An Intimate, Three 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 good at it. But how do you grow that 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. Our Workshop is for interior designers who are looking to build an intentional brand, expand in knowledge, and refine their design skills. Whether you're just launching your business or have a well-established brand, 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
Luxury Learning Experience for Interior Designers



APRIL 26–28TH, 2022

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

The HAVEN Workshop is an intimate experience with limited seats available. Spots fill up quickly, we recommend enrolling early.


APRIL 26–28TH, 2022

Experience Beautiful
Newport Beach, California


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!

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.

you'll LEARN FROM 6 INDUSTRY experts

The Speaker Lineup

Anissa Zajac

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. 

Melissa Baran

Anissa Zajac is the CEO of House Seven Design and Lead Designer. Her unique approach to design embodies her love of antiques with modern furnishings. This approach lends to her ever evolving aesthetic which she refers to as vintage modern—highlighting layered textiles, alongside rustic and globally inspired accessories. Created from a dream and a love for all things design, Anissa, along with her husband Brian, are building their life around making things beautiful. What started as a simple blog has grown into a business that combines Anissa’s creative designs with Brian’s skills for remodeling to turn any house into a dream home. 

Chloe MacKintosh

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.

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.

Ryan Garvin

Honor Creative is a boutique design studio in Nashville, Tennessee specializing in branding, web design, photography, and graphic design. Honor creates visual branding for people with great intentions. Founded by Brooke Boling, Honor was created for entrepreneurs in the creative space with a passion and purpose to affect change in their own lives and the lives of others. By crafting a thoughtful, intentional brand identity we have the opportunity to empower our clients with the tools and confidence needed to land their dream clients.

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.

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*Speaker panel is subject to change.

+ 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

+ Brand Partnerships

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.


Here's What You'll Learn

You Will Learn

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


Giving Your Business an Identity with Intention


Setting Your Business Up for Success


Afternoon check-in


Day One

day one

day 01


Make Money Doing What You Love

the business of design:

Gaining New Clients & Larger Scale Projects


A Thoughtful Way to Wow Your Clients 

design presentation:

Break for Lunch

Grow Your Community


Growth Strategies To Elevate


Morning Check-In & Breakfast


Day Two

day two

day 02

Leveraging the Right Tools for Success


*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


Best Practices for a Successful Photoshoot

Interior Photoshoots:

Break for Lunch

A Pricing Structure That'll Work for Your Business Model


With our Workshop Photographer


Morning Check-In & Breakfast


Day Three

day three

day 03


+ 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

+ The opportunity to explore design shops in Lido Marina Village, like Jenni Kayne, Serena & Lily, Shoppe Amber Interiors and more

*Please note: airfare, accommodations and transportation are not included. We will have a discounted rate available for Lido House through our room block, rooms are first-come first-served. 

Your Ticket Includes

Your Ticket Includes

The Experience

The Experience

See the beauty you can expect from stunning Newport Beach!


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


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

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Workshop tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferrable to another attendee.

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*Only a few spots left!

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 




Lark & Linen

Jacquelyn Clark

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Working with Melissa was easy, flexible and an overall pleasure 





We've Got Answers!

have questions?

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?


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?


Yes absolutely! We have a 4-month installment payment plan option available for our April 2022 event. The payment plan option is $890 per month for four months—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. 

Is there a payment plan OPTION available? 


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?


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?


Yay! We can't wait to meet you! We recommend staying at Lido House Hotel, which is where our classroom sessions are held. We will be getting a room block with a discounted rate for Lido House 60-90 days prior to the event and will send this info to all attendees when available. Rooms are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The hotel neighbors Lido Marina Village which boasts charming shops and restaurants. 

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


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 only if required by hotel

+ Masks practices will follow city and venue guidelines at the time of event

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

+ Meals will be outdoor dining on beautiful Lido Lawn (weather permitting)

+ Food will be both on individually plated meals and buffet style, unless guidelines change

+ All Lido House staff have been vaccinated 

+ A hand sanitizer station will be available

+ Please bring your own masks as they will not be provided

+ 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


Safety Measures

Safety Measures

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