For the past few days I’ve been at the DIY blogger’s conference called Haven in Atlanta, Georgia.
It’s a looooong flight from Vancouver, BC!
It’s my third year and I look forward to it every year.
It’s the perfect mix of learning new things with socializing and meeting brands.
Each year it’s like a reunion going back to see old friends and meeting new ones.
I didn’t think I was going to make it this year but I’m so glad I did!
So here’s my Haven Recap 2015
Haven has the best swag!
Bags, paint and DIY stuff.
I have to bring an extra suitcase to bring it all back with me. One suitcase of mine was 49 lbs (that was a close one!)
I had the pleasure of meeting this dear woman, Amy Howard (I’m sure you’ve heard of her!). She has her own luxury paint line and was in the furniture manufacturing business for years. I had the honor of chatting with her for a bit. You know when you meet someone and you just click? Like you’ve always known each other or were meant to meet? That’s how I feel about her. She’s truly an amazingly accomplished woman and has a wonderful soul.
We got to practice painting at her workshop that she held at Haven and I produced this 6-step process on raw moulding. It truly is a one of a kind luxury product line. There was a product called Dust of Ages that I put on after this and didn’t take a photo but it made the wood look even more aged.
I used her Antique Mirror Solution on THIS project I did last year and fell her in love with her products right then and there.
It was wonderful meeting you, Amy!
There were so many wonderful brands at Haven this year.
I finally got to meet Danielle from Kirkland’s (hi Danielle!) and hang out with the guys from La-Z-Boy and Rheem.
The girls at Moen and Home Decorator’s Collection were so cool too.
Check out the entire list of vendors and sponsors HERE.
Haven would not be complete for me if it wasn’t for seeing friends.
These online friends are truly amazing. We all ‘get’ each other first of all because our passion for all things DIY and home decor but we also help promote each other’s work, support each other and sometimes just listen! It’s amazing how wifi, Google Hangouts, FB groups and texts can make the world seem a smaller place.
This year I finally got to meet Jen from City Farmhouse. YA!
I met Liz from Liz Marie Blog last year but this year finally got a picture with her. Yep, I totally added a photo with my eyes closed.
First time meeting Bre from Rooms for Rent. We had a blast going out to a Mexican dinner with Bre, her hubby, Jen and I.
The next night I went out with these lovely ladies:
Oh Jenna, we are such a comedy act together. I have this tendency to knock Jenna over when I hug her so this year she decided to jump up on me!! Of course I wasn’t ready for it.
That last bottom photo was us asking, wait…did someone get all that? Of course! We’re bloggers, always armed with a camera. Thanks April 😉
Jenna, I even had time for room service!! Can you believe it?
So needless to say, I love going to Haven, love meeting brands, learning new things and, of course, seeing friends!