At Home with Michelle

All photography by Marta Xochilt Perez. 

All photography by Marta Xochilt Perez

Michelle's favorite gardening book. 

Michelle's favorite gardening book. 

As a longtime fan of Gardenista, our founder, Michelle Adams, was psyched to recently be featured at home in her garden!  Having lived in NYC apartments for most of her adult life, Michelle was totally unfamiliar with gardening (and even considered herself a black thumb—ha!), but when she bought a puppy last winter and started spending more time outdoors, she knew something had to give. So, she turned to the Gardenista book for ideas on transforming her space.  With help from her landscaper, Burton Packard from K&P Landscaping Solutions, Michelle created a backyard design that's a nod to Brooklyn and Paris. You can check out their handiwork and shop the look below, as well as read the full interview on Gardenista here. Enjoy!

Stepping stones from Home Depot ensure a mess-free path through the garden. 

Stepping stones from Home Depot ensure a mess-free path through the garden. 

A formerly unused space was transformed into three distinct seating areas with a fire pit, a raised-bed garden, and a potting shed.  

A formerly unused space was transformed into three distinct seating areas with a fire pit, a raised-bed garden, and a potting shed.  

Michelle's bench is upholstered in outdoor fabrics by Schumacher.  The pillows are made with Deconstructed Stripe II, which pays homage to the legendary decorator Albert Hadley, and the bench fabric is called Stitched Stripe. The bench itself was built by Michelle's neighbor, Walt Swanson, who happens to be an incredible woodworker!   

Michelle's bench is upholstered in outdoor fabrics by Schumacher.  The pillows are made with Deconstructed Stripe II, which pays homage to the legendary decorator Albert Hadley, and the bench fabric is called Stitched Stripe. The bench itself was built by Michelle's neighbor, Walt Swanson, who happens to be an incredible woodworker!   

Michelle's favorite feature in the garden, a custom-built Tuff Shed from Home Depot, painted the same color as her house.  Click here to design your own. 

Michelle's favorite feature in the garden, a custom-built Tuff Shed from Home Depot, painted the same color as her house.  Click here to design your own

Michelle's pup, Rufus.  (Yes, he has his own Instagram account, haha.)

Michelle's pup, Rufus.  (Yes, he has his own Instagram account, haha.)

The Tuff Shed team installed pegboard inside the shed to help Michelle keep her gardening tools organized. Her favorites are by Le Prince Jardinier. 

The Tuff Shed team installed pegboard inside the shed to help Michelle keep her gardening tools organized. Her favorites are by Le Prince Jardinier

Inspired by landscape designer Miranda Brooks, Michelle added art, decor, and garden plans to cozy up her potting shed. 

Inspired by landscape designer Miranda Brooks, Michelle added art, decor, and garden plans to cozy up her potting shed. 

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Commercial grade string lights and a pair of classic French Fermob chairs make for the perfect space to enjoy a glass of wine and a good book. 

Commercial grade string lights and a pair of classic French Fermob chairs make for the perfect space to enjoy a glass of wine and a good book. 

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