Haven 2012 {Wrap Up}

Hi, gang!  Back from Haven and an “official” Haven Maven now. 🙂

Seriously?  It was completely and totally awesome.  I learned so many things blog-related and was so inspired by everyone I came in contact with!  I was on a complete and total high when I rolled in Friday evening.  Now I’m wishing I’d taken a picture of my household (and it’s disarray) at that point, but I was so energized and excited I didn’t even care.

John and Sherry from Young House Love kicked everything off for us and they are just as funny and inspiring in person as they are on their blog.   I then got to soak up some Mr. Goodwill Hunting (have you seen him on the Nate Berkus Show?) and a little thrifting savvy.  Because what good DIY decor blogger doesn’t need a little thrifting savvy?

And I got some AMAZING tips to help make this little ‘ole blog be all it can be from Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, Traci from Beneath My Heart, and Beth at Home Stories A to Z.  My brain was exploding from all their tips and know-how!!  And I enjoyed a fun Design Studio with Sherry Hart, a super talented interior designer who blogs at Design Indulgence.

But wait!!  That’s not all!  I took in an amazing session on photography (can you tell I needed it?  yikes…) run by Kevin and Layla Palmer from The Lettered Cottage.  Woo Hoo!  And they are the cutest couple and downright nice folks, too.

But the highlight for me was connecting with other home and DIY bloggers…

These gals are generous, funny, talented and loved hanging with them:  Karah from The Space Between, Kirby from Kirb Appeal, Debbie from ReFresh ReStyle, Shirley from Housepitality Designs, Laura from Top This Top That, Kari from Thistlewood Farm, Michelle from Ten June…  I could go on and on.  Oh, and Flat Kelly from Eclectically Vintage is an excellent lunch companion. 🙂  They are only a handful of the bloggers I met and visited with that made this such a wonderful experience.

I was so sad to see it end, and to say good-bye to all my new friends!  But I’m looking forward to using the new things I learned to make Decor & More a better blog for you.

Thanks for your words of encouragement!   Now I can’t wait for Haven 2013!  Thank you to Rhoda and her crew for putting on an incredible conference.

Happy Monday!


  1. Welcome back! I’m so glad you had a good time. And super jealous at the same time!! 😉

  2. Love your photos!! I’m so jealous too!! How can I sign up for next year?!! 🙂

  3. i agree- the best part of the conference was meeting and hanging with my new friends!! I seriously hope you and I can find some time to get together .

  4. It was so incredibly awesome to meet you Heidi. It’s funny to have you talk about the photo session you love so much right by your blurry pic of us. hahaha

    I told my husband I think he needs a new DSLR camera. 🙂

  5. looks like you had such a great time!!!!

  6. So glad to have met you at Haven!!! Wish we could have chatted more!!

    Did you just undergo a blog makeover?! It looks fantastic!

  7. Heidi,

    It was so fantastic to see you in person! You are just as sweet and beautiful as I imagined! I only wish that we would have had more time to chat!

    Love your re-cap! Yours is SO much more organized and thorough than mine!


  8. Heidi…I am still on a “Haven High”….loved meeting you and all the wonderful blog friends that I have come to know….I so look forward to the next Haven conference!!….loved your pictures and of course your “collages”!!!….

  9. Heidi…..I wish you had come up to say Hi! I would have loved to meet you……I sure had fun talking about fabrics:)

  10. So you are fabulous Heidi! So glad I got to meet you! This is an awesome recap – wish I’d been so on the ball with photo-taking!

  11. Loved, loved, loved meeting you, Heidi! You are as just as sweet in person!

  12. Next year, I’m right there with you!


  13. Flat Kelly gushed about you too! Glad she could limit her alcohol intake at lunch and concentrate on the conference! She’s so embarrassing!!!!

    Wish the real Kelly could have joined you – here’s to next year!! Glad you had such an amazing time (and that I didn’t have to bail Flat Kelly out of the Atlanta jail)!

  14. Awesome recap, Heidi. Sad we didn’t have a chance to meet but seeing you linked up at Rhoda’s brought me over and looking forward to catching up on your projects, getting to know you and meeting you next time! 🙂

  15. Heidi,

    You are so amazing! It was so incredible meeting you in person. You are even MORE amaziner (and I know that’s so not even a word….but it totally applies in this situation) than I even imagined.

    Thank you for just being as wonderful as you are!

  16. I had so much fun hanging out with you! Your smile is contagious, and you know I like to smile 😀 Next year let’s plan an extra day, the time went by way too fast!

  17. Looks like a blast! Hope to meet you at Haven 2013 🙂

  18. Hi Heidi,

    Sorry we didn’t get to meet at Haven, but hopefully next year! Glad to hear you had a nice time, I got so many good tips and have a long blog to do list now!

    P.S. I started a Haven Friends Pinterest board I’ll invite you to. You can post your projects to it so all our followers see them.


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