Color Factory + Why I Travel

August 31, 2017

Find out why this entire building in San Francisco was a colorful dream come true!

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Find out why this entire building in San Francisco was a colorful dream come true!

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Find out why this entire building in San Francisco was a colorful dream come true!

Find out why this entire building in San Francisco was a colorful dream come true!

What a dream! A colorful dream! When I visited San Francisco recently with my friend Molly (see my top SF Instagram spots post!), I also had the opportunity to tour the sold-out Color Factory- it's a 2 story interactive exhibit in the heart of the city! Literally they painted the interior and exterior of an entire building, bright, cheerful colors and it made me so happy! One of my favorite bloggers is Jordan Ferney; I have followed her blog for about 10 years now- even back in the day when she had a ".blogspot.com" website url! (haha!) Jordan is known for her colorful party ideas and I have loved all of them through the years; through Jordan, I was introduced to some other amazing creatives in SF and was thrilled when I heard that they were collaborating to build the Color Factory!

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Even the exterior of the building makes you smile! Once you get inside, though, is when the magic happens! After you descend the rainbow staircase and get a cookie in the black and white striped room, you enter the orange room which is really just a warmup for what's ahead! Get.Ready.

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After the orange room, you can walk into a cloud- the blue room! This life size installation of balloons was of course created by none other than Geronimo Balloons, sponsored by Alaska Air, and it was so much fun to sit in the middle of the room! Since I love balloons so much, this room was one of my favorites, even though all you could do was stand there- it was balloon perfection! 

Next is the disco ball room! I definitely just wanted to stay and have a dance party in this room with the lights low and the ceiling full of disco balls! All ages, including children, are welcome to visit the Color Factory and it was fun to see the kids dance around in the disco ball room with moms trying to snap as many photos as possible. (Not quite as many photos as Molly and I were taking of each other, but that's #bloggerlife!).

I love that the next room started out white and was made green by all of the Color Factory visitors! The walls of the green room were like giant coloring pages with giant green markers on the floor to color them! Seriously, that's a 5 foot tall marker that I'm holding! To be honest, this room was fun but I barely spent any time here because I could see what was around the corner....

The next room was a little out of the ordinary, but an absolute blast to play in! The ribbon room was designed by Jacob Dahlgren, a Swedish artist who has worn a striped shirt every single day for the last 17 years! #funfact While I was taking a photo in the ribbon, a child ran into my legs from behind me, but that didn't deter me from taking as many photos as humanly possible! I love installations like the ribbon room that use one single color or item repeatedly to make a huge impact- it's my favorite way to decorate and create party themes! 

After the ribbon room, we made our way upstairs, through a multicolor hallway and straight into the best room ever: the confetti room! I think we spent more time in the confetti room than in the rest of the rooms combined- I just love confetti! Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a confetti room in your house? (one that you never had to clean up, of course!) We stood, we threw confetti, we made confetti angels on the floor, and when we were finally ready to leave, the room attendant asked us to please shake the confetti out of our hair before exiting. (ha!)

Next to the confetti room in my house, I think I'll build a giant ball pit. This was so much fun and these photos turned out so well that it made me wonder why my parents didn't take my photo in ball pits when I was younger (shout out Chuck E. Cheese's!). Think of the amazing #tbt photos I could have right now! (Thanks, Ma.) Molly and I were embarrassed at how much fun we were having in the ball pit; I think we had more fun than the children! 

After playing in the ball pit and fulfilling all of our childhood dreams, we were treated to some ice cream to conclude our Color Factory visit- I love that there were snacks included!! Overall, Molly and I were both on cloud nine during our entire Color Factory visit and I wish that each of you could visit San Francisco to see it! Or maybe it will come to Dallas- you never know! 

Writing this post made me so happy just thinking about all of the fun we had in SF and looking back through these photos that we couldn't have gotten anywhere else! I realized that I travel because of places just like this- places that you can't find anywhere else! I'm so inspired by some of my favorite artists and all of the unique ways that made their creative vision come to life.

I had event planner wheels turning in my head even though I wasn't specifically thinking about it during the tour; when I got back to Dallas, I had a meeting about an upcoming event, and all of the sudden, I had ideas pouring out of my mouth because of all of the things I had seen in SF over the weekend! I love that travel and seeing new things can trigger even just one thought that can inspire something great in your everyday life, a work project, or something as simple as your outfit! I love the new inspiration that comes from traveling! Now I just have to decide where to go next!

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