Feb 7, 2012

"Dear Designer" and NW Flower & Garden Show Giveaway!


Introducing our newest magazine column, "Dear Designer." Think "Dear Abby," but instead with a rotating panel of architects, interior designers, and many more, to be on hand to answer the reader's most burning questions. What are some awesome DIY projects to spruce up your home on a budget? What exactly is Deconstructivist Modern architecture? Is Feng Shui all it's cracked up to be? The sky's the limit, readers!

To kickstart our exciting new column, we're giving away tickets to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show Feb. 8-12! Simply leave a comment with a question for our "Dear Designer" column for a chance to win a set of tickets. The giveaway will run until we've given them all away, so we'll keep you all updated.

GRAY will also present a judged award to one of the Garden Creators (display gardens) called the "GRAY Design of Choice" on Feb. 7th. Our award will recognize the garden with the most creative, forward-thinking design—considering use of materials, spatial composition, uniqueness, functionality, a fresh aesthetic, and overall visual appeal. So all around you don't want to miss it.

We're looking forward to your questions!

**Update: This giveaway is now closed, but we are still taking "Dear Designer" questions! Thank you all for your participation.

25 comments:

  1. Dear Designer,

    What is your favorite 'up-cycled' application when doing a DIY outdoor garden wall?

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  2. Dear designer, how on earth do I hide my RV? We can't have it on the street and my husband wants to park it in the garden!

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  3. My kitchen and bathrooms were all remodeled in different decades and it shows. Does that situation bug anyone else as much as it does me?

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  4. Isn't it time to get rid of the bus-sized juniper shrubs that have reigned supreme in Seattle's older neighborhoods?? Considering that they play an big role in an alternate-host fungal infection on fruit trees, and are unsightly to boot, and since there already is a city department that makes recommendations on appropriate street trees, would it be possible to recommend taking them out and substituting some other shrub that wasn't so...awful?

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  5. I look forward to seeing your magazine. Real-life questions, with answers, have been some of the most valuable source for ideas that I have used over the years.

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  6. Will your magazine show some ideas for garden art?

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  7. Am planning a home bathroom remodel. What is a low maintenance way to incorporate live plants into my new bathroom? Thanks!

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  8. My first question is how can I post with my facebook name?

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  9. How frost hardy are minature roses?
    Nancy campbell

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  10. I love deep jewel tones, but find them too dark to heavily decorate with in the PacNW. I would love some suggestions for a bright yet saturated palette for entertaining spaces such as a living room with northern light (you know, just as an example). Thanks!

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  11. Where is your favorite place to scrounge for (cheap) salvage materials (for indoor or outdoor designing?)

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Congratulations! You've been chosen as a winner! Please email your mailing address to info {at} graymag.net, and we will put the tickets in the mail to you right away.

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  12. Welcome!
    What shade hardy plants do you suggest for Seattle gardens? Kim kharchenko mach

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  13. Dear Designer -

    I'm trying to get ready for my daughter's outdoor wedding at our home near Sisters the first part of July. Trying to find some plants with color (roses??) that can go in the ground and grow QUICK despite the potential for some frosty spring nights.

    I'm doing some containers that will be indoors and hopefully going to town for the deck.

    Thanks in advance

    ltcgumby

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  14. Dear designer,
    We're building a new house and the choices are overwhelming. How do you choose a whole house color scheme?
    Thanks,
    Tami

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    1. Congratulations! You've been chosen as a winner! Please email your mailing address to info {at} graymag.net, and we will put the tickets in the mail to you right away.

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    2. thanks!
      Info emailed
      I can hardly wait!

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  15. What is the best type of creeping vine to place on a cedar outbuilding that will not damage the wood?

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  16. I am so excited to hear about this new magazine for us North westerners!!! Can't wait to check you out at the Garden show! Good luck with this adventure...we need your wisdom!

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  17. knowsbetter1@comcast.netJanuary 26, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    I enjoy bringing found objects from the garden indoors. White paper bark birch branches, birdhouses, nests, cones and so on. What is the best way to display them without making it feel or look like I have a bunch of junk cluttered together?

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  18. Dear Designer sounds like a great service! but wondering why GRAY? is it an acronym?

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  19. What is the most prolific shade flowering plant that woul be good in Seattle?

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  20. Ansel Adams, the photographer, would always try to find ten shades of gray in his black and white pictures. When I look at the Seattle sky I try to see as many shades of gray as I can.

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  21. My comment disappeared?
    Balcony gardening - especially a south-facing one. Even in Seattle it can get too much sun in summer, when I've tried growing vegetables.

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  22. we had an awesome time at the flower show.
    Thanks a million for the tickets!

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