Haven Conference 2014

This is my third year of attending the annual Haven Conference.

Each year has always been so amazing.

I was having so much fun that it seems like I did not take many pictures!

Too busy enjoying visiting fellow friends/bloggers and attending the fabulous classes.

Off to Haven

I’m off!!….However, my first stop will be at Kim’s, where I was a guest for the evening.

Savvy Southern Style Sunroom

And a visit from the lovely Yvonne, from StoneGable.

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The “Ballard Designs Living Room” . . .

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The “Ballard Designs Bedroom” . . .

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Rhoda (Southern Hospitality and the creator of Haven) and Susan (Between Naps on the Porch). . .

~ ~ at the “welcoming area”.

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Chip Wade of HGTV Elbow Room was the Keynote Speaker.

Note to self: Even though your camera is so heavy to lug around . . .

~ ~ next time just bring it….the point and shoot just doesn’t get it !!

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Nothing like getting a shower from the Waterpik people!

~ ~ and a free Shower Sprayer too!

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And what could be better than to be able to seal a deck with the cute “seal” to be your assistant!!!

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And the great Mike Holmes from the HGTV show, Holmes on Homes . . .

~ ~ couldn’t convince him to make a house call ! !

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And what could be better than a spectacular candy station from Scout and Nimble!!

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Some of the many vendors . . .

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One of my favorite sessions was with Carmen of Southern Living/Southern Living Plant Collection.

After the session, we all got to take home a plant! 🙂

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And Kim took a pic of Derrick of D. Lawless Hardware and I . .

~ ~ Derrick is one of my sponsors and was so happy to have gotten to meet him!!

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Lacefield Fabrics was another new vendor this year…they had fabulous fabrics!

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And then there was the Ballard Design Challenge . . .

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The lobby was decorated with balloons and “bubbles” by the sponsor “Tide” . . .

And the best thing of all is to be able to meet people for the first time and see old friends too!!

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Me, Amanda (Dixie Delights), and Kim (Savvy Southern Style)

~ ~ met Amanda for the first time and she is just what her blog name is, a true “Delight”

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And seeing old friends . . .

Yvonne (StoneGable), Kim (Savvy Southern Style), Heather (At the Picket Fence), Kari (Thistlewood Farm) .

~ ~ and me.

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Heather and her beautiful daughter.

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Front Row: Kim (Savvy Southern), Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns), Laura (Top This Top That) . .

~ ~ and Rachel and her adorable daughter (Maison de Pax)

Top Row: Lauren (Endearing Home), Yvonne (StoneGable) and me!

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Kelly (My Soulful Home) and Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns)

It was so great to have met them this year!

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Julie (Lilacs and Longhorns) and Lauren (Endearing Home)

~ ~ under those gorgeous chandeliers!

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And here I am . . . on my way home from Haven with my Southern Living Plant in the back seat!!

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I am happy to be home and enjoying my wonderful goodies from the Haven SWAG Bag!

Until next year . . . I have lots of sweet memories to get me through!

Have a wonderful day!!

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  1. Linda Kemp says

    It looks like you had a wonderful time. Such fun to see all the people from different blogs.

  2. Oh…now I want to try to attend next year!!!
    Looks like a blast and lots of nice ladies to meet.
    Where is the conference usually? which hotel?

  3. Shirley, thanks for sharing your Haven experience. Glad it was another great one.

  4. So glad you guys had a fabulous time!!

  5. Hi Shirley! Oh, I’m so happy for you getting to go and your snaps are great! I’m sure it was a wonderful fun time. What goodies your received too! Rest up and keep showing us your beautiful home.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  6. Looks like a great time!! Loved all your photos.
    Mary Alice

  7. Looks like so much fun and how nice to meet so many inspiring bloggers. Hopefully I will be able to make it next year!

  8. So glad you had a great time! I missed you, Kim and Yvonne this year (as well as everyone else) I was in SoCal for my brother’s wedding and didn’t think I could fly home on Wednesday, repack my clothes and drive to Atlanta on Thursday on Haven, so I sold my ticket to Heather. Really enjoyed your pics Shirley!

  9. It was a blast and after I catch up on some sleep I will be ready to go back!

  10. How much fun to go to the conference and spend time with people we’ve gotten to know through our blogs. One of these days I’m going to have to make it there as I would love putting faces to names.

  11. Looks like you had a wonderful time! I do hope to get to go next year.

  12. So glad you had a great time. Loved seeing the pics of everyone. Great goodies in the Swag bag too! Now get some rest:)

  13. Oh how fun!!! I so hope I can be there next year and meet all of you in person!!!~~Angela

  14. Looks like you had a fabulous time?!?!?!
    Loved seeing the pics of everyone…..

  15. Jeanette Price says

    I really need some help from you oh expert of experts! I don’t even know where to begin or how to create a blog. I have so many great ideas and things I’d love to post but despite the fact that I use a computer daily I have no idea no to start. Haven looks like a place that I would have a had a ball at with all of you talented and wonderful ladies.

  16. Shirley, it looks like you had a fabulous time! The Swag is always amazing! I see some new sponsors too. You shared your time with some wonderful bloggers! I know you loved every minute! Thanks for sharing your great pictures!

  17. Shirley,

    It was so great to see you again this year and spend some time talking with you. We had a great time and we are already looking forward to next year. Enjoy all the swag. I am in process of stuffing it all in my suitcase for my flight home tomorrow!

  18. Shirley, looks so fun! (And I love Chip Wade!:)

  19. love you friend!

  20. Looks like fun! You got a lot of pictures and put faces together with blogs which is great! I used to drool over Mike Holmes!

  21. That looks like so much fun! Lots to see and getting to meet with other bloggers – fabulous!

  22. Wonderful photos and beautiful ladies! So glad you had a great time ~


  23. I can’t believe Mike Holmes was there, and you snagged a pic with him!

    Everything looks so beautiful…the chandeliers, the Ballard rooms…and of course, all you gorgeous ladies! So glad you enjoyed yourselves!

  24. Shirley what a wonderful time we had! I am so happy to have met you in person and to get to know. Our dinners were memorable & fun! Sorry I had to skip out early on Saturday, but seeing my girls in their play was worth it!

  25. It was fun to get to see your pictures from Haven. Looks like you had a great time. It’s always nice to see who goes. I almost didn’t recognize Heather from The Picket Fence. She has lost so much weight. She looked amazing! I bet your husband will try to steal some of your goodies from your bag now that you’re home. LOL.

  26. Sounds like lots of fun Shirley and great swag too 🙂

  27. Oh my goodness so much fun. Great photos, thank you so much for sharing your happy memory making. xo

  28. Glad you had fun!

  29. Looks like a great time was had by all. Isn’t it great to meet old friends and make new ones.
    Looks like a lot of wonderful goodies.

  30. What fun we had! I enjoyed all our dinners and time together. It was so fun getting to know you! Can’t wait for next year!

  31. Looks like y’all had a wonderful time and lots of great friends and inspiration…and goodies.

  32. It was such a fun weekend, but phew! I’m STILL tired! See you next time, Shirley!

  33. Looked like so much fun. I have been enjoying everyone’s pictures. Lots of goodies too, how nice!

  34. SharonFrommichigan says

    I absolutely love D. LAWLESS HARDWARE! I’m so totally jealous that you got to meet Mike Holmes in person! It looks like you had a blast and came home with some really good swag. I may have to make the trip for the next Haven! Have a great weekend.

  35. Great recap and pics Shirley! Haven was such a blast and I really enjoyed hanging out with you all! I am definitely bringing my camera with me next time too. Can’t wait to go again next year!

  36. Seriously…I have GOT to consider moving to the South!!! What a wonderful bunch of opportunities there are to enjoy things like this!!! I’m so glad you had a great time and got to meet up with a lot of other bloggers. REALLY great that you got to finally meet handsome young Derrick!

  37. What a wonderful day that must have been…

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