Speakers

Chip Wade ↓


Keynote

Atlanta native Chip Wade comes from a line of experienced carpenters and woodcraftsmen. His interests in home renovation and carpentry began from an early age working closely with his father. This interest developed into a passion as he became proficient in both the design and execution of large-scale remodels.

Wade graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering and became certified in residential construction while working as a structural engineer in a home building firm. In the fall of 2007, he joined HGTV’s Designed to Sell team as the carpenter on the Atlanta team. His expertise and craftsmanship help the show exceed all expectations of what can be accomplished in a three-day makeover. In his spare time, Wade plays guitar and manages Wade Built, LLC. Visit his site.

Ashley & Jamin Mills ↓


The Handmade Home

You can find Jamin and Ashley Mills most days over at www.thehandmadehome.net as the voices and inspiration behind the Handmade Home, where they share their life, DIY spirit, inspiration and humor. The two met as college sweethearts at Auburn University where they began their love affair in tinkering with projects that turned them into full fledged “Do it yourselvers”. Their favorite projects are their three little ones as well as their lovable mutt who found her way into their logo. The two not only co-create a space on the web for beauty, laughter and love, but have also co-authored 4 books in the Handmade Home Book series. They currently reside in the tropics of Alabama where they have perfected the art of sipping sweet tea while operating power tools.

Allison Griffith ↓


Refunk My Junk

Allison Griffith, the face behind the blog refunkmyjunk.com, is a former Vice President at a Commercial Bank bank turned corporate drop-out and professional blogger. In addition to blogging Allison runs her online and retail business, curating refunked and repurposed furniture and home decor as well as teaching DIY workshops in her hometown of Oklahoma City. Allison is excited to bring her 14 years of business experience to the Haven Mavens by teaching the Business of Blogging.

Andy Marzka ↓


AdThrive

Andy Marzka is founder and CEO of AdThrive, a business that manages ads for bloggers and increases their ad income. Formerly a math teacher, Andy started doing ad optimization for his wife, who is a DIY blogger at View Along the Way, and now works with the top food, DIY, craft and deal bloggers. Andy lives in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife Kelly and two children.

Beth Bryan ↓


Unskinny Boppy

Armed with her Canon camera and a sarcastic wit, Birmingham-based DIY blogger Beth Bryan chronicles her love of upcycling, photography and baked goods on her blog Unskinny Boppy. Her design ideas have been featured on websites including Apartment Therapy, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping and the DIY Network. She is also a regular contributor for several national magazines and the True Value DIY Blog Squad. After conquering her fear of public speaking on the Main Stage of the Country Living Fair in October of 2013, Beth is ready to show the Haven Mavens how to save their time and sanity by using Adobe Lightroom to quickly and efficiently edit their photos.

Beth & Nick SyWassink ↓


Sawdust and Embryos

Nick and Beth are just a couple crazy kids living the dream on their Iowa acreage. Between Beth’s creativity and Nick’s mad skills, they make an unstoppable team in the DIY world, as well as their 114-year-old homestead. When they found themselves in the trenches of infertility, they started the most important DIY project of their life… and have beautiful twin girls to show for it! ‘…because some things need to be done MANUALLY!

Brittany Bailey ↓


Pretty Handy Girl

“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, PrettyHandyGirl.com, 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.
In many of her detailed tutorials, Brittany has organically included brand awareness, turning sponsored posts into part of her blog’s natural content. These are more than sales pitches, they build trusted relationships with both brands and readers alike.
This year, at Haven. she can’t wait to share some of her best kept secrets for creating amazing sponsored posts and how to work with the brands that you want to work with!

Brooke Ulrich ↓


All Things Thrifty

I’m Brooke from All Things Thrifty and I am obsessed with decorating. I do things the “thrifty” way. I’m a Mom of four kiddos so naturally I share things that make our lives less chaotic. I share anything from spray painting tips to a quick and easy recipe that my kids will actually eat. I was honored to be a contestant on Craft Wars and my blog has been featured all over the web including HGTV, Apartment Therapy, Houzz and Style At Home. Come on over to All Things Thrifty, grab a Diet Coke add some coconut syrup {don’t knock it til you try it} and stay awhile.

Carmen Johnston ↓


Southern Living® Plant Collection

As Garden Lifestyle Expert for the Southern Living® Plant Collection, Carmen contributes ideas on how to incorporate the love of gardening into day-to-day life. Founder of the garden event company, Nectar and Company, Carmen drew from her family’s multi-generation passion for gardening and began designing for large scale events as well as commercial and residential properties. She excels at creating attention-grabbing floral arrangements and environments for clients, but her true passion is inspiring others to share in her joy for gardening and decorating with the living world around us.

Christina Wedge ↓


Christina Wedge

Following her career in the medical field as an RN, Christina Wedge achieved her Bachelors of Fine Art at the Art Institute of Atlanta and is now an Atlanta based interior and lifestyle photographer.
She has created her own colorful and industrial chic style for editorial, corporate and advertising clients and strives to produce images the speak on their own. Her work is featured in Better homes and Gardens, HGTV, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Atlanta Magazine. When she is not taking pictures, she is either attempting to redesign her 1940’s cottage, location scouting on Google maps or watching cinematic documentaries at the Plaza. She will work wherever a train, plane or automobile will take her from the USA to Europe and beyond.

Courtney Fernan ↓


A Thoughtful Place

Courtney Fernan is the author of A Thoughtful Place blog and began an interior decorating firm, Casey Grace Design, with her sister two years ago. She believes that all spaces deserve to shine no matter how small the space or the budget. She loves to mix high and low in her designs and is a sucker for a great DIY project. She was able to put her skills to the test during the Christmas episode of HomeStretch for She Knows TV where she designed a family’s living room in just two days. Courtney resides in Orange County, California with her husband and two children. Kick boxing, date nights and traveling make her a happy mama.

Dan Morris ↓


Dan Morris

Dan R Morris, founder of Blogging Concentrated, a nationwide blogging workshop series for Advanced Level bloggers, has been working in the online space since 2004. His career began in the infomercial world helping convert traffic driven from TV and Radio spots into online customers. He has since worked with hundreds of bloggers on perfecting their online revenue strategy utilizing the tools of social media, SEO and web copy.

Danielle Oakley ↓


Danielle Oakey Interiors

Danielle Oakey is an Interior Designer, blogger, and mother to two. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design from BYU-Idaho. In 2010 she began blogging and shortly after launched Danielle Oakey Interiors. She recently re-located to Irvine California where she spends her days filling sippy cups and works late into the night working on e-designs and blogging. Her blog focuses on thrifty finds and affordable DIY projects to help transform your house into a home.

Dayka Robinson ↓


Dayka Robinson Designs

Dayka Robinson is a California native and Principal Designer at Dayka Robinson Designs, the Interior Design studio she founded in 2010. A graduate of Spelman College and former Design Assistant on the popular TBS show “Movie And A Makeover”, Dayka is the editor of the popular blog, DRD, and co-founder of Room Service Atlanta, a non-profit charity that organizes Atlanta designers to provide pro-bono design services to area homeless shelters. Recently, Dayka was honored on the 2014 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ “15 Under 40” list as a “tastemaker who is shaping the future of Atlanta’s arts and design culture”. Her work has been featured in Kelly Edwards’ The Design Cookbook, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Uptown, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Design Sponge, The Atlantan, Atlanta Magazine and more.

Diane Henkler ↓


In My Own Style

Diane Henkler mastered her DIY decorating skills when she worked as a retail display designer. She used those skills to decorate her own home which then led her to write a book about it titled, Instant Decorating. She continues to share her budget friendly decorating ideas on her blog, In My Own Style

Dusty Rogers ↓


All Things G&D

Dusty Rogers is the blogger, mother, maker, decorator and drinker of the wine at All Things G&D – a lifestyle blog where home décor, DIY and organization, healthy meals, kid-friendly snacks, party planning and entertaining all play happily together in the HTML sandbox. Dusty rules her universe from Madison, WI, and dedicates her days to balancing high maintenance tendencies with a desire to keep things simple

Erin Spain ↓


DIY On The Cheap

Erin Spain blogs at DIY on the Cheap, where you will find frugal decorating ideas, crafts, and DIY projects ranging from craft tutorials to furniture builds and everything in between. She founded the Atlanta Home & DIY Bloggers group which has grown to over 140 members since 2012. She also serves as leader of the DIY Committee for Dwell with Dignity’s Atlanta Chapter, and is passionate about using DIY to give back to the community.

Gina Luker ↓


The Shabby Creek Cottage

Gina Luker is the founder of The Shabby Creek Cottage blog & the author of How to Start a Home-Based Etsy business. She writes daily on her DIY blog, as well as for magazines and other publications. She has been featured by Etsy, Romantic Homes, Brides Magazine, and many others all over the world. She lives in rural Tennessee, with her husband and two girls, in their shabby little cottage by the creek.

Jaime Costiglio ↓


That’s My Letter

A DIY project enthusiast I write the blog That’s My Letter, where the emphasis is on building, painting and sewing and each post is titled with a letter from the alphabet.
My goal with each project post is to work smart, efficient and economical. I love a good challenge whether it be designing a build to fit the space, solving a logistical problem, constructing a craft using unconventional supplies, making a knock-off or just a simple makeover with paint. And I firmly believe you can do it too which is why write a majority of my posts as tutorials in an effort to share my experience with readers.

Jaime Dorobek ↓


C.R.A.F.T.

Jamie Dorobek is a DIY enthusiast, lover of fried okra, wife, new mama,and a social media junkie! She started C.R.A.F.T., a nifty little acronym for Creating Really Awesome Free Things, in February of 2010. Two years later, she quit her high school special education teaching position to pursue C.R.A.F.T. full time. Jamie has taught DIY classes at Home Depot, IKEA, and Michaels. and has worked with brands such as 3M, Martha Stewart Crafts, Scotch Tape, and Jo-Ann’s. When she is not crafting up something really awesome, Jamie spends her time traveling with the husband and baby boy, mountain biking, and enjoying the outdoors in Austin, TX!

Jeff Wilson ↓


Thompson’s Water Seal

With over 25 years of home building and remodeling experience, Jeff Wilson jokes that he studied classical piano in college, receiving a music degree, because “it looks good on a resume.” As a narrator, host, and actor, he has appeared in over a hundred episodes on HGTV (Restore America Series, Restore America Honors, International Housewares Show Specials) and the DIY Network (Blueprint for Homebuilding, Handmade Music, Build-a-Deck, Build-a-Fence, Flooring: Wall-to-Wall,Outdoor Zone). He is also the voice of the Best Practices series of broadband videos on HGTVPro.com, aimed at teaching the best practices in home- building, and he is the national spokesman for Thompson’s Water Seal. 
His personal interests are his obsessions: carpentry, literature, tap dancing, canning, horses, country French cuisine, backpacking, auto mechanics, gardening, physics, solar energy, European bread baking, thrift store shopping, and the poetry of Wendell Berry. One particular interest – energy efficiency – helped spur his first book, The Greened House Effect. The book follows the process of a deep energy retrofit to the Wilson family’s 70 year old home to reduce their energy bills by 85%, bringing their old, drafty home into the 21st century.
Jeff, his wife, and two daughters live in a perpetually half-renovated home in a small college town in Ohio

Jen Rizzo ↓


Jennifer Rizzo

Jennifer Rizzo is a Midwest artist/designer/blogger and owner of Jennifer Rizzo Design Company. Nestled in the Chicago ‘burbs with her hubby and three girls, she loves designing home décor and mixed media art, and teaches creative living classes. She has been featured in publications such as Country Living,This Old House and Romantic Homes. She blogs at Jenniferrizzo.com and has her first holiday book, Creatively Christmas: inspired yuletide decor, coming out October 2014

Jen Schmidt ↓


Balancing Beauty & Bedlam

As a mom of five, professional blogger and speaker, Jen Schmidt has learned to balance and embrace both the beauty and bedlam of every day life and invites you along for the journey at her lifestyle blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. A heart for connecting with her readers, Jen founded the popular Becoming conference in 2011, which sold out with 600 women in their first year.

With so many excellent blogs available to readers, Jen has learned to diversify her business through not just blog posts, but workshops, spokesperson opportunities, and media outlets, such as being named as one of All You Magazine’s Top Money Saving bloggers. You can find her on any given day dreaming about a clean house, creating recipes for 10 Minute Dinners, DIYing, thrift store hunting or looking for beauty in the midst of bedlam.

Jen Stagg ↓


With HEART

Jennifer Stagg is a two-time Emmy award winning journalist and blogger behind the popular DIY and design site withHEART.com. Jen believes your home should tell your story and is passionate about making a space functional without spending a fortune. She is a television and video veteran who after the birth of her daughter, decided to combine her love of design and expertise on camera to share tutorials and home stories in a way that draws you in and inspires you to create your own home “with heart.”

Her blog, withHEART, was recently awarded Best DIY Blog by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens. In addition to giving her now third home a complete remodel, she is also the owner of Jennifer Stagg Design, a full service design firm, where she works with clients to create beautiful spaces for all budgets. Jen lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, Jon, and little girl, Ruby.

Jen Woodhouse ↓


The House of Wood

A singer, songwriter, musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. You can find her music, photos, tour dates, and more on her official website, www.jenwoodhouse.com. But, in a nutshell, she writes songs and tours all over the world performing those songs for anyone who will listen. She’s released a few albums that are available on iTunes and her songs have somehow found their way into national television shows, commercials, and films, for which she am very thankful for.

When she’s not writing, recording, or touring, she’s enjoying everything life has to offer with her husband, Adam and lovely family. An Army wife, mommy to 2 beautiful babies, and obsessive DIYer. She runs The House of Wood, a blog about life and design. She can usually be found out in the garage building furniture, crafting, or decorating her ever-changing home (military life!).

Joe Saenz ↓


Modern Masters

Joe Saenz is the Senior Technical Support Specialist and Studio Manager for Modern Masters. Joe is a 3rd generation artist and painter with over 30 years of professional experience. He has a long history in many different areas of commercial and residential painting. These areas include faux and decorative painted finishes, textures and murals in hotels, casinos, amusement parks, private residences and major Hollywood film productions as well as fine art on canvas.

Joe is a NACE certified coatings inspector* and an expert with all Modern Masters products. During his 9 years with Modern Masters, he has conducted hundreds of professional training programs in the US and abroad including over a dozen advanced finish classes in Europe, Asia & the Middle East. In addition, he has been a featured guest instructor at numerous IDAL** events.
*NACE is the world’s most recognized coating inspector certification program
**IDAL is the International Decorative Artisans League

Katie & Jon Jasiewicz ↓


Sew Woodsy

Katie & Jon Jasiewicz are the authors of SewWoodsy.com: a husband and wife DIY team who documents their journey of home-ownership one tutorial at a time. Sew Woodsy is a place where they share their love for renovating and decorating on a budget. Each blog post includes detailed tutorials and photographs to help the average person become a DIY expert.

Katie & Jon started creating video content almost two years ago, and have worked with brands such as Homes.Com, ForRent.com, 3M DIY, Cost Plus World Market, Cricut, and Martha Stewart Crafts to name a few. They feel that video content creation is the BIG thing NOW! “Setting yourself apart and making yourself not only unique but marketable is the key to this ever growing blog world.” says Katie.

Kelly Rowe ↓


Live Laugh Rowe

Kelly Rowe is an East Coast Girl at heart, who currently lives in St. Louis with her husband and two fur-babies. Author of the creative lifestyle blog, Live Laugh Rowe, she sees her blog as a celebration of life, creativity and food. Kelly can be found in one of three spots around the home — the kitchen whipping up a recipe or two, her shabby chic work room crafting the day away or the garage tinkering with power tools, paint and stains! She has a passion for social media and engaging with her followers. Kelly was mentioned as the #1 Google+ user in St. Louis in 2013. With several magazine features and brand partnerships, she is grateful to be able to do what she loves and inspire others to do the same.

When she’s not creating and blogging, Kelly loves to travel with her husband, talk long walks with her two little dogs, catch up on her ever so full DVR and scour thrift stores/garage sales for future projects.

Kirsten Krason ↓


6th Street Design

Kirsten Krason is an Interior Designer and blogger based out of Utah. After graduating with her degree in Interior Design she started her own business and has enjoyed watching her business dreams come true. She spends most of her time chasing around her two kids, trying to make her house beautiful on a tight budget and dreaming of beautiful fabric schemes and room designs. She is happiest when she is surrounded by happy patterns and bright colors.

Kristen Jackson ↓


The Hunted Interior

more information coming soon.

Laura Putnam ↓


Finding Home

Laura Putnam is a Jersey Girl who married her maple syrup making husband from NH. After living all about the country, they have settled in the Hudson Valley of NY where they are raising their two daughters. After several years working as brand marketer, Laura decided to become a stay at home Mom. A desire to pursue creative outlets led to an interior design business beginning in 2004, which then led to writing a decorating, DIY and lifestyle blog, all by the name of Finding Home. Nothing makes her happier then scouring through estate sales, junk shops and auctions to find vintage treasure to pair with her traditional style – with a little modern twist. Her blog tells the story of the journey we are all on…to making our homes a true reflection of ourselves and our families.

Lori May ↓


Lori May Interiors

Lori May is an Interior Designer in the Atlanta metro area. Her creative blend of traditional design with a modern flair has been featured on Front and Main, Little Black Dress/Little Red Wagon, and HGTV’s Design Wars where she was selected as the show’s top designer. Her passion for design was honed as a young professional working as a buyer for several retailers including The Bombay Company. Lori has spent the majority of her career traveling the world developing home accessories and furniture, shaping her personal design skills and creating her own distinctive style. Lori continues her design work through her Atlanta based company Lori May Interiors, LLC.

Lucy Ancheta-akins ↓


Craftberry Bush

more information coming soon.

Mandi Gubler ↓


Vintage Revivals

Mandi Gubler is a DIY/Shelter Blogger known for her fearless approach to all things Do It Yourself. She is a self proclaimed thrift store junkie, craigslist stalker (not the killing kind) and garage sale maven. Mandi started her blog Vintage Revivals in July 2010 with zero DIY/Design experience. Mandi has been named the DIY Blogger of the Year by Better Homes and Gardens, Best Home Project/DIY Blog by Apartment Therapy and has been featured in HGTV Magazine, on The Nate Berkus Show, TLC’s Craft Wars, and numerous online and print publications. Mandi lives in St. George UT with her husband Court, 2 daughters, and the ever growing lifeform in her garage that her husband lovingly refers to as The Hoard.

Randi Dukes ↓


Dukes and Duchesses

Randi Dukes is a mom of five, a Canadian-turned-Texan, and the blogger and creator behind Dukes and Duchesses. She loves to tackle DIY and craft projects and has a penchant for power tools and spray paint. She also loves to repurpose dumpster finds and thrifted treasures and has even trained her neighbors to scout out treasures on trash day. Garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets are all magic words to Randi and the source of many fun projects on her site. If her husband didn’t halt a few of her ideas, the entire house might be made up of reclaimed and repurposed materials! Randi loves the engagement that comes through social media and is always looking for new ways to use social media platforms.

Sandra Powell ↓


Sawdust Girl

Sandra began her DIY journey over a decade ago. After supporting multiple corporate relocations for her husband’s career, Sandra realized the tremendous value she could add to each home she lived in by bringing her creative design ideas to fruition through her own effort and skill.
Having remodeled 5 homes on her own, Sandra has cultivated her design sensibilities, honed her DIY and carpentry skills and become an icon of the “do it ALL yourself” woman.
Sandra’s talents have now evolved to coaching new DIY’ers both online and in workshops around the country.

Stacy Risenmay ↓


Not Just A Housewife

Stacy is the author of a popular DIY and Home Decor blog where she shares the adventures of fixing up their 1938 cottage style home. She believes everyone should love their space and that is doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have a beautiful home. In fact, Stacy says that having a small space and a small budget forces you to get creative. Stacy has been featured in several magazines including Better Homes and Gardens. She is a regular on the local lifestyle TV shows in Utah and speaks at conferences and Home and Garden shows. When she isn’t renovating, gardening, or decorating she is keeping up with her four boys.

Wendy Hyde ↓


The Shabby Nest

Wendy Hyde is an Interior Designer whose passion is helping people make their homes beautiful without spending a fortune. Her blog, The Shabby Nest, was chosen as 2011’s decorating blog of the year by Country Living Magazine. Wendy’s work has been featured in Better Homes and Garden DIY Magazine, on the Nate Berkus Show and on local lifestyle TV shows in her home state of Utah. She is a frequent speaker sharing decor advice at Home and Garden shows in and around Salt Lake City. Her first book, Decorating for Real Life, will be released in October 2014 with a sequel, Decorating for the Seasons, set to be released in March 2015.