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A Leyendecker & Sides Exterior Design & Installation Landscape Company in Houston, Texas.

A well-executed garden and exterior space shouldn’t have to cost a fortune or be impossible to maintain, at least that’s the belief behind Exterior Texas—a Houston-based boutique landscaping venture that aims to improve the city’s outdoor spaces, one yard at a time.

Together, veteran landscaper Portia Leyendecker and the business-savvy René Sides have teamed up to fill a niche in the Houston landscaping market, offering approachable and affordable solutions for outdoor environments.

For Sides, who holds a Masters in Business and Bachelors in Psychology, Exterior Texas is a welcome opportunity to escape the corporate grind in favor of more fulfilling work in nature. At the same time, Sides’ corporate project management background helps ensure that each Exterior Texas project stays on schedule and on budget.

Meanwhile, Leyendecker brings more than 20 years of landscaping experience to the business, along with a customer base that’s familiar with her impact on the city’s sustainable gardening scene. In 2003, she founded Houston’s first organic farmers market and later established Seed Swap Houston—a non-GMO group focused on protecting local and heirloom seeds.

Together, the two deliver more than just eye-catching environments, rather they strive to create an extension of the home in fully-functional spaces that reflect the owners’ individual aesthetic.

​For more information about Exterior Texas’ work or to schedule a ​time for a complimentary consultation, please call or email us!


Artist Immeserses Gown In The Dead Sea For 2 Years And It Transforms Into a Salt Crystal Masterpiece

Israeli artist Sigalit Landau decided to submerge herself into the mystery and effects of the Dead Sea. She dipped a down in the salt-rich waters in 2014, and recently removed it to be seen for display. The results are a stunning crystallized dress, which seems nothing short of surreal and straight from a fairy tale. Take a look below at the uncanny images.

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With a strong basis in expressionism, atmospheric sets focus on elements that create a pervading tone, mood, romance, mystery or nostalgia.  There are numerous ways to do this, but atmospheric elements found in theater have included (but are not limited to) rain, snow, glitter, bubbles, confetti, streamers, fog, foam, haze and confetti. No matter what the set is “the space in which the story must unfold. The element employed may have a metaphorical effect, but also has to prove itself within the given bounds.”

Radical German scenic designer Katrin Brack has mastered atmospheric set design.  She describes her work as what “fits as a gesture, without shamming through decoration”. 

Her groundbreaking design for “Ivanov” was made entirely of “a fog controlled by a draught across the stage as a moving sculpture in “Ivanov”. As simple as it was total.” Characters entered thru a thick wall of fog at the back of the stage, disappearing and appearing out of thin air with little to no real “scenery” (we’ll work on a definition of scenery at another time). 

The production and her design looks stunning and audience members have told me it’s unlike anything we’ve seen here in the States.  But in Europe her design has sparked a debate on what scenic design is and on a more core level- what scenic design can be.  Some people say Katrin’s set isn’t set design.  Others say it’s crossed into a new phase of design, taping into something a standard piece of “scenery” (again we’ll define this later) can’t express. 

Can atmosphere be scenic design?  Comment below and let me know what you think and send me some of your favorite atmospheric sets.

“Ivanov” - Katrin Brack

“Moliere” - Katrin Brack

“Tartuffe” - Katrin Brack

“Prinz Friedrich von Homburg” - Katrin Brack

“Das grosse Fressen” - Katrin Brack - Bryce Cutler

Massive Motion Activated Digital Animation Takes Over Office Walls

Located within the interior walls  of an office building in Washington DC is a stunning activated media wall, which spans over 1700 square feet. The wall’s ephemeral display cycles change from different settings and seasons, as the workers walk through the building.

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