BlogTour is proud to return for its fourth and biggest tour ever to KBIS, The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in January 2016! BlogTour will be covering the show for two full days and report back live from the show and via blogs post show on all things innovative and jaw dropping. The team will also report from visits with tour sponsors: Thermador, TOTO, BLANCO, Top Knobs, WoodMode, Mr Steam and Wilsonart in addition to covering exclusive events and private exhibits in Sin City, so stay tuned for a lot more. Please follow the hashtags: #BlogTourKBIS #KBIS2016 and #designhounds for all the latest information. But first…meet the team!
Arianne Bellizaire is a Baton Rouge-based interior decorator, writer, public speaker and trend spotter. She has parlayed her extensive design knowledge, keen eye for style and industry connections into a thriving design business and a growing social media following. Known for her effortless ability to mix high and low, old and new, colorful and neutral, bold and nuanced, Arianne has the distinct ability to create uniquely beautiful spaces that are perfectly suited to the lifestyles of her clients. Through her popular blog Inspired to Style, Arianne shares decorating tips, curates design inspiration, reports on the latest trends to sweep the design world, offers a behind-the-scenes look at her latest design projects. Readers and viewers love her down-to-earth approach to design and her entertaining how-to videos.
Arianne has been featured in Rue Daily, House Beautiful Online, GoodHousekeeping, InRegister, Editor-At-Large and USAToday, and she has had the esteemed honor of serving as a 2015 High Point Market Authority Style Spotter! Follow Arianne on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!
As the principal of Lisa Mende Design for over two decades, Lisa is known for her bold, modern interiors rooted in tradition. Vintage pieces and antiques mixed with modern classics and original art are hallmarks of her design aesthetic. Lisa harkens back to her southern roots to create custom interiors centered around family life, tradition, and heritage. Her portfolio includes a vast range of projects that include everything from historic preservation to new construction. As a Blog tour Alumni, Lisa had participated in Blogtour London, KBIS/Vegas and Ambiente/Frankfurt. Lisa is an Allied Member of ASID as well as a member of both Thermador and DXV by American Standard’s Design Councils for 2015. She has been published in local, regional and national magazines such as Traditional Home and Southern Cottages.
Lisa is a sought-after speaker for industry events and a national media consultant for designers and brands. She is known for her eponymous blog, which serves as a venue for her to promote products and peers she deems trendsetters in the design industry. Connect with Lisa via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!
Designer Cori Halpern’s approach to designing a space is about achieving that perfect combination of classic and contemporary, mixed with traditional, but also fun, fresh, modern, and always done with style. Cori loves meeting new people, creating new things, and is always excited by interesting experiences and adventures. From Cori’s perspective, Interior Design is the perfect way to marry everything I enjoy. Based in Toronto, Cori is a professionally accredited Designer (NCIDQ) of over 20 years, with a degree from the Ryerson School of Interior Design, working extensively in both Commercial and Residential Design. Owner and founder of Cori Halpern Interiors, Cori’s knowledge, experience, and obsession with fabrics, colour, furniture, travel, art history and architecture inspires her to create unique, custom, and creative interior spaces for her clients. Cori continues to be inspired by her love of traveling to beautiful places, great food, mother nature, my family, wonderful artwork, ‘80’s movies, and a perfectly made cocktail. Get to know Cori via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Arpi Nalbandian is a writer, editor, blogger and Social Media consultant who is passionate about tile, design and architecture. With more than 20 years of editorial experience in the tile industry, she brings a unique feel and perspective to her articles thanks to her many years of travel and personal experiences. She is the owner and founder of Tileometry, a regular contributor to Avente Tile’s “Tile Talk” blog, Associate Editor/Social Media Director for ProInstaller magazine, and Associate Editor for Premier Flooring Retailer magazine. Follow Arpi via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
As a former professional photographer Linda Holt is no stranger to merging her creative eye with aesthetic appeal, having worked with more than than 3,000 celebrities, actors and models as one of Boston’s top head shot photographers. Today she uses her skilled photographic eye to create her signature style of carefully edited, soulful rooms that reflect her love of color, pattern and art. She works with mid to high end residential clients who value a stylish, fresh and relaxed home that is reflective of their unique personality and lifestyle. A self professed “color lover”, she has been featured in both House Beautiful Magazine and The Huffington Post for her color expertise. She started her blog, Linda Holt Interiors, in 2011 as a way to combine her two passions of photography and design. Connect with Linda via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!
Carla Aston is a designer and design blogger from the Houston, TX area. After graduating with her BFA in interior design, Carla worked in architectural and design firms with corporate, hospitality and high-end residential projects. She took a break after 9 years and lived overseas with her family in Australia and Norway, enjoying the lifestyles and culture found in their travels. Upon return and a move to the Houston, TX area, Carla built the design studio of her dreams with a supportive staff and enjoys a steady stream of projects in a wide range of styles. She shares her love of good design on her blog, Designed w/Carla Aston, and on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Kim Salter is owner of Design Thoughts Studio in Nashville, TN,as well as the writer of Design Thoughts Blog. Kim’s passion is authentic living, and she is known for helping people connect more fully to their homes through Intentional Interior Design, and more fully to their most authentic life, through Authentic Living guidance and EFT/Tapping. For Design Thoughts Studio, and Kim’s clients, connecting to your space through design as well as designing a connection to your life, are the ingredients needed for a well designed life. Learn more about Kim and her design process via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Susan Cohan, APLD is well-known in the landscape and design communities for both her design work and for her writing about design. She is the principal of Susan Cohan Gardens, an nationally award winning boutique landscape design studio specializing in residential design projects in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan region. Collaboration with other designers and craftspeople allow the artisanal details, creative use of traditional materials and fine craftsmanship are hallmarks of her landscape design projects. Susan is an in demand speaker about garden design, social media applications and strategies for designers and creativity and travels frequently to speak to around the country. Follow Susan via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Kathleen DiPaolo guides clients to invest in the most cost-effective solutions for their luxury homes. She assesses the bones of the home to help determine an action plan for additions, remodels or a new build. Once the plan has been developed, she layers in the perfect interior design and the best finishes while keeping an eye on the bottom line of the project. This holistic approach to design is the cornerstone of Kathleen’s business philosophy. She has flipped over 300 homes and owns, operates and manages apartments. This experience combined with her MBA and Real Estate Brokers license gives her the unique ability to determine the return on the investment in your home- or as Kathleen calls it,Return on Interiors™. Kathleen’s business balances her creative design vision and understanding what that means to the bottom line of the project. No matter how big or how small a project, there is always a responsibility to get the most bang for your buck. Her business approach to design rewards her with many of the same clients returning for more projects. Her work has been featured in Coastal Living, Better Homes and Gardens and HGTV. Follow Kathleen via her Twitter,Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
As an award-winning luxury residential interior designer, Robbie Maynard has 30 years of experience and is considered one of Southern California’s leading interior designers. Robbie’s work has been featured nationally on HGTV’s Designer Challenge and published in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. She has received the prestigious Home of the Year Award for Interior Design from San Diego Magazine and has appeared on the cover of San Diego Home Garden/Lifestyles. Robbie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design and has been a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (“ASID”) for over 20 years. She is also NCIDQ and CCIDC certified. To see Robbie’s unique spectrum of design styles you can visit her website and blog at Robbieinteriors.com . Get to know Robbie via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Deborah von Donop holds a BFA degree from California State University, Long Beach and is a licensed Interior Designer. She has worked for several multinational companies prior to starting her own business and blogging site dvdInteriorDesign.com which is based out of Greenwich Connecticut. Deborah offers her experience, inspiration and perspective on interior design and industry events. Additionally she is Editor of the online magazine BlissfullyDomestic.com and a Contributor to the Décor column. She has recently joined industry thought leader and kitchen designer, Chuck Wheelock as Designer and Director of Social Media. When not busy writing about industry trends, you will find her cheering her kids at sport events, concerts and plays, or pursuing photography with her camera in hand. She is blessed to be the wife ofone, the mom of three boys, and caretaker of a dog, and two fish! For live coverage and sound bites follow Deborah on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Natalie Reddell, Commander in Chic, is an interior designer and lifestyle blogger who has a contagious passion for all-things-fabulous! Natalie began her career as a designer at the age of four, when she began collecting toothpaste tube tops as buffet lamp lampshades for her dollhouse. When she’s not dragging furniture around or swooning over fabrics, she can be found at home with Prince Charming, Sugar-britches (17-year-old son, Schuyler) and Scarlett O’Hara (their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel). Natalie received her undergraduate degree in interior design from Florida State University and studied the history of design at Parsons University, Paris, France. Fifteen years in design has given Natalie a broad range of work experience. She has worked in kitchen and bath design, home-staging, historic-restoration, buying, commercial and residential design. She loves it all! Learn more about Natalie via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Live your vibe with the creative modern designs of MODmadeNY, an Interior Architecture + Design studio emphasizing a masculine yet luxe Interior Architecture. Founded by award-winning Interior Architect Michele Alfano, MODmadeNY creates life enriching interiors infused with your purpose, your passion and your vibration. Michele believes that experiencing your vibe spatially will elevate your everyday and quality of life. Michele’s design philosophy translates into her blog MOD Design Guru. More than a site, it’s a “design tank”. The mission: to investigate how innovators are changing the way we live our lives today and tomorrow from emerging artists to premier design voices in the fields of architecture, interior, product and décor. Follow Michele via her Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
Iris Havekes from C-More interior design, has a background in fashion. That’s where she developed her sense of color, material, shape, design and trends. “Most important for me is that you feel comfortable in the space and that it makes you happy. I listen carefully for the needs of the costumer, the space itself and the users of this space and then make a design that goes well with these wishes. Dimensions and proportions, materials, light and color play a major role in this.” On her blog Interieur Advies she shares her love for design, travel, fashion and lifestyle. Learn more about Iris and her fashion sense via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest .
Anne Edwards is the principal designer at Goldthorpe & Edwards, Ltd.,Interior Design, Philadelphia, PA. In collaboration with talented architects,builders, workrooms and trades she has been creating custom interiors and home furnishings for 25 years. Anne graduated cum laude from Tyler School of Fine Arts with a BFA in painting spending her third year at Temple University Abroad in Rome.Locally, nationally and internationally published her work has appeared in Interior Design Magazine, Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens and Philadelphia Magazine. Anne is currently designing custom interiors and home furnishings for private clients as well as delving into product licensing. Be sure to follow Anne during BlogTour Vegas to KBIS via her Instagram , Facebook and Twitter.
Laura is an Interior Design Manager for Ellington Group, a Dubai based property developer. Diverse in her skills, she has experience across various property types, has a background in sustainable design and won ‘Middle East Young Designer of the Year’ in 2012. She has worked for internationally renowned design firms Escobar Design, Kasian and Godwin Austen Johnson in North America and the Middle East. Laura is an incredibly active industry voice through social media and print across the region and North America, having also run her own successful Interior Design blog since 2008. (www.laurabielecki.com/blog) Connect with Laura via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Susan M. Jamieson, ASID is the founder of Bridget Beari Designs, Inc. where she works primarily on high-end residential interior design projects in Virginia as well cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Florida and internationally in Costa Rica and Mexico. Her work has been featured in national and local magazine such as Traditional Home, Southern Living, Virginia Living, Rhome, Washington Post and Richmond Magazine. Susan’s projects have also been featured on HGTV and TLC. Her daily blog Bridget Beari gives interior design and lifestyle tips as well as insights into her design business and travels. Susan is a regular in giving advise for the local newspapers and magazines. Her design philosophy is simple: “ Good design comes from the ability to visualize the potential in every space.” Follow along with Susan via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest .
Ann Porter, CKD is the founder of Kitchen Studio of Naples, Inc. where she works on custom residential remodeling projects and new construction primarily in Southwest Florida. Space planning and functional design is the hallmark of Ann’s work. Whether contemporary or traditional, a Kitchen Studio of Naples design strikes a balance of what’s now with a mix of products and finishes that provide the ultimate purpose, comfort and joy. Ann shares her design passion and expertise regularly on her widely acclaimed eponymous blog named KitchAnn Style. Stay connected with Ann via her Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
Sharon McCormick’s unique combination of business, design and communication skills provide the foundation for her firm’s award-winning interiors. Sharon McCormick Design is known for cultivating elegant lifestyles through tailored, timeless designs. Her clientele spans the East Coast from Vermont to Florida. Sharon , Allied ASID,is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Her work has been published in national and international magazines, newspapers, books and websites. She has appeared on HGTV’s House Hunters and in Boston ‘s WHDH TV News design segments. Sharon has an MBA from Western New England College and a BA in Psychology from Williams College, both of which she uses daily. Learn how to create an elegant lifestyle with Sharon via her blog Sharon’s Style Portfolio, Twitter, Facebook Instagram or Pinterest.
Traci Zeller Designs believes that beauty is created when you make the ordinary, orderly. With this philosophy in mind, Traci and her team daily seek to empower families to live harmonious lives, full of style and grace. As a busy wife and mother to exuberant twin boys, Traci understands the challenges of today’s active lifestyles and creates solutions that are both beautiful and functional.Twice named one of Charlotte’s 25 Most Stylish People, Traci employs a clean, sophisticated mix of classic and modern pieces to create elegant, yet comfortable interiors. In 2013, she introduced a line of textiles and home accessories in order to offer her growing audience simple solutions that bring joy and spirit to the everyday. Traci’s polished style has brought recognition from Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Charlotte Home + Garden, Lake Norman Magazine, South Park Magazine, Charlotte Urban Home and many others. Get to know Traci via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest
Susie is the owner and designer of Feia Construction, LLC, an award-winning design-build firm based in WI. Passionate for design, she has transformed homes and delighted clients for the past 29 years.Originally specializing in historic restoration, she continues to emphasize the highest standards of craftsmanship and custom details in all types of renovations. Using a very collaborative approach, Susie believes homes should include a unique mix of elements so the result is timeless, yet highly personal. Most importantly though, she believes your home should be “Meaningful by Design”, also the name of her new blog. Susie is active in the industry, where she serves on the Board of Directors for Milwaukee NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) and in many women’s groups and community organizations. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
Pulp Design Studios’ thoughtful design philosophy embodies a lifestyle, helping clients tell a story through their spaces and tailoring designs to each client’s unique needs and budget, with purpose. Pulp Design Studios is recognized for their modern and livable approach to design which is infused with personality and a flair for the unexpected. With their unique ‘Splendid Living’ process to full-service interiors, Pulp Design Studios creates spaces that elevate their client’s daily experience and improves how they ‘do life’ in their spaces. After all, it’s not just about a beautiful space, it’s how you live in it. Beth Dotolo & Carolina V Gentry are the Co-Owners & Registered Interior Designers behind the Pulp lifestyle brand, which encompasses the award-winning interior design firm, Pulp Design Studios, and an online shop of original designs and curated goods. Beth & Carolina are experts in residential, commercial, and hospitality interior design, project management, and home lifestyle. As celebrated interior designers, Beth and Carolina author Pulp’s popular lifestyle blog and make industry appearances as a voice on the latest trends, styles, and design strategies. Learn more via their Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
After a decade of working in luxury residential design, Sarah Walker expanded her horizons with the launch of the design + lifestyle blog The Curated House in 2011. Sarah believes in the power of good design to profoundly transform the way we live, and she thoughtfully curates uncommon and inspired design finds for The Curated House specifically with her discerning, design-savvy audience in mind. Sarah is passionate about liveable luxury, smart sustainability, authentic craftsmanship and bespoke interiors, believing that real beauty is as much about the process as it is about the end product. Sarah’s design work has been featured in national shelter magazines as well as on national television, and her uniquely approachable, sophisticated design style continues to garner attention. Connect with Sarah via her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Heather Jenkinson is an Interior Designer, working on high end residential and commercial projects, in London. Following her training, at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, she set up her own design practice in 2006. Her favourite aspect of the design process, is working closely with her clients, creating stylish homes that reflect the people they are, and with an enhanced and organised approach of living. Being a modernist, at heart, Heather’s design style is recognised for it’s carefully considered proportions, and quiet, understated interiors. Aside from running a busy practice, she travels widely, on a neverending search for inspired colour work and beautiful lighting. Heather is active on social media, you can follow along with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.