Salt Marsh & Spurs

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Julie Collins designed this outdoor oasis. The pool was installed by Alaglas Pools & her husband, Marty Collins, landscaped the project.

By the inspirational nudge of Lowcountry living, this Texan transplant isn’t quite ready to trade in her spurs, but has found a way to merge two Southern styles.


ulie Collins was first inspired to pursue design while growing up in a converted Depression-era farmhouse in Texas. “My room in that house was first a living room, which was later converted to our kitchen,” she said.

“I enjoyed watching my mom design and renovate the attic space into two bedrooms and a bathroom – a huge influence on me as a teenager.

“I was absolutely fascinated that one could convert a room into a completely different space, and I enjoyed the process.”

Now based in the Lowcountry, splitting her time between South Carolina and Georgia, Collins wears nearly every design hat, from landscapes to interiors, D.I.Y. projects and homemaking, documenting all of her projects and suggestions on her blog, “Saltmarsh and Spurs.” Collins says her writing “has been an exploration of my personal style mixed with my broader design aesthetic that I incorporate into my clients’ homes and private projects.” When she is not writing, Collins provides interior, landscape and pool design consultations for clients who seek her refined, thoughtful style.

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In addition to design consultations, Julie Collins also offers endless D.I.Y. tips from updating fixtures, to meal preparation, to children’s Halloween costumes. All of these and more can be found at

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