Meet the team: BlogTour heads to KBIS 2017 in Orlando

“We are thrilled to announce our upcoming BlogTour to KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Orlando (#BlogTourKBIS) which will be our fifth tour to this most important trade event in the Kitchen & Bath industry. Why important? Simple. It is the one place where everyone comes together to (re)connect, learn, be inspired and see what’s new. Personally, KBIS has always been an industry barometer for me and seeing it grow, especially over the past five years, makes me realize that our industry is headed in a great direction. Since we brought our first group to New Orleans in 2013, KBIS, and its owners at the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) developed the show with emphasis on innovative events and community engagement which mirrored development of online communities and commerce. The result: A stronger, healthier industry with smarter business and marketing practices and a rekindled love for innovative and inspired design. I am very proud that Modenus and I can be a part of it all.” (Veronika Miller Modenus Founder and CEO)

Please follow our team and our two hashtags #BlogTourKBIS and #KBIS2017 as we begin to preview highlights like Best of KBIS and Innvovative Showroom Awards; Design Bites micro-presentations and, for the first time ever, the Design Milk X Modenus Social Lounge. If you plan to visit KBIS yourself please stay tuned for details on all show events or check back at http://www.kbis.com or http://www.kbispressroom.com for more.

Amanda Gates BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoAmanda Gates is a professionally trained Interior Designer, Feng Shui Practitioner, podcaster and award-winning blogger. She has been practicing interior design and Feng Shui for over fifteen years. Her blog, started in 2008, has covered topics from green interiors, living a holistic lifestyle, and designing with intention to help create a home that supports her clients’ journey.Her holistic designs and educational blog have been featured in numerous publications including People Magazine, Nashville Home and Garden, Williamson Source, At Home Tennessee, Greater Nashville House and Home, The Brentwood Home magazine, and recently Fox News Magazine. Her driving passion in her work is to help teach others how to create intimate relationships, build memories, foster personal growth, and honor a person’s truest self in a place they call home. Connect with Amanda on her websiteTwitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest page.

Wanda S. Horton Photographed by Deborah Triplett 3 BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoWanda is a residential interior designer and is the principal for her firm, Wanda S. Horton Interior Design, located in the Charlotte, NC Metro Area.  Her projects emphasize warm and welcoming interiors, while focusing on her clients’ lifestyles, preferences, and their transitions between varied life stages.  Her design mantra is:  “Experience the luxury of home!”   Her goal is for each space to contain a sense of purpose and belonging. Wanda’s blog, Interior Concepts by Wanda, shares her perspective regarding all things interiors-related, as well as her life’s musings.  She’s been a guest-speaker during the High Point Market and design industry events, is a frequent guest contributor for several industry publications, and authors posts for the Hooker Furniture Corporation Blog.  Wanda was selected as one of the original Style Spotters for the High Point Furniture Market.  With a BS in Interior Design from East Carolina University, Wanda is also a member of NKBA, IDS, and is a CAPS certified designer.  When not designing, she’s often found in the garden, sifting through antique markets, or snuggling with her three dachshunds.Be sure to see more of Wanda’s points of design inspiration via: Instagram  Pinterest  Twitter

Jeffrey Johnson BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoJeffrey Design LLC, founded in 2008, is one of the most sought after and dynamic interior design firms. Mr. Johnson began his career in interior design in 2005 when he worked for international high end interior design firm, Ten+3 LLC and managed their luxury residential projects. Mr. Johnson has been recognized in numerous publications throughout the country such as Advocate 2014, Dallas Morning News 2013, Dallas Living 2012, Houzz 2011, Nashville Lifestyle 2010 and Design Shuffle Top Ten Kitchen Designs of 2010.  David Bromstad, of Color Splash selected Jeffrey Design LLC as the #DBStar Week 2 Winner 2013.  Bromstad is an award willing designer with Color Splash and Design Star shows on HGTV.Mr. Johnson was a judge for NBKA, National Kitchen Bath Industry Las Vegas show 2015 and Greater Houston Builders Association 2013, 2014, and 2016. Mr. Johnson was also heavily involved in Social Media as an Inspirational Moderator for ‘Google+ Interior Design Community with over 44K members that include some of the most influential interior design bloggers.  Mr. Johnson is also industry speaker and spoke for Dallas Social Media Breakfast 2015, Interior Design Society 2015, and Modenus Talks 2014 NYC. Get to know Jeffrey via his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest page.

JJeanne Chung BlogTour KBIS to Orlandoeanne K Chung is a Pasadena interior designer and the founder/editor of Cozy•Stylish•Chic design blog. She is known for her classic yet fresh and modern design aesthetic which was cultivated first during her years as a fashion design student at Parsons School of Design,  and later as an interior design student at the New York School of Interior Design.  Jeanne recently served as an official Style Spotter for the High Point Market Authority, the world’s largest home furnishings trade show, and is the trend moderator for the Interior Design Community of over 45,000 designers worldwide. She is frequently asked to write about her expertise on certain topics pertaining to interior design and has acted as an ambassador to brands in the home furnishings sector as well as at industry events.  In the winter of 2015 she will be opening a retail space and trade showroom in Old Town Pasadena, containing unique vintage finds, and furniture and accessories that are currently trending in the home furnishings market, bringing together the best of the past and present all under one roof. Jeanne looks forward to attending Ambiente to see an international representation of the latest trends in the home furnishings market. She is even more excited is to report back on her observations and to predict which of the trends she see will be embraced by the American market. Connect with Jeanne via her TwitterFacebookPinterestand Instagram.

KathySandler BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoSandler Design Group, LLC (SDG). Published nationally in Traditional Home and locally in Nashville Home and Garden, SDG specializes in creating colorful, beautiful, and comfortable spaces for its clients by utilizing existing design elements and mixing them in with new ones, always infusing a space with the homeowner’s personal style. A BlogTour veteran, Kathy is the author and photographer behind the design blog Live the Fine Life. Currently undertaking a complete renovation of her 1940s cottage, she is excited to return to KBIS to see the latest kitchen and bath innovations and trends. Follow Kathy as she shares her favorite finds on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Design Hounds.

PamelaCopeman BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoFrom seaside homes to luxury condominiums in Boston’s Back Bay, award-winning interior designer Pamela Copeman is noted for her posh panache and timeless designs that unite classic style with a modern, often colorful twist. With over 20 years of experience designing exceptional living spaces for a variety of clients,  Pamela prides herself on keeping up with the latest and greatest products and trends in interior design. By working collaboratively with clients, Pamela ensures that each space she designs is a true reflection of the people who live in it.Pamela has been recognized by her peers in the design world, national publications, as well as locally.  Pamela is the recipient of multiple design awards including a 2014 Design Excellence Award from ASID New England.  She has also been featured in South Shore Living magazine, The Boston Globe, and Traditional Home.  Pamela authors Posh Palettes, an Interior Design and Art blog and has been part of several prestigious design blogging panels including Modenus’ BlogTour of Venice and Milan and Brizo’s “Blogger 19”.Additionally, Pamela is an accomplished oil painter and mixed media artist.  Her art work is showcased locally at La Petite Maison in downtown Hingham as well as local art festivals.  Describing her artistic style as classic, colorful, eclectic and loose, Pamela paints with a designer’s eye and a firm belief that inspiration is everywhere. Learn more about Pamela and her posh panache on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

JJohn Kelsey BlogTour KBIS to Orlandoohn Kelsey is renowned throughout New England for his extensive commercial and residential design and construction project management skills in his work as an architectural interior designer. Although not formally trained as an architect, John’s superior spatial visualization and planning skills, combined with his artistic hand rendering skills have led to a deep appreciation- among WKD’s clients and the Boston area architects with whom WKD collaborates-for his expertise in these areas. Because older homes often have underlying construction issues that need to be addressed first, John’s budgeting, scheduling, construction contracts and documentation, project management, sub-contractor negotiating and problem solving expertise are all extremely important to many of WKD’s clients. They appreciate and value the peace of mind John’s experience affords them. For his work on historic homes, John receieved the first preservation award given by Historic Salem for work outside of Salem’s Historic District and his interirors work has been featured in many presitigous publications. He is also a frequent contributor to New England Home magazine’s blog on topics relating to interiors, architectural detailing and older home renovation. Connect with John and the WKD team on their blogFacebook, TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

Shannon Ggem BlogTour KBIS to Orlando

Ggem Design Co is an award winning Los Angeles Interior Design firm creating Fresh Traditional interiors for discerning clients. We specialize in remodeling historic homes and creating heirloom estates from typical houses.The look is serene and collected, with bold graphics. East coast bones with an LA attitude. Shannon Ggem’s work strengthens connections to your home by threading in history. Long past or recent, ornate or simple, we can create a distinct sense of place by researching and referencing the history of the land, the neighborhood, your structure and most importantly, your family and how you use it! Adding value to lives and real estate with quality craftsmanship and fine detail is our great honor. Shannon Ggem has spent over a decade restoring historic homes, refreshing and refining family houses; and loves making typical houses, real homes. Get to know Shannon on her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

PATTI JOHNSON BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoPrincipal of Patti Johnson Interiors, Patti Johnson, IDS, DSID is a member of the Interior Design Society and The Dayton Society of Interior Designers. As a Past President of the Ohio chapter of the Interior Design Society, she enjoyed creating an environment where local designers could come together to be educated and learn from each other. Recently honored to have been selected as an Official High Point Market Style Spotter for 2015, Patti finds it essential to her career and for her clients to attend market and trade shows such as KBIS regularly.“Transforming Spaces Into Beautiful Places™” is what Patti is passionate about. An experienced residential designer, Patti specializes in whole home design and renovation with the ability to visualize the potential in virtually any space. Leading a team of professional trades personnel, she provides creative and beautiful solutions for interiors, guides her clients through the design process and designs custom,one-of-a kind furnishings and pieces for each project.Whether contributing to local publications about design or presenting at local antique shows, she also engages readers on her blog “Chatti Patti Talks Design”.  Active in Social Media, Patti served as Chief Ambassador for  the global Twitter Chat: Interior Designer Chat, a participant in the BRIZO Blogger 19 and is a #BlogTour Alumni. Connect with Patti on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Christian May BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoChristian 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. Judging by his Facebook page he also has a soft spot for felines and canines alike. Christian is an endlessly entertaining Twitter enthusiast as @maison21 and on his Instagram and Pinterest pages. Follow Christian as he shares the latest in kitchen and bath trends during KBIS 2017!

 

 

Sarah Eilers BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoSarah Brooks Eilers, a fifth generation Texan, grew up around gracious homes, timeless antiques, and beautiful gardens. Inspired by her southern heritage, Sarah’s design philosophy respects the past,embraces the current, and looks with vision and creativity towards the future. Her years of experience and refined eye enable Sarah to curate the best materials and sophisticated palettes, incorporating them into her award winning projects. Her designs can be best described as timeless transitional, with an eye on today’s demand for comfort and versatility. Sarah answers these client needs with projects that span from Houston’s elegant neighborhoods to vacation getaways coast to coast. As Sarah’s love for antiques and beautiful living grew, she attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she received her degree in Interior Design. She spent the early years of her career at The Bryan Design Associates, where she developed a keen design aesthetic and built invaluable vendor relationships. As a founder of the award-winning design firm Lucas/Eilers, Sarah embodies sound business practice, white glove service, and outstanding design. Keeping up with our ever-changing world, she exhibits an astute business acumen and timely ability to adapt to new marketing media. By enlisting new methods of social engagement and communication, Sarah is able to inspire and influence her peer group and clients in new and exciting ways. Beyond interiors, Sarah’s most important work is taking care of her family, as a devoted wife and mother of three. Here, she finds balance between enjoying her children, actively participating in her community, and caring for her menagerie of family pets. Sarah is an active participant of the River OaksGarden Club and asserts that a beautiful garden is an essential compliment to any interior.Sarah’s industry affiliations include ASID. She has been a member of TAID, NCIDQ since 1985, and is a licensed Interior Designer by TBAE. Follow Sarah on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Kim Macumber Blogtour KBIS to OrlandoWarmth, charm, and functionality-Kim Macumber applies this thoughtful filter to all of her interior design projects. Her principle, creating purposeful and welcoming spaces, is found in many fine homes along the East Coast.  A graduate of Auburn University, Kim began her career in the luxury level hotel and resort business, traveling America and later Internationally. During her travels, Kim had the opportunity to immerse herself in the design work of Philippe Starck, Dorothy Draper, Kelly Wearstler and others.  Studying the work of these designers continues to have significant influence in creating her own, unique design approach. Get to know Kim via her blog and on her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Gloria Sollecito BlogTour KBIS to Orlando Gloria Graham Sollecito, AKBD, author of design blog Artful Kitchens , is a kitchen and bath designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).  She has also served on both the South Florida and Treasure Coast NKBA Chapters’ Board of Directors as the VP of Communications.  Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, The Sun Sentinel and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated”, is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and serves on the Advisory Board of Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine.  You can also find her on Houzz   as well as Modenus, the digital design resource and on Twitter , Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.  Her design consultation business is located in Palm Beach County, Florida.  Gloria’s unique vision blends her work as a mixed media artist and avid world traveler with over 20 years experience as a designer in the kitchen and bath industry.

Michael Ryan BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoBeing raised in Colorado and later transplanted to the Chicago lakefront, Michael Ryan is influenced by both coastal and mountainous lifestyles. Michael is drawn to colors and textures with a history behind them. During his walks around town, he seeks items such as metals with patina or weathered barn doors with its former layers of paint appearing through its cracks and chips. The quality of a hand sewn stitch has the ability to unknowingly carry a room. In his contemporary settings, Michael is drawn to orderly and functional layouts, minimal furnishings with maximum impact.With degrees in design, he has been able to incorporate his ideals as an award-winning product developer, trend forecaster and has managed large corporate design teams.  In the beginning of his career, Michael was on a product development team; there were twelve of them sitting at large conference table. At the time, the team was all pitching ideas, which were all small failures until the team leader came in and threw river rock on the table and told them to design a line around them.  To this day, Michael believes that moment and realize how design manifests into something greater than one item; it creates a lifestyle. Get to know Michael via his blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest page.

Margot Austin BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoMargot Austin is a design consultant, stylist and marketing strategist specializing in helping clients in the interiors trade. She is also editor-in-chief of The Design Edit, an online magazine about design, personal style, travel and more. Before launching her boutique firm and The Design Edit, Margot spent more than 15 years at the top shelter and lifestyle media brands in Canada, including Canadian Living, Style at Home and Canadian House & Home. She is a voracious consumer of all things design with a particular interest in textiles and kitchen design. Connect with Margot on her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest page.

Vanessa Francis BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoVanessa Francis is the principal and founder of Vanessa Francis Design based just outside of Toronto. She is known for creating beautiful and functional spaces for her clients. Her aesthetic is clean, comfortable and effortless with just the right amount of colour resulting in spaces that are timeless, classic and stylish. Her work has been featured in print in three of Canada’s top magazines – Canadian House & Home, Style at Home and Canadian Living.  She has also been featured in print in US magazines such as Luxe Interiors & Design and Redbook.  Of particular note is the bathroom she designed for her daughter which besides being featured in print twice and numerous times online,  has also received over 80,000 views on YouTube.  Vanessa writes the popular blog Décor Happy where she shares her advice and inspiration so that everyone can have a home that makes them happy! Follow Vanessa on her Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Linda Merrill BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoLinda Merrill is an award-winning interior designer based in Massachusetts. Her passion for creating beautiful spaces began early on when she was allowed to select the finish color of her first “big girl” bedroom set at the age of six. Linda received a Certificate in Decorative Arts from the prestigious Boston Architectural College in 2002 and opened her own firm shortly thereafter.  In 2012 Linda was awarded the IFDA New England/Design New England Magazine Showcase award for Best Living Space for her Back Bay Penthouse project. Her blog ::Surroundings:: offers her unique views on wide ranging aspects of the built environment from architecture, photographic tours, product reviews, design inspirations, special events and set decor. She was moderator of a popular podcast series called “The Skirted Roundtable” from 2009-2013 and her first book HOW TO START A HOME BASED INTERIOR DESIGN BUSINESS, published by Taylor Trade Publishing, was released in May, 2015 Linda has appeared on Martha Stewart’s Sirius Radio Channel; NECN’s “New England Dream House”; WHDH Television’s “Room for Improvement”; WBZ-TV’s “Sundays With Liz” and been featured in CAPE COD MAGAZINE, CAPE COD HOME, HOME REMODELERS magazine, THE BOSTON GLOBE Sunday Magazine, THE WASHINGTON POST, NEW ENGLAND HOME MAGAZINE, SOUTH SHORE LIVING MAGAZINE and THE PATRIOT LEDGER. Follow Linda on her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest page.

Amy Benton BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoA Chicago native-turned-Angeleno, interior and kitchen designer, photographer, and longtime curator Amy Benton brings a decades-long passion for the dialogue between art and interiors to her work.  As the founder of Lily Preuss Studio, she provides a wide range of creative services from interior design, fine art and interiors photography, art consulting, and beyond, and offers a broad collection of fine art prints in her online shop to the design trade and public clients alike.  A classicist at heart with a West Coast ease, Amy’s design projects and photography are infused with a quality of soft sophistication.  In addition to being an exhibitor at WestEdge Design Fair in California, her work has been featured by Architectural Digest, Domino, Architectural Record, and has most recently been featured in a Samsung commercial. Connect with Amy Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Carmen Christensen headshot 08252016-2Having a love for fashion, interior design and an artistic flair it is easy to understand why Carmen is drawn to and inspired by all things design. President, Founder and Principal Designer of Time2Design, Inc. and author of The Design Times and The Time2Design blog. Carmen’s primary focus is luxury residential interiors, specializing in the kitchen and bath industry. A graduate of Ringling College of Art + Design combined with over 25 years’ experience has given Carmen a foundation of expertise and knowledge to excel in the industry. Carmen prides herself on her attention to detail and her ability to interpret and deliver the specific needs of her clients. With a thorough understanding of the building codes, a keen eye for proportion and understanding the use of color give Carmen the skills necessary to approach each design project with expertise. In addition to being an interior designer and a kitchen and bath specialist, Carmen has mastered an understanding of all aspects of construction giving her the ability to knowledgeably communicate with her clients, architects, fellow designers and sub-contractors.Carmen’s work has taken her to national and international destinations, been showcased in numerous showhouses and published in multiple print and online publications.  Carmen’s innate ability to combine her experience and design talent serves to create functionally decorative spaces to meet the needs of her clients. Outside of creating beautiful interiors Carmen is a creative, outdoorsy traveler who loves to cook, has a passion for photography and is living God’s plan. Get to know Carmen on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Laurel Bern Blogtour KBIS to OrlandoLaurel Bern is an interior designer and design blogger from Bronxville, NY. She’s president of Laurel Bern Interiors a full-service interior design firm that has just completed its 20th year in business. Laurel’s work has been published in National publications and in March 2016 she was the recipient of the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame Award for Best Writing on an interior design blog. She also recently won an award for Best Dining Room from Westchester Home Magazine where she is a frequent contributor. She has also appeared on two popular interior design podcasts, The Chaise Lounge and Million Dollar Decorator. Learn more about Laurel and her work on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest page.

Laura Muller Schwartz BlogTour KBIS to Orlando 2Los Angeles’ award winning design-build firm, FOUR POINT DESIGN BUILD INC., is led by interior designer Laura Muller. As Owner and Creative Director, Laura has been designing, developing and building residential and commercial projects in Southern California for over twenty-five years.In addition to the exclusive clientele Four Point Design Build serves, Laura is deeply connected to the community. With a passion for reducing homelessness and reimagining healing spaces, Laura consistently serves, develops, and leads large projects with organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities, Step Up on Second, World Vision, East LA Community Corporation and others. As an active advocate for the interior design profession, Laura serves as the 2015-2016 President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is the recipient of the 2014 Adele Faulkner Award for Outstanding Community Service. Laura’s design-build work can be seen in print and digital media nationwide and includes Better Homes and Gardens Before and After, California Homes, Dwell, My Domaine, RISE, HGTV Front Door, and CA Home + Design and more. Laura contributes to such publications and resources as Consumer Reports, Associated Press, No. 26, and many other Annual Trend Reports sharing her candid expertise on design, construction, business, and trends. Laura’s design philosophy is one that embraces the opportunity to strongly partner with her clients to deliver luxurious, elegant, organized, and deeply personal spaces. With great attention to detail, quality, aesthetic, function, purpose, and an unmistakable one-of-a-kind enthusiasm, she creates spaces that her clients feel a deep connection to. Connect with Laura on Facebook and Pinterest.

Liza Jane BlogTour KBIS to Orlando

Liza Jones is a proud eighth-generation Virginian. Her family’s centuries-old roots in the Old Dominion are echoed in her love of the state’s unique and varied history.Liza’s design instincts developed early, while she accompanied her resourceful mother to antique shops, estate sales and flea markets to keep their large and busy house furnished on a budget.  In the process, she discovered how to identify unusual pieces that could punctuate a room’s decor.  “We never knew what treasure we would come home with.”  The thrill of the hunt for old, beautiful things has stayed with her and she loves incorporating antiques into her designs whenever possible.Liza earned her interior design degree after a career in corporate event planning – a job that took her through every state, where she got a taste for different styles and cultures that dwell in all corners of America.  She has also traveled extensively abroad since becoming a designer “My travels have allowed me to source a wide range of unique furnishings and accessories for my clients, but I am most passionate about art.  Whenever I travel, I always seek out local artists and buy original fine art.  It’s an absolute must!” Learn more about Liza and her design inspiration on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Michele Alfano BlogTour KBIS to OrlandoLive 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 InstagramTwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

 

 

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