Amy, PrettyPurpleDoor.com
Garden Design & Maintenance Certification

I’m Amy and I help beginner gardeners design impressively beautiful gardens that bring color to your landscape all four seasons, show off your personality and suit your lifestyle. 

I have a diploma in Garden Design and Maintenance (Certification No Y0LLMXQ2). I am also a professional graphic designer and (obviously) a garden lover. It didn’t take long for me to realize that all the design tricks I use at my job could also be used in my garden! So, I created my own unique system for beginner gardeners that easily combines gardening with design. It’s so much more fun than just plopping random plants in the ground and hoping for the best.

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When I bought my home in January 2012, I loved everything about it.

Ok, so you got me. My home was (and still is) adorable– but its certainly not perfect. But, I achieved my dream of being a homeowner before the age of 30. And I was single. And a girl. And it was a big, huge deal for me.

I was so freaking proud of my musty, cobweb-ridden investment that literally had insulation jammed into a hole in the wall where a window should have been. I didn’t care. It was mine. And to be honest when I look back at pictures I don’t really remember it looking like that. I think that in my eyes, my home always looked the way I dreamed it would look… not how it actually looked.
Pictures don’t lie… the brutal “insulation to fill the hole in the wall” window replacement saga
My proud dad. He refers to this as “the day the eagle died“.
My dad was proud, too. In fact, my dad is the reason that this whole blog started. For nearly a full year, he (and my mom, family and countless friends) helped me to fix my place up!

But, my dad was right there with me through it all that first year. And I’m not talking like… “oh he helped me paint the kitchen and it was a great day.” No. I’m talking “weekdays, weekends, up at 6 AM parging the foundation, climbing onto the roof to paint/clean out the chimney” type stuff.

I love to take pictures and while we worked on my house I was secretly taking pictures of dad. And that night I would sit down and write a blog post about what we did that day. He had no idea… and for nearly a year I documented our journey in a personal blog I called “Pretty Purple Door” — because he thought it was so stupid that I wanted to paint my door purple. Little did he know, this was the tip of the iceberg and I’d soon have him helping me make a floor using REAL pennies!! 🙂

And… on Christmas in 2012 after nearly a year of DIYing, I sat my dad down at the computer and showed him his gift. He started at the beginning and read every single post. And then he read them backwards. And from beginning to end… again… lol.

So, the “thank you” gift to my amazing dad was complete and my first year of home ownership (2012) came to an end. Although I had no intentions of continuing to write, I found myself referencing my blog to recall dates and materials more often than I care to reveal. One day, I opened an email from someone who was reading my blog and telling me how helpful its been to them.

To be honest, it was a bit curious/strange to me at first that someone was reading my dad’s “gift-blog”. But emails kept coming in from other home owners who were finding a lot of value in my documented journey. These emails really meant a lot to me… and to know that I was helping some other people navigate this home ownership stuff was enough reason for me to continue writing. So, here we are over 6 years later still on this journey. And it’s evolved into such a unique and special community that I had no freaking idea was ever possible. So, thank you for checking out my blog… and learning a little bit more about me. I’m really excited to hear about you, too! So if you’d like, you can email me directly at prettypurpledoor@gmail.com.

All my best,

Amy

 

Check out the updated photos!

It’s safe to say a lot has changed since I bought my home back in January, 2012. Why don’t you check out the photo gallery to see all of the updates!

What Blooms with What?

Plantpairingguide teal mockup web %28custom%29

Never know what to plant together? Find out with this FREE Plant Pairing Guide and become a pro at combining plants for the best garden design possible!

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Hey, since you're already signed up for my emails, you may be interested in my Printable Garden Planner Kit. It includes 5 printable worksheets that you can use to plan and organize your landscape. Check it out here.