Home From Haven…

I think I am finally settled from my trip to Atlanta.  I got home Saturday afternoon and then spent the day on Sunday at the beach with my family. So now that my suitcase is unpacked and the laundry is done, I can sit down to share a few pictures from my trip!!

I was so excited to be part of the Haven conference.   But as it inched closer and closer, I realized how few people I knew attending.   So I started asking myself “Why in the world did you sign up for this?!”  Thankfully I didn’t listen to any of my doubts because it turned out to be such a great few days!

Some of blog-lands most famous and talented people were there speaking…

Erika Ward, Darlene at Fieldstone Hill and Sherry Hart each shared a wealth of information on interior design.  These ladies are each so talented…I took pages of notes!

And of course, this couple needs no introduction.  Kevin and Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage led a class on photography and photo styling.

 Kevin and Josh from Shoot Fly Shoot gave a mini session of their online classes.  I am just about finished taking this online class and let me tell you, it’s worth every penny of the $69 fee.  If you only know how to take pictures on auto and are overwhelmed with the possibility of using manual mode, TAKE THIS CLASS!!  Seriously, after a few of the short video’s, you’ll be shooting pictures in manual. And the pictures will actually look good!!

And there were plenty of others there too…..Centsational Girl, Mr. Goodwill Hunting, Home Stories A to Z, Just a Girl….and more!

But my favorite part may have been being with these two lovely ladies below…

look how color coordinated we are! sherry hart could decorate a room around us. lori's dress would be the lead fabric...

 Lori May from Lori May Interiors and Amanda from Amanda Carol and Home were my sidekicks during the conference.  We ate together, attended conference sessions together and talked each others ears off.  I could have spent the entire two days just taking notes from both of them.  Lori and Amanda are talented decorators and were so kind to share helpful hints and information with me that would have taken me weeks or months to figure out.  Not only were they helpful, but they are kind and wonderful people!  Without them, the conference wouldn’t have been the same!

And of course, there was the swag bag…

Surprisingly, I was able to fit it all in my suitcase too!!

It was a fantastic few days full of so much information.  I sat down in the airport to start re-typing all my notes (and conveniently left my mac charging cord at my gate.  Just FYI, those are NOT cheap to replace!!) and after 45 minutes, I wasn’t even close to being done typing them all out!

Thank you to all of the Haven coordinators for putting together a truly fantastic conference.  And a big thank you to Lori and Amanda for being the icing on the cake!!


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  1. How interesting to read your report of the Haven conference–it sounds like it was a lot of fun! Glad you got to enjoy some sun–I’m in Southwestern Washington State, and it has been cold and poured rain all day today, so I’ve been blog hopping!

  2. So glad to hear you had fun!! I would love to go next year, any idea if they are changing the location?

  3. It was SO amazing to meet you!!! So glad to know you, INRL and in blogland!!! hugs, friend!

  4. Jen I am soooo glad to have been able to get to know you and spend the conference with you and Lori. And I totally just spit out my tea when you said Lori’s dress was the lead fabric! Hil-arious!!

    • So glad it made you laugh! I knew only those that attended the conference would get the reference, but I thought it was funny!! Have a great day!!

  5. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog this week. I enjoyed your Haven recap. Hoping I can make it next year!

  6. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip. I enjoyed reading about it and looking at your photo’s. What were all the things in the swag bag? I tried to replace my cell phone battery. ha ha ha…they wanted 40 Euros. I can buy a new phone for that much. I loved that phone. It was from 1997 or somewhere around that year. It was a gift from a friend. Oh well. Bummer about your charging cord!

  7. Hi Jen,

    Great to meet you also! Sounds like you had fun. I have tons of notes too. And a long blog to do list!

    Glad to be in touch – I look forward to seeing your projects!


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