should be designed, finished, and furnished with the same attention as the rest of the home....
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Hiring a Landscape Designer

About to start a landscape design project & unsure of how to weed through the multitude of professionals to hire the best one? It is important to feel comfortable with the landscape designer you choose and trust them to understand your individual style and project needs. While interviewing possible candidates, focus on some of these key questions in order to seek out a fit that is right for you. In this “Ask a Designer” series, meet designer, Heather Murrey: What led you to pursue landscape architecture? "Growing up, I always knew I would work in design. I had a passion...
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Lifestyle

Dallas Home Tours Offer Landscape Inspiration

Dallas Home Tours Starting a new landscape design, or refreshing an old one? Take a peak at what your neighbors are doing during one of the upcoming Dallas home tours. Several high profile neighborhoods in Dallas are hosting home tours to benefit schools and other organizations in their community. We love home tours because they allow you a behind-the-scenes look at the most current home and landscape design trends. Home tours are a great way to find in-person inspiration for your own projects. When embarking on a new landscape design, or landscape renovation, there are so many design styles and...
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Hiring a Landscape Architect? Ask These Questions.

Hiring a Landscape Architect Starting the process of hiring a landscape architect can be a little overwhelming. Where do you start and how do you find the best fit for you and your project? Hiring a designer to create your perfect landscape takes a meeting of the minds...and style. If you're about to embark on a landscape refresh, or a new landscape from the ground up, there are some key questions you should as when you're interviewing landscape architects and designers. In this "Ask a Designer" series, meet landscape architect and designer, Matthew Murrey: What led you to pursue landscape...
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Landscape Design Tip: Add a Water Feature

Here at Matthew Murrey Design, almost every garden and landscape design incorporates some type of water feature. Water is great because it not only provides sound and is soothing to the mind and body, but it is also visually appealing. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate water features into your garden and landscape design. Extend  Your Space Large properties and irregularly shaped lots can leave you with lots of space that is not well used or appreciated. A fountain placed at the outer edges, like the one pictured above, gives a destination for you to experience. It...
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Landscape Design Trends for 2018

As we welcome the New Year, it’s a good time to take stock of what matters when it comes to designing your landscapes. Landscape design trends may come and go, but good trends have a way of weaving themselves into the fabric of how we design and live in our homes and gardens. We wanted to give you a little behind-the-scenes peek at trends we’re seeing play out in our own work as designers, as well as other work we’re observing across the country. Landscape Design Trends Small is Big There’s a common misconception that to have a beautiful, and...
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Pantone Color of the Year 2018 – Ultra Violet – Vibrates in the Landscape

Color has such an impact on our daily lives. Color can inspire, sooth, and excite. In design, color becomes a thread that unifies a space and creates the mood. Using specific colors in the landscape can help to reflect your personal style in your outdoor space, or be used to create a completely different mood for each season. Each year we look forward to Pantone announcing their color of the year, and to work with clients to incorporate these on-trend colors into their landscape designs. We are especially excited about the Pantone Color of the Year they’ve chosen for 2018: Ultra Violet....
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6 Ways Fences Add Value to Your Gardens and Your Home

As you are well aware, curb appeal is very important to the value and selling power of your home. One of the easiest ways to improve the curb appeal of your home is to add a fence or update your existing fence.  A well-designed fence provides protection and screening and it is a vital component in terms of the overall concept of gardening. In the wise words of garden expert, Steve A. Shaw, “A garden fence is a great way to combine the practical with the stylish.” There are many advantages of having a garden fence. Below are 6 examples of...
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Designing Your Fire Pit: Wood-burning vs. Gas Fire Pits

A fire pit can make a great addition to your outdoor space whether your goal is to create a place for friends and family to gather, a conversational element or an element of heat and warmth for chilly nights. When designing your outdoor fire pit, one of the biggest decisions you will need go make is whether to go with a wood-burning fire pit or a gas fire pit. In an effort to help make your decision easier, we have provided a quick run-down of each. Wood-burning Fire Pits   Wood burning fire pits are great for the outdoors. They...
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Stay Inspired.

A great garden is a reflection of a cultured lifestyle influenced by personal experiences, travel, art, culture, and history. Let us keep you inspired to make the most of your garden and outdoor living lifestyle.