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!”

The most beautiful sales office you will ever see…{The Villages}

Last week, we traveled to Florida…

…..to “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown, the Villages”.

My hubby had a tournament there.

I used to live about 30 minutes north of The Villages…so I know how wonderful that place is!

I could live in their sales office…it is the most awesome and beautiful sales offices you will ever see!

So the nice people of the Villages let me click away…so that I can share these beautiful rooms with you!

The houses in the Square are fashioned after coastal towns such as Appalachacola, Florida…

….a team of designers visited some coastal towns to get a feel for their next project.

And this town square of Sumter Landing depicts a coastal town feel.

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You will see thousands of custom golf carts such as this one throughout the Villages..

…..golf carts are the main mode of transportation throughout this beautiful place.

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Welcome….

The front porches to the office are beautiful and enormous…

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Love the way they embellished a simple trellis.

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So many wonderful places to sit and visit…

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Now let’s go inside…

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The Entry Foyer…

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The Library…

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This is my favorite room…

…..which has my favorite poem from Ralph Waldo Emerson stenciled on the walls.

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Please keep in mind..that these rooms are rooms that salespeople meet prospective buyers.

I was there early that morning…there were just a few people sitting at tables in the rooms..

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You can see in the next pic a table with 4 chairs…one of many sets throughout the rooms..

…..to sit and meet with prospective buyers.

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The ceiling treatments in each room are stunning.

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My son wrote Emerson’s words in a card…for “dad”…saying that this poem says it all…

…..that he felt it represented him exactly. My hubby treasures that card to this day.

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And now to “The Parlor”

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You can enjoy seeing many beautiful antiques throughout the “sales office”…

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The “Hunt Room”

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What’s a “Hunt Room” without the “prized deer”

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The other side of the room is beautiful, but there were people there meeting with a salesperson…

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And now to the “Music Room”

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There is a grand piano in the corner..rooms are dimly lit..so hard to see…

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It is a beautiful friendly place…a city of its own…where there is not a frown in sight…

…..where people are always happy…

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And where my hubby can play competitive softball 365 days a year…..someday!!!

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And where there are beautiful sun rises…A view from the balcony of the hotel where we were staying…

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I hope you enjoyed the “very mini” tour of Florida’s Friendliest Hometown….

…..where you can get anywhere with a golf cart..

……….even lots of major department stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and the list goes on…

There is still time to enter my book giveaway of Marian Parsons’ aka, “Miss Mustard Seed” book, Inspired You.

Giveaway ends at midnight October 31st, 2012.

I am joining these wonderful parties:

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

A Book Giveaway {Inspired You}

Today, I received a package containing two wonderful books….

…..The Things That Matter, by Nate Berkus…

And, the wonderful book, Inspired You, by Marian Parsons, aka, Miss Mustard Seed

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I realized as I unpacked them..that Marian appeared on the Nate Berkus show…

…..she was terrific!!…

So I had to smile when I looked at the two books together in the box!

I had an epiphany….

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…..Marian’s book is so fantastic…Her story so inspiring…

……….her story that always takes your breath away.

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So many beautiful vignettes to see…

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She has included many tutorials…

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I am always in awe of her beautiful chalkboard artwork..

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I have always loved her beautiful pillow of stems of cotton…

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Marian’s style of simplistic elegance is shown throughout the book…

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Now, you can have a chance to own this amazing book….

Just leave one comment…

…..saying that you follow me 🙂 and you like me on Facebook 🙂

I have had the amazing pleasure of meeting Marian at Haven…she is a warm and kind soul…

Good luck…I will be announcing the winner on Thursday, November 1st, 2012….