If you didn’t see on facebook or Instagram last week, I flew across the country and went to California! California. Still feels like a dream. And I got to see the Pacific Ocean. Definitely a dream come true!
But let’s back up to the day when I got this cute paint can in the mail with an invitation from Behr Paint. They invited me along with the other Behr DIY Expert bloggers to come out to California to tour their corporate offices, see the Sunset Magazine Idea House which had been painted in all Behr Marquee colors, and see how Behr paint is developed and made.
We all stayed at the fabulous Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach just a few minutes from Behr corporate. My room was amazing! And the Pacific Ocean was just a few steps away across the street from the resort.
Our first evening, we headed to Manhattan Beach to the Sunset Magazine Idea House. This home was beautiful! The interior was painted completely with Behr Marquee paint (most of it was painted with Cameo White) and was decorated in modern California style.
Check out that kitchen. And there was a butler’s pantry off of it too.
This room was one of my favorites! I loved the deep gray green (Naturalism by Behr Marquee), the linen curtains, the chairs – just about everything about this room!
The playroom was another favorite – that accent wall was textured and was a pretty indigo blue color. Wouldn’t it be so fun to do that in a kitchen with “EAT” or in another room with maybe letters with kids names? And that pallet looking bed – LOVE!
The bathrooms were gorgeous too with lots of white subway tile but done with dark gray grout.
This master was another one of my favorites – oh to wake up to that view and those open doors every morning! This room was painted in Statuesque by Behr Marquee.
This was the master bathroom – felt like spa!
And I think my entire bedroom could have fit in the closet.
I think I might even enjoy doing laundry if I was doing it in that room.
And I could definitely get some work done in that office… once I stopped staring at the gorgeous ocean scenery surrounding me.
But the outside of the house and the backyard was my absolute favorite. You don’t get much green space in California but they had maximized every inch of it with a modern pool and combined hot tub, a fire pit, herb gardens, citrus trees, and multiple seating areas. We got to enjoy dinner and the sunset while we relaxed in this outdoor space.
The living room had these huge glass doors that slid completely open to make this one huge space. It. was. amazing. Did I mention California has no mosquitoes, no flies and the weather was perfect – upper 70’s? I am not sure I would ever be indoors if I lived there.
Here’s our entire group.
Liz with Liz Marie Blog, Robin with All Things Heart and Home, Kim with Newly WoodWards, 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, me, and Lindsey with The Pleated Poppy.
The next day we were off to the Behr corporate offices and manufacturing plant. We learned all about how Behr Marquee paint was developed, how and why they chose the colors that they did, and we even got to do a some crafting with these gorgeous Marquee colors.
Next was the test lab where we saw how they test and develop the paint. We all loved Paul the painter and he gave us some great tips on painting that I can’t wait to try (and of course share!) soon. Here he is demonstrating how well the Marquee one coat coverage really works with a beautiful red color. I loved using the Marquee paint in my master bedroom – you can see how well it covered in my room here. I was already super impressed with the paint before I went but seeing how much goes on behind the scenes and the science of it all, I am really sold on Behr Marquee paint.
Then it was off to the plant where we saw how the paint was made, mixed, packaged, and then shipped off to a Home Depot store near you! Look for the Marquee display in your store soon if it isn’t already there. I would love to know if you try it or what color you would like to try.
Sadly it all came to end too soon and I was once again boarding a plane to head home. I fell in love with California and would love to one day go back with my husband and have more time to sightsee and explore.
I know this post is long, but I didn’t want today to pass without acknowledging that today I also celebrate my 3rd year of blogging! I would have never imagined 3 years ago when I wrote and published that first post that I would be working with Behr and some of the other amazing brands I have worked with, taking a trip to California, and enjoying blogging and working from home as much as I do. And I have YOU, my readers, to thank for a lot of it! If it wasn’t for you reading, there would be no point in me blogging (and no fun in it for me either.) So to celebrate my 3 year blogiversary, to thank you for reading, and to let you experience just a bit of my California Behr trip, I am giving away a gallon of new Behr Marquee paint to one of you. I truly wish I could send a sample of it to all of you, but at least one of you will win a gallon and the rest of you will have to just check it out at your local Home Depot store.
Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below – the giveaway will close Friday, October 3rd at midnight.
What was your favorite part of the Sunset Magazine Idea House? Have you seen the new Behr Marquee display at your Home Depot yet?