for Interior Designers

October 14-17, 2024 in SONOMA, CALIFORNIA

The Industry's Leading Business Retreat for
Interior Designers

The Industry's Leading Business Retreat

Tickets are now on sale for our upcoming workshop. Last year's fall retreat sold out in just one week—secure your spot!

GRAB YOUR TICKET

for Interior Designers

Learn how to grow a
thriving design business and

We've reimagined what it means to grow a successful interior design business. This is your opportunity to learn from influential industry experts, grow your business with a smart strategy, and gain a support system of like-minded designers who will become lifelong friends.

We've reimagined what it means to grow a successful interior design business. This is your opportunity to learn from influential industry experts, grow your business with a smart strategy, and gain a support system of like-minded designers who will become lifelong friends.

Learn how to grow a
thriving design business and

|

BUILD A SMART BUSINESS WITH AN iNTENTIONAL STRATEGY

You'll walk away with a clear, actionable plan to refine your systems & processes for a streamlined workflow.

Learn to confidently raise your rates and create a pricing structure that will work for you business model.

Identify and attract your ideal design clients who trust your creative expertise and refer like-minded clientele to you.

MacArthur Place

AN IDYLLIC AUTUMN RETREAT in SONOMA at

Enjoy a laid-back learning experience that feels like a well-deserved getaway. Our fall 2024 event is set at the design-forward MacArthur Place, an award-winning Sonoma hotel, spa & culinary destination set on a magnificent estate in the heart of wine country.

EXPLORE THE HOTEL

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

MacArthur Place

AN IDYLLIC AUTUMN RETREAT in SONOMA at

Enjoy a laid-back learning experience that feels like a well-deserved getaway. Our fall 2024 event is set at the charming MacArthur Place, an award-winning Sonoma hotel, spa & culinary destination set on a magnificent estate in the heart of wine country. This design-forward hotel boasts natural luxury in the heart of Sonoma.

EXPLORE THE HOTEL

RESERVE YOUR SPOT

MARCELLA, SPring 2024 ALUMNI

“Invest in yourself.” 

“My brain hurts from all the knowledge that our keynote speakers are downloading on us, it's mind blowing how much I didn't know about the backside of the business. So this is for the person who is wavering if a workshop is really worth the investment. I promise you, what you learn about yourself and your business in these four days is worth 5x what you will actually pay to be here. I will be incorporating a retreat like this into my must save for (like taxes) every year from here on out. Start with this one. Join the waitlist, it will be worth it.” 

Meet the Speakers

YOUR PANEL OF INDUSTRY EXPERTS

This is your opportunity to learn from influential experts in the design industry. Our speakers candidly and authentically share their wisdom and provide the knowledge you need to grow your business with a smart strategy. You'll have exclusive access to all of our speakers during sessions, meals and Q&As.

Tiffany Piotrowski

​Tiffany Piotrowski is best known for her studio’s thoughtfully curated approach to interiors. Her work bridges perennial style and personal meaning, striking an artful balance between purposeful design and each client’s intangible sentiments about home. A TLD space is a composite of elements that resonate with its inhabitants by way of functionality, comfort, and nostalgia. Each one channels her client’s closely held memories, creating an undercurrent of warmth and authenticity.

Tiffany founded her namesake studio in 2019. Since, she has formed a collective of likeminded women who share her belief that every detail matters. She and her team craft bespoke, enduring homes and cottages throughout North America.

TIFFANY LEIGH DESIGN

Ali Faulkner

Ali Faulkner is the Creative Director of Orange County-based interior design studio, AEF Interiors. Ali and her team take seamless processes and pair them with thoughtful design to provide an exceptional experience and final product for their clients. With a longstanding professional background in hospitality and consulting, Ali's ability to refine her firm's systems and hone in on smart strategy have brought her youthful business rapid growth and success. 

AEF InTERIORS

Melissa Oholendt

Melissa Oholendt is the Founder & Design Principal of Oho Interiors, a Twin-Cities & Colorado-based boutique design firm with clients nationwide. With an architecture first approach to designing spaces, Melissa and her team specialize in large-scale remodels and fully custom home builds with a forward-focused design ethos of honoring the past and designing for the future. 

Oho Interiors has been nationally recognized for their English-inspired, updated traditional yet utterly livable interiors and crafts fully custom homes that speak to tradition. Melissa's work has been featured in publications including Domino, Business of Home Magazine, MyDomaine and more. 

OHO INTERIORS

Renee Bush

Renee Bush is the Founder of Tandem, a boutique agency specializing in strategy and design for interior designers. Working with her clients to address the conflict that often arises in the space between creativity and structure in business, Renee helps create a sharp vision and builds systems that work in tandem with the design process, instead of trying to control it. Offering services from strategy to brand design, she has worked with design firms including Studio McGee, Light & Dwell, Boxwood Avenue, High Street Homes, Susannah Holmberg Studios and many of Haven's past workshop alumni. As a business-minded problem solver, Renee understands the interior design industry, knows how to get straight to the heart of any issue, and always has a creative solution up her sleeve. 

Business & Brand Strategist

Melissa Baran

Regarded as a forward-thinking leader in the design industry, Melissa Baran founded Haven with a commitment rooted in fostering a sense of community, expertly curating and showcasing exceptional content and nurturing meaningful connections between like-minded creatives and their clientele. As the Founder of the Haven Workshop, her dedication to empowering and educating designers and home industry creatives has made her a pivotal figure in the field. Having hosted hundreds of designers, Haven's retreats are now widely considered an essential experience for those seeking to thrive in the ever-evolving world of design and innovation.

FOUNDER OF HAVEN

Jessica Burke

A professional photographer for over a decade, Jessica fell in love with photographing interiors while working on the marketing and branding side of a prominent interior design firm in San Francisco. With her experience and understanding of the interior design business, coupled with a meticulous eye for styling a frame, Jessica has a unique and compelling perspective on photographing spaces.

INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHER

The Sessions

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

01

Systems & Processes: Setting Up a Strategic Workflow

02

Pricing: Choosing Structure for Your Business Model

03

Client Growth: Gaining New Clients & Larger Scale Projects

04

Developing a Brand Strategy That Will Propel Your Business

05

Social Strategy: How To Grow An Engaged Community

06

The Business of Design: A Foundation for Success

07

Scaling Your Business with a Studio & Team Members

Breakout Session:
Design Presentation

08

Attracting Clients & Press with Your Portfolio

09

Vendor Relationships, Sourcing & Working with Your Builders

10

Plus, an open Q&A Breakout Session in small groups with our individual speakers where you can ask in-depth questions about how they run their business and get clarity for your own growth strategies.

01

Systems & Processes: Setting Up a Strategic Workflow

02

Pricing: Choosing a Fee Structure That'll Work for Your Business Model

03

Client Growth: Gaining New Clients & Larger Scale Projects

04

Developing a Smart Brand Strategy That Will Propel Your Business

05

Social Strategy: How To Grow An Engaged Community

06

The Business of Design: Building a Foundation for Success

07

Scaling Your Business with a Studio & Team Members

Design Presentation Breakout Session: How To Wow Your Clients 

08

Interior Photography: Attracting Clients & Press with Your Portfolio

09

Vendor Relationships, Sourcing & Working with Your Builders

10

Plus, an open Q&A Breakout Session in small groups with our individual speakers where you can ask in-depth questions about how they run their business and get clarity for your own growth strategies.

“Wow! Where do I even begin? It was the most amazing and inspirational three days I’ve had thus far in my career path! I wish I could bottle up every ounce of the magical feelings I had while spending the week at the Haven Workshop. I met some of the most incredible creatives out there and they sparked yet another fire in my soul!”

KAYLA DEGNAN

TAP THE VIDEO FOR AN

Inside Look

We've welcomed hundreds of design attendees over the years. Hear what they're saying about how our workshop has impacted their business.

The Schedule

OCTOBER 14-17, 2024

1:00 pm Event Check-In at MacArthur Place
Welcome, Mingle, Sips & Snacks
1:30 pm Speaker Introductions
1:45 pm Session One
3:00 pm Session Two
4:15 pm Break Before Happy Hour & Dinner
6:00 pm Welcome Dinner at Layla Restaurant









Monday, October 14th

Breakfast
9:00 am Session Three
10:30 am Session Four 
12:00 pm Lunch on Burris Lawn
1:00 pm Design Presentation Breakout
2:30 pm Session Five
3:45 pm Session Six 
Evening: Explore Sonoma with New Friends








Tuesday, October 15th

DAY ONE

DAY TWO

Breakfast
9:00 am Session Seven
10:30 am Session Eight 
12:00 pm Lunch on Burris Lawn
1:00 pm Session Nine
2:00 pm Interactive Q&A Breakout
4:30 pm Break Before Happy Hour & Dinner 
6:30 pm Farewell Dinner on West Lawn








Wednesday, October 16th

DAY THREE

Breakfast
Headshots with Jessica Burke
Peer-to-Peer Time & Goal Setting Worksheets 
Noon – MacArthur Place Check Out
Workshop Concludes & Final Goodbyes








Thursday, October 17th

DAY FOUR

*Schedule subject to slight changes.

hear from our alumni about

The Experience

“The best decision I ever made for my career was to go to a Haven Workshop! It truly was a magical experience and I loved every minute of it! Thank you xo”

“Leaving California in tears. It's been one of the best weeks of my life. Truly. I’ve learned so much about who I am as a designer, my potential as a business owner and really, just validation that even though the day to day doesn’t always look perfect, that I can define my own success and what that looks like for me and my family. I met some of the absolute best people while at the Haven Workshop and I know that these will be lasting friendships, not just as a group of designers, but genuine friends!”

Cortney McClure

Amy Switzer

“The Haven Workshop experience was amazing in so many ways. Women sharing with women and connecting in ways that supports sharing, growth and opportunity is amazing! Thank you Haven for recognizing a need in our industry. Thank you to our panel of speakers for sharing and becoming friends. Thank you to all of the ladies who attended that I know I will continue along side of you during my professional and personal journey. Rock on Haven gals!”

Meghan Evans

“I had put myself at the bottom of my priority list, and this workshop was the best gift I’ve ever given myself… both professionally and personally.”

Judith DeMasters

Workshop Experience Set at MacArthur Place
All Group Meals & Snacks
Beverages, Wine & Craft Cocktails
Exclusive Access to Speakers Throughout Event
Daily Core Sessions with Industry Experts
Interactive Q&A Breakout Session with Our Speakers
Design Presentation Breakout Session
Access to Session Digital Materials
Thoughtful Gifts & Surprises Woven Throughout
Professional Headshots with Our Photographer
A Community Atmosphere and Chance To Build Your Network
Access to Private Retreat Social Community Group

HERE'S WHAT YOUR TICKET COMES WITH

What’s Included

Workshop Experience Set
at MacArthur Place

All Group Meals & Snacks

Beverages, Wine & Craft Cocktails

Exclusive Access to Speakers Throughout Event

Daily Core Sessions with
Industry Experts

Interactive Q&A Breakout
Session with Our Speakers

Design Presentation
Breakout Session

Access to Session Digital Materials

Thoughtful Gifts & Surprises
Woven Throughout

Professional Headshots with
Our Photographer

A Community Atmosphere and Chance To Build Your Network

Access to Private Retreat Social Community Group

*Accommodations, airfare and transportation not included.

Designer Pass

$5290 While Spots Last

SECURE YOUR SPOT

Starting June 5th, our pay-in-full option will be effective for remaining tickets. Have a discount code from one of our speakers? Don't forget to enter it at checkout. Questions? Reach out on our chat box bubble on the bottom left of this page.

Most Affordable

Pay Over Time

Only $1450 To Enroll Today

PAY OVER TIME

Pay over time and secure your registration today! Your plan will include today's payment (less any discounts), followed by three monthly payments of $1450. Have a discount code from one of our speakers? Don't forget to enter it at checkout.

Most Accessible

Design Duo

$9580 for Two People

PARTY OF TWO, PLEASE!

Joining as a group of two or more people from the same studio? Bring your business bestie and save. No code needed as the discount is already built in! Have more than two team members joining? Email us at workshop@thehavenlist.com and we'll set you up.

Best for Teams

*Tickets do not include accommodations. Design Duo payment plan option total cost is $9980.

DESIGN DUO PAYMENT PLAN

Have an actionable plan to refine your systems & processes for a streamlined workflow.

Be able to confidently create a pricing structure that will work for you business model.

Identify and attract your ideal design clients who trust your creative expertise and refer clientele to you.

Have a clear and precise marketing strategy that communicates your distinct brand story.

Have a trusted network of like-minded designers to connect with for support.

Feel confident with your growth strategy plan and fresh business goals.

Frequently Asked Questions 

I'm just starting out. Is this workshop right for me?

The first year of business for most designers can be the most challenging. But think about it this way—if you start with your entrepreneurial toolbox only halfway full, it’ll likely take you longer to achieve your goals and in the long run it’ll take longer to build a profitable business. Investing in ourselves is one of the hardest things to do, but one of the wisest decisions we can make as business owners. Not only will our workshop equip you with the tools you need, but you’ll get a behind the scenes look at how our industry experts have blazed the trail. The answer? Now is the perfect time. Additionally, our workshop also provides you with the opportunity to network with other like-minded designers who will become lifelong friends. These relationships are priceless and will help your business grow, far beyond our time together.

I'm already well-established. How will the workshop benefit me?

We tailor our sessions to challenge seasoned designers like you to rethink your strategy and innovate your current processes. We don't simply cover the foundational aspects of running a design business—this experience is so much more than that. It’s an opportunity to learn different processes, next-level ideas, and creative ways to approach your business goals so you can soar well into the seven-figure revenue mark. Not to mention, the opportunity to learn from and network with the other attendees. We'll put it to you this way—even our speakers are excited to learn from one another! They each approach their business models slightly differently and have various strengths they will be touching on. Questions? Reach out on our chat bubble on the bottom left of this page.

Is there a payment plan option available?

Yes, absolutely! We have a 4-month payment plan option available for our Fall 2024 event. This is a more accessible option for those who wish to pay over time. For the payment plan, you will be charged the first installment when you signup (less any discount), followed by three remaining monthly payments. If you have any questions about our payment plan option, please reach out to our team at workshop@thehavenlist.com. 

Are accommodations included in the ticket price?

Accommodations are not included in the ticket price, however, we have a room block at a deeply discounted rate of $499 at the MacArthur Place, which is where our event is held. Planning to stay with us at the hotel? Booking info and our discounted rate will be sent to you after you enroll. Available rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have questions about making a reservation, reach out to our team at workshop@thehavenlist.com.

Do you offer a discount to groups of 2 or more from the same firm (or alum)?

Yes, absolutely! If you're joining as a group of two or more from the same firm, you can select our 'Design Duo' ticket option for a deeper a discount. If you've attended a previous Haven Workshop and will be a returning attendee, we also offer a discount! Please reach out to us on the chat box on this page OR workshop@thehavenlist.com and we can provide you with a custom discount code.

Is the workshop open to international attendees?

You bet! We've had the pleasure of hosting attendees from all over the globe. The topics and strategy we cover can be applied to design firms near and far. Have questions about certain sessions and how they might apply to you and your business? Reach out to us for a quick chat at workshop@thehavenlist.com or click on the chat box right here on this site.

Can I purchase a ticket for someone as a gift?

Yes! We've had a few attendees who have been gifted a workshop ticket in the past. Simply register them with their name and email and we'll send them the next steps. If you'd like it be a surprise, please email us at workshop@thehavenlist.com before purchasing.

How many people attend the workshop?

To keep the workshop experience intimate and allow for deeper connections and time with our speakers, you'll be learning alongside a welcoming network of around 30-40 attendees.

Will there be opportunities to connect with the speakers beyond sessions? 

Yes, this is what makes our event so special! Not only do we curate a group of speakers who will candidly bare it all, but they'll be with us for their sessions, breakouts and group meals—from check-in through the farewell dinner. You'll also have the opportunity to chat with our speakers in small groups an open Q&A on day three where you can ask anything! We can't wait for you to meet this brilliant group of industry experts. Their good nature is equal to their impeccable talent and they are just as passionate about community over competition as we are. 

Will there be a way to connect with fellow attendees before and after the event?

The beauty of our workshop is that the experience extends far beyond our time together. Alumni attend design markets, meet up for events, do zoom calls together and more. We also facilitate the creation of a private Instagram group for each event group so that you can stay connected and support one another in your business journeys. You'll be able to encourage and provide solutions for each other's challenges and celebrate in one another's successes. We'll give you access to the IG group in the weeks leading up to the event. Additionally, we'll provide you with a shared 'Keep in Touch' contact list.

How are the workshop sessions formatted?

Each speaker session is between 60-90 minutes long (depending on the topic) and are presented to the entire attendee group. This allows for a true community atmosphere and group bonding where attendees can learn from one another as well. Sessions are tailored to be impactful for those who are well-established as well as those in the early stages of business. We typically have a balanced breakdown of industry experience with 30% of attendees at 1-2 years, 40% at 3-4 years, 30% at 5-10 years or more. The common thread? Everyone is looking to grow their business with a smart strategy and new perspective. 

On day two, we'll break into groups for the design presentation breakout session and on day three, you'll get the opportunity to chat with our speakers in small groups for an interactive Q&A where you can ask anything!

I'd like to explore the area. Will you share any local recommendations?

Yes! In the weeks leading up to the event, we'll be sharing the full schedule, which comes with a list of favorite local spots and recommendations curated by us and local friends! 

What are the next steps after I register?

Once you register, you'll be directed to our digital workshop hub with the event details and next steps including a link to the attendee registration form for you to fill out, a link to book your room at MacArthur Place, and a planning checklist. We'll also send your registration confirmation by email, which will include a link to the digital workshop hub as well! 

TAKE A LOOK inside

Our Recent Events

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

schedule
a call

WITH OUR ALUMNI

Want to learn more about the experience from someone who has attended a past workshop? We'll help facilitate a call for you with one of our alumni. This is a big investment for your business and we want you to be sure it's the absolute right fit for you. Our alumni can share about their experience, what sessions they benefited most from, what they've implemented since attending and any other q's you may have.

Email workshop@thehavenlist.com to schedule your call.

TAKE ME BACK TO TICKETS