Since we moved to Nashville, we have been to Houston for two weeks, Florida for two weeks, and New York for a week. Keep in mind we signed for our house March 1st! No wonder I feel so behind when it comes to unpacking and making this house ours. Even though it’s hard to leave our new pad, we went to New York with good reason last week. Good Housekeeping invited us to check out their facility to see exactly how brands get to walk away with that pretty little seal, and how it’s really a big deal.
One thing I can say right away is that the people who work for Good Housekeeping, are very excited to work for Good Housekeeping. The offices are in the Hearst Tower, which is ahhhh-maazing. They feed and treat their staff so well, and there are fresh flowers peppered around the general areas. Excuse me, white flowers, as per the request of the architect Joseph Urban. I suppose when a building is built with such intention, and the amenities to the staff are well curated, the actual publications within are going to be topnotch and filled with topnotch people.
A small group of bloggers were invited and lead around the Good Housekeeping Research Institute by this lovely lady Sakinah, who gave us all the juicy details about how anything over 500 count sheets isn’t worth buying because their scientists (yea, they have scientists, and chemists, and super smart people testing everything out – not just editors) concluded you can’t really feel a difference. Also, Martha Stewart towels shrink 25% in the washer/dryer. Sakinah showed us everything from human haired wigs trying out products, to full blown test kitchens and everything in between. They test, and re-test, and then test again before determining who’s going to walk away with the Good Housekeeping seal.
That dining room is also on the testing floor, which is amazing. And I want that rug.
Needless to say, this 18,000 square foot fun-zone was super impressive and informative. I had no idea how intense the process for approval was, and how serious they took that process. I am certainly going to seek out more products with the seal. They are so serious about their approval process that if you buy a product they have their seal on, and it fails you, you can contact them and they will make it right. And they say customer service is dead in 2014.
Follow along as we put Olympic paint and stain to the test over the next few months.
Along with these bloggers, we are going to be testing out Olympic One Interior Paint happily. It’s received the Good Housekeeping Seal and it easy to get now that we finalllllly have a Lowe’s by us. We have been starring at paint swatches for weeks now and are ready to bite the bullet and move furniture into the center of the room and start painting.
We are painting a light color on top of a light color for some rooms, and other rooms we are painting a light color over that robin’s egg blue I have been complaining about for a while. While at the Good Housekeeping labs, they mentions they tested the paint’ coverage by painting black surfaces. If this paint passed on black, I think we are good to go.
If you follow us on instagram, you knew about our New York adventures. If not, check out our #behindtheseal posts to see what colors we picked, and how it all turned out before it hits the blog.
We are so excited about this partnership and can’t wait to show you what we honestly think! We have been sponsored by Good Housekeeping and Olympic Paint, and promise to continue to be honest about reviews in our posts.