2016 Haven Maven Mentors

Marian Parsons

Miss Mustard Seed

Marian is also the author of Miss Mustard Seed, a DIY/Home Decor Blog, a freelance writer for HGTV.com, a stylist and photographer for Cottages & Bungalows, an antiques dealer, the author of the book Inspired You (published by Thomas Nelson, November 2012)and creator of the Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line (sold in over 300 stores world wide).

Her home, blog and paint line have been featured in Country Living, Flea Market Style, Women’s Day, Better Homes & Gardens, American Farmhouse Style, Fresh Style, Make It Over, Romantic Homes, Romantic Country, NBC and Fox News.

She currently lives near Gettysburg, PA with her family and a parade of painted furniture.

Liz Marie Galvin

Liz Marie Blog

Liz Marie, owner and author of Liz Marie Blog, lives in Grand Rapids Michigan and has been blogging professionally for 3 years. When she was a young girl, she wasn’t watching cartoons, instead she was watching design shows like Christopher Lowell & Trading Spaces instead. It is no surprise that Liz Marie found herself blogging about home décor and DIY. She went to college for Interior design & uses her knowledge & passion for home décor in her daily blog posts. She recently opened a store, The Found Cottage, in January of this year, and is having so much fun being a store owner. Liz Marie has attended the last 2 Haven Conferences, and presented an Instagram class at the last conference. Liz is married to her best friend, Jose, & fellow lover of all things DIY. He is the backbone of her blog & the muscle behind the projects. Liz & Jose have six angel babies that she shares the story of on her blog in their fertility journey. She loves attending Haven so she can meet her fellow bloggers in person, learn about the ever evolving world of blogging, and to share knowledge that she has learned overtime with others.

Lucy Atkins

Craftberry Bush

Lucy Akins is an artist/photographer/blogger/speaker living in Toronto, Ontario. Created 5 years ago as a means of video archiving arts and craft activities with her children, her blog Craftberry Bush has since blossomed into a business, having gained domestic and international recognition. Her work has been published in several magazines, including: Cottages and Bungalows, American Farmlife Style, National Geographic Kids, Artful Blogger, Somerset Life, gracing the cover of Somerset Home twice. She is also an author for eHow.com and is a proud member of the Michael's Makers team. Lucy enjoys sharing her passion for watercolor, 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.

Jeremy & Katie Bower

Bower Power

Her name is Katie Bower. His name is Jeremy Bower. And this is their very short and legit bio. They met on a blind date, spent their nine month engagement renovating their first home and now spend their free time completely smitten with all things DIY. Katie is the Jedi-Knight behind Bower Power and he is the business brain. Between power tools and pull-ups, they manage to spend every waking minute loving to create, improving homes, and teaching their four little boys (all ages five and under!) how to laugh, love and learn DIY!

Stacy Risemay

Not Just a Housewife

Stacy started her blog, Not Just a Housewife, to document the transformation of her family's 1938 cottage style home. She shares do-it-yourself projects, decorating ideas, gardening, organizational tips, and recipes. Stacy feels like her style is best described as "modern rustic cottage." She has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens as well as other magazines, and is a regular on local lifestyle TV shows. Stacy also enjoys speaking at Home & Garden shows and blog conferences. Her most recent accomplishment is her book called Natural Accents which is full of inspiring ideas of how to decorate your home with nature.

Jen Woodhouse

The House of Wood

Jen Woodhouse is the author of popular DIY and design blog The House of Wood. An Army wife and mother of two, Jen documents her adventures in woodworking, furniture-building, and design, offering in-depth tutorials as well as free building plans on her blog. Jen has been featured on Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, Better Homes & Gardens DIY Magazine, Cottages and Bungalows, and Apartment Therapy.

Brittany Bailey

Pretty Handy Girl

Licensed General Contractor / DIY Instructor / Writer / Photographer / Empowerment Speaker

“If a human being can do it, then there is a 95% chance you can do it too,” is Brittany’s mantra. She relays this self-empowering message via her popular blog, Pretty Handy Girl, instructional videos, and public appearances. Pretty Handy Girl features tutorials about home improvement, home repair, decor, and crafts replete with step-by-step instructions and photos.

Brittany's home has been featured in many national publications including Better Homes & Gardens, Cottage Style, This Old House, Do It Yourself Magazine and Family Handyman.

Kim Wilson

Sand and Sisal

Kim Wilson, owner and editor of Sand & Sisal, is the southern girl by the sea, creating beauty on a budget with step-by-step tutorials in DIY, coastal decor, crafts, recipes and gardening. She is dedicated to demonstrating simple yet stylish ways to enhance your home and also motivate, empower, and build the confidence of the homeowner with projects that they are able to replicate. As a professional blogger since 2010, Kim has partnered with hundreds of brands and is a respected brand influencer and brand ambassador. Her work has been featured and published in multiple publications and her designs have been produced by popular national retailers. Kim has a background in fine arts and design, has been married for 23 years and has 4 children.

Traci Hutcherson

Beneath My Heart

One of Traci’s favorite things about being an elementary school teacher was decorating and rearranging the furniture in her classroom. So it is no surprise to the people who know her that she started a DIY decorating blog, Beneath My Heart, seven years ago. Being a stay at home mom and learning to raise her 4 boys on just her husband’s income has caused Traci to think outside the box. She loves finding treasures at thrift stores and giving them new life. Her blog is full of DIY home projects that cost very little money, and her motto is, “Why buy it, when you can make it?!” Traci’s husband is her DIY partner in crime, and you will often find her 4 boys joining in the fun on her blog too! She loves running, daily stops at Goodwill, and believes a large coke from McDonald’s is a spiritual thing. Traci’s favorite part of blogging the past 7 years has been all of the friendships she has made with other bloggers, and being one of the founding members of the Haven Conference.

Rhoda Vickers

Southern Hospitality

As a pioneer in the home blogging community, Rhoda is a thrifting diva who frequented second hand shops long before it was cool. She loves sharing creativity around home projects, along with fashion, travel, and recipes 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. She's been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Makeovers twice, as well as Atlanta magazine and the Atlanta Journal newspaper.

Diane Henkler

In My Own Style

Diane Henkler loves all things creative, colorful, and DIY. She mastered her DIY decorating skills when she worked as a retail display designer where she learned how to be resourceful using only the items available in a prop room and a few tools to decorate the store in hours. She used those skills and display tricks to decorate her own home in the style she always wanted ­ her own. This then led her to write a book about it entitled, Instant Decorating that was published by Meredith Corp in 1994. The book is no longer in print, but her blog, In My Own Style.com is where she continues to share creative DIY, ideas and what works for her.

After living in the Philadelphia, PA area most of her life, Diane and her husband Ed took a leap of faith and moved at the end of 2015 to live their dream. They bought a waterfront fixer upper on Lake Murray in South Carolina. With a bit of ingenuity and resourcefulness, Diane is looking forward to adding her style to turn the house into everything she ever imagined.

Gail Wilson

My Repurposed Life

A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for Homeright, Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.

Jen O’Brien

City Farmhouse

Jen is the vision and voice behind the decorating blog City Farmhouse, where she writes out of her coastal Long Island home. When she isn’t busy decorating or working on a project, she is enjoying time playing outdoors with her family. Jen & her family bought a renovated beach cottage in 2011 and instantly felt the pressure to make it pretty. With little time and an even smaller budget she took a step back & decided to create her own design path, choosing to take it one project at a time. By changing her outlook and opting to enjoy the journey she quickly found the purpose for her blog, which she launched in spring of 2012. Her love of whites, neutrals, anything worn and full of texture is evident through her modern farmhouse style. She is a beach girl, lover of anything DIY and firm believer that gratitude goes a long way. Jen has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows and BHG Christmas Ideas magazine. She currently writes for Better Homes & Gardens as a Style Spotter and was awarded the Top 10 Decorating Blogs of 2015 by BHG. Her projects and home can also be found at HGTV.com, Apartment Therapy, Country Living and BHG.

Chris Carey

Just A Girl

Chris is a high school English teacher who stays busy balancing her career(s) and family. Throw in a passion for DIY, and it proves to be a crazy life at times! She has been blogging at Just a Girl for 8 years. In that time, she has gained numerous life-long friends and developed many working relationships with brands. 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 second career.


Thrifty Decor Chick

Sarah has been blogging about money-saving décor and DIY projects at Thrifty Décor Chick for nearly eight years. She believes anyone can have a beautiful home without spending a lot of money. Sarah has been featured on local and national television, numerous newspapers and magazines as well as hundreds of web sites. She is a born and bred Hoosier and lives in central Indiana with her husband, son and numerous animals.

Beth Bryan

Unskinny Boppy

Armed with her Canon camera and a sarcastic wit, Birmingham-based DIY blogger Beth Bryan chronicles her love of decorating, upcycling, parenting and baked goods on her blog Unskinny Boppy. Her design ideas have been featured on websites including Buzzfeed, Huffpo, Apartment Therapy, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping and the DIY Network. She has also been a contributor for several national magazines and a member of the True Value DIY Blog Squad. Beth is excited to be back again for another round of teaching the Haven Mavens how to save their time and sanity by using Adobe Lightroom to quickly and efficiently edit their Pinterest-worthy photos.

Beth Hunter

Home Stories A to Z

Beth Hunter is a hunter of beautiful homes, Craigslist deals, and life improvement tips. She blogs at Home Stories A to Z where she encourages women to find authentic beauty within the home. She believes that you can never have too many toss pillows or throws. She likes do-it-yourself decorating, affordable elegance, urban-cottage comfort, moulding & millwork, cocktails on the porch, styling vignettes, and chocolate desserts. Beth's works has been featured in major publications such as Better Homes & Gardens, This Old House, Woman's World, All You, BHG online, Lowe's Creative Ideas Online Magazine, and several other popular sites such as Apartment Therapy and HGTV.

Brooke Ulrich

All Things Thrifty

All Things Thrifty was drummed up in 2009 by Brooke Ulrich, a former college professor who lives in Southern Utah with her four wild kids and husband Dan. All Things Thrifty is a hub of colorful goodness where you will tutorials and recipes in these four categories: All Things DIY All Things Girlie All Things Delicious and All Things Us {where Brooke shares personal stories about her family here and there}. Grab a Diet Coke, add some coconut syrup to make it extra yummy, and stay awhile. Click around to check out our past posts.



Hi Friends! I’m Yvonne at StoneGable, a blog about all things home! StoneGable is a place to come to be inspired and empowered. It’s a place to learn and interact with others. Come and be a part of an every growing community of people who love home decor, diy’s , cooking, gardening and more! Let’s get creative and have fun! Let’s learn to love and take care of the homes we have! I am more than thrilled to be a Haven Maven Mentor this year. I look forward to the adventure ahead! I can’t wait to meet you! Hugs from StoneGable, Yvonne

Bre Doucette

Rooms For Rent

Bre Doucette is the author and creative voice behind the blog Rooms FOR Rent where her passion for interior design and her simple approach to decor is evident. Bre’s style is famous for it’s farmhouse feel which is carried throughout the home she shares with her childhood sweetheart and their two small children. Bre believes that it doesn’t matter where you live, if you own or rent, if you are just starting off, buried in diapers and squeaky toys, or empty nesters, everyone can “Love the space they Live in”. Along with writing her blog, being a wife and a mom, Bre started and runs her own Interior design business, Doucette Design, where she helps her clients achieve a space they love. Growing up in New England has shaped Bre’s love for historic architecture, country settings, and coastal homes, all things that inspire her when she’s creating spaces that are relaxed, comfortable and yet still have a classic appeal. When she’s not working with clients or blogging, you can catch her sharing her passion on Instagram, where she loves to connect with others and inspire people to create beauty where they are. To connect with Bre, you can find her on Instagram @roomsforrent

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