THE OUTOOR ROOM: VOTE FOR ELAINE GRIFFIN'S L'ORANGERIE IN LOWE'S DESIGNER CHALLENGE

by Marisa Marcantonio

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

 Columns
Diamond Lattice


Concrete Urn

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

WANT TO CREATE CURB APPEAL FOR YOUR HOME? WATCH STYLEBEAT VIDEOCAST CHAT WITH ELAINE GRIFFIN FOR LOWE'S OFFERING GREAT IDEAS

by Marisa Marcantonio

I recently spoke via webcast to the New York- based interior designer Elaine Griffin.
We discussed design ideas for sprucing up the front entrance of your home without breaking the bank. Elaine has gained a huge following from her makeovers in Oprah's Home Magazine, and is working with home store Lowe's (you know their slogan: Let's Build Something Together) to bring chic ideas to shoppers around the country. Her ideas are easy to execute, affordable and not a big time commitment.

Photo Courtesy of Elaine Griffin
Elaine's interiors are classic, traditional and elegant. She has great personality and brings terrific ideas and problem solving to her client's homes.

Below is my interview with Elaine:

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