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.
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. Lesley lives in Memphis, Tn with her husband and two sons.
As a pioneer in the home blogging community, Rhoda is a thrifting diva who frequented second-hand shops long before it was cool. Growing up in metro Atlanta, GA, she loves sharing creativity around home projects with others and does so daily on her blog, Southern Hospitality. Considered a veteran in her niche, Rhoda began blogging in early 2007 and has successfully turned her hobby into a full-time business. Rhoda’s passion is encouraging homemakers and instilling creativity and confidence that anyone can achieve a beautiful home on a small budget. After attending several blog conferences and seeing the need along with her peers for a distinct home focused blog conference, Rhoda pulled together a talented team of bloggers and events planner and thus began the Haven conference experience in 2012. She’s been featured twice in Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Makeovers, as well as Atlanta magazine. She also completely renovated her 1979 fixer-upper house with her dad in 2012.
Melissa Michaels is the creator of The Inspired Room, an award-winning home blog, and Pure & Lovely, a wellness and lifestyle brand. She’s the author of the New York Times bestseller Love the Home You Have, Make Room for What You Love, The Inspired Room coffee table book, Simple Decorating, and The Inspired Room Coloring Book. Melissa lives in Seattle with her husband and family. Their adorable clan of doodles entertain fans regularly on their own social media pages.
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.
Kim Six is the caffeinated woman behind The Kim Six Fix, a DIY, home improvement, craft, and recipe blog. Since 2009 she has been successfully blogging on Blogger and has somewhat unintentionally become a cheerleader and defender of Google’s favorite blogging platform. Her second site, Kim Six Blogger Support, features tips, tricks, and tutorials specifically geared towards those with Blogspot hosted blogs. When she isn’t avoiding a hosting bill or enjoying her sites’ unlimited bandwidth, she can be found in her always chaotic craft room or project-filled garage which hasn’t housed a car in more than four years. She currently lives (on a binge diet of iced coffee and HGTV) in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three crazy kids and a cat named Charlotte.
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.
Sarah Stewart is an insurance executive by day and blogger/DIYer/home decor enthusiast every other waking minute. She started her lifestyle blog, Life on Virginia Street, after she and her husband purchased their third home so she could document the process of the many design and decor projects they’ve tackled along the way. She loves to achieve high-end looks for less and has a serious obsession with fabric and the beach. When she isn’t blogging or working on a project at home in Omaha, Nebraska, she prefers to be scouring the internet for her next source of design inspiration or traveling the world with her husband of twelve years.
Rachel Paxton is a former high-school English teacher and musical choreographer… and a lifelong diy-er and designer. Now a mother of four, she combines her love of writing, renovating, and decorating as she documents the pursuit of peace in her home on her blog Maison de Pax. Armed with coffee, imagination, a paint brush, and a willingness to try and fail from time to time, Rachel has had the pleasure of completing a full renovation of a 75-year-old colonial home and is now working alongside her husband and children to bring a 1990’s home in the Texas hill country into the present.
One of Traci’s favorite things about being an elementary school teacher was decorating and rearranging the furniture in her classroom. So it was no surprise to the people who know her that she now has a DIY decorating blog, Beneath My Heart, where she shares projects that she is tackling in her own home. She is in her ninth year of blogging and is one of the founding members of the Haven Conference. Traci’s husband is her DIY partner in crime, and you will often find her 5 kiddos joining in the fun on her blog too! She loves spending time with her family, daily stops at Goodwill, and believes a large coke from McDonald’s is a spiritual thing.
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
KariAnne writes the decorating and lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farms from the back porch of her vintage farmhouse in the rolling hills of Kentucky. She jumped with her family from the busy Dallas metroplex to the middle of the country where she lives with her husband and four children. If you turn down winding country road to KariAnne’s farmhouse you might find her painting mismatched chairs, listening to the music of the crickets singing in the pasture, singing scripture or walking hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining-armor husband as the sun sets over the river. She loves sweet tea with lime, thunderstorms, good books, milk glass, yard sales and she is an imperfect DIYer saved by grace. 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 featured 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.
Chris is a high school English teacher who stays busy balancing her career and family. Throw in a passion for DIY, and it proves to be a crazy life at times! She buys herself cordless drills instead of shoes, and she reads articles on the best glue guns instead of lipstick. Providing her family with a comfortable and lovely home is her ultimate goal, but she doesn’t spend a lot of money doing it. Chris and her husband are a perfect example of “opposites attract”, yet they’ve been happily married for 20 years. They have two perfect children, and she’s very thankful that they support her crazy hobby.
Kate Riley is a self-proclaimed incurable DIYer with a passion for interior design and an eye for decorating with style on a budget. She writes about great design and smart home improvement on her blog Centsational Girl. Kate spends much of her time simultaneously wielding a paintbrush while sipping Syrah where she resides in the California Wine Country.
Layla Palmer is a lifestyle and home blogger whose passion is sharing inspiration with her readers at TheLetteredCottage.net. 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. They live in sweet home Alabama with their recently-adopted five-year-old son, Steevenson.
The Handmade Home
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.
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.
Anita Joyce spends most of her day encouraging listeners and readers to live their lives fully in a beautiful space. She was named one of County French magazine’s favorite stylemakers in 2016. Her home has been on the cover of Country French and Prairie Style magazines, and has been featured in over 20 print magazines in the US and in Europe. Her work has been featured by House Beautiful, Town and Country Living magazine, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Apartment Therapy, Houzz.com, Romantic Home, and French Country Style, and Flea Market Decor among others.
Her blog, Cedar Hill Farmhouse, was named one of the best Country French blogs by Domino Magazine. Her book French Accents, Farmhouse French Style for Today’s Home , released in September 2015, sold out in 8 days. She hosts the podcast Decorating Tips and Tricks with Yvonne Pratt and Kelly Wilkniss. The podcast garnered over 100,000 downloads in the first 36 days, and continues to be in the top 10% of all.
She’s also an interior design columnist for the Round Top Register. Anita lives in Texas with her husband, two daughters and their collie Molly. They divide their time between their home in the Houston Heights and the family farm in Round Top, Texas for which the blog was named.
Danielle Driscoll is the creator of Finding Silver Pennies. Her blog focuses on finding inner creativity, DIY, affordable decorating and painting furniture. She also enjoys designing furniture with her husband and believes your home should tell your story.
Danielle has written an eBook, On The Tip of My Paint Brush: Painted Furniture Techniques about all she’s learned painting furniture over the last 6 years. Her projects and home have been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Matthew Mead’s Upcyled Style, domino, South Shore Living, House Beautiful and Country Living. Danielle lives in the quaint, seaside town of Scituate with her husband, two sons, John and Conor, and their two rescue dogs, Poppy and Max. When not working on DIY projects you can find her yard sale-ing, painting or spending LOADS of quality time at the beach.
Jennifer Rizzo is the artist/designer, and owner of Jennifer Rizzo Design Company llc. A blogger since 2007, she currently is a Michaels Maker forMichaels craft stores, a DecoArt core blogger, a Cricut core blogger, and she works closely with brands to create new content and campaigns. As an artist/designer, she licenses her designs on products sold at Wayfair,Overstock,Staples, Sears and Amazon. She also has a Christmas stencil line through Royal Design Studio stencils, and a line of holiday wall decals through Wallternatives. She has been featured in, and has produced projects for over 20+ publications such as Country Living magazine, Romantic Homes, Oprah.com, This Old house, and WGN channel 9 midday news segments. Jennifer teaches creative classes, on-line art and creative video e-courses, public speaking engagements, and mentors in her Branding beyond bloggingconsultations. Her first book Creatively Christmas was released in October 2014 , and she is currently working in her second book. Writing the popular lifestyle blog Jenniferrizzo.com for almost 10 years where she shares DIY, gardening,home decorating,and creative,inspired living has been an amazing,unexpected journey. She lives in the Chicago ‘burbs with her 3 kiddos, where she likes to bring up new and interesting home project ideas, and her husband likes to roll his eyes a lot.