About Us

Boston-area backyard designed by Home Outside. Photo by Susan Teare.

Transforming your Home Outside

We are Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio, an award-winning landscape architecture and design firm in southern Vermont with a portfolio of residential projects and public gardens, parks, and campuses around North America and beyond. We created Home Outside to be a mobile design app functional enough for landscape professionals like ourselves to design on the go and share ideas with clients, yet simple and user-friendly enough for homeowners to mock up their property and try out new ideas. We think everyone should have the tools to create beautiful landscapes.

We created the Home Outside App to provide enough functionality for designers, yet be simple enough for homeowners to use. Our hope is to change the way people create and enjoy their outdoor surroundings.


Founder – Home Outside

As a landscape designer, author, and lecturer, I travel extensively across the U.S. and Canada. Wherever I go, I see tracts of houses without any landscaping around them.

Inspired to address this problem, I wrote Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love (Taunton Press, 2009) to help homeowners with their landscapes in the simplest possible language. But I always knew that they still needed more help. So four years ago my team and I decided to jump into the digital world and create a simple and fun app that people everywhere could use to mock up their own backyard and then begin to transform it into a personalized landscape. Unlike existing CAD or desktop landscape design programs that are created for professional use, the Home Outside app features all the elements that make up a property, from the house and driveway down to the compost bin and perennial planting. Each element, beautifully hand-drawn by JMMDS’s own Bethany Gracia, is easily selected, duplicated, resized, and moved into place to help people create the home outside they’ve always longed for.

We also created our Home Outside online design service, and for several years we’ve been doing landscape design layouts and planting plans for properties around North America. Clients can use our Home Outside app to mock up their property and try out new ideas, and if they need some expert design help, they can work with our online service right from their desktop computers. We can now offer beautiful expert design to everyone, at a price more homeowners can afford.

Who is Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio (JMMDS)?

JMMDS is the award-winning landscape architecture and design firm that created the Toronto Music Garden and hundreds of public and private gardens. Founder and principal designer Julie Moir Messervy is a well-known lecturer and the author of eight books including Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love. JMMDS clients include hundreds of private homeowners, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival; Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden of Richmond, Virginia; Franklin Park Conservatory of Columbus, Ohio; Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge, Massachusetts; Myriad Botanical Gardens of Oklahoma City; and many more.

Visit JMMDS.com to browse the JMMDS portfolio.