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BlogTour NOLA – Meet the Bloggers

BlogTour is hitting New Orleans! We are spending time at KBIS,  the industry’s largest international trade show, and we are also going to immerse ourselves in inspiration, culture and excitement of the USA’s most vibrant city. As we may have said before,  it’s the people who make BlogTour, and these are the bloggers who’se adventures you can follow on Twitter using the hashtag #BlogTourNOLA and their blog posts will be right here on Modenus.

Gloria Graham, author of design blog  Kitchens for Living is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association.  The co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen Illustrated, her work has appeared on This Old House as well as Florida Design Magazine, The Sun Sentinel  and the Palm Beach Post. She is a proud member of both the BLANCO Design Council  and the illustrious “Blogger 19.”   Gloria’s unique vision blends her work as a mixed media artist and avid world traveler with 19 years experience as a designer in the kitchen and bath industry. You can find her on Twitter as@Kitchens4living

Arne Salvesen, the man behind the Useful Spaces blog, where he shares his views on design, food and whatever else seems important at the time. He tells us that he started designing with Lego at the age 0f 10.  He applies the same sense of fun to designing kitchens and bathrooms today. His professional career started in 1994, building and installing the kitchens he would later design.  He achieved his Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) accreditation in 2001, and continues his education through active participation in his local NKBA chapter. You can also find him on Twitter as @ArneSalvesen

Toma Haines, also known as  The Antiques Diva is an American expat living in Europe who has traveled and antique-shopped in over 30 countries and, in her own words, has ‘learned how to live a life without borders’. Toma runs antiques, vintage, home decor and lifestyle shopping tours in five languages and six countries – France, England, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Somehow she also finds time to update her popular blog sharing advice on entertaining diva style and  the latest home decorating trends, as well as tweeting as @TheAntiquesDiva


Cynthia Bogart is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Basics, the on-line magazine which covers home and gardens, travel and living, food and drink, body and fashion, arts and literature and just about anything else you might ever want to read about. Cynthia spent 18 years with Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, and Renovation Style magazines where her job was to find homes and trends, style and work with top photographers, shoot the stories and then write the manuscript for many of the articles you’ve been reading all these years. Cynthia, a native New Yorker, relocated to Rhode Island with her husband, three children and two dogs ten years ago. You can find Cyhthia on Twitter as @thedailybasics

Jennifer Mehditash is a New York interior designer, with a career that started in London and then Portugal. She takes great pleasure in sharing her passion for art and design through her blog Dec-a-Porter. Since moving to NY, she has been included in the coveted Style Spotters for High Point Market, part of Brizo Fashion Week, and a Curator for the Joss & Main flash sale. She also contributed and featured on the Nate Berkus Show, on Fashion+Decor, on HGTV.com and on the New England Home Magazine blog. As a much in demand speaker, Jennifer continues to share her knowledge and her love of everyday inspirations with anyone that cares to listen. Follow her on Twitter as @decaporter

Interior designer Patricia Davis Brown is the creator of the international design blog, Dig This Design  which she describes as ‘a blog about ALL things design’. Patti opened her first design studio in 1992 specializing in high end residential and commercial interiors with emphasis on Kitchen and Bath design. In 2010 she launched Professional Kitchen and Bath Plans  her virtual design company and her online home furnishings company www.PDBHomeStore.com. Patti’s work has been recognized with 15 National and several State awards and featured in Florida Architecture, Traditional Homes & Design, Florida Design, Qualified Remodeler Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen and Bath Ideas and The Kids Space Idea Book amongst others. You can find her on Twitter as @patriciadavisbr

Designer, writer, and author Kelly Morisseau balances her busy day job as an interior designer with her love of writing about her latest design finds. Her blog, Kitchen Sync, focuses on kitchens, baths, and generational behavior trends while her book, Kelly’s Kitchen Sync, helps pros and homeowners avoid common kitchen design errors. She has served as judge for both US and Canadian NKBA.national design competitions, written for trade publications, and been featured in design magazines. She is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer and a Certified Interior Designer in northern California. You can find her on Twitter as @Kitchen_Sync

Carmen Natschke is known by many as The Decorating Diva, which is, of course, the name of her on-line  luxury home design magazine and lifestyle journal dedicated to the concept of living a stylish and comfortably elegant life at home, as she says, ‘joyfully surrounded by the beautiful things you love’. Carmen blogs about sophisticated, smart, stylish and beautiful decor  and shares her decorating and style advice with a substantial and loyal readership who also enjoy posts by contributors on design trips far and near . You can also follow Carmen on Twitter, where she tweets as @DecoratingDiva

Leslie Fine is President of her own award winning, full service design firm specializing in residential interiors for the luxury market and author of Leslie’s Blog. Leslie,  a past President of the New England Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), prides herself on developing close working relationships with her clients. “Listening to my clients and responding to their lifestyles is essential. My expertise is in creating a functional home environment while simultaneously expressing the individuality of each client.” That expertise is generously shared in her blog and evident on Twitter where you can find her as @lesliefineint

Rebecca Reynolds is the founder and principal of New Canaan Kitchens, and author of KitchenINK. New Canaan Kitchens has been serving Fairfield and Westhchester Counties for the past 18 years but her portfolio contains projects from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Rancho Santa Fe, California. Rebecca’s designs have even reached all the way to Kosovo when she was asked to design a kitchen for her local stone suppliers. Rebecca  has a sense of style for combining the past and present while creating the perfect synergy of form, function and fabulous modern day living environments. Rebecca’s blog is always inspiring and entertaining, as are  her tweets which you can find by following @RRKitchenDesign

Nest by Tamara, the blog of New York City designer Tamara Stephenson, is a thing of beauty. Tamara muses on her blog about interior design, antiques, architecture, gardening, cooking and entertaining – all that encompasses ‘nesting’ to create a well-lived life and a stylish home. As Tamara says ‘This is not a DIY blog nor a super snobby, stuffy view, but instead a philosophy of infusing a relaxed elegance into your home’. Tamara also writes for websites and magazines, including ‘East End Nest’ a weekly column  in East Hampton magazine, Dan’s Papers. Tamara also imparts her wisdom on Twitter  where you can find her as @nestnestnest

Linda Merrill, author of  Surroundings blog, is an expert in  interior design, media communications & marketing. A lifelong passion for creating beautiful – and livable – spaces combined with a savvy business mind has brought her design work and writing to a National and even International audience.  Her blog offers her unique views on wide ranging aspects of the built environment from architecture, photographic tours, product reviews, design inspirations, special events and even movie set decor. Linda holds a certificate in Decorative Arts from the acclaimed Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor’s in Music Performance. She can be found on Twitter as @Surroundings

Barbara Elza Hirsch is a French-American interior designer and principal of ELZA B. DESIGN, INC based in Acton, MA and the woman behind the  Chez Elza blog. Her European roots greatly influence her design work, as does her background in Art and Fashion. She likes to “build a room like a painting, each stroke and layer creating the final space”. Barbara creates stylish, textured and restful interiors for her clients. She lives in an old farmhouse with her husband, two sons and a giant cat. When Barbara is not gardening,  or testing a new recipe, you can find her nestled somewhere with a book or even on Twitter as @elzabdesign

Erica Islas is the founder and principal designer at EMI Interior Design, Inc., a full service interior design firm in Los Angeles, and author of an eponymous blog. A modernist at heart, Erica’s interiors are timeless and fun. “Form follows function” is Erica’s guiding philosophy. She approaches every project from an architectural perspective, never sacrificing usability and comfort. Her interiors are innovative, inviting and ultimately functional.  Erica has appeared on HGTV design shows and her work is currently featured on HGTV’s designer portfolio.   Her pro-bono work has appeared in Nesting Newbies & The Los Angeles Times.  Her design work has also been featured in Real Simple Magazine, Dwell Magazine , Real Kitchens, and most recently Smalls Rooms Magazine You can find her on Twitter as @EMIIntDesign



  • Valorie Hart

    NOLA bloggers and designers would love to greet your group. Please contact me via my blog The Visual Vamp. xo xo


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