Abby Lawson is the girl behind Just a Girl and Her Blog where she strives to create a beautiful, thriving home, life, and business and helps others do the same. Though she started her blog on a whim without any entrepreneurial aspirations at all, Abby and her husband Donnie were quickly able to turn her once hobby blog into the full-fledged family business that they run together today. When she’s not blogging, Abby loves working on DIY projects, running on the local trails, and checking out every playground known to Pittsburgh with Donnie and their two sons, Connor and Caleb.
Kirsten Thompson is a Southern lifestyle & home decor blogger turned blog strategist and email marketing, expert. Her brand, Sweet Tea, LLC, focuses on breaking down overwhelming blog tasks into easy-to-understand, bite-sized tasks so blogging can be both fun & profitable. Kirsten teaches courses, hosts in-person blog retreats and workshops, and co-hosts the Blog Fuel podcast, and also works with clients as a certified ConvertKit. She lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, with her husband, Mark, teenage daughter, Marley, and three furbabies.
Lindi Vanderschaaf is the creator and owner of Love Create Celebrate, a DIY blog that focuses on the home. She lives in Northern Canada where she became a self-taught crafter, decorator, builder, photographer – you name it! Her focus is helping her readers love, create, and celebrate their homes by sharing her favorite DIY furniture projects, DIY home décor projects, and home renovations. She hopes that you will find something at Love Create Celebrate that makes you smile!
Lauren Gaige is a Jesus loving, coffee-drinking, Gilmore Girls obsessed Austin native. She and her husband have been married for 12 years, and have two littles. When she’s not with her family, she’s running her business, Restored 316. She’s been making the internet beautiful for over 9 years; whether by creating custom websites or through developing Premium Feminine WordPress themes. A self-taught designer and developer, Lauren aims to make creating a beautiful web space simple, convenient and affordable to everyone.
With over 20 years experience in the early childhood education field, Lesley’s passion for teaching exceeds beyond a classroom full of little ones. Her experience teaching educators brought about her passion; teaching women entrepreneurs how to plan, grow and build their business online. As a lifelong educator, her sole purpose is to inspire, teach and empower women so that they may turn their passions into profitable businesses.
Barb Garrett is the writer at The Everyday Home Blog, where she has been sharing her Crafts, Recipes and DIY Adventures for almost 10 years. When she isn’t blogging, Barb is flipping homes, starting up her family’s 55-acre farm, teaching cooking classes, and spoiling her three precious grandchildren. She and her husband, a retired Marine Colonel, live on five beautiful acres in Eastern North Carolina. She loves to garden, cook, bake, write, sew and considers herself a crazy cat lady. She can usually be found on her front porch swing with a mason jar filed with sweet tea and several grandbabies in her lap.
Andy is the CEO and Founder of AdThrive! He is wholly devoted to making ads more manageable, easier to understand, and optimized to the fullest. As a former math teacher, his insight and ability to educate on the complicated topic of online advertising has inspired and grown AdThrive into what it is today!
Jordan has been with AdThrive since the beginning (he was the first person to join the team whose last name isn’t Marzka)! 🙂 He is passionate about serving bloggers in whatever way makes the most impact and helps to better their business.Both of them can’t wait to speak at Haven and shed some light on the ad industry and provide some tips on best ad practices for your site!
Janet is a South Florida resident and the creative mind behind the design and lifestyle blog Shabbyfufu. An internet pioneer that has been on-line since the late 90’s, Janet has seen many changes in not only decor, but the constantly evolving world of social media platforms. She spends her days working as a blogger, designer and freelance photographer for brands and magazines. Her designs are always softly elegant with neutral palettes accented by florals and is instantly recognizable. As her career continues to evolve she enjoys teaching others the fine art of arranging and photographing and helping bloggers to achieve their own identifiable style. You’ll also find her as Shabbyfufu on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest with a large and dedicated following.
Amy Latta is an artist, author, and hand lettering designer. She is the founder of the blog
One Artsy Mama, where she shares honest inspiration for everyday life including home
decor, DIY, jewelry, and even kids’ projects. Her hand lettered designs have been featured
nationally by companies including GAP and Starbucks. You can also find her designs on
apparel and decor in her shop Coffee & Tee Designs. Amy is a Brand Ambassador for Plaid
Crafts, Tombow USA, and Blitsy.com. She was chosen as The Craftys’ Best Craft Blogger in
2015 and has received numerous other awards for her work online. Amy’s brand new book
Hand Lettering for Relaxation will be released July 11, 2017. When she’s not covered in
paint, you can find Amy enjoying time with her family and drinking lots of coffee.
Alexandra Evjen is a fashion stylist turned lifestyle blogger for AVE Styles and a social media influencer with almost one million followers on Pinterest. She is listed as one of the top pinners to follow by Huffington Post, Business Insider, and InStyle. She was hand-selected by Pinterest to serve as one of 10 Pinterest Ambassadors in the United States to bring Pinterest knowledge back to her community. Alex has had the opportunity to work with power-house brands such as Coca-Cola, Revlon, American Express, Diet Coke, Glamour and Nordstrom to create and curate content for Pinterest. She has shared her Pinterest knowledge at notable blogging conferences such as Altitude Summit and Mom 2.0 Summit, and looks forward to sharing her Pinterest strategy with Haven.
Zandra Zuraw and Karen June Grant are the founders of Little Yellow Couch and the Style Matters Podcast. They first teamed up as DIY / Lifestyle Bloggers and followed their curiosity and creativity into the world of podcasting. Each week on their podcast, they interview top stylists, designers, artisans and tastemakers both nationally and internationally about why style matters to them. They launched their podcast in the summer of 2015 and were immediately recognized in the iTunes New and Noteworthy section. They have launched over 75 episodes since the then and have landed interviews with some of the best in the business including Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy, Grace Bonney of Design Sponge and John and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love. They have earned a rapidly growing following with currently over 12K downloads per month and their work has been featured in various publications, websites and podcasts including HGTV, Lonny Magazine, Domino, Brit + Co. and USA Today.
Rachel Pereira employs her artistic passion through her blog, Shades of Blue Interiors which started 4 1/2 years ago. She shares furniture makeovers, budget-friendly interior design, furniture build-plans, and DIY home improvement and decor. Rachel is passionate about helping others create a space that reflects their personality through ‘collected’ yet cohesive choices. She also thinks everyone should own and use a miter saw. She lives with her 3 kids and Brazilian husband in the suburbs of St Louis, Missouri and loves spending free time watching her kids play soccer. Her print features include, Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home, American Farmhouse Style Magazine, 100 Ideas Flea Market Style Magazine, Country Sampler, Gala Magazine (Germany), Westworld BC (Canada), and several online publications including Country Living, BHG, Coastal Living, and House Beautiful.
KariAnne writes the decorating and lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her vintage farmhouse in the rolling hills of Kentucky .Thistlewood Farms is full of stories of family and faith and features simple easy and creative home decor projects KariAnne creates every week for readers. The blog was awarded Country Living Decorating Blog of the Year as well as named one of the Top 10 Decorating Blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. She has been f eatured in BetterHomes and Gardens’ Christmas Ideas; Country Living; Flea Market Décor; Country Woman; HGTV Magazine; Cottage Journal; Chicago Tribune; Reloved Magazine; and This Old House and on popular websites including The Today Show; Better Homes and Gardens; Country Living; Apartment Therapy; Good Housekeeping; Mediakix, Bob Vila; and BuzzFeed. KariAnne has made numerous appearances on television including Nashville Channel 5 “Talk of the Town,” and Channel 8 Dallas and was voted one of the Best DIY Blogs of 2015.
Jocie (pronounced jah-see) has been blogging at One Project Closer alongside her husband and two best friends for almost ten years. What started as a site dedicated to DIYing our homes one big project at a time, has expanded over the years to incorporate Jocie’s softer side of DIY including home decor, recipes, crafts, and more. In the past couple years, Jocie’s love of hand lettered decor has turned into a greater focus on helping other learn modern hand lettering techniques including brush lettering and watercolor. She was pleasantly surprised at the growing interest in this realm of art and recently has moved into sharing her craft by hosting hand lettering classes. Because of her love of encouraging others to have fun and use art as a means for decor and relaxation, her classes and tutorials have become a huge hit.
Jaime is a DIY project enthusiast who writes the blog, That’s My Letter, which focuses on
building, painting and sewing. She builds, paints and sews just about everything in true DIY
fashion and posts her projects in a tutorial format to share the experience with readers.
Blogging for 7 years now Jaime has amassed quite a collection of projects however 3 years ago
she moved her family into a 1740 saltbox farmhouse which has become the biggest project of
all. Her home is truly a treasure and a diyers dream, she is the caretaker of history and at the
same time able to leave her mark! Jaime says the most wonderful thing about living in such an
old house is that the projects keep on coming, which means she will be building, painting, and
sewing for a long time to come.
Jaime is a contributor for Ana White, Ryobi Nation, Simpson Strong-Tie, The Home Depot,
DecoArt and Build Something / Kreg Tool Company. Her projects have been featured at
Apartment Therapy, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Bob Vila, Houzz, Real Simple,
Good Housekeeping, and Woman’s Day Magazine.
Jaime lives just outside New York City in Westchester County, New York with her husband and
Over her distinguished 35-year career in design, product development and creative
direction, Debbie Houston has earned a stellar reputation for establishing successful trend
forecasts that have been used to develop countless floor covering products. Houston joined
Shaw in 2005 as a senior designer for the Patcraft brand, later became the Creative
Director for the Philadelphia Commercial brand and most recently, was appointed Creative
Director for the entire residential and Philadelphia Commercial businesses, where she is
directly responsible for all color and design direction. Houston is a graduate of the
University of Georgia where she earned a degree in clothing and textiles with a
concentration in fabric design.
Katie Bower is half of the DIY duo behind the blog Bower Power. As a newlywed, she started
her blog to share their first home renovations with family and friends and got hooked.
Nine years, one move and four kids later, she and her husband Jeremy still share
their DIY projects, photography tips and all the random crazy wonderful things
that happen in their adventures. They truly believe that life is about creating
beauty, showing love and teaching their little ones to laugh and learn. When the
Bowers aren’t playing with power tools or changing diapers, you can find them
binging on Netflix and junk food and watching their kids play baseball.
Lucy Akins is an artist/photographer/blogger/speaker living in Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been
published in several magazines, including: Cottages and Bungalows, American Farmlife Style, National
Geographic Kids, Artful Blogger, Somerset Life, and gracing the cover of Somerset Home twice.
Lucy enjoys sharing her passion for art, decorating, and creating as she believes there is an artist in all of
us. When not creating, Lucy can be found enjoying time with her husband, their three children, and their
energetic Aussie pup, Brody.
Kevin Palmer is a digital marketer who specializes in social media consulting and teaching
clients how to utilize Facebook ads to raise awareness, drive demand and boost sales. He lives
in Alabama with his wife, Layla, and their son, Steevenson.
Layla Palmer is a lifestyle and home blogger whose passion is sharing design inspiration with her readers at TheLetteredCottage.net. She loves creating inspired spaces without breaking the bank, and her “presto change-o” photo consultations help clients and readers feel confident about how to proceed *before* they spend any time or money making changes. She was born and raised in Minnesota, but now lives in rural Alabama with her husband, Kevin, and their newly-adopted five-year-old son, Steevenson. Her home and work has been featured in HGTV Magazine, Cottages and Bungalows, Country Cottage Magazine, The Cottage Journal, Flea Market Style, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, The Nest, and This Old House Magazine. She also produces articles for HGTV.com.
As the daughter of a carpenter and an English teacher, Jenn has been practicing her passion for woodworking and writing all her life. Before launching her DIY woodworking blog, Build Basic, in 2014, Jenn spent over a decade honing her skill for creating content as an editor, producer, and host atThis Old House magazine in NYC, and later as head of video content development at the instructional website, About.com. With her knowledge of woodworking, magazine writing, and production in her back pocket, Jenn left NYC for a fixer-upper with a workshop, and launched Build Basic. In her weekly step-by-step tutorials, Jenn aims to prove you don’t need million-dollar tools and advanced training to create beautiful furniture and home décor—you just have to know the basics!
Jen Woodhouse is the author of popular DIY and design blog, The House of Wood. A self-taught carpenter with a fearless DIY spirit and a penchant for problem-solving, Jen’s work has been featured on HGTV.com, in Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Elle Decor, and more. Jen is a Brand Ambassador for The Home Depot, Simpson Strong-Tie, RYOBI Tools, and Bernzomatic. She is an Army wife and mother of two and calls Nashville, Tennessee home, but is currently stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. The House of Wood is a place where Jen documents her adventures in designing and building furniture and tackling home renovation projects. She provides in-depth building plans and step-by-step tutorials that inspire, encourage and empower her readers to build their way to a more beautiful home.
Armed with her Canon camera and a sarcastic wit, Birmingham-based blogger Beth Bryan chronicles her love of decorating, parenting and baked goods on her blog Unskinny Boppy. Her design ideas have been featured on websites including Country Living, Apartment Therapy, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping and the DIY Network. She has also been a contributor for several national magazines. Beth is excited to be back again for another round of teaching the Haven Mavens how to save time and sanity using Adobe Lightroom to quickly and efficiently edit their Pinterest-worthy photos. Beth created The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Lightroom, an e-course designed to teach easy photo editing for bloggers of any skill level
Ben Uyeda is a designer, lecturer, and entrepreneur focusing on the field of affordable and sustainable design. Ben is the co-founder and design director of FreeGreen.com, as well as a visiting Lecturer at Northeastern University.
Rachel Kate is an enthusiastic, hands-on interior and product designer and president of theRachel Kate Design, Inc. She is a graduate of New York’s renowned Parsons School of Design, where she received a degree in fashion studies. Rachel is also an avid seamstress, painter, and illustrator who has long balanced her interior-design work with other creative endeavors. Her love and appreciation of many different design styles has motivated her to live and work all over the United States from NY to South Florida to Montana.
Rachel’s talent and experience landed her a spot as a finalist on HGTV’s Design Starcompetition series in 2012, where she won the first three design challenges, including the popular “White Room Challenge” and “The Kardashian Office Design Challenge.” She has also appeared on DIY Network’s Rehad Addict series and other television networks to demonstrate creative DIY ideas for the home.
Charlotte Smith shares her chaotic and color-loving adventures in DIY and design on her blog, At Charlotte’s House. Charlotte writes about fixing up her 1850’s historic home, her five small children, and bringing flea market and vintage décor into a modern home. Her design style is fun, personal, and… sturdy! Charlotte has appeared in print and online in Better Homes and Gardens, Fairfield Magazine, Houzz, Good Housekeeping and more. Each month you can catch her on News 8’s CT Style and on WWLPs Mass Appeal. Other on-camera appearances include Rachael Ray, Flea Market Flip and the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family show.
Kristy and her husband Corey are the faces behind the Robb Restyle blog. Robb Restyle focuses on home decor, design, and DIYs inspired by vintage charm. It’s also the tale of two modern makers and wanderlusts searching for vintage American finds. Their story includes many adventures in scouting for authentically worn goods and architectural salvage that
can be repurposed and up-cycled – like rusty metal, aged wood, and chippy paint. Kristy and Corey are also pickers, designers, and furniture painters – influenced by the character of older homes. But most of all, they just really love to make things! They have an eclectic style that often combines modern frills with a vintage vibe. Together they are weekend warriors and DIY enthusiasts, restyling our century-old Indiana home on a beer budget.
Hello! I’m Sarah Hollingshead, the girl behind Our Vintage Farmhouse! I’m a designer & artist in
East Tennessee who loves the sweet South. Painting, decorating & inspiring others are my
passions. My work has been featured on Crate & Barrel, Schoolhouse Electric, Pottery Barn,
Country Living Magazine, Anthropologie, Cosmopolitan, Pottery Barn Kids, Land of Nod,
Realtor.com, White Shanty Design and the Endless Yardsale on GAC Network to name a few. I am
truly blessed to have worked with so many amazing companies and people.
I look forward to meeting you and can’t wait to chat about how I learned to grow a large following all on
Jamison is the author of the DIY website, RogueEngineer.com. By trade, Jamison was
an aerospace engineer, specializing in mechanical design but has since moved on from
designing planes to designing and building furniture. Using his expertise with CAD
( computer-aided design) he publishes amazingly easy DIY furniture plans. His furniture
plans are designed for the beginner to advanced level DIY’er so no woodworking
experience required. Jamison’s plans have been featured on The Huffington Post, Good
Housekeeping, Make Magazine, and many others.
Sometimes, it’s the hardest decisions, the biggest sacrifices, and the most unknowns… that make the very best of stories.
That’s exactly what Jamin and Ashley decided when they packed away that last box to make ‘the big move’ with their family. Straight into the heart of Franklin, the most charming of little towns just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. And right into a fixer-upper of their very own. It’s here that they settled in so they could dive head first into the expansion of their home construction, rehab and design business.
For a chance to literally chase after their dreams.
College sweethearts and parents to three, when Jamin combined his love for rehab and construction with Ashley’s passion for design, the two knew it was what they were meant to do. The pair are no strangers to getting their hands dirty and putting their heads together to come up with the very best solutions. They welcome a good challenge… that’s what makes the very best spaces, after all.
It’s here that they continue to grow what they love.
Helping clients and other families achieve realistic, attainable homes is their number one passion. They’ve been there with their own home, and they know that the entire process can be a challenging one. So at the end of the day when they see a spark in their client’s eye, it’s ultimately why they do what they do.
Their mantra is to stop pining away for the perfect home and make the house you live in now the one that you love. Their little corner of the internet has grown, and here is where they love sharing their ideas, rehab projects and inspiration with wonderful readers on their website every day.
The Handmade Home is a full-service rehab, construction, and design firm. They’ve also launched their own product line, found exclusively at The Handmade Home Studio. Here, you’ll find one of a kind finds for the home, created or curated exclusively by Ashley and Jamin.
The authors of four books, they’ve worked with top brands such as Frigidaire, Mars Pet Care, Sherwin Williams, Wayfair, Joss and Main, La-Z-Boy, New Orleans Tourism board, Ryobi, Ridgid, The Home Depot, Waverly, Martha Stewart, Pier One, AOL, Hoover, Thompsons Waterseal, Cabot, Nabisco, Chinet, Mr. Clean, Service Experts, Verizon, Dutchboy, Polycor, Angie’s List, Tervis and many others.
Their work has captured the attention of media outlets like Better Home and Gardens, House Beautiful, Cottages and Bungalows, Country Living, Redbook, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Nate Berkus Show, Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, Good Housekeeping, and the Today Show.