MAY 17-19, 2023

The Industry's Leading Business Retreat for
Interior Designers

The Industry's Leading Business Retreat

Enrollment for our sought after 3-day business retreat is now open for Spring 2023! Get all the details below.

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for Interior Designers

Feature Image Design: THELIFESTYLEDCO™ Photo: Nick Sorensen

Learn how to grow a thriving design business

You know how to help others live beautifully through intentional design—it’s your passion, and you’re really good at it. But how do you translate that into a successful, thriving business and a thoughtful brand? That’s where we come in.

The Haven Workshop is for interior designers and home industry creatives who want to take control of their business strategy. Whether you're just starting out or are well-established, this experience will take your business to the next level.

Does that sound like you?

in just three days.

Learn how to grow a thriving design business in

just three days.

The Haven Workshop is an intimate experience with limited seats available. Only 36 spots total are available for our Spring 2023 session. Spots fill-up quickly and our events are always sold out, so don't wait too long to enroll!

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Let this be one of the most impactful weeks of your year.

May 17-19, 2023

Experience the Beauty of Southern California.

Lido House in Newport Beach

Enjoy a laid-back learning experience that feels like a well-deserved getaway. Our speaker sessions are held at the beautiful and spacious event room at Lido House. This boutique-style hotel boasts the best of a coastal lifestyle and is Newport Beach at its best... casual, comfortable and chic in equal measure! Explore the hotel here. Our workshop location is just a stroll away from Lido Marina Village, which offers al fresco dining waterside and the opportunity to explore a mix of charming shops. Lido House will be providing delicious food & drink for us during workshop hours, all of which is included in your workshop ticket. See the schedule below!

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.

"WOW! Where do I even begin? It was the most amazing and inspirational three days I’ve had thus far in my new career path!"

— Kayla Degnan

 "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!"

Speaker Lineup

We hand-pick industry experts to share their knowledge and take you on the journey of how they got there. As creative entrepreneurs, we all started with a blank slate. We've poured our hearts into businesses that are now thriving because we took that first step—to believe in ourselves and make a living doing what we love. This is your opportunity to learn from creatives you admire, in-person, face-to-face, real success and failure stories shared. We're pulling back the curtain on how we took our businesses and brands to the next level—and how you can, too.

Mindy Gayer

Mindy Gayer Design Co. is an Interior Design Studio anchored in sunny California. Influenced by fellow design icons, global artisans, and the many genres of design & architecture, Mindy delights in creating spaces that inspire – infusing a fresh, sophisticated balance of aesthetics, creativity, functionality and livability. In collaboration alongside clients, project architects, builders, landscape designers and local trades, Mindy’s design direction and influence pulls together every element on a project from ideation to completion.

MINDY GAYER DESIGN CO.

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Laura Hodges

A boutique design firm located in the Baltimore / Washington DC area, Laura Hodges Studio focuses on creating beautiful spaces that are tailored and eclectic, incorporating unique vintage and antique finds, curated art and natural elements.

Laura was named a Next Wave Designer by House Beautiful, a Top 20 Designers for 2020 by Sotheby’s Home, a Luxe Red Award recipient for best Contemporary/Modern space and she is also a brand ambassador for the Sustainable Furnishings Council, working to increase awareness for sustainable interior design.

LAURA HODGES STUDIO

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Kristen Forgione

Kristen Forgione is the Founder & creative force behind THELIFESTYLEDCO™ design firm and retail shops, specializing in a minimal and modern aesthetic called, Organic Desert Living. After ten years in career fields from finance to hospitality, it was her stint in Los Angeles fashion school that reignited her childhood passion for all things color and design. Now calling Arizona home, Kristen's firm has led the west coast design market since 2012 with clients nationwide, a design studio, retail shops and a team of desert loving designers and support staff.

THELIFESTYLEDCO

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Renee Bush

Renee Bush founded Tandem to address the conflict that often arises in the space between creativity and structure in business. She knew there was a better way to achieve success—by creating a sharp vision and building systems that work in tandem with the design process instead of trying to control it. Tandem puts design at the center of everything we do. We look at each client, business, and vision individually to find the best possible solution to align with our client’s values and desired goals. Renee is a business-minded problem solver. She 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. Renee has worked with design firms including Studio McGee, Light & Dwell, Boxwood Avenue, High Street Homes, Susannah Holmberg Studios and more.

Tandem

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Melissa Baran

With nearly a decade of experience in creating digital editorial content, Melissa Baran's passion is to inspire others to infuse their everyday moments with beauty and intention. She launched Haven in August 2018 with a distinct mission to create an online community—one that thoughtfully connects inspiration seekers with lifestyle creatives, by delivering quality content and empowering entrepreneurs. Shortly after, she set forth the inception of the Haven Workshop, a boutique-style learning experience for designers. In 2021 she launched Haven's first retail shop.

Haven

Raquel Langworthy

Raquel Langworthy is an interior & brand photographer based in NJ/NY. She earned a BFA in art history from the University of Michigan, as well as an M.S. from the VCU Brandcenter (a program that marries strategy, creative and business). Since 2011, she has worked with both commercial brands and small businesses alike, including St. Frank, Discovery Channel, Boden Clothing, Canon, Subaru, and Semihandmade and has been published across a variety of publications including Architectural Digest, Domino, Rue, and House Beautiful. Raquel’s unique blend of styling, technique, and forging creative connections with her clients, creates lived-in spaces and captures the specific beauty of each client’s vision. Simply elegant, her unhurried and professional style is one that merges light, texture, and mood with the intelligence of conviction and taste.

Interior Photographer

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Marketing Sessions

no. 01

Instagram Growth: How To Grow An Engaged Community

no. 02

How To Plan & Prepare for Interior Photo Shoots

no. 03

Getting Published: Pitching Your Work to Online & Print Publications

here's what you'll learn in the

from cortney mcclure

"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!"

The Experience

The Experience

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WHAT PAST ATTENDEES ARE SAYING

Hear what our past attendees are saying about their experience at the workshop!

1 pm Check-In at at Lido House
Welcome, Mingle & Crudite
Speaker Introductions
Core Session: Developing a Brand and Business Strategy 
Core Session: Client Growth – Identify and Attract Your Ideal Clients
Welcome Dinner hosted on Lido Lawn









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DAY ONE

1 pm Check-In at at Lido House

Welcome, Mingle & Crudite

Speaker Introductions

Core Session: Developing a Brand and Business Strategy 

Core Session: Client Growth – Identify and Attract Your Ideal Design Clients

Break Before Dinner

Welcome Dinner hosted on Lido Lawn









This is a sample schedule and is subject to change, but this is a rough timeline and flow you can expect for the event!

Please reach out to our team with any questions at workshop@thehavenlist.com

Check-In & Breakfast
Core Session: The Business of Design 
Core Session: Achieving Profitability with a Confident Pricing Structure
Core Session: The Importance of Systems & Operations in Your Business
Luncheon on Lido Lawn
Breakout Session · Design Presentation: How To Wow Your Clients
Core Session: Growing a Team & Opening a Studio
Core Session: Interior Photo Shoots & Getting Published
Formal dinner not hosted on evening two.

Next Day →

DAY two

Check-In & Breakfast

Core Session: The Business of Design 

Core Session: Achieving Profitability with a Confident Pricing Structure

Core Session: The Importance of Systems & Operations in Your Business

Luncheon on Lido Lawn

Breakout Session · Design Presentation: How To Wow Your Clients

Core Session: Growing a Team & Opening a Studio

Core Session: Interior Photo Shoots & Getting Published

Formal dinner not hosted on evening two.

Check-In & Breakfast
Core Session: Growing an Engaged Community on Instagram
Breakout Session: 2-Hour Open Q&A with Our Speakers 
Headshots with Raquel Langworthy
Lunch 
Core Session: Launching a Retail Shop & E-commerce
Core Session: Sourcing Product & Fostering Vendor Relationships 
Wrap-up and final Q&A with our Speaker Panel
Break Before Dinner
Farewell Dinner hosted on Lido Lawn

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DAY THREE

Check-In & Breakfast

Core Session: Growing an Engaged Community on Instagram

Breakout Session: 2-Hour Open Q&A with Our Speakers 

Headshots with Raquel Langworthy

Lunch

Core Session: Launching a Retail Shop & E-commerce

Core Session: Sourcing Product & Fostering Vendor Relationships 

Wrap-up and final Q&A with our Speaker Panel

Break Before Dinner

Farewell Dinner hosted on Lido Lawn

The Schedule

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.

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

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

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

Feel confident in your growth strategies and business goals.

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“If you're thinking about attending, just do it. It's going to take your business to the next level.”

— Chloe MacKintosh

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Tickets do not include accommodations.

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The Investment

Rainsford Company

Andrea Doxey

Working with HAVEN to elevate our start-up home decor business through collaborative social posts was a great investment for our brand. As we assessed the countless social partnership opportunities, we knew that HAVEN was the right choice for us given the consistent brand message and likeminded audience. Working with Melissa was easy, flexible and an overall pleasure. We look forward engaging with HAVEN again in the near future.

Working with Melissa was easy, flexible and an overall pleasure 

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Lark & Linen

Jacquelyn Clark

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Working with Melissa was easy, flexible and an overall pleasure 

collaborations

community

features

Three Days in Beautiful Southern California at Lido House Hotel
All Meals, Drinks and Snacks During Workshop Hours
11 Insightful and Informative Core Sessions with Our Expert Speakers
2+ Hour Open Q&A with Our Core Speakers
Design Presentation Breakout Session
Thoughtful Gifts and Surprises Sprinkled Throughout
Professional Headshots with Our Workshop Photographer
A Community Atmosphere and the Chance To Build Your Network
The Opportunity To Explore Design Shops in the Area

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HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL GET WHEN YOU JOIN:

Your Ticket Includes

Three Days in Beautiful Southern California at Lido House Hotel

All Meals, Drinks and Snacks During Workshop Hours

11 Insightful and Informative Core Sessions with Our Expert Speakers

2+ Hour Open Q&A with Our Core Speakers

Design Presentation Breakout Session

Thoughtful Gifts and Surprises Sprinkled Throughout

Professional Headshots with Our Workshop Photographer

A Community Atmosphere and the Chance To Build Your Network

The Opportunity To Explore Design Shops in the Area

Nearby Lido Marina Village includes some of our favorite shops to visit, including Jenni Kayne, Serena & Lily, Shoppe Amber Interiors, and more. The Pure Salt Interiors shop is also a short five-minute drive away.

TO VISIT WHILE YOU'RE IN THE AREA

Local Design Shops

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

Email workshop@thehavenlist.com To Schedule Your Call

from KELLEY GABLE

"A week prior to the workshop, I didn’t have a business name, branding, website, LLC, or systems. Basically, a total newbie."

"I had two clients but didn’t have the big picture. I was a total sponge over the course of our three days together and it changed the trajectory of my life and business. I filed for an LLC and my resale license, created a branding suite with a real name and logo, launched my website today (!!), put in place systems, and I’m just getting started. I can't thank you enough."

QUESTIONS

I'm just starting out. Is this workshop the right experience 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 biz look at how our incredible 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 attendees who will becomes friends. These relationships are priceless and will help your business grow, far beyond our 3 days together.

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

We’ll put it to you this way—our speakers are actually excited to learn from one another at this workshop! They each approach their business models slightly differently and have various strengths they will be touching on. While we will be covering a lot of basics on getting a design business up and running, and further growing your entrepreneurial game, 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. Not to mention, the opportunity to learn from and network with the other attendees. We’ve listed our speaker topics above in our rough sample timeline as well and we’d be happy to answer any additional questions (email us at workshop@thehavenlist.com) or by using our chat box on this page. 

Is there a payment plan option available?

Yes absolutely! We have a 6-month payment plan option available for our Spring 2023 event. This is a more accessible option for those who wish to pay over time. You will be charged the first installment when you signup and the remaining installments each month until your payment plan is complete. If you have any questions about our payment plan option, please reach out to our team by emailing us at workshop@thehavenlist.com. 

This is a big step for me. What makes it worth the investment?

There's no denying the design industry is full of educational resources and tools—from design markets to online courses and more. It's important to embrace all of those resources, but we saw a gap in the fusion of learning & connecting, in-person. Our workshop may only be a few days, but those three days can change SO much. We specifically designed a boutique-style event with luxe touches because we believe this is a moment to be celebrated. Investing in yourself and your business is a huge step and one that we don't take lightly. Our speakers and industry experts have all been hand-picked for their incredible ability to thoughtfully share their experiences with you, candidly—and, give you actionable steps.

Do you offer the workshop virtually?

If an in-person workshop isn't in the cards for you right now, we completely understand. We currently do not offer online courses, but hope to in the future. We decided to start our educational offerings in the form of in-person workshops because we've seen first-hand how face-to-face events have truly been catalysts for business owners. As mentioned, many of us have attended or spoken at other events and we can say with confidence that nothing is comparable to the real conversations you will have, the laughter, the tears, and the openness of your fears, struggles, goals and achievements with your fellow entrepreneurs and mentors.

I can't wait to come! Where do you recommend staying?

We can't wait to meet you! We recommend staying at Lido House Hotel, which is where our event is held. A room block with a discounted rate will be available about 60-90 days prior to the event. We will send this info to all enrolled attendees when available. Rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis and discounted rates are not guaranteed. The hotel neighbors Lido Marina Village which boasts charming shops and restaurants. 

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I'm just starting out. Is this workshop the right experience 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 biz look at how our incredible 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 attendees who will becomes friends. These relationships are priceless and will help your business grow, far beyond our 3 days together.

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

We’ll put it to you this way—our speakers are actually excited to learn from one another at this workshop! They each approach their business models slightly differently and have various strengths they will be touching on. While we will be covering a lot of basics on getting a design business up and running, and further growing your entrepreneurial game, 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. Not to mention, the opportunity to learn from and network with the other attendees. We’ve listed our speaker topics above in our rough sample timeline as well and we’d be happy to answer any additional questions (email us at workshop@thehavenlist.com) or by using our chat box on this page. 

Is there a payment plan option available? 

Yes, absolutely! We have a 6-month payment plan option available for our Spring 2023 event. This is a more accessible option for those who wish to pay over time. You will be charged the first installment when you signup and the remaining installments each month until your payment plan is complete. If you have any questions about our payment plan option, please reach out to our team by emailing us at workshop@thehavenlist.com. 

This is a big step for me. What makes it worth the investment?

There's no denying the design industry is full of educational resources and tools—from design markets to online courses and more. It's important to embrace all of those resources, but we saw a gap in the fusion of learning & connecting, in-person. Our workshop may only be a few days, but those three days can change SO much. We specifically designed a boutique-style event with luxe touches because we believe this is a moment to be celebrated. Investing in yourself and your business is a huge step and one that we don't take lightly. Our speakers and industry experts have all been hand-picked for their incredible ability to thoughtfully share their experiences with you, candidly—and, give you actionable steps.

Do you offer the workshop virtually?

If an in-person workshop isn't in the cards for you right now, we completely understand. We currently do not offer online courses, but hope to in the future. We decided to start our educational offerings in the form of in-person workshops because we've seen first-hand how face-to-face events have truly been catalysts for business owners. As mentioned, many of us have attended or spoken at other events and we can say with confidence that nothing is comparable to the real conversations you will have, the laughter, the tears, and the openness of your fears, struggles, goals and achievements with your fellow entrepreneurs and mentors.

I can't wait to come! Where do you recommend staying?

We can't wait to meet you! We recommend staying at Lido House Hotel, which is where our event is held. A room block with a discounted rate will be available about 60-90 days prior to the event. We will send this info to all enrolled attendees when available. Rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis and discounted rates are not guaranteed. The hotel neighbors Lido Marina Village which boasts charming shops and restaurants.