Haven Conference Recap

This is the third year I’ve gone to Haven Conference, and it is always a fun weekend filled with valuable blogging information! Today I’m sharing my Haven Conference Recap.

When you spent the majority of your time working from home alone, it is so nice to hang out with other people – especially other bloggers!  I spent some time with a few talented Indiana blog friends: Ashley from Simply Designing and Angela from Unexpected Elegance.

Haven Conference Recap

Haven Conference Recap

Angela and I have roomed together for the past three years, and we also only live about 20 minutes apart.

The conference was held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead (Atlanta) and kicked off with an opening cocktail party on the rooftop.  

That evening, I went with AdThrive (my ad network) to another fun rooftop even at the Gypsy Kitchen.

photo courtesy of AdThrive It was a gorgeous (and really, really hot) evening!

photo courtesy of AdThrive

The next day was packed full of classes, and that evening I went with The Home Depot to a gorgeous dinner they co-sponsored with Kwikset.  We were greeted at the door with adorable little keychains which had our table number on them.

The table setting was absolutely stunning.

I met several sweet bloggers, and just a couple were April from House by Hoff and Chelsea from Making Home Base.

It was a fun evening, and the next day was filled with more classes (I took classes on Lightroom, Facebook, SEO, and podcasts).

I stopped by the Home Depot Booth to see my little DIY Hall of Fame feature for my family room makeover.

Their booth was fantastic and the Home Depot crew is amazing.

The Haven sponsors do so many fun things.  Liberty Hardware gave away adorable tees if you posted a pic with the gold man (you didn’t have to twist my arm – haha)!

The weekend ended with the Home Depot Orange Tank presentations.  Several weeks before Haven, several of us submitted ideas to Home Depot for partnering on projects.  There were 12 finalists that had the honor of presenting ideas, and three winners with a Home Depot partnership and money towards their project.

I was THRILLED to be one of the 3 winners, and Home Depot is partnering with me on my kitchen renovation!

If you have any interest in reading, my presentation is below.  I hope it may be helpful to future Orange Tank presenters because I had no idea what to expect!

Hi! I’m Sara Davis, and I blog at Sincerely, Sara D. I would be incredibly honored to partner with Home Depot on my kitchen renovation. We moved into our home three and a half years ago and made the space feel more like us with some inexpensive cosmetic changes. Here is the before and after of our kitchen. The power of paint is amazing, but it can only go so far. Our kitchen layout isn’t working for us.  It was not well designed, and someone is always banging into something. The dishwasher opens too closely to the sink and the fridge is tiny and crammed in the corner. Our oven is a wreck and burns everything (we haven’t had a good cookie in over three years). We need a better layout and new appliances for the space. A new layout also means removing cabinets and suddenly the kitchen is a huge renovation (which is why it hasn’t happened yet). While we’re knocking out cabinets, we want to remove the wall that is between our kitchen and family room. We love to host family, friends, and our small group, and opening up the kitchen would make entertaining so much better. I’ve introduced my readers to projects similar in scale to this kitchen remodel. We had a leak in our master bath (so significant the shower was not usable). One thing led to another and suddenly we were in the middle of an entire bathroom renovation. Here is the before and after of our master bath. My readers LOVED this renovation, and they will go CRAZY over a kitchen remodel – especially one that involves even more DIY like this project. I can only imagine their excitement with a full kitchen renovation. I promise they will be cheering from behind their screens as they get inspiration for their own homes and spaces. You are just down the road from me so Let’s Do This Home Depot! The kitchen is the heart of the home, and mine isn’t functioning well. Let’s revive the heart of my home together!

I was incredibly thankful and overjoyed to win, and I can’t wait to start working on the project together! Before I left that evening to catch a flight home (and then on to celebrate my parents’ 45th wedding anniversary), I caught up with my friend Amy from One Artsy Mama.  She recently published a book on hand lettering.

It was a fun-filled weekend, and I’m looking forward to next year’s Haven!  

For those who’ve never been, I hope this Have Conference Recap encourages you to buy a ticket this year!

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Haven 2016 Recap

I have to apologize for completely disappearing last week.  I was digesting everything I had learned at Haven, and I was dealing with my baby starting kindergarten.  After 11 years of having at least one of my three kids by my side, it was a tough week with no one at home.  However, I keep telling myself that I will be able to accomplish some amazing DIY projects without any interruptions… But, back to Haven!  This is my second year attending Haven, and it is a conference held in Atlanta, Georgia for home and DIY bloggers.  Today I’m sharing my Haven 2016 Recap.

To see last year’s recap, you can go HERE.  I did a much better job of snapping pictures last time. I spent some time with Gene and Amy Howard of Amy Howard at Home.  I’ve used their products for several projects (like my bedroom bench, kitchen table, and kitchen cabinets) and am a huge fan.  The Howard’s are extremely knowledgable (and kind), and they have the most adorable southern accents.

Haven 2016 Recap

I attended so many helpful classes like this hands-on class Amy Howard taught.

Amy Howard at Haven

I also attended classes on Pinterest, Instagram, building a brand, photography, affiliate marketing, and Adobe Lightroom. These classes were so helpful and my brain feels like it could explode with all the new information. I wish I had done a better job taking photos of the weekend.  The Grand Hyatt Buckhead is such a beautiful hotel, and the vendor booths were all so creatively done. And as an added bonus, there were pretty little vignettes (created by Home Decorators) scattered throughout the hotel.

The first evening I ate dinner at an adorable little French restaurant with several bloggers and the Amy Howard at Home team. From Left to Right: Kim from Hunt & Host, me, Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse, Tina of AHAH, Alex of AHAH, and Amy and Christy from 11 Magnolia Lane.

Bloggers at Haven

The second day ended with a big party (complete with a red carpet) sponsored by several great brands.

Haven 2016

I roomed with Angela from Unexpected Elegance – another Indianapolis-area blogger.  We always have a great time together.

Unexpected Elegance and Sincerely Sara D

The poor girl lost her voice while we were at the conference, so I quickly stepped up as her translator. I need to give a shoutout to my parents for keeping the kids so I could attend the conference worry-free and focused!

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Hanging at Haven

Hanging at Haven

Haven Conf

This past weekend, I went to Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  It’s a two-day event for DIY bloggers (and enthusiasts).  It was SO fun to be surrounded by this group of people – the people behind the pins on Pinterest!

Haven Conference Reception

The conference was filled with pretty parties, amazing sponsors, and informative and hands-on sessions.

Haven Reception

Haven Workshops

Home Depot was the main sponsor, and I took a hands-on building class with Home Depot and Ana White.  (Who is not only talented but she’s really sweet!)  And speaking of Home Depot, my roommate Angela (from Unexpected Elegance) was put in the Home Depot’s Hall of Fame because of her amazing bathroom renovation.

Unexpected Elegance

I also was pretty excited to see and meet Miss Mustard Seed.  I read her book “Inspired You,” and started blogging soon after.  Her book really inspired me to make a go of my blogging business.

Miss Mustard Seed

It was such a fun conference, and my brain is overflowing with ideas.

Haven Recap

I Atlanta

I left Atlanta incredibly encouraged and overwhelmed by the amazing people I met.  Not only is this group crazy talented, but they are beautiful as well!   I can’t wait for next year!

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