Twelve interior designers and bloggers from the United States, Canada and Dubai are headed to London for the London Design Festival this month. As part of the third edition of BlogTour presented by Modenus, the bloggers will be making stops at 100% Design, Design Junction, Tent London and Decorex, as well as a number of smaller events and showrooms.
“We first launched BlogTour during London Design Festival in 2011 and are thrilled to be welcomed back by our many trade show and agency partners for a third time,” said Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus.com. “Our tours have grown leaps and bounds since then, and so has the impact on the interior design and lifestyle community.”
The writers will report live from the shows on the latest trends and the newest products.
The participating bloggers are as follows:
Holly Hollingsworth Phillips, The English Room (Charlotte, North Carolina)
A residential interior designer, Phillips’ style is elegant, eclectic and colorful. She has completed homes all over the east coast that have ranged from the super modern to very traditional while keeping it true to her style. She loves overseeing the design process from beginning to end.
Corey Klassen, Colour Outside the Lines (Vancouver, British Columbia)
For the last seven years, Klassen has built a boutique interior design practice that focuses directly on his clients' needs. With depth of creative visual experience and specialty in kitchens and bathrooms, Klassen finds himself addressing form and function at every stage of the design with his down-to-earth attitude and highly technical design expertise.
Richard Rabel, The Modern Sybarite (New York, New York)
Under the aegis of richard|rabel: interiors + art, Rabel provides clients with livable, warm and unique interiors that reflect a 21st century lifestyle. A multi-linguist with a 10-year career as a senior director and specialist at Christie’s, 20 years of art and design study and over thirty years of international travel, Rabel has lived in seven countries and has had access to some of the most exquisite and exclusive spaces.
Jessica Gordon Ryan, The Entertaining House (Southern Connecticut)
A writer, a blogger, a photographer and a memoirist, Ryan has dabbled in public relations and marketing as a copywriter before taking time off to raise her family—but writing was never put on the back burner. Born out of a need to be creative, and a desire to perfect her writing skills, Ryan created her lifestyle blog, where she writes about topics from food to fashion to décor. Ryan also owns a boutique social media and creative services company, Effervescence, where she combines her creative services, promotional writing, photography, social media, and blog design.
Marilyn Russell, Design Magnifique, Inc. (Orlando, Florida)
Design Magnigique epitomizes the style and the substance of today’s internationally focused and modernist approach to interior design. Born in Jamaica, Russell grew up in Boston and studied historical interior design in London. Her own work is contemporary and trendsetting with a masculine, edgy feel to it.
Lisa Kahn, Lisa Writes (Naples, Florida)
Growing up in a small-town in Ohio couldn’t have prepared Kahn for a fast-paced career in the interior design field. However, the values she grew up with are the foundation for her success. Not one to impose her own style on the projects she takes, her commissioned spaces reflect her clients needs, passions, desires and lifestyles.
A design writer living in New Jersey, Catinella Orrell has been a member of the design press for over 17 years, covering interior design, home furnishings, kitchen and bath design, and architectural building products. She has written and edited articles for Contract Design, HFN, and Architectural Record, among other publications. She is also a published poet and her chapbook Stuck in the Dream Wheel was published by Finishing Line Press in 2005. She earned her LEED Green Associate certification in 2012, indicating she knows just enough about sustainable design to be dangerous.
Ann Porter, Kitchen Studio of Naples (Naples, Florida)
Porter’s goal as a ‘lifestyle designer’ is to make a positive difference in a person’s life through design projects. She likes to put a lot of passion, creative thinking and research into her projects and gets emotionally attached to them and the people she gets to work with. She prides herself in taking the time to listen and get to know her clients’ needs, goals, and dreams—big ideas are what motivate and inspire her.
Laurie Laizure, CustomizedWalls.com (Manchester, New Hampshire)
Laizure has extensive experience in the highest quality fine art printing, a craft that has taken shape over her 15 year career and set about gaining national attention for her innovative wallpaper and murals through e-commerce business, blog and social media. Laizure is also founder of the popular Interior Design Community on G+ for interior design professionals—weekly video hangouts and interviews that have become a valuable resource for the business of design.
Laura Bielecki, Luxury Interiors Blog (Dubai, UAE)
Bielecki’s blog is about exploring the world of interiors, from products to projects. In this journal she shows new and exciting releases in the industry including bespoke items, limited editions, contemporary furniture, unique lighting and trendy home decor to name a few. Her journal entries inform and dissect the elements we as humans use on an every day basis to better our lives. Bielecki currently lives and works in Dubai, UAE. Her work can be seen all over the world in some of the most affluent homes and businesses.
Lisa Mende, Lisa Mende Design (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Since 1998, Mende’s firm has specialized in traditional interiors with a modern vibe. In 2009, during a sabbatical from her practice due to grieving the loss of a child, Mende started writing her blog of the same name “Lisa Mende Design.” She believes a well-designed interior tells the story of the owner and looks collected rather than designed.
Courtney Lake, Courtney Out Loud (San Francisco, California)
A Bay Area-based interior designer and graduate of Stanford University, Lake worked in high-tech marketing and events before launching his successful interior design business, Courtney Lake Interiors. His writing and work has been featured on television, online and in print including: RUE Magazine, Refinery 29, SheKnows.com, Life & Style Magazine, The Nate Berkus Show, Dabble Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Adore Magazine, Pop Sugar Home, Joyus.com, House of Fifty Magazine, FOLK Magazine and Le Rapport Minoritaire.
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