In September 2011, a select group of design, lifestyle and travel bloggers were invited to London to participate in a pioneering concept: the idea was to create design tours powered by the social media influence of bloggers. This breakthrough concept was developed and executed to complete perfection by two extraordinary individuals, Veronika Miller and Tim Bogan of Modenus. The concept? BlogTour. The World Designed. Well, it’s world famous now and certainly doesn’t need an introduction, but you can learn more about the maiden voyage here. As a member of the the original team of BlogTour bloggers that traveled to London for the London Design Festival, I’m greatly honored and proud to see Veronika and Tim expand BlogTour into an international endeavor with scheduled tours in New York City (to coincide with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show – March 22-24, 2012), Italy and France.
BlogTour London 2011, was also so much more than just exquisite design, amazing venues and incredible events. It was seven days of rekindling old friendships, and establishing new friendships. We traveled together, we ate together and we had so much fun together (oh, how much we laughed) as we discovered London and all the beautiful design it had to offer. Old bonds were strengthen and new bonds were created – I felt that we operated as a family of very enthusiastic design lovers.
Over the next few days we will be introducing six former BlogTour design ambassadors and the images that captured their hearts and souls during that one amazing week in London last fall. I hope you love each of these inspirational posts as much as I do. We’ve recently shared the beautiful and inspirational images captured by design bloggers, Susan Serra and Tamara Matthews-Stephenson. Today, we will be sharing inspiring images captured by quintessential style maker, Stacey Bewkes.
London Design Week
Inspiration Look Book
We were pleasantly overwhelmed with the number of photos each BlogTour alumnus submitted – such a very talented group with a very keen eye toward design. We could only choose a few of the gorgeous images for the look books/inspiration boards. But we didn’t want the rest of those beautiful images to be left on the ‘editing room’ floor…so we created an interactive slideshow (replete with product details) for your enjoyment.[gpslideshow thumbs=on]
After 17 years as an art director in New York City, Stacey Bewkes left the corporate world to become a suburban mother of four in Connecticut. Her continuing love of design in all categories led to the creation of Quintessence, an online guide to the best in style and substance. From art and architecture, fashion and fun finds, books, food and wine, travel and more, Quintessence has become a trusted source for well researched original content in the online world. You will find that Stacey loves classic modern style, timeless perfection and great design in all aspects of life. She thinks smart is sexy, great ideas deserve recognition and understated elegance is as good as it gets.
Join Stacey as she visits with select style makers in Behind the Q, the popular video feature in which she visits chic outposts of the latest in art, fashion and design. In addition to Quintessence, she writes a style column for Women’s Voices for Change, has recently served as creative director on several web sites and was an inaugural member of the BlogTour team at the London Design Festival.
Quintessence has been featured online in Elle Decor, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens and the New England Home Magazine blog. Dominique Browning counts it as one of the four new blogs she recommends to her readers, calling Quintessence one of her favorite combinations of brains and beauty.