“Ballard Loves Bloggers” Event {Day 1}



I told you last week that I am amazed at the awesome opportunities I get through blogging.  So you can imagine my excitement when I got this in my inbox a few weeks ago…





Ballard Designs?!

Um, YES!

I told my husband about the opportunity, and he knew that it was a “must go” kind of opportunity.

Have you heard of Ballard Designs?  {Please say “yes.”}

Ballard Designs October Catalog 2012

It is my most favorite piece of mail that shows up in my mailbox!  I love it better than any other home décor magazine or other home catalog.

I can seriously look at the pages for hours dreaming up ideas for my own  home.

{I’ve even been known to knock off a few Ballard items.  Ahem.}


So I was seriously pinching myself to be able to attend this event!

They flew me down to Atlanta on Tuesday, and I arrived at the beautiful Hotel Indigo.

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It sits diagonally across the street from the FOX Theater.

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As we drove up to the hotel, look what was on the sign at the FOX theater!  Coca-Cola, baby!  It was as if Coca-Cola itself was welcoming me to Atlanta.  I felt right at home. Smile


The interior of the hotel was so cool.  It was just recently renovated, and the walls had graffiti all over them.

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A hotel employee told me that they had wallpaper made to look exactly like the walls of the Fox Theater.


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The furniture and décor was bright, new, and very cheerful!


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I loved all the details in the molding.


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Check out what my DIY eye spotted…

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I would like to bet that those chandelier used to be brass and that they spray painted them white when they renovated the hotel.  Check out the clear circle rings they added for detail.

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{We could SO do that, girls!}


That evening, we were taken out to eat to a fabulous restaurant, Ecco, with many of the Ballard Designs’ staff.

I got to sit by Mollie, Ballard’s Marketing Manager.  Funny, funny, girl!  I think I could talk to her for hours.  She was so genuinely excited to have us bloggers there!

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We also got to eat dinner with Brittany Simon,  HGTV’s Design Star Season 7’s Runner Up.


There was a ton of blog talk during dinner, and then we headed back to the hotel to hang out in the lobby together.

Here is Kate posing for me, and Rhoda looking for something in her purse. Smile


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Here’s Sarah doing a photo bomb…

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I cannot tell you how much I love my blog girlfriends.  We talk daily online, but it is so much more fun when we can hang out together in real life.

We ended up talking for about 2 hours in the lobby before we headed to bed.

All of the girls in the picture below have been my blog buddies for quite some time, but I also had the pleasure of meeting a new blog friend, Michael from Inspired by Charm.  He was one of the kindest people I have ever met.  He was so polite, respectful, and a true gentlemen.  He was always opening doors for us and letting us walk in front of him.  So, so sweet!

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Michael, Sarah, Beth, Kate

Cassity, Melissa, Rhoda, Me


There were four other ladies who attended the event who are Interior Designers from Atlanta.  They didn’t stay at the hotel which explains why they are not in the picture.  But we got to hang out with them a lot on Day 2, so I will share more about them in my next post.


I took so many pictures on the second day of my trip that I decided to break this event into two posts.


I cannot wait to show you what we did on Day 2!


HINT:  Let’s just say that I may or may not have been spotted on the next cover of the Ballard Designs’ Catalog. Smile

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Haven 2013! Here we come!



Ack!!!  I am so excited to announce Haven 2013!


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Haven 2012 was such a HUGE success

that we knew we just had to have it again next year!!

I am thrilled to be a part of the planning team along with

Beth Home Stories A to Z

Sarah Thrifty Décor Chick

Chris Just a Girl

Rhoda Southern Hospitality




What is Haven?

Haven is a two-day conference August 1-3, 2013 that will allow people to learn from and gather with some of the most notable DIY/Home bloggers in blogland. Conference sessions will focus on DIY instruction with a mix of blogging and social media.




Where is Haven?

The Haven Conference will be held in the beautiful Buckhead Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, Georgia.





Who will be at Haven?

Haven is open to all who are passionate about blogging, DIY projects, and creating beauty in the home for less. With a perfect mix of DIY and blogging sessions, it’s a conference not to be missed!




For more information, and to see more fun pictures from Haven 2012, you can click on the button below.


Haven Conference 2013 



Now for the ticket information!

Tickets go on sale January 1st, 2013!

Full Conference pass is $225


First 50 people to purchase a ticket

will receive a $25 discount!


I hope you are as excited about this announcement as I am!  I cannot wait to see so many of you again this year, and make many more new friends as well!





Special Thanks to…


The Home Depot for being our Platinum Sponsor again this year!



Kristin Stockdale, from Stockdale Designs, for being our

AMAZING event planner again this year!



And Kristi, from Creative Kristi, for being our

FABULOUS website designer again this year!




So, are you going to be at Haven 2013?

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