BlogTour London, September 2013



BlogTour heads back to London for five days immersed in all things British and International design with visits to 100% Design London, Decorex, Tent London and Design Junction, all part of London Design Festival. When we’re not walking the shows we will be reporting back from events throughout this great city.

BTL11Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is a residential interior designer and co-owner of The English Room,which is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Holly’s 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. “The best part is when your clients really trust you and set you free to do what you do best.” Her love of color, pattern and layering of old and new can be seen in all her work. According to Holly, “Color makes people happy!”

You can find Holly on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.


For the last seven years Corey Klassenhas 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 Corey finds himself addressing form and function at every stage of the design with his down to earth attitude and highly technical design expertise. By listening to clients, he creates a cohesive design vision and connects spaces by creating his vision of the client’s story. Corey brings his knowledge and experience to the college-level in the NKBA-Accredited Kitchen & Bath Design Diploma program at Vancouver Community College. Please follow Corey on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.


Under the aegis of richard|rabel: interiors + art, Richard Rabel, The Modern Sybarite provides clients with livable, warm and unique interiors that reflect a 21st century lifestyle. A multi-linguist with a ten-year career as a senior director and specialist at Christie’s, the London-based international art auction house, twenty years of art and design study and over thirty years of international travel, Richard has lived in seven countries and has had access to some of the most exquisite and exclusive spaces.  From San Francisco to Mexico City, Sao Paulo to Geneva, Istanbul to Delhi and Sydney to Shanghai, the breadth of his travels has cultivated his eye and contributed to defining his exacting taste and modern aesthetic. When he’s not globe trotting you can find Richard on TwitterFacebook,Google + and Pinterest.


Jessica Gordon Ryan is a writer, a blogger a photographer and a memoirist. She dabbled in public relations and marketing as a copywriter before taking time off to raise her family, but writing, still a passion, was never put on the back burner. Born out of a need to be creative, and a desire to perfect her writing skills, Jessica created the lifestyle blog,The Entertaining House, where she writes about topics from food to fashion to décor.  Jessica 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.

You’ll find Jessica on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.



Marilyn Russell, Allied ASID, president of Design Magnifique, Inc., epitomizes the style and the substance of today’s internationally focused and modernist approach to interior design. Highly educated—she has three college degrees that contribute to her dynamic and diverse design sensibility—Russell was born in Jamaica, 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. She specializes in mid-century modern, minimalist, and “Mad Men” 1960s ultra-modern decors that often feature a jolt of bright color in neutrally-toned rooms.
For a jolt of her bubbly personality and great design insights, please find her on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Google +.


Growing up in small-town Ohio couldn’t have prepared Lisa Kahn for a fast-paced career in the interior design field. However, the values she grew up with are the foundation for her success. With her honesty, integrity and down-to-earth approach, Lisa can’t help but appeal to her clientele. Not one to impose her own style on the projects she takes, Lisa’s commissioned spaces reflect her clients needs, passions, desires and lifestyles. The number of satisfied clients and award-winning projects speak to the success of her efforts. Lisa’s latest muse is a design-related book that encapsulates her years of design experience and speaks to the important trends and changes in the spaces that surround us. For more from this talented designer, see her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest


Rita Catinella Orrell is a design writer living in New Jersey and writes the blogs Designythings and Architects-Toybox. She 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. We’re sure she’s less dangerous on Twitter and Facebook so please, say hello to her there.


Ann Porter of Kitchen Studio of Naples says “The world is in constant change these days and we embrace improvement and innovation as the new paradigm. We believe Good design makes a difference in embracing technological and social advances. My goal as a “Lifestyle Designer” is to make a positive difference in a person’s life through the projects I complete.”
Ann 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. For more design inspiration please meet Ann on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.


Laurie Laizure is the founder of, a bespoke wallpaper and wall murals printing company. She 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. Her online network reaches over 100,000 people. Laurie is also founder of the popular Interior Design Community on G+ for Interior Design professionals. They host weekly video hangouts and interviews and have quickly become a valuable resource for the business of design. Need some serious social media? Please connect with Laurie on Twitter,FacebookPinterest and Google +   


Luxury Interiors Blog by Laura Bielecki 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. Laura C. Bielecki Bachelor of Interior Design from Mount Royal University 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.

For more on this globetrotting designer please connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.


Principal and founder of Lisa Mende Design of Charlotte, NC. since 1998, Lisa’s  firm specializes in traditional interiors with a modern vibe.  In 2009, during  a sabbatical from her practice due to grieving the loss of a child,Lisa started writing  her blog of the same name “Lisa Mende Design”. Lisa believes a well designed interior tells the story of the owner and looks collected rather than designed.  She was winner of the High Point Market Style Spotter competition, is a member of Brizo blogger19 and has been a curator for Joss & Main. A southerner by birth,  Lisa is a wife and mother of four.  Her design work and blog have been featured in many local and national magazines. To see the trends Lisa spots in London, please follow her onTwitterFacebook and Pinterest.


Courtney Lake is a Bay Area based interior designer and the voice behind the lifestyle blog, Courtney Out Loud.  A graduate of Stanford University, he 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,, Life & Style Magazine, The Nate Berkus Show, Dabble Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Adore Magazine, Pop Sugar Home,, House of Fifty Magazine, FOLK Magazine and Le Rapport Minoritaire.   When not designing, he can be found in the kitchen, testing recipes on his partner and playing with his loveable mutt Scruffy. To connect with Courtney, please find him in TwitterPinterest and Instagram.

As CEO and Founder of and BlogTour, Veronika is the force that drives the online design resource and series of design tours. When she's not developing her digital platforms or touring the world of design, you can find her at home in Florida with her three daughters and two dogs.

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