Over the weekend I had the honor of speaking at Haven! It was my very first time attending the event and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Not only did I get to speak, but I also had the chance to connect with some AMAZING brands like La-Z-Boy, Porch.com, Kirkland’s, Home Decorators, Home Depot and SO many more.  I felt like I was living in a dream world literally the entire weekend! And what made it even more special was getting to finally meet my blog friends in person for the first time ever. Man, I wish I could go back right now.

On Friday and Saturday I had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah from Life on Virginia Street and Camilla from Effortless Style. We spoke about how to take the pages from a catalogue or magazine and make them your own. It’s always great to have inspiring resources to help you style a room, but what’s more important is making it your own – and that was exactly what the session was all about!


We all started off with one inspiration photo and styled the room with items to make it more fitting to our personal taste, giving tips along the way for you to do the same. To see Sarah and Camilla’s design boards, check out their blogs here and here.


Our inspiration photo was taken from the pages of a Pottery Barn catalogue. I think we can all agree that this room is completely stunning, but some of us might also agree that it’s not 100% fitting to our own individual style. Below is the design board I created to make the space more my own. I decided to keep the white sectional, matching navy wing backs, white wall color, but replace the rest with more color and pattern.  What do you think?


 What I Would Change/Add:

No.1: My personal style is bold, colorful and graphic with a touch of beachy accents. This rug emulates all of these styles into one!

No.2: I love collecting things from personal vacations or antique malls. Instead of using out-of-the-box store accessories, mix in a handful of antique finds or vacation finds.

No.3: Throw pillows will change a room! I tend to go for really graphic styles that pop. Throw pillows are also a perfect place to add that color you might be missing.

No.4: Family photos are a MUST when designing your space. Make the photos cohesive by using a consistent frame set or color palette.

No.5: Contemporary lighting in a traditional space will bring excitement to the room. This light fixture continues the graphic elements you see throughout the room.

No.6: Graphic curtains against a neutral wall color will add dimension – Especially when the wall color is white!

Below are a few rooms from my home, which reflect my consistent graphic yet laid-back style. As you can tell, I’m not afraid of color, but I also love using neutrals in a room. I believe that mixing all of these elements together makes any room I design feel like home.


My Style Tips:

  • Take your time when determining your style and curate a healthy collection of your favorite spaces.
  • Whatever you do, don’t try to copy any of these spaces. If you try to create a replica, your space will most likely feel confused, incomplete and most importantly, NOT your own space. Why? Because you’ve created a space that was literally someone else’s style.
  • When designing a room, I typically find 1 or 2 items that I simply cannot live without. It might be a graphically inspiring pillow, bold hue of a curtain panel or a visually interesting seashell I found on the beach while on vacation. Whatever it may be, start with these items and build your room around them.
  • When buying your big-ticket items, lean more toward the neutral tones. Then if you get board in a few years, you can easily switch out things like pillows, throws, rugs etc.

So that’s a wrap! There are a few things that I’m sure I forgot to add in there, but I guess that just means you’ll have to attend Haven next year to get in on all the action. So please tell me – who else attended over the weekend? Did I get to meet any of you talented ladies??

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The Blissful Bee

Thank you for stopping by The Blissful Bee! I'm Amy and I'm the writer and designer behind the blog. I have a passion for interior design, fashion and simply living a stylish life. I hope you enjoy your "stay"!

1 Comment

  1. Great post! I hope I will be able to attend Haven next year. I am already starting to save the $ so I can fly out!
    I like your message about making a room “your own”. Thanks.
    Michelle from simplysantabarbara.blogspot.com
    P.S. I would like to invite you to visit my blog to see its new design.

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