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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Matthew Murrey Design. Thank you for making 2015 an incredible year. With your support, Matthew Murrey Design has accomplished more than ever before, including: Designed more projects than ever before Featured in Luxe Magazine - Dallas + Fort Worth - November / December Chosen as APLD Blog of the Month Published in Hearth & Home Magazine's Favorite Outdoor Rooms Selected as one of the Favorite Pools featured on Towne & Market We are especially thankful for the sustained growth, continued loyalty and new relationships forged this year. Best wishes to you and yours for a happy...

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Christmas in DFW – Best Holiday Celebrations Near Dallas 2015

Need a fun activity to get in the Christmas spirit? There are so many different (and usually free) events to attend this time of year. Below is a list of the top holiday celebrations and festivals in or near Dallas for 2015.   Best CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS NEAR DALLAS, TEXAS for 2015   Happening This weekend: Children’s Health Christmas Parade – December 5. Pre-parade activities begin at 8am. More info. Celebrate the Holidays at Klyde Warren Park - December 5 from 12pm - 6pm. More info. Reliant Light Your Holidays – December 5. Festivities start at 5:30pm. More info.  Farmer’s Branch Christmas Tree Lighting...

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Landscape Design Ideas: Use Pottery

There are many great uses for pottery in a garden or landscape. Whether you use pottery to plant an ornamental tree, an evergreen shrub or a seasonal mix of plants, the perfect pottery arrangement can do wonders for a space. Below are some of our pottery arrangements from past projects with ideas for how you can apply a similar idea to your garden.   8 Ways to Use Pottery in Your Garden   Use pottery as a finial to columns, pedestals, and walls.   Use pottery to punctuate an entrance.   Use pottery to provide separation. Use pottery as a decorative accent on...

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House Tour: Southern Creekside Landscape Design

This project began as an effort for the client to enhance his living experience by adding a screened in porch and remodeling an existing, outdated swimming pool. In an effort to help educate the homeowner on the best layout and use of the space, the expertise of Matthew Murrey was sought out for the landscape design by the project architect, John Humphreys & Assoc. and contractor, Chad Brown Residential. It was important to all parties involved that the natural beauty of the setting be enhanced while keeping with the prominent architectural features of the house. The design for the screened...

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House Tour: Sophisticated Contemporary Landscape Design

  Matthew Murrey Design was commissioned to create a contemporary landscape design for this home in Dallas, Texas. The homeowners were seeking a design that would match the same level of finish out on the outside of their home as on the inside. It was important to the client, that their place be a complete and cohesive thought verses a collection of ideas. With the back of the house consisting mostly of glass, it was very important that the aesthetics of the pool, patio, and landscape be an extension of the interior design (Wyll Interior Design photos here). Since the home backs up to a heavily wooded area, Matthew Murrey Design...

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Landscape Ideas: Best Solutions for Shade

Q: I have a very shady lawn and my grass seems to be dying back. What are my best options for replacing the grass? A: Good question! Almost every outdoor area we design has at least some amount of heavily shaded areas that we have to design to be functional and complement the adjoining non-shaded areas of the space. A shady yard doesn’t have to consist of dead (or barely existent) grass and lack-luster planting. There are many beautiful solutions available for those areas lacking in an abundance of sunshine. Here are some examples from a few of our past projects...

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The Best Outdoor Halloween Decor

Happy October! To inspire you this season, here are great examples of the 3 best themes for outdoor decor this Halloween! 1. Spiders Just seeing a spider or spider web makes me slightly paranoid that one could possibly land on my head or crawl up my leg at any moment. What better way to decorate for Halloween than to haunt guest such eerie paranoia? 2. Birds When I was a kid I saw Alfred Hitchcock's, The Birds and have been slightly terrified of them since then. The Birds theme is definitely one of my favorite ways to add a little fright to the...

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10 Amazing Outdoor Dining Rooms

Since my favorite time of year to dine outdoors is early fall, I thought I would re-share this post about Outdoor Dining from earlier this year! Enjoy! 🙂 Outdoor dining and patio season has arrived!! It's finally time to dust off the patio furniture, fire up the grill and invite your family and friends over for some outdoor grilling and dining time! What makes for the perfect at home outdoor dining experience? 1. Comfortable Furniture When shopping for outdoor dining furniture, make sure you are picking items that are comfortable to give your guest a place they want to spend hours...

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Winter Rye: To Seed or Not to Seed

  With yesterday being the official start of fall, I know many of you are wondering whether or not to overseed your yard with winter rye this fall. As a landscape design firm, this seems to be a very popular question from current, past and prospective clients, so I did a little research on this topic for you and came up with the following list of pros and cons to aid in your winter rye decision process.   [one_half_last] Cons: Winter rye has the ability to interfere with your turf’s regrowth in spring. This is especially true during years of a cool or wet spring season....

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Landscape Solutions: Create Privacy and Screening with Trees, Hedges, Fences, and Walls

Even though you might love your neighbors, you probably do not want them seeing your every move. The best and most polite way to solve this problem is to use landscape materials such as plants, wood, and masonry to create a privacy screen. Privacy screening can create an intimate space for you and your family to enjoy each other’s company, while also increasing security and enhancing the beauty of your landscape and your home. Well-designed privacy screening can transform a front or backyard into a retreat!   Trees Using trees to screen for privacy is most helpful when the sightline you are focused on...

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