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Inside Out Design, LLC is a  landscape and hardscape design-build firm which offers clients a high quality, unique perspective on their outdoor spaces. Started in 2007, with a lifetime of horticulture experience, Michael and Andrea Mueller had a vision of raising the bar for landscaping and outdoor spaces. The company is dedicated to bettering the lives of our clients, engaging fully in our community, and protecting the environment by creating sustainable, individualized outdoor spaces. We set ourselves apart from other landscape companies by offering design and quality driven services and products.

For the more personal story:  Most of you know our story, but for those that don’t, let’s just say we have made the best out of the hand we were dealt. The death of my dad has had a great impact on our lives since we both worked with him, but more importantly, loved and respected him immensely.  He instilled a love of horticulture, work ethic, and family in all of us.  Michael worked side by side with him for over nine years and I was a daddy’s girl.  I remember stocking shelves and pulling flats, and sweeping the floor of the garden center.  I began working for my dad as a professional right after I graduated college, and just four months later, he was tragically killed in a car accident.  From that moment on, our lives were never the same.   My dad taught us to love what we do and to be passionate about our work.  Long story short, we made best of what we had to deal with (after all, that’s all one can do), which is why our company was born and why we get to build the amazing spaces we do!

Like most small businesses, we started in our home in 2007.  We had a small corner of our bedroom (we lived in an 850 sq ft house), with one desk, a printer and a small file cabinet dedicated to the company.  We had planned to build offices in a barn on the property, but that was blown away by the tornado of 2007. It created a small setback, but in time, we added on to our house in 2009, and squeezed 3 desks, a plotter, a printer, and more file cabinets into a 13’x10′ space.  Our dining room was the conference room, and basically the entire main level was an office during the day, and a home at night.  We quickly outgrew that space (mentally and physically), and by March of 2011 had our offices under construction and moved during September 2011!  We are very appreciative of having a “real” office, which is beautiful and creative.  We love meeting customers here and showing them what we can do. It’s only a 2 minute walk from the house too! Truly the best of both worlds.

How we met: Michael and I met because he worked with my dad. I had a teenage crush on him (he is six years older) and I loved going to visit jobsites with my dad so I could see him. He probably didn’t know I existed (or at least not in that way). I moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Georgia Tech, forgetting about him, and living college life. In May of 2001, I was visiting home and saw him at the garden center and he asked me for my number. After that, we would talk nearly every day on the phone. His brother lives and works in Atlanta, so he came down for a visit, where we went fishing with his brother and friends and I cooked him dinner.   We continued our almost daily phone conversations and  he came for a visit in July, where we went to a concert together and the rest is history as they say.  At first my dad was unsure because he didn’t want it to hurt their working relationship. All was well and after a year or so, when Michael showed him the engagement ring to ask permission to marry me, my dad said “Sorry, I’m already married.”  Well he knew how to break the ice!

(Left) Charlie (Andrea’s dad) and Andrea in June 2003 at Michael and Andrea’s wedding. (Right) Mike and Andrea in 2010 by Hilly Photography.

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