Monday, May 21, 2012


The design notion of making your outdoor space as comfortable as your inside interiors is worth embracing. Now that warm days are here, don't you love the idea of spending as much time as possible out of doors? My friend Elaine Griffin is very good at creating said lush outdoor spaces, so it's a good thing she was selected tp participate in Lowe's Designer Challenge. Her space, entitled L'Orangerie, is perfect for an urban dweller's garden. Using lattice on the walls for texture, she created a charming enclave to spend time in nature. Incorporating flowering plants, outdoor lighting and a space to sit and linger, the area provides a transporting experience.
 I hope you will take a second to vote for Elaine's space on Facebook beginning tomorrow till June 5th. so she can donate the proceeds to Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club! Lowe’s will donate $25,000 for each of the designers’ charities, with the winning charity receiving an additional $25,000. The winning vignette will be selected by votes on Lowe’s Facebook page from Tuesday, May 22 to Tuesday, June 5. So head on over to VOTE ELAINE!

Photos courtesy of Lowe's

Elaine, sitting in her outdoor living room, ready for summer to start.

A little piece of outdoor heaven.  Blue walls, blooming trees and places to perch in an enveloping environment.

Elaine shows how easy it is to create a little getaway and enhance it with natural elements.

Outdoor furniture like this Blaney Chair has the scale of the classic Billy Baldwin Slipper Chair, just zshush it up with some bright pillows.

The master plan Elaine hatched to create her space was thorough and precise.

The Creative Components Elaine Used For Her Outdoor Room:

Valspar's Sky Space covered all the wood work for a cohesive effect.

 Ceiling Medallion

Diamond Lattice

Concrete Urn

 Eastfield Coffee Table
Blaney Wicker Woven Chair
Allen and Roth Garden Seat


Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Wow, mix em all together and magic happens. Love her space!

brendam said...

Just found your blog...I know, a little late! Great post, I am just decorating our cabana, so found a few ideas to incorporate. Happy Monday:)