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BlogTour NYC – Meet the bloggers

BlogTour is coming back to New York! We are going to be visiting shows, showrooms, studios, sites and spas. And we will probably call into a few places that don’t alliterate as well. We are ever so excited about our annual Mary’s and Mimosas event at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, our design tours and swank cocktail parties, but, as a wise man once said, it’s the people who make BlogTour, so, meet the bloggers!

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, Magic+Mafia a Director at studio BartonBandy Architecture+Design, a designer, a columnist at ArchDaily and a regular contributor to Mark and Blueprint magazine and, no doubt many others. Its 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.


Mike Welton
is the the man behind the Architects + Artisans blog, documenting the development of 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 Litle 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 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


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 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, finding their own style and interpret this in their homes as a reflection of who they are. You can find her on Twitter as @Vosgesparis


  • Tina Ramchandani

    Congrats NYC team! You’re going to have the time of your lives!

  • Katie Treggiden

    What an amazing line up! You guys are going to LOVE BlogTourNYC. Wish I was coming with you! x

  • http://twitter.com/designaddictmom Stacey Ann Blake

    Congrats to you all! Maybe next year for me:-)

  • http://twitter.com/thedecorcafe Debbie Blott

    it is going to be amazing… looking forward to living vicariously through every second

  • http://twitter.com/courtneymprice CourtneyPriceDesign

    what a talented group! You all are going to have the greatest time~ congrats & enjoy every second of it!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Alexandrafunfit Alexandra Williams

    Whoooo Hoo a whole list of new friends. Of this excellent group, I only knew two: Irene & Desiree. Veel Plezier! I’m going to follow ALL of you and make pithy comments that are fully alliterative!

  • Holly of Love, Thomas

    Greeeeen with envy!! What a fabulous team of creatives heading over to NYC! Have fun everyone. Look forward to reading all about your amazing finds :)


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