Sometimes this blogging business is a serious trip. One day, I’m hanging out in my yoga pants playing trains with Henry. (Also known as every day of my life.)
The next day, I’m flying to California to hang out with Behr and some amazing bloggers at the Sunset Magazine Idea Home!
I left my yoga pants at home, by the way.
I am lucky enough to be one of Behr’s DIY Experts again this year, and we had the opportunity to visit California to learn more about the brand and its technology, along with spending some quality time with some amazing ladies and taking in some beautiful decor.
Before I even made it to the hotel, I was thrilled to have the chance to meet up with my college roommate, Lynne. She was kind enough to drive a couple hours from her house to pick me up at the airport and catch up.
We hit a delicious lunch spot and then the beach.
I was sad to see her go home (booooo hoooooo) but so happy to meet up with with some great blog friends for a tour of the Sunset Magazine Idea Home (the entire home was painted with Behr’s MARQUEE paint).
A few (drool-worthy) highlights and my awards for the night:
Most likely to inspire at future project at NewlyWoodwards: This painted feature wall in the playroom has my mind whirring.
Best use of lighting: These show-stopping beauties in the kitchen.
Table that most wants to come live at my house in Illinois: This beautiful modern farmhouse dining table (and do not even get me started on those windows).
Favorite landscaping feature: This beautiful pool, and especially the lighting.
Liz with Liz Marie Blog, Robin with All Things Heart and Home, me, Amanda with Small Home Big Start, Jennifer with Clean and Scentsible, Abby with Just a Girl and Her Blog, Jennifer, Caylin, Mandy with Sugar Bee Crafts, Debra, Kate with Catching Up with Kate, Christina with The Frugal Homemaker, and Lindsey with The Pleated Poppy.
We spent the following day at Behr, which was an amazing experience. I learned so much about the technology and skill that goes into paint – from color marketing to R&D, testing and manufacturing. We really had the chance to see it all in person. And for someone who has used hundreds of gallons of Behr paint in the past few years, the experience was pretty rad. (I mean, look how serious I am …)
Bonus – I brought home some great painting tips from the experts that will help me in future projects. (Don’t worry, friends. You know I’ll spill it all.) Plus, we got to craft.
On our final day, we said our goodbyes.
What a whirlwind few days for this little Midwesterner. I was happy to hug my guys, but I’ll never look at a can of paint the same way.
Thanks to Behr for such a wonderful experience. Pictures of Idea Home and Blogger Tour courtesy of Behr.