When we stopped by Kelly’s home in Tsawwassen this past Monday (on the way home from our weekend in Sooke) I couldn’t get over how beautiful her yard was, and immediately took photos to show you!
Then when she showed me all her before photos, taken the day they took possession, I declared it looked like Grey Gardens (remember that movie from years ago)? Joni from Cote de Texas wrote a very detailed–get a coffee–post about it here.
My amazing Design Assistant Kelly Parkinson with her adorable baby bump
Kelly and her husband Mike bought the scariest house on the street in March 2017 (so smart). It was a double lot and they were able to snap it up before a developer did.
The landscaping was like my house. It ALL needed to be removed. However, they had a small problem. The city only allows each household, one permit to remove one mature tree to be removed every two years, unless it’s considered a danger to the house!
MaryAnne White, my landscape designer from New York who designed everything in my yard via long-distance, came to the rescue!
How to incorporate the old with the new
She brilliantly designed a bed that incorporated the two massive overgrown cedars in the front yard in the meantime. Kelly confided that now they don’t bother her as much as the ones in the backyard (keep scrolling). So with their next permit they will focus on removing the evergreen trees in the backyard first!
Here’s the after:
After (Exterior house Colours by Maria Killam – the rest of this beauty, MaryAnne White)
Kelly has decorated the interior so beautifully (and it’ll be so much fun to show the before’s) those photos are coming soon!
There’s the before with all the huge, overgrown (never maintained) shrubs and trees (above).
You can always tell when a designer has been involved with landscaping. The beds are generous and curvy and I love all the huge windows on this house that are low to the ground, they create lovely atmosphere inside!
This was MaryAnne’s first drawing for the front yard
Mike and Kelly loved her plan right away, that’s how you know you’re working with the right person when you can’t imagine it any other way!
Here’s the front entrance before:
I loved the 70s front doors and suggested this fabulous blue!
Here’s MaryAnne’s drawing for the backyard:
The shed the day they took possession | The shed before the plant material arrived
The two curly cedars were gifted by Kelly’s Father-in-law (above). They might technically belong beside more formal doors, but they flank the current double shed doors nicely!
Here’s the before pic of the master bedroom windows. This is what really looks like Grey Gardens, haha:
Wow, so much better (below)!
This is now the view from the kitchen windows (above). And this is the current state of the left side of the house with the cedars waiting to be removed (below).
Here’s what they looked like before they were trimmed (below):
All you need is a professional with the skills to turn your vision into reality!
This is not a sponsored post. I always recommend Maryanne White to my readers because she did such a beautiful job on my landscaping and her aesthetic is very similar to mine, which a lot of people are looking for!
Here’s the before and after again:
My darling Design Assistant Kelly, is 4 1/2 months pregnant! While we are thrilled for her, we are so sad to lose her and will be looking for her maternity leave replacement soon!
Has this post inspired you to paint your house a colour over white or black? I hope so, colour is timeless after all!
Don’t forget my extensive 12 Module Masterclass for Exterior Colour Selection is included as a BONUS FREE upon registration, there’s 4 spaces left in Chicago, and seats still available in Boston and Orlando, register here.
I’ll be in Calgary this weekend with my Mom visiting my nephew and helping him transform his new pad, follow along on my stories here.
Your Yard May be Scaring off Potential Homebuyers (Kelly’s inspiration pics for the yard)
The Problem with Wide Angled Photos; Before & After (Kelly’s last home renovation)