Sneak Peek

It’s been a busy and exciting Spring and Summer at SEI. We’ve been working on many interesting projects — from tiny back yards in Capital Hill, Green Lake and Montlake designed to maximize outdoor living, to a spectacular terrace garden high above Second Avenue in downtown Seattle, to a landscape for a traditional Japanese Tea House. Our website will […]

Shades of Green

I know we’re all getting tired of this year’s rainy and cloudy spring.  I just heard someone refer to it as “Maytober”.  There is one positive aspect of this, however.  All the cloudy and overcast days are great backdrops to showcase our gardens and all the different colors of green as the new foliage emerges. Pantone […]

Where Are The Plants?

Here’s an outdoor living space we finished last year in Kirkland.  I like how the mix of materials, colors and patterns make the space visually interesting and give it a lot of energy.  The space looks great all year round and appears much bigger than it is.  In fact, there are just a few plants […]

Small Gardens, Big Ideas. Garden Design Magazine Highlights an SEI Garden

The current issue of Garden Design magazine includes a great article with 20 strategies for designing small spaces.  Read Functionally Carefree to learn about my philosophy of “making every element count – at least twice" in a small space and see a wonderful backyard retreat in Greenwood. You can pick up a copy of Garden […]

What’s Old is New

A few years ago, Sunset magazine featured my garden in Small Yard Makeovers.  They recently re-released this special edition.  It will be on newsstands until May 12th.  It has lots of inspiring gardens and design ideas. One of favorite pictures is this simple collection of containers designed by Daniel Nolan.  Daniel works for Flora Grubb […]

Thanks Sawyer!

Recently,  I was getting ready to leave a job site when the client came out and said her 5 year old son had something for me.  I went inside and he gave me a  ‘work order’ with a few things he wanted included in the garden. He let me know that he definitely didn’t want […]

Keeping the Job Site Safe and Tidy

At the end of every work day, each foreman sends me a few pictures of the day’s progress.  Here’s one that Aniceto sent recently. In addition to seeing the progress of this stone wall near Green Lake, the picture shows a few other elements that are an important part of every SEI job:  safety and […]

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

I was scrolling through the photos on my phone this evening when this picture caught my attention.  It is of a garden on Capitol Hill that we installed last winter.  The reason I originally took this picture – and why it caught my attention again – is that it captures the essence of much of […]

Hanging Around

Here’s a great BBQ when space is limited.  It is the SIGMAFOCUS made by Focus Creation in France. Their core business is making an wide range of modern indoor fireplaces.  Two of my favorite are the RENZOFOCUS and the ECLATE GEANT. The Sigmafocus costs 1114 € and you can order directly from Focus.

My Weekend Trip to Southern California

After this week’s snow on Monday, followed by torrential rain on Wednesday and high winds on Friday, I wish I had spent the weekend in Southern California.  Instead, I could only dream of being in Southern California when I passed by these Eucalyptus trees Saturday afternoon while out on a walk with my daughter and son. […]