10.03.2013

A Celebrations Going On!


Back from a much needed vacation with "Mr. French", revived and renewed after a very busy design season and Celebrating my first year
 Blog Anniversary.  

As part of this celebration the oh so talented designer and color expert Maria Killam from "Color Me Happy" http://www.mariakillam.com/blog/ has graciously offered to be my very first blog guest. 

As many of you might know one of my design projects this season was working with Maria on creating a garden that would not only remain in budget but also reflect the amazing job she had created with the interior of her new home. A true testement as to what is possible with On-Line-Design.

Thank you again Maria for accepting my offer, it was truly an honor to work with you.


When Mary Anne White sent me the drawings for the design of my front and back yard last year I was immediately enchanted with what it could be. It was so hard for me to visualize anything because I'm not a landscape designer, nor did I remotely have the time to try and figure any of it out myself. Well the expression "Always get a professional to do what you can't do professionally yourself" was so true here. Mary Anne was so great to work with, one day she asked me if it was worth it for me to work with her on-line given that she was in New York and I am in Vancouver and I said "Of course, your aesthetic so lined up with mine, it made it so much easier to just do exactly what you specified instead of stressing over every detail and second guessing everything. I could just manage the installation and let the garden just turn into a thing of beauty because I trusted your expertise." Here is the extraordinary result: Before
The day we took possession.
Before
After we pulled out all the old and nasty shrubs.
Landscaping
The empty palette.
Garden Transformation
After
After
Here's another view of the front of the house.
  Before
Side entrance to the backyard - Before
New Gate
After
What do Hostas and Subway Tile have in Common
Before
Boring Now Equals Classic Later
After
And then the backyard transformation:
On-line Garden Transformation
Before
Our Brand New Vegetable Garden: Before & After
After
Danger: Your Designer has Left the Building
Before
Danger: Your Designer has Left the Building
After
Online Garden Transformation
Before
Danger: Your Designer has Left the Building
After
My Design Studio: Before & AFter
My design Studio - Before
My Design Studio: Before, During & After
After
My Design Studio: Before & After
We had a lot of concrete which is why there was nothing about this garden that could happen a little bit each year. That's why we ripped it all out and started again.
My Design Studio: Before, During & After
After
Every day when I drive up to my house, I feel so fortunate that I was able to work with someone as talented and experienced as Mary Anne White.
Thanks Mary Anne for my extraordinary garden

To continue this Celebration and my many Thanks to all of you for making this year a success in so many ways , a set of Maria's VIP Color Core Boards a $297.00 value have been chosen as a giveaway.
Maria’s VIP Collection - Neutrals, Colours & Darks

 I know all of you who have attended Maria's seminars can attest to the importance these boards have when designing interiors. All that is required to be in the running is to follow my blog, become a member and leave a message . The winner will be announced October 31.

Again , Thank You

334 comments:

  1. I followed your work on Maria's blog and I loved what you did, particularly the hardscapes and the area to the left of the garage and towards the backyard. It's the total package!

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  2. What an amazing transformation! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. I've been following Maria's blog and your work there is fantastic. cheers!

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  4. I love the simple palette and white fence. And the garden is just stunning.

    Amy

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  5. This is such an beautiful makeover! What I love about it is that it's done in a regular yard...not a magazine yard by a castle (although it's worthy of a magazine shoot). It's homey. Beautiful work, MaryAnne!

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  6. Worthy of a magazine spread
    Shows how even our homes can look like castles

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  7. WOW! Great before and after photos! She did such an extraordinary job. I was tickled to see the vegetable garden added in the mix. That was just the 'piece de resistance'!

    Cindy

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  8. How great to see all of the befores and afters in one place. Now I'm inspired.

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  9. Great transformation. It will get even better as it matures. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. I love how you transformed Maria's exterior. It is just beautiful! My name is Ann Flynn and I attended Maria's first color workshop in Vancouver. I loved it and highly recommend it.
    Cheers,
    Ann

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  11. Beautiful! My favorite part is the side garden. Mine is so ugly right now. This really inspires. I also love the idea of having a little less grass to care for!!

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  12. Beautiful! My favorite part is the side garden. Mine is so ugly right now. This really inspires. I also love the idea of having a little less grass to care for!!

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  13. Love Maria's landscape. And love your quote from St. Therese.

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  14. The fence is by far my favorite part. I can't wait to watch this landscape mature and see it at its peak.

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  15. Maryanne your blog is fabulous, Maria's house looks great! Following your blog now!
    Donna, leviheart@aol.com

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  16. Maryanne, your blog is fabulous. Maria's house looks great. I now follow your blog!
    Donna, leviheart@aol.com

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  17. I am so impressed with your work. This is a garden/yard paradise. Beautiful!

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  18. What a wonderful, refreshing change! Absolutely love it. Green is power :)

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  19. The transformation of Maria's hous is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing, as a new homeowner, I fully intend on giving Mary Anne a call

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  21. So pretty! I only wish i could afford a designer for my yard right away!

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  22. Hi, i really fell in love in stony sidewalk on the side of the house. Also white accent fence is awesome and gives clean, amazing look. Great job !!!

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  23. lovely transformation

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  24. Hi, I really fell in love in stony sidewalk around the house. Also white fence that gives place clean and elegant look. Great job !!!

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  25. Oh how I wish you could come to my yard. My favorite is the side yard with the hostas and stepping stones.

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  26. Who knew landscape design could be done online? Maria's gorgeous new home and gardens attest to the great work you do. Love it!

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  27. I love how this shows the dimension and soft lines landscaping adds to a home. Lots of interest and yet still manageable. Nice. Glad to be following and I've had Maria's paint boards on my wish list for my work- no more painting my own over-sized swatches!

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  28. I love how this shows how landscape adds dimension and soft lines to a home- pretty can be manageable too! Glad to connect. Nice giveaway - I've had Maria's paint boards on my wish list for business! Julie

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  29. I follow Maria and I am happy to follow you because the outside is as important as the inside. I do like your recommendations for Marie and the photosand info on your blog are wonderfully inspiring! Thanks

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  30. Lovely work, I have been following Marie's blog and can the clean "lines" everywhere.

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  31. What an incredible transformation! I love the white fencing and the stone pathways. It looks truly amazing.

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  32. This is totally amazing! I love the fencing and stone pathways. What an incredible transformation!

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  33. People seem to think they need all that concrete. I can't tell you how many homes I see with back driveways that are never used and unused garages that are half falling down. I'm going to use your photos as a big nudge for those clients that just don't "see" it! Beautiful job!

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  34. I've been following the transformation of Marian's house via her blog. Love everything about the design you did for her yard, especially the fences.

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  35. I wish I could afford a total makeover like Maria's! I follow your blog through Bloglovin'.

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  36. I wish I could afford a total makeover like Maria's! I follow through Bloglovin'.

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  37. I've been following the transformation of Maria's home on her blog. Love what you designed for her yard, especially the fencing. You both are very talented visionaries. Well done!!

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  38. Perhaps antidepressants were invented for people living the types of 'before' houses Maria had.

    Why keep ugly? Especially when it cost so much to maintain.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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    1. Love it! Love seeing the daisies-so Maria. Glad to have found yor blog through Maria's

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    2. Love it! Especially the daisies-so Maria. Glad to be a follower!

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  39. Absolutely beautiful! Wish you could perform your magic in my yard.

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  40. It all looks beautiful and ties in together so well. Fantastic!

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  41. It is a beautiful garden now and all ties in together so well!

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  42. Great work....the backyard is an oasis....so inviting.

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  43. Outstanding job!

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  44. Outstanding job! Love it!!!

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  45. An inspiration to all who seek a welcoming home. Bravo!

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  46. Will follow and learn! Love it...

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  47. This clearly demonstrates the multiple advantages of an experienced professional design and that beautiful surroundings, inside and out, are necessary for nurturing for the body, soul, and spirit.

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  48. All things done well are beautiful.....a well done transformation for sure. Bravo!

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  49. Lovely! What a difference design can make.

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  50. Such a gorgeous transformation - money well spent! I'm showing this post to my husband to convince him that landscape design is an excellent investment. I think these before and afters will be just the thing to get him to understand the difference between what we have and what could be. I've enjoyed so much following your work on Maria's blog, I'm looking forward to following your blog as well! And not just because I'd love to win those color boards, but that would be nice, too.

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  52. This is gorgeous. It looks so easy. However, behind all that beauty is a keen eye for design and the knowledge to create a very welcoming garden.

    BRAVO!

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  53. So gorgeous. Looks so easy and perfect. However, behind the scenes is the keen mind, talent and training to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse, or in this case a beautiful garden.

    Bravo

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  54. It is amazing what a difference it made. Beautiful!

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  55. So happy to have discovered your blog........I have been following Maria for a long time.....luv her advice and luv your landscaping plans.......

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  56. Have followed Maria for a long time.......I have gained so much from her........happy to have discovered your blog......landscaping is also one of my passions,

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  57. Absolutely love the white fence and the raised garden. I wonder if this entire landscape design would work for those of us living on a deer path ... Great blog, Maryanne!
    - Yulia

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  58. Very thoughtful design - doesn't look "over the top" but fits the style of the home beautifully. Love the use of whites and really like the side gate. The are in front of the studio is so inviting too. Congratulations on creating such a beautiful garden.

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  59. I've enjoyed following the progress of Maria's garden via her blog - beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work here. Happy blogversary!

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  60. Such a beautiful job! The house looks very settled in this environment.

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  61. Wow! What a transformation! Just goes to show how the landscaping can make or break a home. Am happy to be introduced to your blog and look forward to more posts!

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  62. So many fences feel closed off and forbidding; I love how you used them in Maria's yard - so inviting and warm!

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  63. So often, fences make homes look closed off and cold; your choices made Maria's yard look both inviting and warm. Well done!

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  64. Love the fact this blog was based on an 'everyday' home and your mastery created such an inviting exterior environment. I enjoy Maria's blog and it is evident, your blog will be an added compliment. Cheers!

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  65. Loving this blog and the fact that you focused on a simple home, common in so many neighbourhoods. . This transformation with your landscaping mastery created so many warm and inviting spaces. I continue to follow Maria and look forward to receiving your blogs in the near future. Cheers!

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  66. I follow Maria for inspiration for the inside of my home and now I'm following you Maryanne for the outside. I just love what you did with her home..so simply beautiful and timeless!

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  67. The fences are fantastic especially around the raised vegetable garden... they add substance to the simplicity of the plant material.

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  68. This has been an interesting journey as Maria has shared with us. It is nice to see the role reversal too--in that Maria is your client and you are the designer. Beautiful job! I love how she still has a yard for her nephews to play in after all the new landscaping. It is a true testament that working remotely can and does work.

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  69. Dearest Maryanne!

    I saw that you came to visit me a couple of days ago, and my wild teaching schedule has kept me from coming back in a timely manner to greet you! First of all, congratulations on your first anniversary blogging! I can say that my FIVE YEARS, going on six in January, have been the most positive experiences defining my creativity and finding like-minded friends.

    Thank you for your beautifully expressed comment - it really was a timely word for me.

    NOW ABOUT YOUR WORK HERE....oh, let me tell you how much I appreciate a makeover. We did the same thing with our home. I'd love to correspond with you to show you what we also did to our property. We did it all, which I can see you too have done. Your studio space is stunningly changed and your landscaping, BEAUTIFUL!

    Please come again, and thank you for your beautiful and charming post! Anita

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  70. Maryann,
    I have followed Maria for a long time, and am happy to add you to my blogroll. Fantastic transformation!!
    So glad Maria encouraged me to follow you through her giveaway!

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  71. Following on Bloglovin', by the way......

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  72. No more sharp edges. Beautiful.

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  73. I want your vegetable garden! What an enchanting area. And, Maryanne, the entire yard is such a thing of beauty. Fabulous job!

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  74. What a lovely transformation! I especially love the home office shot.

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  75. Have followed Maria's blog for a while, and being a passionate gardener, i've enjoyed your work on her new home. You have a new fan!

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  76. Gorgeous transformation...love all the white!

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  77. I just LOVE it! I imagine it is the best property on the street now.

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  78. I congratulate you on having the design vision to get past the banal and ordinary and to see the possible extraordinary. The changes are charming, modern and at the same time "timeless". Good design whether it's inside or out is hugely important to quality of life. It makes a bad day so much easier to escape when you are surrounded by beauty and the true comfort that comes from great design. Love the work, love both blogs.

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  79. Beautiful transformation! Can you explain how you work from a distance?

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  80. Beautiful transformation from sad to charming! I'm looking forward to seeing and learning more about your work on this blog.

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  81. Nice work. The changes to the studio were the most dramatic. A dramatic improvement even without the structures and fountains that are so common down here in the US. The only thing I would have done differently would have been to run a (visual) entry walk from the door to the street, and then added some low foreground planting at this street entry to provide some depth. But that's just me. What you have here looks good.

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  82. I read Maria's blog everyday! I will very happy to follow your blog. Your design of Maria's yard is so perfect, clean and neat! I love it and I am totally jealous, but in a good way. My yard could use your help!

    Mary
    From Virginia

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  83. Building on the opposite corner of Canada to you Maria. Our retirement home in Cape Breton on the largest salt water lakes in the world. The Bras d' Or Lakes. At the drywall stage now and they are calling for color. Terrified I will pick the wrong one! Everything is in storage so nothing to use as a starting point. I really enjoy your blog Maria. Using your knowledge and suggestions from the blog daily. Keep your posts coming!

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  84. Amazing transformation...from sad to charming! You two made the perfect client/professional partnership. And kudos to Maria for buying the house despite its drab appearance and doing what it took to make it happen!

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  85. What an amazing transformation! Your work shows how landscaping is an art. These pictures make for a convincing portfolio of your talent as an artist as you work with texture, design, proportion and a beautiful palette of color. You have given Maria a beautiful outdoor living space...I would never want to go inside! So inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

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  86. This is inspiring! What a transformation!

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  87. Maryanne, you now have a huge following in the states and we all want you to do a tour and do our yards!
    Delighted that we can follow your blog as the best second choice.
    Looking forward to more lovely projects.

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  88. You now have a tremendous following in the states and we all want you to do a tour so you can do our yards.
    So happy we can read your blog as an alternative!
    Looking forward to more lovely projects.

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  89. Beautiful and functional (lovely veggie garden) !

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  90. Beautiful! I am a long time follower of Maria's blog and it has been fun to watch her garden and yard come together.

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  91. Hi Maryanne, I followed your work on Maria's blog. Love the way you used the white florals and many varieties of green plants. It really made the house look inviting and calm. Love the white fence, really hit the mark with that decision. I think that if I lived there I would be using the little patio by the out building every day, somewhere to sit and drink my tea and look at blogs dreaming about the day I can have you design my garden.

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  92. I have followed your work on Maria's blog, but this transformation is stunning! I am amazed that it doesn't look like it was just put in; it looks perfect and well established.

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  93. I follow maria's blog, but didn't realize she was consulting with you online and not in person! Amazing results! now I am going to follow your blog...

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  94. I can't believe this was an online consultation! I have been following Maria's blog for years, and now yours. So helpful with my last home and I am about to buy a new one!

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  95. A true testament to On-Line Design! I had no idea this could be accomplished, but this has made me a convert! Congratulations to both of you - it is beautiful!

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  96. Turned out spectacular. Great job!

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  97. Have so enjoyed he transformation at Maria's. Thank you to you both for sharing!

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  98. Jill Hosking-CartlandOctober 5, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Just stunning - what a wonderful example of the the importance of working with your landscape designer to achieve a result that is not only technically beautiful, but a true reflection of the owners personal taste.

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  99. Have enjoyed following the transformation at Maria's. Thank you both for sharing!

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  100. I love the entire transformation, but particularly like the entrance to the side yard/office created by the fencing by the left of the garage!

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  101. I love the transformation! My favorite area has to be the side entrance to the backyard. I want that!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the color boards. I look forward to following your blog, as I already do Maria's.

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  102. What an amazing transformation! Your work shows that landscaping is an art, using design, proportion, plant knowledge, and a palette of color to create a beautiful outdoor living space. Sorry Maria, I don't think that I would ever want to go inside! Thank you for sharing. You are inspirational.

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  103. I've followed Maria's blog for years and even taken her program in Vancouver but haven't had an interest in landscaping until now. Mary Anne, the transformation you created for Maria is gorgeous, but also elegant and timeless in the color choices and design. I look forward to reading your blog and following you on facebook to see more of your beautiful creations!

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  104. I too am a follower of Maria's blog and have been for some time and thoroughly enjoyed her sharing with me; her transformation landscape journey with you as her guide. Will admit, a gardener I am not but do know amazing curb appeal when I see it. ☺
    -Brenda-

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  105. What an amazing transformation! I want to come hang out in the peaceful, gorgeous backyard! Stunning!

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  106. What an amazing transformation! I want to come hang-out in the gorgeous, serene surroundings of the backyard, love it!

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  107. Beautiful, beautiful transformation! I need you at my house!!
    Kathi Kelecy

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  108. I love your work and your blog! Fantastic before and after photos! They are a huge inspiration!

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  109. Mary Anne, what you have done has made Maria's house worth double the price...talk about "curb appeal", wow...I bet she has people taking pictures all the time. Great job. Sandi
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  110. What a cool site. Love what you did with Maria's yard.

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  111. Amazing transformation - enjoy the beauty you all created for many years to come!

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  112. Love what you've done with Maria's yard!

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  113. Love this- clean, elegant, lovely. The side yard transformation is truly inspired.

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  114. Mary Anne, talk about CURB APPEAL wow! with your talents and vision you have doubled the value of Maria's property. What great luck that you found each other to work with. Sandi

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  115. Congratulations on your anniversary. The post was very inspiring.

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  116. It looks lovely...so much better than before. I started following you.

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  117. I love that you showed before and after photos from the same positions. It really shows the transformation. Stunning and fabulous. I hope you or Maria will post more photos in a year or two when things have grown in. Love it love it love it!!!

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  118. A Shower of roses indeed! Lovely work.

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  119. Beautiful transformation, especially enjoy the patio behind her studio. Looking forward to following your blog and learning new landscape design tricks.

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  120. Beautiful. And very inspiring! Makes me want to get outside and get started.

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  121. Such an excellent investment that will give you great returns over the years! Priceless!! Thanks for sharing.

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  122. Beautiful. I love the added architecture provided by the fencing!

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  123. Beautiful! Makes me want to get started on our yard! Thanks for sharing.

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  124. Beautiful. I especially love the added architecture provided by the fencing.

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  125. Amazing! What a difference a pro makes!

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  126. This is such a beautiful transformation, Mary Anne -- the inside and outside of Maria's home flow seamlessly now! And I am so inspired to think that it all came about on line!

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  127. WOW! Gorgeous! I didn't know that a landscape designer/architect could do plans without visiting the site. Maria's lot/property appears completely flat which would make it easier to do plans using just the survey showing the property lines, etc. My husband and I are rehabilitating a forty year old home on a heavily treed sloped lot. Are there limitations to designing landscape plans online without physically walking and seeing the property? Maria, I love the transformation of your beautiful home....inside and out. Thank you for allowing us to see the before and after. If, it were my home, I would never move.

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  128. Love the transformation.... Especially love the vignette of Adirondacks by the design studio and the side yard.

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  129. You and Maria are a great team! You as the designer, Maria the executor. Really lovely! :-). I'm a fan and follower of both blogs!

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  130. Your design for Maria's house exterior is totally beautiful. I love it! The two of you together would be a power house team!

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  131. You came up with a beautiful design and fabulous transformation!

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  132. Wow, adding the curves really changes the whole feel! Lots of great ideas to take away from Maria's landscaping.

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  133. This home is the complete validation of Maria's comment " Get a professional to do what you can't do professionally." And to the power of working across the internet; a tool you have obviously mastered.

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  134. Love Maria's blog, and her yard now looks amazing.

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  135. Love Maria's blog, and her yard now looks amazing.

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  136. Hi Mary Anne,
    I followed Maria's posts on the progress of the exterior of her home and was so inspired by the wonderful job you did! I absolutely love the white fencing and the flow of the gardens is so beautiful. I am now going to start thinking of what I can do to my yard in the spring....

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  137. This comment section is really difficult to understand. I have a website that is self-hosted, so I don't sign in to wordpress.com. I don't want to use my google mail account - that just gets really messy when they start sending messages and using my contact list. I am not anonymous,, none of the other profiles match me, or are ones I understand. It would be nice if it was a bit clearer; not everyone is a computer geek.

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  138. Such a transformation! Your new neighbors must love you - it's always nice to have a neighbor who makes such a difference and I'll bet you'll inspire some of them to up their game a bit.

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  139. I have been a avid follow of your design through Maria's blog. I love what you have accomplished; it gives me hope for my similiarly aged home and its tired landscape. Thank you :)

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  140. Your work is simplistic in appearance with great detail making the landscape natural looking and timeless with nature.

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  141. Great design and plant selection.

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  142. What a lovely transformation! I would smile every time I drove into the driveway if it were mine!!!!

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  143. An avid follower of your reno at Maria's so beautiful and throughtfully planned to connect inside with outside. It gives me hope for the tired landscape around my similiarly aged home.

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  144. Wow! Lovely work! My favorite parts - the side entrance to the backyard and the area in front of the design studio :)

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  145. I have really enjoyed watching this transformation! Just beautiful.

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  146. Wow! Lovely work! My favorite parts - the side entrance to the backyard and the area in front of the design studio.

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  147. A beautiful change. You are very talented.

    Rhonda

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  148. What a beautiful place to relax and enjoy with family & friends!

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  149. What a wonderful place to enjoy with your loved ones!

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  150. I have followed your work on Maria's blog. I love the path along the side of the garage!
    If I win the color boards I have so many people to share them with.....my mom, sisters, niece, sons, nephew, neighbor. But, I do wish she would put together some sets of her favorite color palettes that coordinate throughout an entire house. Easy and more affordable

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  151. I followed your work on Maria's blog. Love the pathway along the side of the garage!

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  152. The transformation is truly stunning. So much more inviting than all that concrete. The fence placement provides an opportunity for the viewer to keep looking further. When my husband and I were relandscaping, our designer gave us some advice, and said we should employ techniques that made people want to keep looking beyond what they saw at first glance. You've achieved that in this design.

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  153. Loved the landscapes you've designed! Clean, classy, bright and in keeping with the style elements of the home. I am showing my new husband!

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  154. Well done! It's beautiful! You and Maria work well together. I have followed Maria for a long time and now I will enjoy following you. My two passions...interior design and gardening:)

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  155. I love everything you have done!! I am so glad I found out about your blog through Maria!!

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  156. Wow! It looks beautiful! Maria, I have learned so much from your blog. I just built a new home and have an all white kitchen, hardwood floors and Grant Beige walls and it looks gorgeous thanks to you!

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  157. Wow! It looks gorgeous! Maria, I have learned so much from your blog. I just built a new house with an all white kitchen, hardwood floors and Grant Beige walls. It looks beautiful thanks to you!

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  158. Just beautiful! I love the green and white palette. I've seen photos of Maria's garden transformation on her blog. So nice to seen more views here. Now that I'm following your blog, I'm looking forward to new ideas for my own yard. Winning Maria's color boards would be nice too!

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  159. Just beautiful! I love the green and white palette. I've seen photos of Maria's garden transformation on her blog. So nice to seen more views here. Now that I'm following your blog, I'm looking forward to new ideas for my own yard. Winning Maria's color boards would be nice too!

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  160. Great transformation--Seeing what you've accomplished in a typical yard actually makes it seem attainable! It's obvious why Maria has chosen you. Very, very beautiful.

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  161. Just beautiful! I love the green and white palette. I've seen Maria's garden transformation on her blog. So nice to see more views here. Now that I'm following your blog, I'm looking forward to new inspiration for my own yard. Winning Maria's color boards would be nice too!

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  162. Gorgeous transformation! I love the White palette :)

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  163. After viewing the process of re=landscaping on Maria's blog, I must say I was very impressed with your work, Maryanne! Her yard is now such a peaceful, calm, and serene setting! Congratulations on a job well done and on your first year blog anniversary. I am a new follower!

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  164. Such dreamy photos on your blog Maryanne. I'm a follower! Especially love the side entrance with the stepping stones in Maria's project. Beautiful! Two very talented gals!!

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  165. So beautiful and welcoming!

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  166. The landscape looks timeless...beautiful...I loved looking at your before and after...what a transformation!!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  167. What a beautiful transformation. Maria's neighbors must be both delighted and envious.

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  168. Timeless! I love seeing the before and after pictures of the front yard, side yards and back yard! Each one is different and interesting. It's just beautiful...Thank you for sharing

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  169. Absolute gorgeous transformation. Loved seeing it from beginning to end in the pictures. Great visions for the both of you. I love the vision and beauty Maryanne created and your home Maria looks so inviting. I'd be sitting out there everyday at that bench of yours. Bet it feels great to pull up to your driveway everyday. I love the hosta lane and the fence/gate but I also love the softness it has added to your home. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us all.

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  170. oh and a very Happy Anniversary Maryanne. Hope your weekend is a very lovely one.

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  171. I love seeing the extraordinary transformation! What a difference it all makes. Love it! Maria always works her brilliance with color on the inside. But you are definitely her counterpart with landscape design. Can you work online with someone in Texas too?

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  172. The transformation is stunning. Beautiful!

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  173. The transformation is stunning! Very beautiful!

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  174. I'm just discovering Maria and now you! Hooray! I'm so happy. And just in time. We are in the midst of adding on to our home, so the backyard in in serious need of redoing!

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  175. I've just discovered Maria and now you! Hooray! And just in time for the addition we are adding on the back of our tiny house. So the back yard needs a serious redoing!

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  176. I've been following Maria's transformation! Beautiful!

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  177. You did a fantastic job with Maria's landscape. I truly enjoyed following the process. I love the simple (and classic!) color palette you stuck to for the design. Congrats on your anniversary. I'm excited to learn more and will be following your blog.

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  178. This has inspired me to go out in my own yard, look around & do something!! Just beautiful . I so love before & after transformation pictures.

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  179. Love, Love, Love it! Mary Anne is a great talent.

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  180. This has got to be one of your "best" designs! It is amazing and such a difference from before to after. You go girl!

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  181. Looks beautiful. Love the backyard especially. The fenced in garden made me very jealous.

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  182. Stunning transformation. I have been following the changes via Maria but it's nice to see the whole package at the same time. Very nice job.

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  183. What a fantastic transformation! You have made the exterior as happy in feeling as the interior! Great job :)
    Mwillmom@comcast.net

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  184. The change in absolutely stunning! I love your work and I am happy to follow your blog. I live in Prescott, Arizona...a huge change from balmy southern California - and welcome any ideas.

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  185. I love what you've done for Maria's home! Gardening is a passion of mine. I have managed to grow tomatoes in the hot, dry climate in Prescott, Arizona. Now, I need to battle the front landscaping. It snows during the winter, the soil is "sand"... decomposed granite, and we have wild havalina, deer, and other wildlife that eat anything I put in (except for our beautiful old oak and pine trees). I'll be watching for ideas!

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  186. I love the work you've done for Maria. Just beautiful. I've signed up to follow your blog.

    Allison
    deltadawnbc@hotmail.com

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