Haven Conference 2013

8.05.2013

Wow, what a blast I had at Haven! There is nothing like getting together with the bloggers that you have been  reading and following for years and getting to actually give them a big hug and then to just chat and chat and chat to learn more about the REAL person behind the blog. We bloggers GET each other when there are friends and family who just don't GET it.

So much fun and learning was packed into three days and it went by too quickly. Here are some photos I grabbed on the second day and if you want to see lots more shots just click on my instagram link. I'm still learning instagram and my new phone so I didn't realize I should be tagging the photos.

I had a great room at the Hyatt with this fabulous view out one of the four windows. 

The hotel, staff, service and food was superb.

There were lots of great vendors and this is just a tiny look at the booths that were set up in various areas.
Lots of great things were given to us to bring home besides a fabulous swag bag.

More vendor booths were around the perimeter of this large room and Ballard Designs had many seating areas set up where bloggers could catch up or make new friends.





There was a bookshelves styling contest with teams of six girls and this was the winner. The winners each won a $100 gift card to Ballard Designs.  Lucky girls.

I loved the look of this.

This is a old chippy door turned chalk board and each blogger made their mark on it.

Blurred shot, but guess who?

I took the advanced painting class given by Marian and Shaunna and learned some new things.



Oh, and when I got home this is how Mr. Savvy had the bed made up. He did a good job didn't he? Well, for a man who never makes up the bed.
:)

The conference ended with a closing ceremony followed by some giveaways and guess who won the huge bag of Annie Sloan products? ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This bag is loaded with five sample pots, three full size cans of paint, three brushes, two books, two full size waxes, a cute basket and all tucked in this cute tote bag. I was shocked that my name was drawn. 

Of course it wasn't all partying and visiting with each other. There were lots of great sessions to attend.

We found out that the third Haven Conference will be next July! 

WOO HOO!!

Now it is back to reality, unpacking, and the LAUNDRY.

Have a super week!

63 comments:

  1. It was great meeting you at Haven, Kim! It was so nice to finally put the real life personality to the blogger. Congrats on that Annie Sloan win. All the vendors were so generous with their products.

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  2. What a whirlwind few days it was Kim! So much information and inspiration, for sure! Sooooo glad you won the big Annie Sloan prize. No one at that conference deserved it more. Had a blast with you all!

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  3. It was soooo great to see you, Kim! Wasn't that just the most gorgeous setup ever? I miss it already, but so happy to be home! Congrats on your AS prize...perfect for you!

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  4. Great pics, Kim (I looked very intense in our painting session ... ha)! It was such a fun weekend ... had a blast with you and our little "posse!" Now, your countdown begins to France!

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  5. It all sounds fabulous Kim! Congrats on the ASCP win!

    Funny story about bed making. I had surgery several years ago and was in hospital three days. When I got home I was so impressed that J had the bed made so beautifully. He confessed, he slept in his recliner the whole time I was gone!LOL

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  6. The paint giveaway is perfect for you:) Just what you need. Glad to see you had a good time.
    My blog moved the URL didn't but you will need to delete me and re add me so the changes take effect.
    Dawn
    Creativecaincabin.com

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  7. The best part of the whole dang thing was meeting people! Loved meeting you:)

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  8. How exciting! Thanks for sharing with us who didn't get to go!

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  9. Congrats on the win, sounds like such a fabulous time. Hugs, marty

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  10. AWESOME, every single word!

    Yay yay yay!

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  11. Thanks for taking us with you Kim ;) Wow. That basket went to the right gal!! You'll work wonders with it I'm sure. Congrats :)

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  12. Great to see you, Kim! It was a fun weekend... and now to process all the great stuff we learned. :)
    xo Heidi

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  13. Shut Up! YOU won that gift basket?! I am SOOOO jealous! lol Good for you- I know you will use it and it will be much appreciated. Great fun, Kim. Sounds like you had a really good time. I am off to my friend's house for the day-almost finished staging inside. We are working outside today I hope! xo Diana

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  14. Looks like it was a fantastic time! Congrats on your win!!! Can't wait to see what you create!~~Angela

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  15. Congrats on winning! It looks like you had a wonderful time. Maybe next year I will make it down there!
    -Shelley

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  16. Kim, It was so good to meet you. What a great time! We can't wait till next year. Thank you so much for telling us to stay. I can't wait to have fun with my new ride. I won a car on the Price is Right and my husband was asking me what is the deal with me and winning cars. Even though this is only a week I can't wait to see what trouble I can get into picking up furniture!!! Have a great week. Cheers!

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  17. It was a blast, wasn't it! Looking forward to next year. So glad I was able to meet you. And congrats again on your big win!

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  18. What a great conference Kim! Congratulations on that goody bag, it sure is in good hands with you! Your hubs is becoming quite a stylist! I guess your talent is rubbing off on him a lot! Take it easy, being gone from home a few days can make going back overwhelming.

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  19. The ASCP prize couldn't have gone to a more deserving recipient!!

    It was great to meet you in person, Kim!

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  20. It looks like you had a great time...I cant believe you won the Annie Sloan paint...so funny!

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  21. Congratulations on winning the Annie Sloan prize! Woot! Woot! Mr. Savvy did a great job on making the bed too! I thought the conference was amazing! Great photos, thanks for sharing them! It was great seeing you!

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  22. Great recap of our time at Haven, Kim! I was so excited when you won the Annie Sloan prize. I loved meeting you.

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  23. It was a great conference and they couldn't have picked a better name to win the AS giveaway! Can't wait to see what you do with it...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  24. Congrats Kim on your major win!!! Can't wait to see what you do with all of your new AS goodies!! The conference looks like a huge success, I know I enjoyed last year's and still enjoying all of the goodies I came home with.
    Wishing you a wonderful return to reality!!!
    XO Barbara
    PS...Mr. Savvy did do an awesome job on making the bed!!!

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  25. It was great seeing you again Kim! And no one will better use that prize package from AS! Mr. Savvy did great making the bed. He probably got some rest this past weekend!

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  26. Well done to Mr Savvy! The conference sounds like it was really worthwhile - I'll be there will be even more bloggers there next year, after we've read the various accounts of how much fun it was.

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  27. What a great time!!! It was a highlight to finally meet you... felt like I knew you forever! The best part of Haven... hanging out with our group!!!! You are everything I thought you would be and more!!!! So glad to have a great friend in the Atlanta area! xo

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  28. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Congrats on the great win!

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  29. Kim, glad you had a great time and came home with that wonderful win. Congratulations!

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  30. Hi Kim,

    Sounds like a lot like-minded ladies had a lovely time! Wish I could attend, but kinda difficult being across the BIG pond! Hope you'll post more pics! Thanks for sharing the vibe...

    Poppy

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  31. SO JEALOUS of that giveaway bag you won! Sounds like you had a blast!

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  32. What a wonderful prize for you to win!!!! Definitely jealous of that and the fact that I couldn't go because of the start up of school. Early or late July for next year? (fingers crossed that you will say early!) Thanks for sharing all the cool pics of the conference.

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  33. I justhad lunch with Yvonne and she LOVED meeting you and hanging out. Congrats on your win!!!! Perfect choice for sure, can't wait to see what you do with it! Have a great week.

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  34. Hey Kim! Looking at your photos, I realized that I was sitting at the table behind Becca (across from you) at the painting class! Wish I had realized it! Next year at Haven for sure! ~ KIM @ Sand & Sisal

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  35. Hi, Kim -
    Thanks for sharing your awesome photos for us folks who couldn't make it. Sorry I missed this. Will definitely catch it next year. Congrats on your win! And your bedroom: gorgeous!!
    x Loi

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  36. WOWZA! You lucky girl with that win, perfect for you Kim. I am so happy you had a great time. I am hoping next year to make it.

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  37. Lucky girl!! And, I can't think of a soul who would make better use of that prize!! LOL! sounds like such fun!! Thanks for letting us tag along. blessings ~ tanna
    ps are you SURE Mr. Savvy didn't sleep on the couch while you were gone? That is perfect! He did a great job.

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  38. Sounds like it was a great and busy time. That prize of AS will not grow dust on it now that you are the winner lol.

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  39. This looks like such fun! How perfect that you won paint! That was quite a prize!! I'm sure you had a wonderful time and learned lots!

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  40. It was providence that you won the paint!
    Brenda

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  41. ...so happy that you won, because we all will be winners when you show us what you do with that paint! : )
    w/L

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  42. Congratulations on being the winner of the AS paint give-away. I agree with the poster above me that said we will all be winners when we get to see what you create with all that paint. One of the main things I wanted to do at Haven was get to meet you so I'm so happy that I did.

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  43. It's great to hear that next year's conference is going to be in July, finally I'm going to be able to attend and meet you :) You were the perfect recipient for that bag of paints, can't wait to see your paint transformations!

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  44. Okay, where do I sign up for next year's conference? Will it be in the same location? It looks like you had a great time. It is so exciting to win something, but the AS paints are perfect for you. You will find great uses of them.

    Judith

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  45. Kim,
    I just noticed your sidebar that said you were featured at Houzz. When I clicked over there, I saw that your home tour was #1 out of 1000 tours! Fantastic! Congratulations...and thank you for sharing your house with the public. It takes a lot of courage to allow others to see and to comment about one's house. Keep up the wonderful job of writing a blog day-in and day-out that thousands of people LIKE to read.

    Judith

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  46. Congrats on the Annie Sloan score! What a fabulous time you must have had, sounds like so much fun! I love the photo of your bed, our husbands can be so sweet, they know that trivial stuff like that means so much to us, the obsessed!
    Jenna

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  47. I really missed being there this year! Looks like you had a wonderful time and they must have known that the paint would be well used, in your hands!
    Cheers!,
    Barbara

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  48. Hi Kim, Glad you won that paint! I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Your painted furniture is always wonderful.

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  49. Winning the Annie Sloan gift bag and taking an advanced painting course- oh, can't wait to see what projects you come up with.

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  50. Kim - sounds like you had a blast at HAven --- hope to get their someday! congrats on the annie sloan giveaway!

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  51. You got gREAt photos at Haven Kim!
    I was so lost in taking it all in--I forgot to take any pictures~dUh! So Thanks!
    btw---
    1) I think you were one of the best candidates to win the ASCP bag! So can I come watch you at work-?!
    2) I really got a laugh seeing myself in one of your pics!
    Catherine

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  52. Looks like a very nice event, yippie for the Annie Sloan win! I just love that your husband made your bed. My husband always makes puts a big effort forth around the house when I have been away. I know he's happy to see me and I know he is showing me he can do it too.

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  53. Congrats on winning the Annie Sloan bag of goodies; wondering what you'll paint . . . inquiring minds want to know. Lovely photos and recap. Thanks for the memories!

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  54. Oh lucky you to win the Annie Sloane bag! What great photos too, to bring back the memories. I missed that chalkboard door though ...

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  55. What an amazing time - so happy to see you again my friend! Dinner was fabulous - except for that very loud piano player!!!
    Whoo-Hoo on your Annie Sloan win !
    Kelly

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  56. SO glad to read you enjoyed your first conference and congrats on winning the Annie Sloan giveaway!

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  58. Really love your post, and so glad I found you. This may be the first time I've read your blog but I promise it won't be the last! And thanks for the kind words on the bookcase challenge... that was the one we started on... still can't believe our "twist" was moving on to another team's bookcase to complete. :-)

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  59. Hey Kim! So glad you had a great time at the Haven Conference! Homes.com & ForRent.com enjoyed sponsoring the event and loved connecting with attendees such as yourself. :) Be sure to take a look at all the photos from the event on Facebook, tag yourself & share with family/friends! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151682489139086.1073741827.280285049085&type=3Hope to chat with you soon!

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  60. It was an awesome time and I'm so glad you won the Annie Sloan goodies.

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