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Hey There! I’m Rochelle Greayer. I’m a garden designer on TV and IRL. I’m also an author and entrepreneur who thinks she can save the world by teaching everyone a little something about landscape design.



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Before & After: A New Front Yard in Seattle

111214beforeHey everyone! I hope you guys were able to finish up all your fall gardening this year! I wanted to plant some bulbs this fall but didn’t get around to it (again)….does anybody else have that issue? Anyway, I wanted to share a new Before & After with you, from one of my favorite landscape designers, Michael Muro. Michael works out of Seattle, Washington and he sent me this project a few weeks ago. What started out as a common, run-of-the-mill front yard was nicely transformed into a facade that is much more inviting.

111214By leveling the ground with the help of a beautiful stone wall, Michael was able to turn this front yard into a gorgeous space that appears to be much larger than before. I also really like the way he added visual interest by off-setting the steps leading down to the sidewalk- it  draws the eye across the space much more steadily than before. It’s amazing how much of an impact a simple re-route can make, isn’t it? Thank you so much for sharing, Michael! We look forward to seeing more of your projects in the future! -erin

If you have a great landscape makeover that you’d like to share with the Studio ‘g’ readers, send us an email along with a couple photos!

Images by: Michael Muro


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  1. Anna

    November 13th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Oh those yews and that ivy and that broken sidewalk! All were taken care of and the house looks absolutely stunning! I agree, the offset stairs and that walkway are very nice. I like the choice of hard-scape material used there with the large blocks. Replacing that small lawn with that steep slope was also a great idea. I remember growing up and mowing ours which was really similar, with an un-motorized push mower thing. Not that tough as the lawn was tiny but it was irritating!

    I gasped when I saw this house on your blog because my grandmother lived right down the street from this house- I recognized it instantly. The house itself used to be a different color and such but I can still tell where this is and what house this is.

    Great before and after, thank you for sharing!


  2. Евгения

    March 8th, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Great idea! i like it!

  3. Sodding Toronto

    October 10th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    I really like the retaining wall. The before and after pictures are key to see what was done. Definitely prefer the picture with the hardscaping in it

  4. Suki

    September 12th, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Stone wall is nice, but the planting material is pretty boring. So much green. Would like to see more pops of color.

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