JULY

2021

A 3-Day, Boutique-Style Learning Experience for Interior Designers

You know how to help others live beautifully through intentional design, it’s your passion, and you’re really, really good at it. But how do you take that passion and grow it into a successful, thriving business and a thoughtful brand? That’s where we come in. We’re here to inspire, educate and encourage you in your journey to becoming your own tailored version of success; and to guide you in your pursuit of spending your days doing exactly what you love.

Who is the HAVEN Workshop for? Interior designers and design enthusiasts who are looking to build an intentional brand, expand in knowledge, refine their design skills and grow into successful business owners. Whether you're just launching your business or a few years in, we've got the tools for you to take your business to the next level. Does that sound like you?

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

- annie dillard -

An Intimate 3-Day, Boutique-Style Learning Experience for Interior Designers

HAVEN

WORKSHOP

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA · SUMMER 2021

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Option No.1 · July 18–20

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Option No.2 · July 21–23

THE DATES

Take Your Pick from
Two Sessions This Summer

Take Your Pick from Two Sessions This Summer

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July 18–20

Option No.1

July 21–23

Option No.2

*The HAVEN Workshop is an intimate experience with only 28 seats available per event. Spots fill up quickly, we recommend booking early.

the Location

Join Us in Beautiful
Newport Beach, California

AT LIDO HOUSE HOTEL

Enjoy a boutique-style learning experience that feels like a vacation. Our speaker sessions will be 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!

We've hand-picked 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.

SPEAKER LINEUP

You'll Learn from Real Industry Trailblazers

You'll Learn from Real Industry Trailblazers

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Kristen Forgione

With nearly a decade of experience in creating digital editorial content, Melissa'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. 

Speaking July 18–20 + 21–23

Melissa Baran

Kristen Forgione is the creative force behind The LifeStyled Co. Design Firm and Retail Shops, specializing in a minimal and modern aesthetic called, Organic Desert Living. After 10 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, The LifeStyled Co. 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.

Speaking July 18–20

Kate Marker

Kate Lester

Kate Lester is a Los Angeles based designer who has been practicing luxury residential and commercial interior design for over 15 years. Drawing inspiration from classic architecture, design greats, and her own clients’ passions, she aims to create spaces that are carefully crafted, thoughtfully curated, and the embodiment of livable luxury. Her industry experience includes working for some of Hollywood’s most famous designers before launching her own firm in 2010. With a diversely talented design team in her studio, and now a home store in Hermosa Beach, – Kate is spreading her vision of livable luxury and carefully curated interiors with the masses.

Speaking July 18–20 + 21–23

An artist at heart, Kate began her design career studying Fine Arts at Illinois State University before transferring to Harrington College of Design where she received her degree in Interior Design. Kate has been honing her talents while developing her signature fresh, timeless look since 2000. As Principal Designer, Kate oversees all design projects to ensure they are a reflection of the client while incorporating the KMI aesthetic. Her strengths lie in her endless ideas & inspiration, relentless work ethic, unwavering vision, and great sense of humor, which, lucky for everyone she works with, is infectious.

Speaking July 21–23

Ryan Garvin

Chloe MacKintosh

Chloe MacKintosh is the Founder of Boxwood Avenue—a lifestyle brand reigniting the beauty of making. A place where slow living is relished and encouraged; where old world traditions make for a simple and fulfilled life. Chloe serves a select number of clients each year to provide interior design services, specializing in renovation projects and assisting in adding character to new builds. In addition to the blog, she curates a shop of beautiful goods sourced from around the globe. The shop features many hand made items from artisans, antiques, and vintage finds. Chloe searches high and low to provide little treasures that add character to the homes of her customers and clientele.

Speaking July 18–20 + 21–23

Ryan Garvin began his photography career nearly a decade ago, and honed his aesthetic in the process of putting in his “10,000 hours”. With a focus on interior photography, he pays special attention to horizontal and vertical lines with his work, and he seeks out the interesting and thoughtful details at each shoot. Relying almost entirely on natural light, he prides himself on the photographic style he has come to be known for. His work can be seen in notable print and web publications, ranging from Elle Decor to Traditional Home, and most often—your Instagram feed.

Speaking July 18–20 + 21–23

Jen Olmstead

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*Speaker panel is subject to change.

Jen Olmstead is a Virginia-based graphic designer, visual storyteller, and type nerd. A lifelong fan of a good story—and shaping the words and letters that tell it—she specializes in creating uniquely-tailored brand experiences for creative entrepreneurs, and in building online spaces that people love to explore. In 2013, Jen and fellow designer + friend Jeffrey Shipley founded TONIC SITE SHOP and launched their first collection of cocktail-inspired, "completely customizable websites for the modern, stylish creative." Jen runs her business from her home outside Washington, D.C., where she lives with her handsome husband, their daughters Serena and Sofia, and Jaime the golden retriever.

Speaking July 18–20 + 21–23

+ Systems & Operations: Setting Your Business Up for Success from the Start

+ Branding: Giving Your Business an Identity with Intention

+ Client Growth: Gaining New Clients & Larger Scale Projects

+ Pricing: A Pricing Structure That'll Work for Your Business Model

+ Hiring: How To Build Your Dream Team and Open a Design Studio

+ Design Presentation: Wowing Your Clients 

+ The Business of Design: How To Make Money Doing What You Love

+ Instagram Growth: How To Grow An Engaged Community

+ Marketing: A Powerful Way to Promote Your Brand 

+ Getting Published: Pitching Your Work to Online + Print Publications

+ Shop 101: Launching an E-commerce, Brick & Mortar and Custom Products

+ Business Management + Growth Strategies

Beyond the sessions covered, we'll have dedicated time for breakout sessions and Q&A with all speakers.

*Attendees have the opportunity to chat with speakers during non-session hours (i.e. group meals) as well.

THE TOPICS

The Topics We're Covering

We're Covering

The Testimonials

The Testimonials

Hear what our past attendees are saying about their experience!

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*This sample schedule is not yet all inclusive and is subject to change, but this is a rough timeline and flow you can expect!

Lido House Lawn (Outdoor)

Cocktail Hour & dinner

Speaker Introductions, Light Snacks & Refreshments Served

WELCOME

Giving Your Business an Identity with Intention

Branding:

Setting Your Business Up for Success

SYSTEMS & OPERATIONS:

Afternoon check-in

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Day One

day one

day 01

THE SCHEDULE

Make Money Doing What You Love

the business of design:

Gaining New Clients & Larger Scale Projects

CLIENT GROWTH:

A Thoughtful Way to Wow Your Clients 

design presentation:

Break for Lunch

Grow Your Community

SOCIAL & MARKETING:

Growth Strategies To Elevate

BUSINESS GROWTH:

Morning Check-In & Breakfast

ARRIVE AT 9 AM

Day Two

day two

day 02

Leveraging the Right Tools for Success

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT:

THE SCHEDULE

Cocktail Hour at the Jenni Kayne Shop

*No formal dinner hosted by HAVEN on the second evening

Farewell Dinner on Lido House Lawn

Ins & Outs of Opening an Online Shop

SHOP 101:

Best Practices for Pitching Your Work

Getting published:

Building Your Dream Team

hiring:

Best Practices for a Successful Photoshoot

Interior Photoshoots:

Break for Lunch

A Pricing Structure That'll Work for Your Business Model

PRICING:

With our Workshop Photographer

headshots:

Morning Check-In & Breakfast

ARRIVE AT 9 AM

Day Three

day three

day 03

THE SCHEDULE

+ Three days in beautiful Southern California at Lido House Hotel with an intimate group of like-minded designers

+ Day 1 snacks, dinner & drinks

+ Day 2 breakfast, lunch, drinks & snacks

+ Day 3 breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks & dinner

+ Insightful and informative sessions with our expert speakers

+ Breakout sessions with the speaker panel

+ Client design presentation sessions with our design speakers

+ A beautiful welcome basket filled with curated items just for you

+ Thoughtful gifts and surprises sprinkled throughout

+ Professional headshots with our workshop photographer

+ A community atmosphere and the chance to build your network

+ A priceless opportunity to learn from successful industry pros

+ A final Q & A with our speaker panel

+ Design shop tour and casual cocktail hour with our friends at Jenni Kayne in Lido Marina Village

*Airfare, accommodations and transportation not included. We have a room block at Lido House for a discounted rate, on a first come first served basis. We'll provide you with a custom link to book your room through room block when that is available in May.

Your

Your Ticket Includes

Ticket Includes

The Experience

The Experience

See the beauty you can expect from stunning Newport Beach!

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Nearby Lido Marina Village includes some of our favorite shops to visit, including Jenni Kayne, Serena & Lily, Shoppe Amber Interiors, Bixby & Ball and more.

Shops to Visit

THE LOCAL

Are you ready to start spending your days doing what you love? Secure your seat below. We'll see you in July!

to start spending your days doing what you love?

Are you ready

3-MONTH PAYMENT PLAN

$1100

or

a one-time payment

$3150

option no. 2

HAVEN Workshop tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferrable. Payment plan options will be $900 with discount and 2 additional payments of $1100.

3-month payment plan

or

a one-time payment

option no. 1

SECURE YOUR SPOT HERE!

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*Use code HAVEN200 to get $200 OFF · 5 tickets left!

*Email workshop@thehavenlist.com for possible openings*

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

The INVESTMENT

READ THE FAQ's

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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 haven’t launched my business yet, should I wait to take this workshop until I do?

No.1

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. 

I’ve been in the industry for a few years. HOW WILL THIS WORKSHOP HELP ME?

No.2

Yes absolutely! We have a 3-month installment payment plan option available for both of our July 2021 workshops. The payment plan option is $1100 per month for three months—a slightly higher investment overall ($150 more total), but it 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 once a month until your payment plan is complete. For example, if you purchase your ticket in April, you'll be charged once initially and then again in May and June. 

If you're interested in a longer payment plan option, please reach out to our team by emailing us at workshop@thehavenlist.com. If we have any additional installment options available, we'll see what we can do to accommodate you!

Is there a payment plan OPTION available? 

No.3

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.

i'd love to attend, but I'm not sure I can justify the investment right now. What makes it worth the price?

No.4

We get it! 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.

this sounds amazing, but I'm SO busy and would prefer to do an online course. Do you OFFER online learning?

No.5

Yay! We can't wait to meet you! We have a room block with a discounted rate at Lido House Hotel, which is where our classroom sessions are held. Our hotel neighbors the Lido Marina Village area with charming shops and restaurants. Please note: Our room block discounted rate is on a first come, first served basis. 

For all registered attendees, we'll send a custom link during the month of  May that you'll be able to use to book your room at Lido House. If you use this link and are unable to book for any reason or have trouble, please reach out to our team immediately at workshop@thehavenlist.com and we can help.

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

No.6

To make our event as safe as possible and minimize the spread of COVID-19, we'll be implementing the following practices in guidance with Lido House.

+ Classroom seating will be social distanced

+ Masks are required in public areas of the hotel

+ We'll be updating best practices for masking as we near the event and receive new information from the county and Lido House

+ Dinners and lunches will be outdoor dining on beautiful Lido Lawn (weather permitting)

+ Food will be served by Lido House staff (no self-serve)

+ Any breakfast or buffets will be served by Lido House staff behind plexiglass partitions, guests may not touch and choose from food tables

+ All Lido House staff have been vaccinated and will be wearing masks

+ A hand sanitizer station will be available

+ We will have extra masks for anyone who may want or need

+ For those guests staying at Lido House, Mobile check-in and key, service requests, and room service orders delivered right to your door are available via the Marriott Bonvoy mobile app

+ Learn more about safety measures at Lido House HERE

*If you have any additional questions about the safety measures we'll be taking, please reach out to our team at workshop@thehavenlist.com

COVID-19

Safety Measures

Safety Measures

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