Designer Nate Berkus!
Yes, it is true. As some of you might have picked up by now, I spent an evening this week hanging out with interior decorating celebrity Nate Berkus. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Hate me. We painted furniture side by side. We hung out in a loft in SoHo. We laughed at the same jokes. I might have laughed REALLY loud cause I am all awkward like that.
Since when does someone like me hang out with a famous celebrity designer in a loft in SoHo? Only in blogland do those kinds of things happen, I tell ya. I had to pinch myself. But, never the less, I was so excited to be included!
I was invited by Lowe’s along with Valspar Paint (THANK YOU SO MUCH!) to fly to New York, stay at a hotel in Tribeca, and spend an evening trying out paint with Nate in Soho. Yeah. That doesn’t happen every day. Of course I said YES, PLEASE!
Centsational Girl & The Inspired Room
I was especially thrilled to find out of only 30 bloggers included in this event, my pal Kate from Centsational Girl was also on this trip! I love getting to hang out with a blogging friend in real life.
Kate and I met up in the lobby of our hotel and walked in our high heels to the unmarked loft overlooking Soho. It was a gorgeous day!
Before we knew it, we were sitting on the floor in our white dresses right next to Nate, trying win a paint competition. We got so into the competition we didn’t even notice (too much) that Nate was sitting right next to us on the floor, or think about how at any moment we could turn around and ask him if we could borrow his paint brush or get his design advice. Well, I did kind of think about borrowing his paint brush. But mostly we were obsessed with winning this competition.
This was pretty much a dream for DIY & Design bloggers.
And, here was our table. Disclaimer: We only had 30 minutes to paint. It was fairly stressful. I’ll admit, the design, most of the painting and pretty much all of the taping off of the chevron pattern was done by Kate. I can’t take much credit. I held the paint can, ran around finding paint brushes, snapped pictures of Nate, and tried to avoid getting paint on myself or my white dress.
Remember, I hate painting, so I was pleased to have Kate on my team. It worked out well for me.
Here is Nate telling Kate she needs to listen to me next time and paint the hinges and the knob, I tried to tell her that to no avail. Thank you Nate. Nevertheless, he gave us the creativity award and we took home two $250 Lowe’s cards. Yay us!
As soon as Nate was done talking, Kate promptly ran over and painted the hinges and the knobs. Ha. Much better.
During Nate’s presentation about paint, I took a little video for you! See? I’m always thinking of you. Here is Nate standing right in front of me (i die) talking about his favorite neutral paint color.
Did you hear what Nate said in the video? Gray walls, white trim and black doors make him happy. He likes that combination with pops of color. He would be pretty happy in my living room and dining room! YAY!
During the event we were able to try out Valspar Signature Colors paint, which by the way is the same paint I used on my blue table last summer!
You can see by the fact that I already have used this paint that I really do like it! The colors are so pretty!!!
This paint covered those dark stripes in one coat! And look at how pretty Kate looks. She should be a painting spokesmodel.
We also learned about Allen & Roth paint and home decor line at Lowe’s.
We had a fabulous time both at the event and having margaritas and Mexican food afterward. Kate and I even talked at dinner about how much we both love you all. We did! Really. And it wasn’t even just because of the margaritas. We do love you.
And because we love you and wish you could have all been there with us, we are giving away our winning Lowe’s gift cards!
One $250 Lowe’s gift card will be given away on The Inspired Room, and another over at Centsational Girl!
1. Hit LIKE on my facebook page, if you haven’t already.
2. Leave a comment on my blog to enter!
Don’t know how to leave a comment to enter? If you reading this anywhere other than this blog (like on Facebook or email) you need to go to my blog at htp://theinspiredroom.net, scroll down to the end of this post, click “Join the Conversation,” type in a comment in the comment box and then submit your comment. You do not have to have a blog to win.
3. For a second chance to win this giveaway, link to this giveaway on Facebook OR Twitter (you can use the twitter/facebook buttons below), then leave a comment here telling where you mentioned this giveaway (FB or Twitter).
4. Head on over to Centsational Girl to read her post and enter the other giveaway over there! More chances to win!
This contest is now closed! Thanks for all your entries!