The principles of Islamic garden design have informed almost all of the work at Mirror Lake since Shawn first learned of the concepts in school.
Today, Shawn and Blinda chat with Emma Clark, author of The Art of the Islamic Garden.
Emma Clark designs gardens with a fundamentally spiritual and holistic outlook, undertaking them for private clients and public institutions, both in the U.K. and abroad. She specialises mainly in Islamic gardens, focusing on contemporary interpretations of traditional principles.
She is Senior Tutor on the post-graduate Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts (VITA) Programme at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London Read More
If you need some attractive ground coverage at a great value, Shawn and Blinda have the answer for you. Are you looking for low maintenance and beautiful coverage with low maintenance? One of these options may be a great solution. Listen on! Read More
There's a trend within newer planned neighborhoods: larger lots - much larger than the neighborhoods we've been familiar with the last thirty years or so. With this increase in property and real estate comes a unique design challenge. Mainly, how do you design for so much more acreage?? Read More
Shawn and Blinda dish out some design solutions for these larger lots.
The front yard is a unique area in our homes. It is where our private property intersects with our neighbors and communities. Too few people homeowners realize their front yard's potential. Shawn and Blinda discuss how to make the most of this neglected real estate. Read More
Before you build a pool there are some things you should consider: Mainly, most of your time will not be spent in the pool; It will be spent around it. This consideration should inform a solid, comprehensive backyard design. Read More
Shawn and Blinda discuss...
Shawn and Blinda have made a name for themselves owning and operating Houston's premiere landscape design firm, Mirror Lake Designs. But more and more, homeowners are turning to YouTube, Pinterest, and other sources to facilitate their need to DIY their own backyards. In this episode, Shawn lays down the basics of sand-laid paver patios. Read More
Shawn and Blinda chat with John Ferguson of Nature's Way about how to best create your own at-home compost pile. After all, now is the time to do it in preparation for spring plantings.
Plus, you'll be surprised how composting can affect how much and when you water your plants. Read More