Three Outdoor Spaces to Inspire!
May 23, 2012
Last week I attended the Lowe’s Designer Challenge event in New York City on a gorgeous spring evening and I was so excited to see these spaces designed for a competition with $100,000 going to charity. Each of the three designers worked with furnishings and materials from Lowe’s to create three unique amazing outdoor spaces.
Here’s a peek at the three and my favorite takeaway ideas from each one!
First up, an arbor covered patio designed by Chef Marcela Valladolid, star of her own Food Network show – it made perfect sense that her space was focused on dining alfresco!
Here’s Marcella posing in her space, she’s so lovely and gave us all a brief cooking presentation on using fresh herbs in summer grilling.
Those tailored Parson’s style dining chairs are slipcovered in outdoor fabric and zip off for easy cleaning, I totally loved that idea!
Those bronze star light fixtures were brought in by Marcela, but they were my favorite accent along with that living wall.
The next outdoor space was designed by superstar interior designer Elaine Griffin, who I call the “Queen of Layering” and she is never shy of color! Elaine is bubbly and magnetic in person, and a delight to talk to. She created an outdoor oasis for casual conversation filled with lush plantings and a bright blue trellis covered backdrop.
Don’t you love how Elaine is fearless with her layering of color, pattern and texture?
The third space was designed by Danny Seo, green living expert and lifestyle blogger. Danny’s space was an outdoor patio designed for watching movies outdoors with a projector, complete with seating and snacks for guests and two dramatic chalkboard walls.
All the furnishings came from the Lowe’s outdoor patio collection but the designers added a few of their own touches to pull their spaces together and make them unique. Aren’t they all wonderful? I was so impressed!
I have to show you the view from the loft where the event occurred, hello gorgeous skyline of Manhattan!
It was such a great event and an opportunity to meet these designers and see their work in person. Thank you Lowes for the invitation!
*some images courtesy of Lowe’s and Melissa too, thanks so much! Not a sponsored post, however Lowe’s did provide for my flight and hotel in NYC.
You can now vote on which space you love the most – each designer gets $25,000 for their chosen charity but the winner gets an additional $25,000, so that’s $100,000 total for some great charitable organizations. Nice work designers! Head on over to the Designer Challenge on Facebook to vote!
Which idea from these three outdoor spaces was your favorite?