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. Yesterday, we introduced Susan Serra’s captivating images. Today, we will be sharing the inspiring images captured by the consummate style diva, Tamara Matthews-Stephenson.
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.
Tamara Matthews-Stephenson is a NYC residential interior designer, freelance writer and lifestyle expert. After earning a BA from Castleton State College in Vermont, she worked in public relations for several years. Due to a strong interest in design that dated back to her childhood, she moonlighted receiving a certificate of interior design from Parsons School of Design in 1992.
After Parsons, Tamara designed the elaborate Flagship store windows of Dooney & Bourke on Madison Avenue until she landed a job with residential design firm Barbara Southerland Interior Design with offices in both North Carolina and NYC. Tamara learned the ins and outs of the design business for five years at BSID while coordinating all aspects of design from conception to installation. In 1999 she launched her own interior design firm, and also now merges her former writing experience with her design training by penning a popular lifestyle blog, Nest by Tamara.
Through writing Nest by Tamara, she has built strong social media connections ( @nestnestnest and on Pinterest:Nest) and has accrued over 150,000 viewers to her blog editorials. As a result, she has been sponsored by many design industry companies on trips from London to Kentucky to write about the design industry. She also writes for websites and magazines, including a column called East End Nest for print magazine, Dan’s Papers.
Over the years Tamara has become adept as the consummate hostess, regularly throwing both small and large soirees for public and private events. She has organized galas for charity events, including a 150-sit down fundraiser at the historic Burden Mansion in NYC for the Flawless Foundation in 2010. Her friends marvel at her ability to create parties with elegance yet with ease, and now she is sought after to take part in events where she imparts her wisdom and trained, cultivated eye to talk and write about interior design, cooking, entertaining and nesting.