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BlogTour heads to London Design Festival in September

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012.

In its third tour, BlogTour will fly a group of 14 top design and lifestyle bloggers from the US, Canada, Germany and Morocco to London for London Design Festival from September 19-24.

An initiative by online interior design resource Modenus, BlogTour has taken British and other European bloggers to New York City during the Architectural Home Design Show—with a group that generated over 250 blog posts and 40 million impressions on Twitter alone.

This year’s BlogTour London will include visits to 100% Design, Design Junction, Tent London, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour and Decorex as well as select sponsoring brands for exclusive showroom events, cocktail parties and dinners. Bloggers will also have some free time to explore and find their own inspiration in the city.

“BlogTour has turned into a phenomenon. It started with giving bloggers and their audiences a real life experience of design trends and culture from across the pond and has now become a growing community of bloggers and brands who use BlogTour to connect and share their vision and inspiration," speaking about BlogTour, Modenus CEO Veronika Miller says. "We're thrilled to have another incredible group of bloggers join us on this tour and cannot wait to share more about our plans for BlogTour 2013 in the very near future”.



The participating bloggers cover an array of styles and design interests including interior design, garden and outdoor design, kitchen and bath design, fashion and design pairings and stylish thrifting.

Igor Josif is the Munich-based author of Happy Interior Blog, an English-language blog full of wonderful imagery, inspiration and ideas which is read throughout Europe and the US. He is on Twitter as @IgorJosif.

Maryam Montague is author of My Marrakesh blog, winner of best African Weblog for the past three years as well as the author of the coffee table book Marrakesh By Design. Maryam has been featured in The New York Times, HGTV, has contributed to National Geographic, The Financial Times, Food & Wine, Gourmet, The Guardian, Time while also running her shop – Red Thread Souk. She has already visited 72 countries. She is on Twitter as @MyMarrakesh.

Nyla Free’s blog Nyla Free Designs is full of images, advice and inspiration from the Calvary, Canada-based interior designer. Her Facebook page shares her finds and details the everyday life of a much in-demand interior designer. She's also a mom, and contributor to Dabble Mag, with a Twitter feed @nylafree .

James Bedell is a New York-based lighting designer, author of the book Losing Edison: Beautiful Sustainable Lighting at Home and an enthusiast for lighting as a discipline and a study. He has also contributed articles for Live Design Magazine and PLSN. He shares his passion for social media on his website James Bedell Lighting Design, his blog on Tumblr and on Twitter as @jamesbedell.

Robin Horton is the creator, designer, and writer of Urban Gardens, an award-winning green lifestyle and design blog that explores innovative and eco-friendly designs, trends, and ideas for the stylish urban garden. Urban Gardens is the recipient of the prestigious Platinum Creativity Award, the Garden Writers Association Gold and Silver Awards and was nominated for a Webby award. Robin describes her Twitter stream as “Unlimited Thinking for Limited Spaces” – you can follow her as @urbangardens.

Christian May is a Los Angeles-based interior decorator with what he describes as “decided opinions about design.” You can read those views on his fascinating lifestyle blog Maison 21. Christian is an endlessly entertaining Twitter enthusiast as @maison21. 

Raina Kattelson has been designing since she was a kid, first creating Barbie clothes and later her own as well as constantly redecorating her room. Now she is a stylist specializing in fashion, beauty, still life and interiors, which she documents on her blog, A Stylist’s Life and on Twitter as @astylistslife.



Jennifer Mehditash is a New York-based interior designer and editor of the Dec-a-Porter blog where she shares trends, news, views and inspiration. On Twitter she is also known as @decaporter, where she talks about design, design related and anythin that takes her fancy. She has an enduring love affair with Portugal, her home for over a decade and the source of our favorite Pastel de Nata pastries.

Lynn Byrne became an interior designer after her house burned down and friends liked what she did with the new one. Her Decor Arts Now blog is full of her favorite things in decorative arts, fine arts and the world of design. Her previous work at Sotheby's clearly influenced her focus on the arts and all things beautiful. Follower her on Twitter as @DecorArtsNow.

Patti Johnson, a Cincinnati-based interior designer blogs as Chatti Patti Talks Design!. On Twitter she's @PJohnsonInt and she is also an ambassador for the successful weekly, Twitter-based Interior Designer Chat – #indesignerchat – where design professionals get together

Vitania Lisio is a furniture maker, design aficionado, and a lover of all things beautiful and simple. Vitania’s blog Verdigris Vie is a shrine to sublime style with a focus on interiors and fashion and an eye for absolutely exquisite imagery. Vitania is based in Toronto, Canada and can also be found on Twitter as @VerdigrisVie.

Cheryl Kees Clendenon is a California transplant to Northwest Florida. Cheryl has been a kitchen and bath designer for 13 years and is also the author of In Detail Says blog. She's on Twitter as @InDetailSays.

Jill Seidner worked for some of LA’s most prestigious designers before starting her own firm, Jill Seidner Interior Design. She is also the Los Angeles contributor to Material Girls Blog, a widely read and respected interior design blog featuring tips and advice from real designers on the latest trends and fashions for the home with a mix of pop culture. You can find her on her own blog Jill Seider Interior Design, and on Twitter as @JSInteriorDes.

Rashon Carraway is the voice behind the blog, Mr. Goodwill Hunting. A design expert in both home and men’s style. He has an eclectic sense of combining new and  old to create his very own style. He started in interior design after appearing on the Nate Berkus Show as a design expert. A former blogger for HGTV, Carraway gives tips on getting the most out of your vintage and thrift-store finds.