Help Wanted! (& From the Archives – Before & After: Julie’s House & Garden)

Hi Friends!

As I continue to work on site upgrades and the summer finishes out, studio ‘g’ continues to grow — I’m looking to expand the team.   I’m looking for a couple of talented writers to help me here.   If you are interested, email me.

1) Before & After Editor – Do you love gardens and landscapes, have a knack for finding great projects and like to work with designers and homeowners to get their projects featured?  Oh — and good writing, editing and photo manipulations skills are a must (but some of that is also teachable).  If this is you — I would love to hear from you.

2) Regional Plant Finder — Designer Plant Nerds Only. It is my general opinion that the average plant palette (as supplied by the average nursery) is far too narrow (in the USA).  I’m looking for a handful of plant enthusiasts to help fill our heads with the lesser known, the new, the fascinating and the funky — from all across the country and planting zones.   If you love plants and have a penchant for writing about and  sharing off the beaten track start performers please apply (I’m looking for a few people here!).

Send me a message, I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

**I thought it would be fun to pull one of my favorite (though I have hundreds of favorites) ‘before & after’ gardens….this one was from a few years ago, but I still love the resourcefulness, and the orange details (go figure!). 

Today’s first house and garden makeover is a true curb appeal revolution.   Small houses in established neighborhoods are among my favorite types of projects because you can really play with the details and the change from dated to extraordinary can be huge (like this one!)  And really …green and orange!?!  wow- that is a  great color combo.

The existing grapevines are happily hugging the new rainwater collection tanks.

Terracotta pots could not be more approriate for this garden.  They really are the perfect choice to play off the color of the doors. What are you loving about this garden?

images by Julie

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Pottering Around on March 25, 2010 at 10:55 am

    It definitely has an honesty and homey appeal about it. The mix of gravel and stone is appropriate and it seems well thought out and designed with some nice groupings.

  2. Laurie Brown on March 25, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I love the trellis over the driveway- it makes the front look so finished and complete. The new privacy in the backyard is great, too. And the conversion of the carport to an outdoor room is wonderful- love the hanging windows!

  3. Stan Horst on March 26, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Wow! These are really fun to look at. The back yard is especially amazing. The eyesores of the chain link fences and the neighbor’s outbuildings are completely gone, and in their place, an oasis to putter and relax.

    Stan Horst

  4. Lorin on April 22, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Totally LOVE the orange color! And the garden…wonderful transformation.

  5. erin on July 8, 2011 at 8:07 am

    WOW! This transformation is so so good! Any idea how long it took?

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