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November 11, 2019

Most native plants will tolerate a light frost once they have become established (about a year after installation).  If you have newly installed plants, you will want to protect your plants in a hard freeze.  Even native and adapted plants could even be affected by tem...

April 8, 2019

Matt and Angelica Norton were on the lifestyle show We Are Austin to talk about Blanket Fort, one of the ten Fortlandia featured forts at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for the first competition held in 2018.  The Wildflower Center was promoting Winter Festiva...

February 1, 2019

This video shows the first 100 built projects (spanning from 2012-2018) for Open Envelope Studio in Austin, TX. Thanks to our clients for trusting us!

October 19, 2018

The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center held a design competition for 10 forts to be exhibited in their arboretum from September 2018 to February 2019.  Our Blanket Fort design was awarded one of the coveted Fortlandia spots.  

Our fort ended up in a different...

June 28, 2018

In the Summer 2018 issue of Austin Home Magazine, Matt and I were interviewed about the landscape design and build at Krajcer Residence.  The yards lacked function because of the slope, so we created a lush installation in the front, back, and courtyard.  The ceda...

December 20, 2017

In the Winter 2017 issue of Austin Home Magazine, Matt and I were interviewed about the landscape design and build at Buck Residence.  The home overlooked the on-ramp to MoPac, so we designed a modern landscape reminiscent of Palm Springs and Eichler courtyard hom...

November 2, 2017

Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy assigned a group of first and second grade teachers to a Monarch Team to create an outdoor learning space for the students.  Kasey Kirk, a special education teacher at the east Austin school reached out for volunteers to help wit...

December 19, 2016

5 years ago, Matt and I started OES with one employee - our longtime project manager, Shawn Latta.  A few weeks after we put all of our eggs in one basket in December of 2011, I found out I was pregnant with our second daughter, Ansley, with 2.5 year old Eloise in tow....

December 9, 2016

In the Winter 2016 issue of Austin Home Magazine, Matt and I were interviewed about the landscape design and build at Anderson Residence.  The home has a sunken patio with a lot of potential.  We reworked the patio with pavers, plants, and gravel in time for the c...

December 6, 2016

In the December 2016 issue of Austin Monthly, Open Envelope Studio was voted Best of the Austin in the Business & Services section for Landscaping in their 2016 Reader's Choice Poll!

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