Haven Conference 2013, Part 2…Classes, Friendships and Fun

Previously I presented the start to the fun of Haven at the Meet and Greet…

So today, I will present some pictures to you of our great times at Haven.

When I arrived, the TV was on with this message:

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There was a great view from my room of beautiful Atlanta and Stone Mountain in the background.

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The beautiful and talented Ana White was our Keynote Speaker….

…..she was a delight and such a wealth of information. Did you notice her cute “baby bump”??

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Let’s stroll among the great vendors…Here’s Kirby of Kirb Appeal visiting the Royal Design Studio booth.

I am going to just post pics without any watermarks as I will be happy to share them with you!

Ryobi at Haven

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Mary Poppins has nothing on Leo…

I actually snagged this one from Pam of DIY Design Fanatic

Too much fun with “power tools”….

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3M has some great new decorative tape, including “washi tape”…and coming out with more patterns!

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There was even a complimentary “coffee bar” set up….great cappuccinos !!

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Annie Sloan…:)

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Frog Tape 🙂

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We all received great fabric from On-Line Fabric Store in our SWAG bags

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Thompson’s Water Seal…there were so many wonderful vendors there!

Now on to the wonderful attendees!!!

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The beautiful Karen of The Graphics Fairy

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Jane and Leo 🙂 (Cottage at the Crossroads)

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Hey there’s Jessica (Mom 4 Real), Lisa (Budget Design Girl), and Heidi (Decor and More)…

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The three of us are going to France!!!…shopping the wonderful Paris Fleas!

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Vanessa (At the Picket Fence), Yvonne (StoneGable), Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)
Kim (Savvy Southern) and Me…

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Jane (Cottage at the Crossroads) and me…

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Jane and Leo (Cottage at the Crossroads)…they are the cutest couple!!!…Love them!

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Laura (Top This Top That), Yvonne (StoneGable), Kim (La Belle Epoque)…

…..so happy to be able to call them “friends”….

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At the Ryobi party!…and what a party!

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Becca (Adventures in Decorating) and Vanessa (At the Picket Fence)…they are so much fun!!

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Kim (Savvy Southern), Yvonne (StoneGable), and Becca (Adventures in Decorating)…girls just wanna have fun!!!

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Had a great time at Marian’s (Miss Mustard Seed) and Shaunna’s (Perfectly Imperfect) advanced painting class…

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Doesn’t Marian look fabulous?

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Lisa (Budget Design Girl aka Nothing But Blue Skies)..Kim (La Belle Epoque)…listening intently…

……to Yvonne’s (StoneGable) words of wisdom!..

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Here are my “masterpieces”..LOL!

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Kim and Lisa…not sure how much Kim learned as you know she is one of the Queens of Paint…

and speaking of paint…guess who won the big Annie Sloan Chalk Paint giveaway….

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…..Kim!…go figure!!

And speaking of Kims…

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Her team won the Ballard Bookcase Challenge…

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The winner!!

And now I am home…trying to play catch up…recuperating from all of the great fun I had at Haven..

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And putting my SWAG bag loot to good use!…

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However, most of all coming home to my family….

…..my hubby meeting me in the driveway when I pulled in….

…..and this cutie….running toward me saying, “Grandma, you were gone way too long..I missed you!”

A Guest Bath Makeover

For 8 years I have been wanting to change out the mirrors in one of the guest bathrooms…

It is the smaller of the two guest baths.

One of my favorite stores was closing and I snagged a couple of mirrors for $12.50 each!

I painted them and here is the result:

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After….

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Here was the “Before”….

As you can see they were very large and “dark”…

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So I took the two mirrors and painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

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Used my trusty Frog Tape..and I started painting away…

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I usually paint in the garage…

…..and do not mind it at all, as I can watch my favorite HGTV shows at the same time.

The channel is usually set on HGTV or of course, ESPN.

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I love the shape and color of the mirrors now…they coordinate well with the cabinetry.

Not a bad investment…a total of $25 for both mirrors!..

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I replaced the candlesticks with topiaries…

…..trying to obtain a garden feel to the room.

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The lantern and plates remain in the room..

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This wall was blank…I purchased one canvas print from HomeGoods…

…..and snagged the other print from my bathroom “privy” area.

No worries that this left a “blank area” in the “privy”…I bought something else to replace it! 🙂

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I purchased this “plaster” column at a yard sale for $5.00…

I applied Annie Sloan Dark Wax to the column.

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The dark wax actually created a “wood” effect.

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The column was placed under the existing art…

….the frame of the art was originally all gold and I painted a portion of it white.

The frame feels less heavy now.

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The bookcase across from the vanity has been re-styled…for now…still tweaking it.

I purchased this bookcase many years ago from a consignment shop…it is Drexel Heritage…an older piece.

…..I had a decorative painter paint it to match the wallpaper in a previous bathroom.

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So this is what I have been working on these past few days.

As I was taking pics in this room without a window….

…..it emphasizes the fact for me to make another purchase.

For my camera that is…a much needed flash attachment so I can take decent pictures of a low lit room.

And…..there is one more thing that I have been working on these past few days..

…..I am getting ready for a dinner party at my house this week.

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Can you guess the theme?

Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

I am joining:

Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

StoneGable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits