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Meet the Bloggers: BlogTour California Road Trip

Meet BlogTour California, or #BlogTourCali on Twitter, an amazing group of talented designers and bloggers from all over the world. Our team is excited to embark on a stellar road trip starting in Los Angeles to cover the WestEdge Design Fair, making our way up the beautiful California Coast and ending our adventure in San Francisco for a fabulous design tour in The City.

Andrew Dunning BlogTour California

Andrew Dunning is an award winning Interior Designer working to provide affordable stylish homes to his clients. After leaving the corporate world to follow his true passion of Design, he retrained and launched APD Interiors, a full service design and build company. Recently celebrating 10 years in business, the business has completed many projects throughout London, the UK and abroad. Andrew is regularly quoted in The Times “Bricks and Mortar” section as an Interiors expert, and completed projects have featured in many leading UK interiors publications. In addition APD Interiors also has its own blog providing regular interior design tips and advice to homeowners. Andrew also provides daily twitter tips to his 22,000+ followers. For more of Andrew’s musings on all things British Design please see him on Twitter , Facebook or Pinterest.

Leslie Fine BlogTour CaliforniaLeslie Fine is President of Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc., an award winning, full service residential interior design firm that services the luxury market all over New England and beyond. From large scale construction projects to smaller scale interior decorating, Leslie introduces innovative ideas and offers her clients the opportunity to create interiors specific to their lifestyle and taste. Many of her projects have been published in print and online publications. Leslie authors a popular blog entitled “Leslie’s Blog – everything interior design” which draws large amounts of traffic each month. She also has a strong Facebook and Twitter presence and engages her enthusiastic audience with a variety of information about design. Chat more about luxury design with Leslie via her Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Arianna's Daily BlogTour CaliforniaLiving between London & Italy Arianna Trapani is an Interior designer & stylist. She is also author of her award winning lifestyle blog  Arianna’s Daily where she shares her passions on travel, fashion,  food and design. Arianna is also co-founder and co-editor in chief of Heart Home magazine, the UK’s first and leading digital interiors/lifestyle magazine. 

 Get your fill of travel, lifestyle and design with Arianna via her Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.



Sharon Mccormick BlogTour CaliforniaSharon 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 or Pinterest.

Carrie Leskowitz BlogTour CaliforniaWith a passion for design and a background in fashion, Carrie ardently pursues the art of decoration.Carrie Leskowitz Interiors, a high end residential boutique firm outside Philadelphia, understands the need for practical solutions to designing a warm, sophisticated home all while incorporating her motto,”A dash of drama goes a long way.” Carrie believes the magic is in the mix; of styles, of periods, of textures. Carrie’s clients and travel are constant sources of inspiration. The blog Carries Design Musings is predictably unpredictable in its content. It may include posts about the intersection of fashion and home to great products in the marketplace and anything in between.Discover more about Carrie’s vision via her Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.


Michele Alfano BlogTour CaliforniaFresh Ideas. That sums up Michele Alfano as architect and designer of interiors and furniture, blogger, philanthropist and entrepreneur. Currently with a NY architectural firm, Michele’s design approach is tailored modern with a bit of clever, featuring interiors that balance austerity, luxe textures and architecture. Her study of architectural principles and interest for innovation resulted in the Iwataya Passage in Fukuoka, Japan which used unique materials, multi-media, and light giving the feeling of water while inside a tunnel.  Recognized by Architectural Record and Interior Magazine, the Iwataya tunnel design represents a career of significant awards including an AIA Honors Award.  Michele’s design philosophy translates into her blog MoDDesignGuru.com. 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.  Her passion for design has recently led her to startup her own design boutique MoDMadeNY.com.  The studio/shop is dedicated to clever function and custom-made solutions to experientially live your best life.  Learn more from Michele via her Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.


Cynthia Bogart BlogTour CaliforniaIf you’ve opened up a copy of Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Renovation Style or Kitchen & Bath Ideas, you might have seen a few of the articles The Daily Basics editor, Cynthia Bogart has been producing for the last 18 years. Cynthia’s 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. Is it any wonder that when the trend turned from paper to online that she was a few steps ahead of everyone else? Cynthia’s vision is to give YOU, the reader, fresh cutting edge content from people who are lifestyle & home experts every day, five days a week. Be sure to check out all Cynthia’s design ideas and content via her Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.


Shani Gilchrist BlogTour California

CamilleMaurice.com is an inspirational lifestyle and home design blog written by South Carolina-based freelance journalist, Shani Gilchrist. With features focused on the arts, culture, home décor, entertaining and conversational musings, the blog has gained acclaim for its conversational style and honesty. Shani’s print work is approached similarly to the blog. She was the second journalist (following her friend, MSNBC’s Craig Melvin) to gain an interview with Darla Moore after the financier’s induction into Augusta National Golf Club. Shani’s work has appeared in The Free Times, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine and Equals, Vol. 1 (anthology). In 2015 she will have an essay included in State of The Heart, Vol. 2: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love (USC Press). Discover Shani’s unique writing style via her Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.


Margot Austin BlogTour CaliforniaMargot Austin is an editor and interiors stylist who is currently senior design editor at Canadian House & Home magazine. She is an avid DIYer, serial renovator and lover of old houses. Margot’s own homes, which she designed in partnership with her antique-dealer husband Kevin, have been published in Style at Home and House & Home and featured on TV and web videos. She has been a regular guest expert on CBC TV’s The Steven & Chris Show and on The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV in Canada. Almost anything else you’d want to know about Margot can be gleaned by following her posts on Twitter and Pinterest. She drops in at her own site margotaustin.ca to pen the odd blog post, and her weekly blog is about to launch at houseandhome.com


Jonathan Legate BlogTour California

Jonathan Legate is an internationally published interior consultant and designer. He has been creating and recreating spaces since he could hold a building block. His healthy obsession with all elements of design and decoration have earned him a reputation of timeless style and quality through tailored client spaces rich in layered personality. Jonathan appears regularly in print, on the web, as an event guest speaker and on television. Jonathan was a member of inaugural Blogtour in London and at the forefront of twitter chats co-founding the #DESIGNTV hashtag which proved unmatched in numbers for chats in the interior design field. Jonathan is a philanthropist and supporter of the arts creating and co-founding Dine by Design East a fundraising project fuelled by the interior design , architecture and decoration community supporting scholarships in the field of design.Follow Jonathan and his design passion via his personal blogTwitter, Facebook and Pinterest.


Kim Salter BlogTour CaliforniaKim Salter is Owner of Design Thoughts Interiors; a Nashville based Design Studio that focuses on living your best life.  Kim has been in the design industry for over 15 years, and has a passion for telling the story of a home, by using pieces that have meaning. Her belief that Mind,BodySpirit and Space are all connected helps Kim bring sensitivity to her designs. Mixing old with new, traditional with modern and rustic with sleek, is what Design Thoughts Interiors is known for.  Follow along on her blog, Design Thoughts and Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.


Patti Johnson BlogTour CaliforniaBlogTour London Alum Chatti Patti currently chats from Lebanon, Ohio (near Cincinnati) while designing and renovating homes throughout Ohio and Kentucky. From Decorator’s Show Houses to Tours of Remodeled Homes, she Transforms Spaces Into Beautiful Places!™ wherever she goes with publication in local shelter magazines.A member of The Interior Design Society, Certified Interior Decorators International and The Dayton Society of Interior Designers, Patti leads her teams on various residential and commercial projects. With 20+ years of experience, she has developed a keen ability to visualize the potential of any space and bring it to life for her clients in a professional and collaborative way. In addition, you may also find Patti consulting and decorating for local charities and Local Historical Museums.Active on multiple Social Media platforms, readers will be entertained and educated with Patti’s Picks of great products and projects! Discover more about Patti via her blog Chatti Patti Talks DesignTwitter, Facebook or Pinterest.


Irene Turner BlogTour CaliforniaIrene Turner has been successful in international business for over 30 years, first as a trend director/product developer and recently as interior designer. Both taught Irene to listen and really hear her audience, to see opportunities where others can’t, and to respond quickly, being available for her clients as needed. All are important attributes when it comes to facilitating the buying or selling of a home or estate. And, by partnering with Irene’s husband and broker, who is the 6th generation to buy and sell real estate in Sonoma County California, the duo has the knowledge and expertise to help their clients navigate the local market easily and effectively. Fall in love with Sonoma County via the Sonoma Style Magazine or via her Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.





Florence von Pelet

Florence is a senior editor at Modenus.com. Aside from her natural passion for interiors, kitchens and baths Florence also leads the way on Modenus’ BlogTours around the world so please follow her on Twitter to get the latest information and inspiration about design trends from around the world.

  • http://www.revmodern.com/ Maggie

    Thank you for sharing this list. I will be sure to check out their blogs and their work.

  • tamara stephenson

    this is a wonderful medley of peeps – you guys have fun and raise a glass of California red for me. xo


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