My Design Studio: Before, During & After

My Design Studio: Before, During & After

The transformation of my design studio is so amazing that it needs few words:

My Design Studio: Before & AFter

The day we took possession.

My Design Studio: Before, During & After

After we renovated it last Spring six weeks later.

My Design Studio: Before & After

After the flagstone was installed this Spring.

My Design Studio: Before, During & After



Here’s an updated picture in June 2014

My Design Studio: Before & After

Here’s another angle while shooting pictures so that my talented Landscape Architect MaryAnne White could start the design all the way from New York.

My Design Studio: Before & After

During the demolition of the front and back yard. Nothing was sacred it all had to be ripped out with this much concrete everywhere.

Wait for it. . .






Ta ta da da!!!!

My Design Studio: Before, During & After


My Design Studio: Before, During & After


My Design Studio: Before & AFter

Here’s the before again.



All winter long, we ran back and forth from the house to the office. It hurt my eyes every time, haha.

Thank you Mary Anne for your vision!

With this kind of transformation, you can see why I consulted her on every detail. This is not what I do, I didn’t know a single thing about plants. Prior to shopping and selected all the plant material, I would see flowers and plants and just think “That’s pretty”. Now I walk down the street or into someone else’s yard and say:

Aha, Rose of Sharon in purple, lovely.

That’s one way to clip Cherry Laurel shrubs.

Bobo Hydrangeas, wow those are huge! Mine will look like those soon!

I have a whole new language now, I love it!

Have a great week my lovelies!

Related posts:

How to Choose the Colour of your Flagstone: Before & After

Sneak Peak of my Boxwood: Before & After

Danger: Your Designer has Left the Building

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  1. Fabulous results! As the garden matures it will only look better and better. The design of the fence for the vegetable garden is perfect! Truly an inspired addition to the entire design.

  2. Absolutely beautiful, Maria! ……So when do we get to see inside your studio?? Hee hee…. I’m sure it’s going to be equally as awesome!

  3. Beautiful inside. Beautiful outside. That’s you! I’m also laughing about you turning into a gardner. I see a pair of overalls in your future 🙂

  4. It’s absolutely Gorgeous Maria. Maryanne has such a vision. Love it! Now to enjoy it…what are you going to do with yourself now, lol. perhaps relax a little I would hope.

  5. I just love viewing your transformations! Gives me hope and inspiration! What a dramatic change. Love the vision of your brilliant landscape architect! It is as stunning outside as it is inside! Lucky girl!!!

  6. Yes, this before and after needs to be published – a testiment to a collaboration between Mary Anne White and Mari Killam. And an inspiration.

    • Yes, Heather, this should be published. Mary Anne probably has media contacts. My sister’s garden was published in Sunset magazine. Although Sunset is strong in the Northwest, I’m not sure if they go into Canada.

  7. Maria,
    Just testing to see if I am on the correct forum here. Should be your private forum. If not, can you let me know please. Love your garden:))

  8. Maria,
    I looks fantastic! I love the conversation area. Where did you get the chairs, and if painted would you mind sharing the paint color?

    The choice of flowers are perfect. Lucky you!

    Kristen in Atlanta

  9. Wonderful! I just tuned in after many months of not checking in here. The flagstone and green elements are such a fantastic combo. Kudos to you and your designer!

  10. Hi Maria, I’m reading many of your blogs all at once, I am catching up. What a treat to see your studio, patio and garden looking so beautiful, it really does look so sophisticated and happy all at once.