2015 Haven Speakers


Jon Acuff : Keynote Speaker

Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books including his most recent, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck.

For 16 years he’s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches. Featured regularly on national media, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.

In addition, Jon is also a big proponent of social media with blogs that have been read by 4 million people and more than 230,000 twitter followers. In 2010 he used his influence with his tribe to build two kindergartens in Vietnam. Jon lives with his wife Jenny and two daughters in Franklin, TN.

Karianne Woods

Thistlewood Farms KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. 

Thistlewood Farm 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. Thistlewood Farms has been featured in a variety of publications including, Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas, Country Woman, Redbook, CountryLiving.com, Flea Market Style, She Knows, GoodHousekeeping.com, and many more.  

KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

Jamison Rantz

Rogue Engineer

Jamison is the author of the new hit DIY blog Rogue Engineer. By trade, Jamison is an aerospace engineer, specializing in mechanical design but when he’s not designing planes you can find him in the garage designing and building furniture. 

Using his expertise with CAD (computer-aided design) he publishes amazingly easy DIY furniture plans on a weekly basis.  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. He’s also had the privilege of working with brands like Ryobi, Rustoleum, Kreg Tool Company, among others.

Jen Woodhouse

The House of Wood

Jen Woodhouse is the author of popular DIY and design blog, The House of Wood. By trade, Jen is a performing songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee.

She has released three albums, toured the world, and licensed her music to national television shows and commercials, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, MTV’s The Real World and Road Rules, Starbucks, United Way, and more. 

Most recently, Jen has added ‘DIY Blogger’ to her eclectic resume. A military wife and mother of two, Jen documents her adventures in woodworking, furniture-building, and home decor, offering in-depth tutorials and design plans on her blog. Jen’s work has been featured on Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Good Housekeeping, Country Living, and Apartment Therapy. 

Jen is a TV spokesperson for Hometalk, the largest home and garden community on the web and has worked with brands such as The Home Depot, RYOBI Tools, Minwax, Kreg, and General Electric.

Kirsten Thompson

Sweet Tea and Saving Grace

Kirsten Thompson is the Southern drawl behind the blog Sweet Tea & Saving Grace, the rebirth of a blog that began five years ago as an outlet for Kirsten’s creativity.  After a six-month hiatus & major rebrand in May 2014, Kirsten came back with a fresh outlook on both life and blogging.  

She shares posts about living a simpler life with her husband and daughter in Georgia, as well as tips for creating your own style with DIY projects & home decor, and a fresh perspective on blogging from someone who has learned from her own mistakes. 

Stop by for a visit and she’ll pour you a big mason jar full of sweet iced tea!

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.

Lesley Clavijo

Chaotically Creative

Lesley Clavijo is the co-author of the mother/daughter Lifestyle blog Chaotically Creative based in Knoxville and Nashville, Tn. Both Mother and Daughter are on a search to find the key to calm in the midst of daily chaos. 

Lesley started blogging to share her renovation of her home when she found a passion for web design and all things “techy”. As a self-taught web designer Lesley strives to create beautiful designs with optimal functionality. She’s worked with top bloggers in the country in order to bring beauty and function to the web. 

Seeing a void in the market for fluid web design, social media, product development and coaching; Lesley joined with three other talented women to form the network Launch Girls. 

Lesley’s DIY product, Fix A Bra has been feauted on The Today Show with Kathe Lee and Hoda. Lesley is a regular guest on Talk of the Town Nashville News Channel 5,  and has been frequently feature in The Tennessean.

Jenna LaFevor

Rain On A Tin Roof

Jenna LaFevor is a dreamer and a shaker. She has two degrees in education, which now collect dust and she couldn’t be happier about that. 

She’s the voice behind the popular home décor and DIY blog, Rain on a Tin Roof. In two years time, she took her blog from nothing to a full time income.

Her work has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook and This Old House. 

She’s a lover of Conway Twitty, 80’s rock, and cheap beer. If she isn’t painting something, you can find her screaming her motto, Be a Freak, from the rooftops.

Gail Wilson

My Repurposed LIfe

Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right. No one believes this as wholeheartedly as Gail Wilson, a former teacher and Kentucky native, obsessed with finding potential in the most unexpected places.

As a young mother, Gail was always handy, cutting out bean-bag tosses and puppet playhouses, long before DIY became a household word. And as it does, life moved quickly—she got busy as a pre-school teacher and mother, and the tools took a back seat. 

But in 2009, after losing her job, Gail realized it was time to get back to what she loved again. She began repurposing salvaged material, but at the same time, those projects were bringing new purpose to her life. 

A teacher at heart, Gail relishes in 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.

Jaime Costiglio

That’s My Letter

Jaime is a DIY project enthusiast who writes the blog, That’s My Letter, which focuses on building, painting and sewing. Each post is titled with a letter from the alphabet.

She builds, paints and sews just about anything in true DIY fashion. Jaime’s focus with each project is to work smart, efficient and economical by making the best use of space with a custom build or designing a craft using unconventional supplies.  She loves making a great knock off or doing a simple makeover with paint. Jaime posts her projects in a tutorial format in order to share her experience with readers.

Jaime’s home is also one big project – it is a 1740 saltbox farmhouse and is truly a treasure and a diyers dream! The great thing about 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 and sharing all of her work on That’s My Letter.

Camila Pavone

Effortless Style

Camila has been decorating spaces for as long as she can remember. She made her first major decorating decision at 12 years old when she had a custom bedroom set designed in two toned purple Formica. What? It was the 90’s. While the Formica is now a distant memory her love for design remains the same.

Camila believes that your home should be a reflection of your personal style. It shouldn’t look like it was copied from the page of your favorite catalog, but an effortless reflection of you. Her personal design style is traditional with a modern twist filled with vibrant colors, and playful patterns.

Along with her interior design work she also blogs daily at Effortless Style about her design musings, client work and life with her hubby of 9 years and their two little boys. 

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