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Thursday, August 1
 

4:00pm

Registration is open!
Can't Wait to meet the 2013 HAVEN Mavens! Come down the stairs and the Registration Desk will be on the right.

Thursday August 1, 2013 4:00pm - 7:00pm
GH - Registration Office 3300 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 USA

6:00pm

Warm Welcome Reception with Homes.com & ForRent.com
Please join Homes.com & ForRent.com kick off a 
WARM WELCOME to our Haven.....

Dress: Cute casual to a bit sassy :) It will be August in Atlanta on the Terraces.  

Thursday August 1, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
GH - Japenese Garden & Terraces 3300 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 USA
 
Friday, August 2
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Enjoy a nosh and networking over a sweet breakfast and coffee

Friday August 2, 2013 7:00am - 8:30am
GH - Grand Ballrooms I, II, & III 3300 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 USA

8:30am

Home Depot Welcome Session with Ana White
Join The Haven Team & Home Depot in our opening session -  

Ana will share a secret.... I don't believe in SEO, I work in my office less than four hours a day, and rarely do giveaways.  I don't do round-up or feature posts, and I'm flunking social media 101.  I have no formal experience with blogging or content creation, and can't remember the last time I read a professional blogging article.  But here's what I do do: I support my family off the 8-10 million pageviews a month my blog receives.  Join Ana White as she openly shares her secrets to becoming a professional blogger.


Speakers
avatar for Ana White

Ana White

Ana White
Ana White is a mother and homemaker from remote Alaska. Tired of sleeping on a mattress on the floor, Ana took scrap boards leftover from building their home, and made a bed. The bed turned out so well, Ana went on to furnish her entire home with DIY furniture, using basic tools, off the shelf lumber, and easy techniques. After years of building furniture for friends and family, Ana discovered blogging and began sharing her plans for free with... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for #HDhacks

#HDhacks

The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,247 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China.


Friday August 2, 2013 8:30am - Thursday August 1, 2013 9:30am
GH - The Living Room (Grand Ballroom I&II)

10:00am

Design Dilemmas - Conquering Challenges
Whether it is having a small budget, restrictions due to renting, not enough space, or only being able to work with things you already have, most of us face challenges when decorating a home. Come learn creative ways to conquer these challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Michael

Michael

Inspired By Charm
Michael is a lifestyle blogger, designer, and entrepreneur. On his blog, Inspired by Charm, he is armed with a fearless approach, a splash of color, and a whole lot of passion. From decorating to baking, Inspired By Charm is all about making everyday life more beautiful.
avatar for Wendy Hyde

Wendy Hyde

The Shabby Nest
Wendy Hyde is a professional interior designer who started writing her blog, The Shabby Nest, as a way to share her many decorating ideas with like-minded people. She loves creating high-end looks on a shoe-string budget. Wendy believes there are no design dilemmas only creative challenges that help her think outside the box!
avatar for Stacy Risenmay

Stacy Risenmay

Stacy Risenmay has a successful home décor blog called Not Just A Housewife. She is a DIY lovin’ stay at home mom of four little boys. She writes about fixing up her small 1938 cottage style home. Stacy does everything from building furniture, painting, gardening, organizing, and an occasional recipe. She has been featured in several magazines including Better Homes and Gardens. Her goal is to inspired her readers to take risks... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
GH - Library Lobby Level

10:00am

I heart Organizing

Jen from I Heart Organizing and Chris from Just a Girl are going to show you ideas that will simplify and organize your life! From how to corral that paper clutter to how to manage your time (especially with blogging), these girls will give you the vigor and creativity you need to tackle your home and life! 


Speakers
avatar for Jen

Jen

Jen has always had an admiration for all things crafty, storage & home related, and now taps into that love daily as she applies it to her fun family life as a wife, and mom to three growing boys. She also shares her passion with the world via her blog, IHeart Organizing. Her home was recently featured in Better Homes & Garden’s Storage Magazine, and she is also a contributor to the Better Homes & Garden’s Style... Read More →
avatar for Chris Carey

Chris Carey

Chris is a high school English teacher who stays busy balancing her career and family. Throw in a passion for DIY, and it proves to be a crazy life at times! She buys herself cordless drills instead of shoes, and she reads articles on the best glue guns instead of lipstick. Providing her family with a comfortable and lovely home is her ultimate goal, but she doesn’t spend a lot of money doing it. Chris and her husband are a perfect... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
GH - Dining Room (Grand Ballroom III)

10:00am

Photographing Rooms & Projects

Every blogger knows that a fabulous project is nothing without beautiful pictures to portray the creativity. Kristen Duke will focus this class on finding the best light, working with the light you have, and setting up a styled scene to best share your amazing projects with the world. We will also discuss capturing a poorly lit room with only natural light, as well as the occasional need for a flash. If you are feeling frustrated that your pictures are only so-so, or just want some new tips to best photograph your projects, this is the class for you!


Speakers
avatar for Kristen Duke

Kristen Duke

Capturing Joy
Kristen Duke brings photography and DIY projects together in her creative and colorful blog, Capturing Joy. Written from her bright yellow desk in her home in Austin, Texas, Kristen shows readers the happy side of raising a family, photography, fanciful parties, yummy desserts and home projects. A mother of 4, Kristen loves to see moms on both sides of the camera lens: snapping pictures and getting in the photos with their kids. She helps readers... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
GH - Lenox Room

10:00am

Google Juice - SEO tips

In this session, Brooke Ulrich from All Things Thrifty and Court Tuttle of The Blog Builders™ will break down how Google juice works. You will learn about the criteria that Google uses to rank pages and will also learn about changes you can make to get more traffic to your blog today.


Speakers
avatar for Brooke

Brooke

All Things Thrifty
Brooke is the owner of All Things Thrifty, a fun website of never-ending projects cluttering up her garage. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the lake with her family, sipping Diet Coke (with coconut) and snacking on peanut butter M&Ms. Brooke has a master’s degree in corporate and interpersonal communications and is a former college professor. She currently lives in sunny St. George, Utah with her husband Dan and her... Read More →
avatar for Court Tuttle

Court Tuttle

Court Tuttle is a Utah based SEO mega-geek, a husband and proud father, and owner of both The Blog Builders (where he helps people to learn to grow their blogs) and The Keyword Academy (an SEO training school). He also authored SEO For Creative Bloggers™. Court’s work has been featured on some of the biggest blogging and SEO sites on the web including SEOmoz, Problogger.net, and JohnChow.com


Friday August 2, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
GH - Piedmont Room

10:00am

Home Depot brings you "Lets Case This Joint"

A  hands on workshop installing trim, casing, and decorative molding." Learn how to give your home character and style with molding, window casing, trim molding and much more."


Speakers
avatar for Brittany

Brittany

Pretty Handy Girl
Brittany, Pretty Handy Girl ”If a human being can do it, then there is a 95% chance you can do it too,” is Brittany’s mantra. She relays this self-empowering message via her popular blog, Pretty Handy Girl, instructional videos, and public appearances. Pretty Handy Girl features tutorials about home improvement, home repair, decor, and crafts replete with step-by-step instructions and photos. Her informative manner has earned... Read More →
avatar for Traci Hutcherson

Traci Hutcherson

Beneath My Heart
One of Traci’s favorite things about being an elementary school teacher was decorating and rearranging the furniture in her classroom. So it is no surprise to the people who know her that she now has a DIY decorating blog, Beneath My Heart. Being a stay at home mom for the past 12 years and learning to raise her 4 boys on just her husband’s income has caused Traci to think outside the box. She loves finding treasures at thrift stores... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Powell

Sandra Powell

Sawdust Girl
Sandra Powell has been transforming homes for the last decade and is currently remodeling her fifth home. Sandra shares her progress as well as DIY tutorials and project plans on her site, Sawdust Girl. Sandra uses her remodeling and carpentry experience to design custom built-ins and help others build amazing projects in their own homes — saving thousands of dollars creating high end, professional results.

Sponsors
avatar for #HDhacks

#HDhacks

The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,247 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China.


Friday August 2, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
GH - Buckhead Ballroom

10:00am

Advanced Painting

Want to take your painting to the next level?  Join Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect and Marian of Miss Mustard Seed in this hands-on workshop.  Learn advanced painting techniques like washing, distressing, dry brushing and more.  Find out how easy it is to get the look you want with paint! 


Speakers
avatar for Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Miss Mustard Seed
Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, is a youth pastor’s wife, mother of two little boys and a lover of all things home. In addition to authoring her self-title home décor blog, she is an antiques dealer, freelance writer for HGTV.com and designer of the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line of DIY products. Marian’s first book, Inspired You, was published in November of 2012. Her work has been featured in Better Homes &... Read More →
avatar for Shaunna West

Shaunna West

Shaunna writes at Perfectly Imperfect, where she shares DIY projects, home decor inspiration, furniture painting tips, and stories of the imperfection that happens all along the way. Perfectly Imperfect is all about the home, not the house, and the life beyond all the stuff. She and her husband (and her two little ones) want to inspire you to go for it and to create a meaningful, beautifully imperfect home.


Friday August 2, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
GH - Azalea Room Lobby Level

11:00am

Haven Home Game - Mingle with Sponsors & Vendors
Haven Home Game - Floor Plan Sketch in your swag bag. Take your plan around to the vendors & sponsors, ask them about their service and products. Fill your sheet with stamps from our fabulous sponsors & vendors.
Turn in your completed floor plan for awesome prize action! 

Friday August 2, 2013 11:00am - 2:30pm
Living Room & PreFunction Space

11:00am

3M DIY: Meet George Oliphant, host of NBC's George to the Rescue

Meet George Oliphant, host of NBC's George to the Rescue, in the 3M booth on Friday, August 2.


Exhibitors
avatar for George Oliphant

George Oliphant

GEORGE TO | THE RESCUE | YEAR ROUND | | Each week, Emmy Award-Winning host George Oliphant teams up with design and construction experts to rescue a family or community in need of home improvements. From overhauling a kitchen to reimagining a community center, George To The Rescue transforms lives. Team up with George for heartwarming sponsorship opportunities.


Friday August 2, 2013 11:00am - 3:45pm
GH - PreFunction - 3M Booth 22

11:00am

Frog Tape brings Tom Bury, Construction Mngr with Restaurant Impossible!
Exhibitors
avatar for Tom Bury

Tom Bury

I grew tired of dealing with government work and later held several jobs at smaller firms ranging in all types of Architecture. I then landed a job with a small design firm where one of the partners was a family friend. The firm specialized in high end restaurant design and I immediately fell in love with the complexity of the projects. From the kitchen engineering, to how servers bring in and out food, to making the diners experience... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2013 11:00am - 4:00pm
GH - Living Room - Frog Tape Booth 10

11:00am

Recieve "deckspert" advice with Thompson's Water Seal & Jeff Wilson, HGTV & DIY Star
meet HGTV/diy network star Jeff Wilson who will share his "deckspert" tips with Thompson's Water Seal

Exhibitors
avatar for Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson

With over 25 years of home building and remodeling experience, Jeff Wilson jokes that he studied classical piano in college, receiving a music degree, because "it looks good on a resume." As a narrator, host, and actor, he has appeared in over a hundred episodes on HGTV (Restore America Series, Restore America Honors, International Housewares Show Specials) and the DIY Network (Blueprint for Homebuilding, Handmade Music, Build-a-Deck... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2013 11:00am - 4:30pm
GH - PreFunction - Thompson's Booth 25

11:15am

Coffee House in the Living Room
Enjoy a yummy coffee creation in our Living Room

Sponsors
avatar for Ryobi Nation

Ryobi Nation

Ryobi Nation
A Project Sharing Community by Ryobi


Friday August 2, 2013 11:15am - 5:00pm
GH - The Living Room (Grand Ballroom I&II)

11:30am

Lunch Buffet
Enjoy a Beautiful Buffett: The Buffett will be served in the PreFunction area and at the Cassis Restaurant.

Romaine and Iceberg Lettuces

Heirloom Tomatoes, Local Blueberries, Marinated Cucumbers

Candied Pecans, White Balsamic Vinagrette

Tricolor Quinoa Salad, Roasted Corn and Local Peppers

Grilled Herb Marinated Chicken Breast

Savannah Sustainable Catch, Wilted Summer Greens with Lemon, Organic Olive Oil

Oven Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes

Sautéed Seasonal Beans, Wild Mushrooms

Strawberry Shortcakes with Honey Crème Fraiche

Sodas, Water, Iced Tea



Friday August 2, 2013 11:30am - 1:00am
GH - PreFunction, Cassis Restaurant

12:30pm

Design It Out with Cottonelle

Meet the Designers from Kimberly Clark -  “Design” It Out with Cottonelle

·         Cottonelle© is here to help you feel more comfortable in your bathroom space.

·         Hear from a renowned Kimberly Clark designer who will discuss the new design of Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths dispenser and how this fits into your bathroom décor.

·         You’ll also learn about other trends on the bathroom décor scene and get a chance to design your own Cottonelle Care Routine Caddy to take home for your own bathroom and display your new dispenser


Sponsors
avatar for Cottonelle

Cottonelle

Cottonelle


Friday August 2, 2013 12:30pm - Thursday August 1, 2013 1:30pm
GH - Azalea Room Lobby Level

12:30pm

Ballard Designs Bookcase Challenge

Come cheer on your favorite bloggers along with The Haven Team, as they race to create a creative Bookcase Vignette all with wonderful Ballard Designs accessories, pillows, and furniture! You will have an opportunity to vote for your favorite vignette....


Sponsors
avatar for Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

BallardDesigns
As a home furnishings retailer of classically-inspired décor, Ballard Designs believes in creating distinctive products with timeless quality and exceptional value for the design-oriented customer. We travel the world for inspiration and scrutinize the smallest details to ensure every piece we produce embodies a matchless experience.


Friday August 2, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm
GH - The Living Room (Grand Ballroom I&II)

2:00pm

Bloggers & Brands - Bam!
Speakers
avatar for Crystal Duncan

Crystal Duncan

Crystal Duncan is the Director of Client Strategy and Operations at IZEA, located in Orlando, FL. She joined the IZEA family soon after finishing college and has held been instrumental to the advertiser and brand networks, strategic execution of client campaigns and Influencer relations. In her current role, Crystal leads the Sales, Account Management, Campaign Fulfillment and Influencer Ecosystem team at IZEA. | She has executed campaigns for... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Walters

Ashley Walters

Ashley is the Director of Consumer Experiences for the brand building agency, Powerhouse Factories. She’s led social media, experiential and influencer marketing campaigns for clients like Febreze, HGTV, Rust-Oleum and Shaw Floors, and earned accolades from AdAge for “Top Marketing Campaign of the Year” and “Best New Product Launch of the Year,” as well as dozens of industry awards from PRSA, PR Week and the Word... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GH - Azalea Room Lobby Level

2:00pm

New Kids On the Block - 15 Fundamentals of Building a Blog

Blogging Basics: 15 fundamental building blocks for blogging success

Wether you've been blogging for five minutes or five years, success comes in the basics. Learn the 15 keys to blog design, community development and working with brands that will take your blog from hobby to true success!


Speakers
avatar for Heather

Heather

At the Picket Fence
Heather is first and foremost a wife to the love of her life and a homeschool mom of two. Heather co-authors the blog At The Picket Fence with her sister Vanessa. A self-taught DIYer who isn’t afraid of power tools, Heather’s home has been featured in magazines such as Romantic Homes and Better Homes and Gardens. She serves as a HomeTalk Ambassador as well as a regular contributor to Houzz.com, FOLK Magazine Blog, Celebrating... Read More →
avatar for KariAnne

KariAnne

Thistlewood Farms
KariAnne writes the blog Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her farmhouse tucked away in the rolling hills of Kentucky. She lives with her husband, four children, two dogs, two cats, a tortoise, a herd of deer, a family of rabbits and a salamander. KariAnne loves sweet tea with lime, mis-matched chairs, thunderstorms, crickets singing in the rain and walking at sunset with her knight-in-shining-armor. Thistlewood Farms was recently named... Read More →
avatar for Tauni

Tauni

Snap
As a public relations and social media practitioner, Tauni has spent more than 12 years handling communications and events for an array of clients, from the NBA and Olympics to corporate groups and politicians. Today she handles online marketing and social media for American Crafts. Tauni blogs at SNAP!


Friday August 2, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GH - Piedmont Room

2:00pm

Designing Out of The Box

You are unique, and your home should be, too. Come learn from Ashley (The Handmade Home), Lindsay (Makely School for Girls) and Mandi (Vintage Revivals) about how to break out of the traditional decorator mindset and make your home a reflection of you.


Speakers
avatar for Lindsay

Lindsay

Makely
Lindsay is a color-obsessed, stay at home mom of two, who’s transforming a blah blah builder’s beige home into an inspiring and eclectic space with her husband Tom. They live outside of Austin, Texas where the temperate climate allows them to DIY year round. Lindsay has been blogging since 2008, when she started Living with Lindsay.
avatar for Mandi Gubler

Mandi Gubler

Vintage Revivals
Mandi Gubler is a DIY/shelter Blogger known for her fearless approach to all things Do It Yourself. She is a self proclaimed thrift store junkie, craigslist stalker (not the killing kind) and garage sale maven. Mandi started her blog Vintage Revivals in July 2010 with zero DIY/design experience. Mandi believes that true style has the chance to emerge when you stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, will think, or might say, and do what... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Mills

Ashley Mills

The Handmade Home
Ashley Mills writes at thehandmadehome.net where alongside her husband they share their love for creating a home and the never-ending adventures of parenthood. Suffering a serious aversion to piles of laundry and Comic Sans, she considers herself well versed in the fine art of chasing her three littles, sarcasm, and wearing paint in her hair. The handmade home : creating a haven for the very day.


Friday August 2, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GH - Library Lobby Level

2:00pm

Follow Me - Social Media Tips
with Cassie, Courtney, Megan & Carmel Social media is one of the best ways to grow your blog and establish your brand.  Learn how to widen your reach and maximize your time. This class will focus on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.  We’ll show you how to work social media like a pro while having a blast!

Speakers
avatar for Carmel

Carmel

Our Fifth House
Carmel is a Southern California girl who fell in love with a blue-eyed boy with a southern accent and followed him around the country until they finally decided to put down roots in the bluegrass. She chronicles her adventures in transforming their fifth house into a home on her blog aptly named, Our Fifth House.
avatar for Cassie

Cassie

Hi Sugarplum!
Cassie is a DIY and design-obsessed Texas girl, and lover of travel, fashion, sarcasm and Mexican food. When she’s not hanging with her sweet and funny family, you can find her kicking the ’80s out of their home, one budget project at a time, on her blog Hi Sugarplum!
avatar for Courtney

Courtney

A Thoughtful Place
Courtney, a mom of two, is the author of A Thoughtful Place where she dishes on affordable DIY projects for decorating, entertaining, and organizing the home. She recently started her own interior decorating firm with her sister in Orange County, CA. While not working on home projects, she enjoys traveling, date nights, bike rides with the family, and kick boxing.
avatar for Megan

Megan

A lawyer by day, design and decor lover by night, and mom to the most delightful 3-year old son ever, Megan is passionate about fitness (and chocolate!) and couldn’t live without her girlfriends and morning coffee. She’s been blogger for nearly three years at Honey We’re Home, sharing her love of keeping things beautiful and organized at her house.


Friday August 2, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
GH - Dining Room (Grand Ballroom III)

2:00pm

The Friend Zone - Getting Real & Personal on your Blog

Our session will be about "personal connections by blogging" and will cover keeping it real with your readers, making in-real-life friends from blogs, blogger to blogger etiquette, etc. 

At the risk of sounding like a dating service, personal connections are what it's all about. This session will cover keeping it real with your readers, making in-real-life friends from blogs, blogger to blogger etiquette, and more. Katie and Sherry will casually chat about how blogging brought them together as friends, how you can make a deeper connection with your readers, how teaming up with fellow bloggers can be fun for you and your readers, and how to make friends with other bloggers (perhaps if you're at a conference...) This session will end with a Q&A. 


Speakers
avatar for Katie Bower

Katie Bower

Bower Power
Katie Bower is the jedi-knight of the quirky ’everything’ blog called Bower Power where she catalogs her home renovations and crafts, photography tips and her boy’s random acts of awesomeness. She is slowly making her house a home, figuring out how to do motherhood, and laughing her way through this ride called life.
avatar for Sherry Petersik

Sherry Petersik

Young House Love
Sherry Petersik writes the home blog Young House Love with her husband, where they share the good, the bad, and the ugly as they make their house a home while wrangling a chatty toddler and a moody chihuahua. Their book, Young House Love, came out last fall and was a New York Times Bestseller (much to their complete and utter shock). Sherry enjoys long walks on the beach and has never met a ceramic animal that she didn’t like.


Friday August 2, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
GH - Azalea Room Lobby Level

2:00pm

Working with Wood 101 - Real Hands on Advice with the Pros

It's time to try all those tools, you know you have been wanting to get your hands on! Let the professionals from Kreg & Ryobi teach you to use their tools so they are no longer intimidating. They will also point out tips and tricks for their tools.


Sponsors
avatar for Ryobi Power Tools

Ryobi Power Tools

Ryobi
RYOBI offers most the extensive award winning and innovative line of consumer focused products for worldwide use. The RYOBI power tool range is anchored by the ONE+ 18V system of over 50 products ranging from drills, drivers, saws, trimmers to sanders. RYOBI also offers wide variety of outdoor products that supports end user needs with extensive lines of energy efficient gas, electric and cordless products.


Friday August 2, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
GH - Buckhead Ballroom

3:00pm

3M DIY: Meet George Oliphant, host of NBC's George to the Rescue

Meet George Oliphant, host of NBC's George to the Rescue, in the 3M booth on Friday, August 2.


Exhibitors
avatar for George Oliphant

George Oliphant

GEORGE TO | THE RESCUE | YEAR ROUND | | Each week, Emmy Award-Winning host George Oliphant teams up with design and construction experts to rescue a family or community in need of home improvements. From overhauling a kitchen to reimagining a community center, George To The Rescue transforms lives. Team up with George for heartwarming sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsors
avatar for 3M DIY

3M DIY

3M DIY


Friday August 2, 2013 3:00pm - 3:45pm
GH - PreFunction - 3M Booth 22

3:00pm

Haven Home Game - Mingle with Sponsors & Vendors
Haven Home Game - Floor Plan Sketch in your swag bag. Take your plan around to the vendors & sponsors, ask them about their service and products. Fill your sheet with stamps from our fabulous sponsors & vendors.
Turn in your completed floor plan for awesome prize action! 

Friday August 2, 2013 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Living Room & PreFunction Space

3:00pm

Frog Tape brings Tom Bury, Construction Mngr with Restaurant Impossible!
Exhibitors
avatar for Tom Bury

Tom Bury

I grew tired of dealing with government work and later held several jobs at smaller firms ranging in all types of Architecture. I then landed a job with a small design firm where one of the partners was a family friend. The firm specialized in high end restaurant design and I immediately fell in love with the complexity of the projects. From the kitchen engineering, to how servers bring in and out food, to making the diners experience... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Sure Tech Frog Tape

Sure Tech Frog Tape

Frog Tape
FrogTape® is the only painter’s tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. PaintBlock® forms a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed.


Friday August 2, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
GH - Living Room - Frog Tape Booth 10

3:45pm

Advanced Advertising
....with Beckie, Cassity & Rhoda This advanced class on advertising will cover 3 areas of monetization:  ad network strategies, negotiating sponsored posts, and affiliate marketing.  Disclaimer:  This class will be best utilized for bloggers who have been running ad networks for at least a year.

Speakers
avatar for Cassity

Cassity

Remodelaholic
Cassity is the blogger behind Remodelaholic. With a degree in interior design and two whole home remodels under her belt, she started a blog to document their third home transformation. Now working on their fourth home remodel, she and her husband both work on the blog full time, while juggling life with two young daughters!
avatar for Beckie Farrant

Beckie Farrant

Infarrantly Creative
Beckie Farrant is a Midwest gal and mom of 2 living in Indianapolis, IN. She is a tri-blogger (yep three blogs!) at Infarrantly Creative, Knock Off Décor and Roadkill Rescue. Beckie loves turning items most people would throw away into usable and beautiful décor for her home. She has hundreds of tutorials on handmade gifts, home décor and knock-off projects and loves to inspire other women to do-it-themselves.
avatar for Rhoda Vickers

Rhoda Vickers

Southern Hospitality
Rhoda is a thrifting diva who frequented second hand shops long before it was cool! She loves repurposing and sharing her trash to treasure inspiration, as well as cooking and fun excursions, with others and does so daily on her blog, Southern Hospitality. Considered a veteran in her niche, Rhoda began blogging in early 2007 and has successfully turned her hobby into a full-time business. Rhoda’s passion exudes as she encourages others by... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
GH - Piedmont Room

3:45pm

Growing a Creative Business

Do you love to make things and wish you could sell them? Would you like to see your things in retail boutiques and published in national magazines? Take those creative skills you have and grow your business! Whether you want to get started or you are ready to take your creative ideas to a new level this class will show you how.

Key Points: 

> -Focus your product idea and promote it.
> -Finding the best venue to sell your items including boutiques, antique malls and on-line.
> -How to wholesale and retail and work with shop owners.
> -Open an on-line store through Etsy, a personal website or Big Cartel and the differences.
> -Build an on-line presence through Pinterest, blogging and other social media sites.
> -How to get yourself and your items published in magazines and other publications.


Speakers
avatar for Gina

Gina

The Shabby Creek Cottage
Gina created The Shabby Creek Cottage in 2009 to chronicle her and her husband’s journey of remodeling her childhood home. She blogs to help people embrace their space, no matter what kind of house it is on any budget. She is also the author of the upcoming book How to Start A Home-based Etsy Business.
avatar for Jennifer Rizzo

Jennifer Rizzo

Owner/Artist/Designer/blogger, Jennifer Rizzo Design Company
I am an artist and mom of 3! I love color,pattern,texture,fabric and paint! My passion is decorating and I love designing my own unique home decor to sell/wholesale to boutiques,retail stores and on-line, and have been doing so for the last 7 years. I love writing at my lifestyle blog about artful and inspired living and I teach art and creative living classes. I also lead classes and private sessions on how to grow a kitchen table craft into... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
GH - Dining Room (Grand Ballroom III)

3:45pm

Publishing Like a Pro - Magazine Magic
Eager to find out how to get in magazines and want to learn what magazines are looking for?  Lisa and Kelly will share their vast experience with you.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Mowry

Lisa Mowry

In the 23 years she has worked for home & garden magazines, Lisa Mowry has produced more than 1,000 features for national and local magazines. She is the Atlanta editor for such well-known publications as Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home and Decor, as well as a dozen other of BH&G’s special interest magazines…titles such as Do-it-Yourself, Country Gardens and Kitchen & Bath Ideas. Lisa has also been a... Read More →
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Kelly Peterson

Kelly worked for Better Homes and Gardens for 13 years, then ran a consulting media/pr/brand strategy consulting firm for 7 years and she’s been back on the publishing side for the last 13 years at Hearst. Consulting for such brands as Shaw Flooring, Wools of New Zealand, Furniture Brands International, Broyhill and Lane Furniture, Kelly has extensive knowledge of working with brands. During all of these positions, she worked with clients... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
GH - Lenox Room

3:45pm

Profitable Advertising

This session is perfect for new bloggers looking for information and direction on when to start advertising, how to get started with ads, all the different ways to make money blogging as well as how to find and join ad networks. Taught by seasoned bloggers, you are sure to find answers to all your beginning advertising questions!


Speakers
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Myra

My Blessed Life
Myra is a passionate creator of beauty both in her home and in the homes of interior design clients. She thrives on creating a beautiful life as a devoted wife to her childhood sweetheart and mommy to two little men. After beginning several blogs in the last seven years, she finally found her “sweet spot” writing at My Blessed Life where she inspires readers to creatively thrive at home through diy projects, crafts, recipes and... Read More →
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Sarah

Thrifty Decor Chick
Sarah has been blogging about thrifty home decor and DIY projects at Thrifty Decor Chick since 2008. After ten years working in the marketing and PR field, she switched careers after her son was born and followed her dream and pursue a career in decorating. But after two years of decorating for others, she fell more and more in love with decorating her own home and sharing the process with her blog readers. It was then that Thrifty Decor Chick... Read More →
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Beth Hunter

Home Stories From A to Z
In January 2009, Beth discovered decorating, crafting, and design blogs and her world was forever transformed…and so was her blog! Decorating on a dime has always been a passion of Beth’s, and she couldn’t resist joining the party. Unlike some home bloggers, Beth possesses zero special talents. She is just incredibly tenacious, resourceful, and willing to take risks. What this means for you is that if she can do it, you can... Read More →


Friday August 2, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
GH - Azalea Room Lobby Level

3:45pm

Hands On Design Advice - Layer by Layer, Step by Step

The Haven design class will provide hands-on advice on how to accessorize various spots in your home, demonstrating concepts such as layering, pattern mixing, and scale.  Different vignettes will be styled from start to finish with step-by-step how-to's.  The session will also touch on solutions for the top design dilemmas most people face, and will end with an audience participation design challenge. 


Speakers
avatar for Emily

Emily

Emily is the author of the aptly named blog, Emily A. Clark: design. simplified. A wife and mom of five, she details her adventures in decorating their home amid the chaos of every day life. She also shares easy and attainable design ideas, believing it isn’t necessary to have a huge budget or be exceptionally crafty to create a beautiful home. Her home has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens and on sites such as Apartment... Read More →
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Kristin Jackson

The Hunted Interior
The Hunted Interior was created to help others create high end looks without the price tag. Kristin Jackson, the Interior Designer behind The Hunted Interior, shows you how to “hunt” your home and create the spaces you want. Through designer tips, DIY attempts and room makeovers, The Hunted Interior is always on the hunt for great design.
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Sarah Macklem

The Yellow Cape Cod
Sarah Macklem is a Home Stylist from Detroit specializing in interior design for real people. Sarah writes the design blog, The Yellow Cape Cod where she offers daily design advice, project tutorials and inspiration. TheYellowCapeCod.com also provides affordable custom online design services for real people nationwide.


Friday August 2, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
GH - Library Lobby Level

3:45pm

Spice Things Up!

We will start off by building our spice rack. As we are showing you tips and basic tool techniques, we will be answering questions. After our demonstration, tables will be set up with tools for you try specific techniques with Ryobi and Kreg personal to assist you.


Speakers
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Shanty 2 Chic

Shanty 2 Chic
Two sisters transforming their homes on a budget, and sharing their love for DIY along the way at their blog Shanty2Chic. They hope to inspire you to grab a paint brush, pick up that scary tool, and get to work!

Exhibitors
Sponsors
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Columbia Forest Products

Columbia Forest Products
“Professional-grade PureBond® hardwood plywood from Columbia Forest Products is domestically-made, formaldehyde-free and a Home Depot exclusive. Because everyone deserves quality.”
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Ryobi Power Tools

Ryobi
RYOBI offers most the extensive award winning and innovative line of consumer focused products for worldwide use. The RYOBI power tool range is anchored by the ONE+ 18V system of over 50 products ranging from drills, drivers, saws, trimmers to sanders. RYOBI also offers wide variety of outdoor products that supports end user needs with extensive lines of energy efficient gas, electric and cordless products.


Friday August 2, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
GH - Buckhead Ballroom

5:30pm

Rust-Oleum & Home Depot Cocktail Mixer
                                            Rust-Oleum & Home Depot invite you to a
                                                  Swanky Soiree

           Custom Cocktails, Live Saxophone, Haven Mavens, Home Depot & Rust-Oluem!



Sponsors
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#HDhacks

The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,247 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China.
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Rust-Oleum

Rust-Oleum


Friday August 2, 2013 5:30pm - 7:30pm
GH - Living & Dining Room (Grand Ballroom I, II, III)
 
Saturday, August 3
 

7:00am

Join us for a Breakfast Nosh & Networking!
Join us in the Dining Room and Living Room. Our Coffee service will be serving yumm-iness and you can enjoy light breakfast snacks.

Saturday August 3, 2013 7:00am - 9:30am
GH - Grand Ballrooms I, II, & III 3300 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 USA

7:30am

Coffee House in the Living Room
Enjoy a yummy coffee creation in our Living Room

Sponsors
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Ryobi Nation

Ryobi Nation
A Project Sharing Community by Ryobi


Saturday August 3, 2013 7:30am - 3:45am
GH - The Living Room (Grand Ballroom I&II)

8:30am

Ballard Designs Bookcase Challenge

Come cheer on your favorite bloggers as they race to create a creative Bookcase Vignette all with wonderful Ballard Designs accessories, pillows, and furniture! You will have an opportunity to vote for your favorite vignette....


Sponsors
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Ballard Designs

BallardDesigns
As a home furnishings retailer of classically-inspired décor, Ballard Designs believes in creating distinctive products with timeless quality and exceptional value for the design-oriented customer. We travel the world for inspiration and scrutinize the smallest details to ensure every piece we produce embodies a matchless experience.


Saturday August 3, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
GH - The Living Room (Grand Ballroom I&II)

10:00am

Design Dilemmas - Conquering Challenges
Whether it is having a small budget, restrictions due to renting, not enough space, or only being able to work with things you already have, most of us face challenges when decorating a home. Come learn creative ways to conquer these challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Michael

Michael

Inspired By Charm
Michael is a lifestyle blogger, designer, and entrepreneur. On his blog, Inspired by Charm, he is armed with a fearless approach, a splash of color, and a whole lot of passion. From decorating to baking, Inspired By Charm is all about making everyday life more beautiful.
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Wendy Hyde

The Shabby Nest
Wendy Hyde is a professional interior designer who started writing her blog, The Shabby Nest, as a way to share her many decorating ideas with like-minded people. She loves creating high-end looks on a shoe-string budget. Wendy believes there are no design dilemmas only creative challenges that help her think outside the box!
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Stacy Risenmay

Stacy Risenmay has a successful home décor blog called Not Just A Housewife. She is a DIY lovin’ stay at home mom of four little boys. She writes about fixing up her small 1938 cottage style home. Stacy does everything from building furniture, painting, gardening, organizing, and an occasional recipe. She has been featured in several magazines including Better Homes and Gardens. Her goal is to inspired her readers to take risks... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
GH - Library Lobby Level

10:00am

I heart Organizing

Jen from I Heart Organizing and Chris from Just a Girl are going to show you ideas that will simplify and organize your life! From how to corral that paper clutter to how to manage your time (especially with blogging), these girls will give you the vigor and creativity you need to tackle your home and life! 


Speakers
avatar for Jen

Jen

Jen has always had an admiration for all things crafty, storage & home related, and now taps into that love daily as she applies it to her fun family life as a wife, and mom to three growing boys. She also shares her passion with the world via her blog, IHeart Organizing. Her home was recently featured in Better Homes & Garden’s Storage Magazine, and she is also a contributor to the Better Homes & Garden’s Style... Read More →
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Chris Carey

Chris is a high school English teacher who stays busy balancing her career and family. Throw in a passion for DIY, and it proves to be a crazy life at times! She buys herself cordless drills instead of shoes, and she reads articles on the best glue guns instead of lipstick. Providing her family with a comfortable and lovely home is her ultimate goal, but she doesn’t spend a lot of money doing it. Chris and her husband are a perfect... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
GH - Dining Room (Grand Ballroom III)

10:00am

Photographing Rooms & Projects

Every blogger knows that a fabulous project is nothing without beautiful pictures to portray the creativity. Kristen Duke will focus this class on finding the best light, working with the light you have, and setting up a styled scene to best share your amazing projects with the world. We will also discuss capturing a poorly lit room with only natural light, as well as the occasional need for a flash. If you are feeling frustrated that your pictures are only so-so, or just want some new tips to best photograph your projects, this is the class for you!


Speakers
avatar for Kristen Duke

Kristen Duke

Capturing Joy
Kristen Duke brings photography and DIY projects together in her creative and colorful blog, Capturing Joy. Written from her bright yellow desk in her home in Austin, Texas, Kristen shows readers the happy side of raising a family, photography, fanciful parties, yummy desserts and home projects. A mother of 4, Kristen loves to see moms on both sides of the camera lens: snapping pictures and getting in the photos with their kids. She helps readers... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
GH - Lenox Room

10:00am

Google Juice - SEO tips

In this session, Brooke Ulrich from All Things Thrifty and Court Tuttle of The Blog Builders™ will break down how Google juice works. You will learn about the criteria that Google uses to rank pages and will also learn about changes you can make to get more traffic to your blog today.


Speakers
avatar for Brooke

Brooke

All Things Thrifty
Brooke is the owner of All Things Thrifty, a fun website of never-ending projects cluttering up her garage. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the lake with her family, sipping Diet Coke (with coconut) and snacking on peanut butter M&Ms. Brooke has a master’s degree in corporate and interpersonal communications and is a former college professor. She currently lives in sunny St. George, Utah with her husband Dan and her... Read More →
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Court Tuttle

Court Tuttle is a Utah based SEO mega-geek, a husband and proud father, and owner of both The Blog Builders (where he helps people to learn to grow their blogs) and The Keyword Academy (an SEO training school). He also authored SEO For Creative Bloggers™. Court’s work has been featured on some of the biggest blogging and SEO sites on the web including SEOmoz, Problogger.net, and JohnChow.com


Saturday August 3, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
GH - Piedmont Room

10:00am

Home Depot brings you "Lets Case This Joint"

A  hands on workshop installing trim, casing, and decorative molding." Learn how to give your home character and style with molding, window casing, trim molding and much more."


Speakers
avatar for Brittany

Brittany

Pretty Handy Girl
Brittany, Pretty Handy Girl ”If a human being can do it, then there is a 95% chance you can do it too,” is Brittany’s mantra. She relays this self-empowering message via her popular blog, Pretty Handy Girl, instructional videos, and public appearances. Pretty Handy Girl features tutorials about home improvement, home repair, decor, and crafts replete with step-by-step instructions and photos. Her informative manner has earned... Read More →
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Traci Hutcherson

Beneath My Heart
One of Traci’s favorite things about being an elementary school teacher was decorating and rearranging the furniture in her classroom. So it is no surprise to the people who know her that she now has a DIY decorating blog, Beneath My Heart. Being a stay at home mom for the past 12 years and learning to raise her 4 boys on just her husband’s income has caused Traci to think outside the box. She loves finding treasures at thrift stores... Read More →
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Sandra Powell

Sawdust Girl
Sandra Powell has been transforming homes for the last decade and is currently remodeling her fifth home. Sandra shares her progress as well as DIY tutorials and project plans on her site, Sawdust Girl. Sandra uses her remodeling and carpentry experience to design custom built-ins and help others build amazing projects in their own homes — saving thousands of dollars creating high end, professional results.

Sponsors
avatar for #HDhacks

#HDhacks

The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,247 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China.


Saturday August 3, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
GH - Buckhead Ballroom

10:00am

Smart Sanding with 3M

The #1 issue in painting is combating dust and debris to achieve a particle-free finish. And while there are a number of ways to solve this issue, most are complex and require extra time and effort. Join 3M for a first look at their new 3M Clean Sand System, the ultimate tool for those who tackle tough painting projects whether in the house or in the garage. Test it firsthand alongside experts to see how this easy solution can give you an edge in the fight against unwanted dust, with less mess and a cleaner workspace.


Speakers
avatar for Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson is an avid DIY'er and nomad. In his previous career, Paul worked for Travelers Insurance in a variety of property line insurance capacities, including being on the ground in response to six different hurricanes. While he is not a professional handyman, he does play one on TV. He also has a difficult time living in one place, having resided in six different cities in his 20's. After earning an MBA from Cornell in 2009, Paul... Read More →
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Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook is a Senior Technical Service Engineer for the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. With six years experience at 3M, Jenn supports our masking, adhesive, abrasive and body repair products. She's been a visitor on MotorWeeek, a guest on various radio shows, and is the key program leader on the upcoming launch of 3M™ Clean Sand System.

Sponsors
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3M DIY

3M DIY


Saturday August 3, 2013 10:00am - 11:30am
GH - Peachtree

10:00am

Advanced Painting

Want to take your painting to the next level?  Join Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect and Marian of Miss Mustard Seed in this hands-on workshop.  Learn advanced painting techniques like washing, distressing, dry brushing and more.  Find out how easy it is to get the look you want with paint! 


Speakers
avatar for Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Miss Mustard Seed
Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed, is a youth pastor’s wife, mother of two little boys and a lover of all things home. In addition to authoring her self-title home décor blog, she is an antiques dealer, freelance writer for HGTV.com and designer of the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line of DIY products. Marian’s first book, Inspired You, was published in November of 2012. Her work has been featured in Better Homes &... Read More →
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Shaunna West

Shaunna writes at Perfectly Imperfect, where she shares DIY projects, home decor inspiration, furniture painting tips, and stories of the imperfection that happens all along the way. Perfectly Imperfect is all about the home, not the house, and the life beyond all the stuff. She and her husband (and her two little ones) want to inspire you to go for it and to create a meaningful, beautifully imperfect home.


Saturday August 3, 2013 10:00am - 12:00pm
GH - Azalea Room Lobby Level

10:00am

Receive "deckspert" advice with Thompson's Water Seal & Jeff Wilson, HGTV & DIY Star
meet HGTV/diy network star Jeff Wilson who will share his "deckspert" tips with Thompson's Water Seal

Exhibitors
avatar for Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson

With over 25 years of home building and remodeling experience, Jeff Wilson jokes that he studied classical piano in college, receiving a music degree, because "it looks good on a resume." As a narrator, host, and actor, he has appeared in over a hundred episodes on HGTV (Restore America Series, Restore America Honors, International Housewares Show Specials) and the DIY Network (Blueprint for Homebuilding, Handmade Music, Build-a-Deck... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Thompson's Water Seal

Thompson's Water Seal

Thompson's Water Seal


Saturday August 3, 2013 10:00am - 3:30pm
GH - PreFunction - Thompson's Booth 25

11:00am

Haven Home Game - Mingle with Sponsors & Vendors
Fill your Haven Home Game with stamps from our fabulous sponsors & vendors.
Turn in your completed floor plan for awesome prize action! 

Saturday August 3, 2013 11:00am - 2:30pm
Living Room & PreFunction Space

11:30am

Lunch Buffet
Enjoy a Beautiful Buffett: The Buffett will be served in the PreFunction area and at the Cassis Restaurant.

Hand Picked Artisanal Greens,

Macerated Georgia Peaches, Toasted Almonds, Crumbled Goats Cheese, Honey Vinaigrette

Tricolor Potato Salad with Artichokes, Haricot Verts , Herb Dressing

Tomato, Cucumber and Vidalia Onion Salad, Cilantro Vinaigrette

Balsamic Marinated Flat Iron, Oven Roasted Summer Vegetables

Roasted Corvina, Lemon Confit, Steamed Broccoli

Black Pepper Penne, Grilled Corn, Peppers, Spinach and Tomatoes

Individual Peach Cobbler, Cinnamon Cream

Sodas, Water, & Iced Tea

 


Saturday August 3, 2013 11:30am - 1:00am
GH - PreFunction, Cassis Restaurant

2:00pm

Bloggers & Brands - Bam!

The class will focus on working with brands and how bloggers can open the doors, getting involved with brands they find attractive.


Speakers
avatar for Crystal Duncan

Crystal Duncan

Crystal Duncan is the Director of Client Strategy and Operations at IZEA, located in Orlando, FL. She joined the IZEA family soon after finishing college and has held been instrumental to the advertiser and brand networks, strategic execution of client campaigns and Influencer relations. In her current role, Crystal leads the Sales, Account Management, Campaign Fulfillment and Influencer Ecosystem team at IZEA. | She has executed campaigns for... Read More →
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Ashley Walters

Ashley is the Director of Consumer Experiences for the brand building agency, Powerhouse Factories. She’s led social media, experiential and influencer marketing campaigns for clients like Febreze, HGTV, Rust-Oleum and Shaw Floors, and earned accolades from AdAge for “Top Marketing Campaign of the Year” and “Best New Product Launch of the Year,” as well as dozens of industry awards from PRSA, PR Week and the Word... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GH - Lenox Room

2:00pm

Brands & Blogger Relationships
Learn what brands are looking for from you, straight from the experts of the country's largest home retailer, its agencies, and the leading coatings manufacturer. Gain insight into how to best approach brands with sponsorship and advertising requests and discover how brands hope to maximize relationships with you. 

Sponsors
avatar for #HDhacks

#HDhacks

The Home Depot
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,247 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, Mexico and China.
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Rust-Oleum

Rust-Oleum


Saturday August 3, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GH - Peachtree

2:00pm

New Kids On the Block - 15 Fundamentals of Building a Blog

Blogging Basics: 15 fundamental building blocks for blogging success

Wether you've been blogging for five minutes or five years, success comes in the basics. Learn the 15 keys to blog design, community development and working with brands that will take your blog from hobby to true success!


Speakers
avatar for Heather

Heather

At the Picket Fence
Heather is first and foremost a wife to the love of her life and a homeschool mom of two. Heather co-authors the blog At The Picket Fence with her sister Vanessa. A self-taught DIYer who isn’t afraid of power tools, Heather’s home has been featured in magazines such as Romantic Homes and Better Homes and Gardens. She serves as a HomeTalk Ambassador as well as a regular contributor to Houzz.com, FOLK Magazine Blog, Celebrating... Read More →
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KariAnne

Thistlewood Farms
KariAnne writes the blog Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her farmhouse tucked away in the rolling hills of Kentucky. She lives with her husband, four children, two dogs, two cats, a tortoise, a herd of deer, a family of rabbits and a salamander. KariAnne loves sweet tea with lime, mis-matched chairs, thunderstorms, crickets singing in the rain and walking at sunset with her knight-in-shining-armor. Thistlewood Farms was recently named... Read More →
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Tauni

Snap
As a public relations and social media practitioner, Tauni has spent more than 12 years handling communications and events for an array of clients, from the NBA and Olympics to corporate groups and politicians. Today she handles online marketing and social media for American Crafts. Tauni blogs at SNAP!


Saturday August 3, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GH - Piedmont Room

2:00pm

Designing Out of The Box

You are unique, and your home should be, too. Come learn from Ashley (The Handmade Home), Lindsay (Makely School for Girls) and Mandi (Vintage Revivals) about how to break out of the traditional decorator mindset and make your home a reflection of you.


Speakers
avatar for Lindsay

Lindsay

Makely
Lindsay is a color-obsessed, stay at home mom of two, who’s transforming a blah blah builder’s beige home into an inspiring and eclectic space with her husband Tom. They live outside of Austin, Texas where the temperate climate allows them to DIY year round. Lindsay has been blogging since 2008, when she started Living with Lindsay.
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Mandi Gubler

Vintage Revivals
Mandi Gubler is a DIY/shelter Blogger known for her fearless approach to all things Do It Yourself. She is a self proclaimed thrift store junkie, craigslist stalker (not the killing kind) and garage sale maven. Mandi started her blog Vintage Revivals in July 2010 with zero DIY/design experience. Mandi believes that true style has the chance to emerge when you stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, will think, or might say, and do what... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Mills

Ashley Mills

The Handmade Home
Ashley Mills writes at thehandmadehome.net where alongside her husband they share their love for creating a home and the never-ending adventures of parenthood. Suffering a serious aversion to piles of laundry and Comic Sans, she considers herself well versed in the fine art of chasing her three littles, sarcasm, and wearing paint in her hair. The handmade home : creating a haven for the very day.


Saturday August 3, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
GH - Library Lobby Level

2:00pm

Follow Me - Social Media Tips
with Cassie, Courtney, Megan & Carmel Social media is one of the best ways to grow your blog and establish your brand.  Learn how to widen your reach and maximize your time. This class will focus on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.  We’ll show you how to work social media like a pro while having a blast!

Speakers
avatar for Carmel

Carmel

Our Fifth House
Carmel is a Southern California girl who fell in love with a blue-eyed boy with a southern accent and followed him around the country until they finally decided to put down roots in the bluegrass. She chronicles her adventures in transforming their fifth house into a home on her blog aptly named, Our Fifth House.
avatar for Cassie

Cassie

Hi Sugarplum!
Cassie is a DIY and design-obsessed Texas girl, and lover of travel, fashion, sarcasm and Mexican food. When she’s not hanging with her sweet and funny family, you can find her kicking the ’80s out of their home, one budget project at a time, on her blog Hi Sugarplum!
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Courtney

A Thoughtful Place
Courtney, a mom of two, is the author of A Thoughtful Place where she dishes on affordable DIY projects for decorating, entertaining, and organizing the home. She recently started her own interior decorating firm with her sister in Orange County, CA. While not working on home projects, she enjoys traveling, date nights, bike rides with the family, and kick boxing.
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Megan

A lawyer by day, design and decor lover by night, and mom to the most delightful 3-year old son ever, Megan is passionate about fitness (and chocolate!) and couldn’t live without her girlfriends and morning coffee. She’s been blogger for nearly three years at Honey We’re Home, sharing her love of keeping things beautiful and organized at her house.


Saturday August 3, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
GH - Dining Room (Grand Ballroom III)

2:00pm

Chalkpaint - Quick & Amazing Results

Annie Sloan Unfolded will conduct a hands-on workshop, showcasing the versatility and ease of use of Chalk Paint®- ranging from aged distressed finishes to the sleek and modern. There’s only one Chalk Paint®, but the possibilities are endless!  Come learn how you can use Annie's products in a way that compliments your own unique style


Sponsors
avatar for Annie Sloan Unfolded

Annie Sloan Unfolded

Annie Sloan Unfolded
Chalk Paint® decorative paint is perfect for those who love DIY projects. It was created by Annie Sloan, one of the world’s most respected experts in the field of decorative painting and author of numerous paint technique books, including her newly-released Color Recipes for Painted Furniture. Chalk Paint® is perfect for makeovers of furniture, accessories, kitchen cabinets, walls, floors and outdoor projects &ndash... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
GH - Azalea Room Lobby Level

2:00pm

Working with Wood 101 - Real Hands on Advice with the Pros

It's time to try all those tools, you know you have been wanting to get your hands on! Let the professionals from Kreg & Ryobi teach you to use their tools so they are no longer intimidating for you. They will also point out tips and tricks for their tools. You will be a Tool Diva in no time.


Sponsors
avatar for Ryobi Power Tools

Ryobi Power Tools

Ryobi
RYOBI offers most the extensive award winning and innovative line of consumer focused products for worldwide use. The RYOBI power tool range is anchored by the ONE+ 18V system of over 50 products ranging from drills, drivers, saws, trimmers to sanders. RYOBI also offers wide variety of outdoor products that supports end user needs with extensive lines of energy efficient gas, electric and cordless products.


Saturday August 3, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm
GH - Buckhead Ballroom

3:00pm

Haven Home Game - Mingle with Sponsors & Vendors
Haven Home Game - Floor Plan Sketch in your swag bag. Take your plan around to the vendors & sponsors, ask them about their service and products. Fill your sheet with stamps from our fabulous sponsors & vendors.
Turn in your completed floor plan for awesome prize action! 

Saturday August 3, 2013 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Living Room & PreFunction Space

3:45pm

Advanced Advertising
....with Beckie, Cassity & Rhoda This advanced class on advertising will cover 3 areas of monetization:  ad network strategies, negotiating sponsored posts, and affiliate marketing.  Disclaimer:  This class will be best utilized for bloggers who have been running ad networks for at least a year.

Speakers
avatar for Cassity

Cassity

Remodelaholic
Cassity is the blogger behind Remodelaholic. With a degree in interior design and two whole home remodels under her belt, she started a blog to document their third home transformation. Now working on their fourth home remodel, she and her husband both work on the blog full time, while juggling life with two young daughters!
avatar for Beckie Farrant

Beckie Farrant

Infarrantly Creative
Beckie Farrant is a Midwest gal and mom of 2 living in Indianapolis, IN. She is a tri-blogger (yep three blogs!) at Infarrantly Creative, Knock Off Décor and Roadkill Rescue. Beckie loves turning items most people would throw away into usable and beautiful décor for her home. She has hundreds of tutorials on handmade gifts, home décor and knock-off projects and loves to inspire other women to do-it-themselves.
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Rhoda Vickers

Southern Hospitality
Rhoda is a thrifting diva who frequented second hand shops long before it was cool! She loves repurposing and sharing her trash to treasure inspiration, as well as cooking and fun excursions, with others and does so daily on her blog, Southern Hospitality. Considered a veteran in her niche, Rhoda began blogging in early 2007 and has successfully turned her hobby into a full-time business. Rhoda’s passion exudes as she encourages others by... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
GH - Piedmont Room

3:45pm

Growing a Creative Business

Do you love to make things and wish you could sell them? Would you like to see your things in retail boutiques and published in national magazines? Take those creative skills you have and grow your business! Whether you want to get started or you are ready to take your creative ideas to a new level this class will show you how.

Key Points: 

> -Focus your product idea and promote it.
> -Finding the best venue to sell your items including boutiques, antique malls and on-line.
> -How to wholesale and retail and work with shop owners.
> -Open an on-line store through Etsy, a personal website or Big Cartel and the differences.
> -Build an on-line presence through Pinterest, blogging and other social media sites.
> -How to get yourself and your items published in magazines and other publications.


Speakers
avatar for Gina

Gina

The Shabby Creek Cottage
Gina created The Shabby Creek Cottage in 2009 to chronicle her and her husband’s journey of remodeling her childhood home. She blogs to help people embrace their space, no matter what kind of house it is on any budget. She is also the author of the upcoming book How to Start A Home-based Etsy Business.
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Jennifer Rizzo

Owner/Artist/Designer/blogger, Jennifer Rizzo Design Company
I am an artist and mom of 3! I love color,pattern,texture,fabric and paint! My passion is decorating and I love designing my own unique home decor to sell/wholesale to boutiques,retail stores and on-line, and have been doing so for the last 7 years. I love writing at my lifestyle blog about artful and inspired living and I teach art and creative living classes. I also lead classes and private sessions on how to grow a kitchen table craft into... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
GH - Peachtree

3:45pm

Publishing Like a Pro - Magazine Magic

How do you get published? Find out from the blogger/designer angle on working with publishers and magazines. She will also talk about  preparing for a shoot and creating a desirable space that magazines are interested and scouting for.


Speakers
avatar for Erika Hollinshead

Erika Hollinshead

BluLabel Bungalow
Atlanta-based interior designer, writer, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward lives for creativity. She worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business (Erika Ward Interiors). As the author of internationally recognized blog, BluLabel Bungalow, she chronicles her interior design projects and encourages homeowners move from inspiration to action. In her... Read More →
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Kelly Peterson

Kelly worked for Better Homes and Gardens for 13 years, then ran a consulting media/pr/brand strategy consulting firm for 7 years and she’s been back on the publishing side for the last 13 years at Hearst. Consulting for such brands as Shaw Flooring, Wools of New Zealand, Furniture Brands International, Broyhill and Lane Furniture, Kelly has extensive knowledge of working with brands. During all of these positions, she worked with clients... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
GH - Lenox Room

3:45pm

Profitable Advertising

This session is perfect for new bloggers looking for information and direction on when to start advertising, how to get started with ads, all the different ways to make money blogging as well as how to find and join ad networks. Taught by seasoned bloggers, you are sure to find answers to all your beginning advertising questions!


Speakers
avatar for Myra

Myra

My Blessed Life
Myra is a passionate creator of beauty both in her home and in the homes of interior design clients. She thrives on creating a beautiful life as a devoted wife to her childhood sweetheart and mommy to two little men. After beginning several blogs in the last seven years, she finally found her “sweet spot” writing at My Blessed Life where she inspires readers to creatively thrive at home through diy projects, crafts, recipes and... Read More →
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Sarah

Thrifty Decor Chick
Sarah has been blogging about thrifty home decor and DIY projects at Thrifty Decor Chick since 2008. After ten years working in the marketing and PR field, she switched careers after her son was born and followed her dream and pursue a career in decorating. But after two years of decorating for others, she fell more and more in love with decorating her own home and sharing the process with her blog readers. It was then that Thrifty Decor Chick... Read More →
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Beth Hunter

Home Stories From A to Z
In January 2009, Beth discovered decorating, crafting, and design blogs and her world was forever transformed…and so was her blog! Decorating on a dime has always been a passion of Beth’s, and she couldn’t resist joining the party. Unlike some home bloggers, Beth possesses zero special talents. She is just incredibly tenacious, resourceful, and willing to take risks. What this means for you is that if she can do it, you can... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
GH - Azalea Room Lobby Level

3:45pm

Hands On Design Advice - Layer by Layer, Step by Step

The Haven design class will provide hands-on advice on how to accessorize various spots in your home, demonstrating concepts such as layering, pattern mixing, and scale.  Different vignettes will be styled from start to finish with step-by-step how-to's.  The session will also touch on solutions for the top design dilemmas most people face, and will end with an audience participation design challenge. 


Speakers
avatar for Emily

Emily

Emily is the author of the aptly named blog, Emily A. Clark: design. simplified. A wife and mom of five, she details her adventures in decorating their home amid the chaos of every day life. She also shares easy and attainable design ideas, believing it isn’t necessary to have a huge budget or be exceptionally crafty to create a beautiful home. Her home has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens and on sites such as Apartment... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Jackson

Kristin Jackson

The Hunted Interior
The Hunted Interior was created to help others create high end looks without the price tag. Kristin Jackson, the Interior Designer behind The Hunted Interior, shows you how to “hunt” your home and create the spaces you want. Through designer tips, DIY attempts and room makeovers, The Hunted Interior is always on the hunt for great design.
avatar for Sarah Macklem

Sarah Macklem

The Yellow Cape Cod
Sarah Macklem is a Home Stylist from Detroit specializing in interior design for real people. Sarah writes the design blog, The Yellow Cape Cod where she offers daily design advice, project tutorials and inspiration. TheYellowCapeCod.com also provides affordable custom online design services for real people nationwide.


Saturday August 3, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
GH - Library Lobby Level

3:45pm

Spice Things Up!

We will start off by building our spice rack. As we are showing you tips and basic tool techniques, we will be answering questions. After our demonstration, tables will be set up with tools for you try specific techniques with Ryobi and Kreg personal to assist you.


Speakers
avatar for Shanty 2 Chic

Shanty 2 Chic

Shanty 2 Chic
Two sisters transforming their homes on a budget, and sharing their love for DIY along the way at their blog Shanty2Chic. They hope to inspire you to grab a paint brush, pick up that scary tool, and get to work!

Exhibitors
Sponsors
avatar for Columbia Forest Products

Columbia Forest Products

Columbia Forest Products
“Professional-grade PureBond® hardwood plywood from Columbia Forest Products is domestically-made, formaldehyde-free and a Home Depot exclusive. Because everyone deserves quality.”
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Ryobi Power Tools

Ryobi
RYOBI offers most the extensive award winning and innovative line of consumer focused products for worldwide use. The RYOBI power tool range is anchored by the ONE+ 18V system of over 50 products ranging from drills, drivers, saws, trimmers to sanders. RYOBI also offers wide variety of outdoor products that supports end user needs with extensive lines of energy efficient gas, electric and cordless products.


Saturday August 3, 2013 3:45pm - 5:15pm
GH - Buckhead Ballroom

5:30pm

Our Farewell - Inspiration, Prizes, & Best Wishes!

Bob Johnson with Habitat for Humanity will inspire you to go out and use those Haven Maven talents in the best way you can, as he shares stories about compassion and need.

We will also be giving away Home Depot's big prize.....along with additional prize giveaways 

Speakers
avatar for Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson

Habitat for Humanity
Bob Johnson loves Crimson Tide football, being a Dad and a husband, early mornings, and making a difference. In college and grad school he studied economics and theology and has spent his adult life working in the nonprofit sector. The last 12 years he’s been honored to be a part of Habitat for Humanity. He’s worked with national partnerships in Habitat’s headquarters, disaster recovery on the Gulf Coast of MS and Tuscalooa... Read More →


Saturday August 3, 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm
GH - The Living Room (Grand Ballroom I&II)

8:00pm

Still Feeling The Haven Fun? Haven is a Hoppin'
                                  It's A Dance Party! - Haven is a Hoppin'

If you are still feelin' the Haven Fun - Join us in the Azela Room, on the Lobby Level.

Cash Bar and all the good times you can create!
 

Saturday August 3, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
GH - Azalea Room Lobby Level