Haven Conference 2013 Recap

Remember last week when we told you how we were jetsetting off to Atlanta for a ridiculously fun and jampacked weekend at the Haven Conference 2013?!
Well, today we’re going to spill the beans on this amazing DIY conference.  Get ready for some ridiculous/cringe-worthy pics of Casey & Bridget…
First a little background info. Haven is an annual conference for DIY and home decor bloggers to get together to drink wine network and learn more about blogging.  This was our first time to Haven and our first blog conference ever (hence the name “rookies”) so we didn’t exactly know what to expect. We hoped to meet some of our favorite bloggers and learn all about making DIY Playbook the best it can be.
Disclaimer: We didn’t lug our cameras down south, so the pictures are ones we took on our phones. Don’t judge us… some we even took secretly all to report back to our all star readers.
Let’s just say this conference surpassed all of our expectations right from the start!

A Look at the Haven Conference 2013

At the airport with Christina from Homemade Ocean
We had the privilege to room with a fantastic blogger (Christina from the blog Homemade Ocean) Go check out her blog…she is awesome!
Haven Conference 2013 Swag Bags
The sponsors of the Haven Conference 2013 hooked each blogger up with these swag bags. It was like Christmas morning- screaming, digging, smiling ear-to-ear, giggling like little girls that just opened their first American Girl Doll… OMG!!!
Ballard Designs Living Room
The conference rooms were also dripping in amazingness. Would you expect the conference room at a home decor conference to look any different? Props to Ballard Designs and the rest of the sponsor squad for making our space homey for the weekend.
So when we finally got cozy it was officially time to kick off the weekend. How do you kick off an event like this? Well, with an inspiring speech from none other than the amazingly talented, the amazingly beautiful… Ana White!!
We adore her! If you haven’t checked out her big league blog about building, you must go check it out.

Throughout the weekend we learned (and practiced) the DIY shuffle, but we’ll spare you the details because that could take all day. Rest assured it’s everything you think it is and so much more. #hilarious (bloggers know how to get down!)

We also had the privilege to attend super informative and inspiring classes over the two days, like this one put on by Jen from IHeartOrganizing. Do you recognize the two bloggers sitting up front? More on them later. (Sorry about the secret paparazzi… awkwardddd).
Bridget and Casey with RYOBI tools
We met some hilarious and innovative sponsors, like RYOBI. Speaking of RYOBI Power Tools, these rock star sponsors hosted a five-star cocktail party for all of us bloggers- complete with an open bar, several carving stations, dancing, tools, and even more… free swag!
Casey and Bridget with Katie and Sherry
And the grand slam of the trip? Uhhhh…Eating lunch with the hall of fame bloggers behind Young House Love & Bower Power, Sherry Petersik, and Katie Bower. No.Big.Deal. NOOTTT!!! HUGE DEAL!!! These ladies were everything we thought they were (from creepin’ on their blog every day for the past three years) and way, way, way more! Down to earth. Hilarious. Just plain awesome.
Casey and Bridget in Porch Photo Booth
There were also plenty of Casey & Bridget shenanigans going on…
Cue the weird photos…
Casey and Bridget in Moen Shower
Casey eats a cookie
Casey and Bridget at Haven Conference
Overall, the trip was such a success! Although we had an amazing time, we were excited to get home and to be honest… GET TO WORK! We are rejuvenated and inspired to get going on making DIY Playbook the best that it can be and far, far, far more!


P.S. We actually headed to the Haven Conference again. Check out our 2014 recap here and our 2016 recap here.

The Year of Casey

Hey there!

I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.