Fourteen top interior design bloggers from Europe and across the United States and Canada are headed to New York for the next edition of Modenus’ BlogTour, March 19-24. The bloggers will experience the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, showrooms and studios, and soak up all things design in New York City.
“It’s been said before but I’ll say it again, we love New York,” said Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus, the online resource behind BlogTour. “Last time we brought BlogTour here, we set Twitter alight. The figures are one thing, for example an audience reach of over 1 million people per tour, but the experience was a life changer for many who took part. It created long term relationships and opportunities for bloggers and brands alongside the buzz and the excitement. That was last year, and now we’re back with a new group of bloggers and some great experiences lined up.”
Marys & Mimosas, the annual design media meet-up at the AD Home Design Show will be one of the highlights, as well as visits to luxury showrooms and quirky shops and galleries in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Here is a look at the design bloggers participating:
Clockwise from top: Kate Watson-Smyth, Gem Barton, Ricarda Nieswandt, Zoe Brewer
Kate Watson-Smyth has been a journalist for more than 20 years, the last ten of them specializing in property, interiors and design. She writes mainly for the Financial Times, often about international styles, including a recent piece on Denmark asking whether good design makes people happy. The answer was an emphatic "Yes." Prior to that, she spent many years at The Independent, has written for Living Etc and contributes regularly to Houzz.com. She set up madaboutthehouse.com last year. Follow Kate on Twitter at @katewatsonsmyth.
Gem Barton is, in addition to being the author of a very lively blog, gembarton.com, very many things. Gem runs a vertical studio in Interior Architecture at the University of Brighton(UK), is a co-founding member of curatorial team, Collate Presents, a Director at studio BartonBandy Architecture+Design, an Associate Lecturer in “Design Thinking” at the Open University, half of creative duo ‘Magic and Mafia’ and a regular contributor to Arch Daily, Design Exchange, Paperunway and, no doubt many others. It's impossible to follow Gem, you just have to run and try to catch up. She can be found on Twitter as @gem_shandy.
Zoe Brewer is creative director of her own successful London based interior design company, My Interior Stylist Ltd. As well as keeping her clients’ homes looking stylish and pretty, Zoe’s work extends to TV design shows, interior styling for print, event styling, the odd bit of journalism, consultation and guest speaking plus her recent foray into retail with My Pop Up Design Shop. Zoe’s blog, My Interior Stylist, gives us a view into her personal thoughts on the world of design, particularly reflecting Zoe’s keen support of new designers and love of color. She does quite like pink. Follow Zoe on twitter @interiorstylist.
Ricarda Nieswandt lives and works in Cologne. In her blog “23qm Stil”, which is German for 207 square feet of style, she writes about Life and living, style, design, spaces, rooms, special shops, cool places and everything that makes your home nicer. She is also Social Media Manager and the founder of BLOGST, a workshop and event series for bloggers in Germany. You can find her on Twitter at @23qmStil.
Clockwise from top: Mike Welton, Lisa Goulet, Michael Ryan, Irene Turner
Mike Welton is the the man behind the Architects + Artisans blog, documenting the development of architecture, artisanship and sustainability for the 21st century. As Mike says, ” It’s not just about designers—but about the people and products that make a well-designed place ring true.” Mike has also written on architecture, art and design for The Washington Post, Dwell, The New York Times and Metropolis Magazine. You can find Mike on Twitter as @mikewelton.
Lisa Goulet of Lisa Goulet Design moved around a lot as a young girl. That’s because her father was in the armed forces. Every time she moved she found herself looking forward to planning and decorating her new room. Her career path progressed through gutting and rebuilding her own cottage and building and finishing her family’s new home before becoming a certified interior designer and a member of The Canadian Decorator’s Association. Lisa’s personal style, which involves natural elements and soothing colors, is reflected in her blog. You can also follow her on Twitter at @gouletdesign.
Irene Turner of Irene Turner Little Bits of Beauty has also moved around a lot counting no less than 33 places she has called home. After fifteen years as a trend director and product developer in the international fashion business, she founded her own interior design and renovation firm which she has now been running for 19 years. It was the need to create a feeling of home where ever she found herself that led her to develop the skills which she now shares with her clients. Irene can be found on Twitter as @IreneTurner.
Michael Ryan describes himself as ‘a Chicago beach bum who loves design, great friends and good food’. His work and his blog, Michael Ryan, reflects the inspiration he gets from coastal and mountain influences as well as from the texture and colors of pieces that have a history. Michael is an award winning product developer, trend forecaster and has managed large corporate design teams. In thinking about design, Michael says: “Design manifests into something greater than one item; it creates a lifestyle.” You can find Michael on Twitter as @dempsterbeach.
Clockwise from top: Lori Gilder, Louisa Blackmore, Emily Blunden, Heather Jenkinson
Lori Gilder Allied ASID, is the CEO and Founder of Interior Makeovers Inc., a full service interior design firm based in Beverly Hills CA. An award-winning interior designer to Hollywood’s elite, her work has appeared in various shelter magazines, blogs and HGTV design shows. More recently Lori was named as an on-air Interior Design Expert for eHow, where she shares her tips and expertise through a series of home design videos. Lori’s blog Diary of a Renovation began following the progress of one project and now celebrates all aspects of the home renovation and design process. On Twitter she is @LoriGilder.
Louisa Blackmore is the founder of West Egg Interiors, an award-winning online interiors store specializing in original and quirky restored furniture and decorative home accessories. Louisa also writes the West Egg blog incorporating behind the scenes features, interiors inspiration and restoration projects. She is also on the expert panel for Period Homes & Interiors magazine, and regularly contributes to interiors magazines in the UK. Louisa also runs workshops at West Egg’s studio and workshop in Blunham, Bedfordshire and at The Decor Cafe in Putney, London. Follow Louisa on Twitter @westeggUK.
Emily Blunden is the Finch of the popular Atticus and Finch blog. She is a London-based interiors and props stylist and writer with over nine years of experience in the styling industry. She has extensive experience in styling and propping for editorial, advertorial and commercial clients, both in stills photography and video. As she says, sourcing props, locations, and working to tight schedules and budgets are all in a day’s work. Emily also regularly contributes to nationwide editorial publications, as well as styling and writing for commercial clients. On Twitter, Emily is @atticusandfinch.
Heather Jenkinson, author of Living in a Pretty How Town, is a London-based interior designer & color consultant. She also describes herself as a lover of bicycles, sweet ginger tea, modernist architecture, quiet moments, mindful chatter and sunny days. She is about to launch her first boutique range of furniture—all handmade, in London, using 200 year upholstery techniques. Heather can also be found on Twitter as @heatherdesign.
Marie-Louise Munter and Desiree Groenedal
Marie-Louise Munter is responsible for the Miss Design Says blog which she describes as “your daily dose of all good things Danish—design, architecture, urban spaces and cool brands, people and places in Denmark and around the world”. Helpfully, Marie-Louise adds that the blog is in English, which is good for those of us struggling shamefully with our Danish. Marie also describes herself as a brand strategist, design blogger and social media addict. You can share in the addiction by following her on @missdesignsays.
Desiree Groenendal is the author of interior and lifestyle blog Vosgesparis, a consistently fresh source for ideas on decorating with minimal color and maximum style. She has been writing, for the past five years, about the transformation of her own home, interior design, decorating and finding beauty in imperfection. Living in Amsterdam, she tells us that she often jumps on a train to Paris to find new inspiration. Her goal is to inspire her readers on how to trust their feeling, find their own style and interpret this in their homes as a reflection of who they are. You can find her on Twitter as @Vosgesparis.
The team will have plenty of time to explore some of the city on their own to add their personal angle to the tour. The writers will then report back to their blog and social media audiences, both live during BlogTour as well as the weeks before and after.
Design enthusiasts can keep up with BlogTour in New York by following the Twitter hashtag #BlogTourNYC and viewing the blogs via Modenus.com.