3 Designers Go Head-to-Head for a Good Cause

New York was buzzing last week with Design Week and ICFF taking place, but there were also a few other cool events happening around the city. Lowe’s was in town kicking off their Designer Challenge, which asked three designers to create an 11′ x 11′ space using elements from the retailer’s 2012 Outdoor Spring Collection.

The designers came from very different backgrounds and included Marcela Valladolid (celebrity chef, author and host of the Food Networks “Mexican Made Easy”), Elaine Griffin (notable New York Designer, TV personality and author of  Design Rules: The Professional’s Guide to Do-it-Yourself Home Style), and Danny Seo (environmental lifestyle expert).

Lowe’s set up their designs on the top floor of the Chelsea Arts Tower on the west side of Manhattan, not only a gorgeous place to view the designers’ work but also to catch amazing views of the sunset over the Hudson River.

Marcela embraced the outdoors, and her design was sprinkled with succulents and a must-have pergola.

Elaine’s room was cozy and colorful with beautiful lattice and lighting.

Danny went with an outdoor themed movie theater with comfy chairs and snacks.

Voting starts now on the Lowe’s Facebook page, and the winning designer will receive $50,000 towards their charity so everyone is a winner. Marcela’s charity is Olivewood Gardens, Elaine’s is the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and Danny’s is Yum-o!

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