Reports from the Pantone and Lowe’s “Color with Confidence” Event in NYC

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So…how was your weekend? Mine? Fantastic. I was fortunate to spend it in New York City, at the “Color with Confidence” Event from Pantone, Valspar, and Lowe’s. It was organized to celebrate the release of a new line of PANTONE UNIVERSE paint collection at Lowe’s, which means…

You can now get paint in Pantone colors at your local home improvement center. Design nerds rejoice! 

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The event was a two-day cocktail party and DIY challenge. On Friday evening, we gathered in an amazing loft in the Flatiron/Union Square area to meet with all kinds of cool people, from professional interior and fashion designers, magazine editors, the Pantone team, and other DIY bloggers. Then, on Saturday, we headed to the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market and the biggest Salvation Army I’ve ever seen to snag some cool pieces, and give them a bright, colorful makeover using the new PANTONE UNIVERSE paints from Lowe’s own paint line, Valspar.

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Here’s an Instagram photo that my friend and Curbly colleague Capree snapped of me working on my piece, which she dubbed “the mandelabra” 

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As you can see, I was the only guy there, which always makes for good times. But seriously – this was super fun. I get invited to a lot of these events, but this one was a no-brainer: Pantone is cool, Lowe’s is cool, the designers were cool, and I got to spend some amazing time with all kinds of awesome people, some of whom I expect will turn into real, life-long friendships. Can’t beat that. 

So, thank you Pantone, Lowe’s, Valspar, and all the cool kids that made this happen. I was honored to participate.