Balancing Interior and Hardscape Design


At Julie Orr Design, we believe that the key to creating a beautiful and functional home lies in seamlessly integrating interior and exterior design. With decades of experience in both fields and two design degrees (Interior Design & Landscape Design), we have developed a unique approach that blends the beauty and functionality of interior design with the natural beauty of the outdoors. We will share our insights on balancing interior and landscape design, helping you create a harmonious and functional environment that reflects your unique style.

Understanding Interior and Landscape Design

Before embarking on the creative journey of design, it’s essential to assess your indoor and outdoor spaces thoroughly. This initial step is crucial for identifying design opportunities and potential improvements.

Comprehensive Assessment:
 Take a step back and view your spaces with fresh eyes. Look for areas that can benefit from interior and hardscape design. Consider how you want your spaces to function and flow.

Seamless Integration Plan:
 Create a design plan that seamlessly integrates your indoor and outdoor areas. This plan should encompass layout considerations, functional requirements, and a vision for the harmonious coexistence of both spaces.

Blending Interior and Landscape Design

Harmony in design relies on choosing colors, textures, and materials that work well in both indoor and outdoor settings. This unity in design bridges the gap between your home’s interior and the surrounding landscape.

Material Harmony:
Incorporate natural elements like wood, stone, and water into both interior and hardscape design. For example, use stone on landings and patios that compliment the texture in your interior flooring. The continuity creates a seamless connection between the two worlds.

Pattern Continuity:
Extend the harmony to patterns. If your indoor flooring has unique patterns, carry them into your hardscape design, whether through patio pavers, porcelain tiles or stone.

Creating Functional Spaces

Design isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s also about functionality. Julie Orr Design excels in crafting spaces that serve multiple purposes, both indoors and outdoors.

Versatile Spaces:
 Learn to create functional areas that can be used throughout the year, like outdoor living spaces. These areas should be thoughtfully designed for comfort and functionality.

Smooth Transitions:
 Create a fluid transition between indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing for easy movement and flow. Consider large glass doors, open layouts, and design elements that visually connect both areas.

Complete Functionality:
 Incorporate lighting, furniture, and other elements that enhance both the beauty and functionality of your indoor and outdoor spaces. Attention to these details ensures your environment is not just aesthetically pleasing but highly practical.


Balancing interior and hardscape design is an art that demands expertise, creativity, and a profound understanding of both fields. Julie Orr Design has perfected this art, creating beautiful and functional environments that reflect their clients’ unique style.

If you’re interested in seamlessly integrating your indoor and outdoor spaces to enhance the beauty and functionality of your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Julie Orr Design. Our expertise and creativity can help you transform your space into a harmonious environment that meets your unique needs and style. Make your dream home a reality with the expert guidance of Julie Orr Design. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you create a beautiful, functional, and harmonious environment for your home.