Rhoda- 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. 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.
Kristin- Stockdale Design
Kristin has been creating inspiring events and interiors for over 10 years. She enjoys creating and implementing every aspect of her events. She is client centered, taking time to clearly understand the needs of her clients and their guests. Kristin’s commitment to quality comes through the positive experiences had by her clients. She works closely with the Haven team in the creation, organization, design, and branding of the Haven experience, delivering a unique vision for DIY Bloggers. She is excited to be a part of this enlightening, educational, and bonding conference. Travel, Entertaining, Reading, and Family, occupy Kristin during her off time.
Chris- Just A Girl
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.
Traci-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 now has a DIY decorating blog, Beneath My Heart. Being a stay at home mom for the past 12 years 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.