Marcela Valladolid Wins Lowe's Design Contest
June 11, 2012,
The succulent wall
MOORESVILLE, N.C.-Chef Marcela Valladolid has won the Lowe's Designer Challenge, receiving the most votes on the Lowe's Facebook page for her Baja-inspired outdoor room.
Competing on behalf of San Diego-based Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, Valladolid designed the Colors and Textures of Baja outdoor room. Olivewood Gardens, a nonprofit community garden and resource facility that provides a hands-on, garden-based curriculum of ecological, academic and culinary lessons to local children and families, will receive a $50,000 donation from Lowe's. Designers Danny Seo and Elaine Griffin each earned a $25,000 donation to their charities for participating in the challenge.
Valladolid's design drew inspiration from the Baja region of Mexico where she grew up and included succulent plants, a hanging garden, and patio furniture, accents and paint that reflected the colors of the ocean and Baja terrain.