Paul Anater

Paul Anater is a St. Petersburg, FL-based writer, speaker and designer.  His blog, Kitchen and Residential Design, has grown in three years from an online resource for his clients to a must-read design resource for thousands of monthly visitors.  In addition to his blog, he maintains an active Twitter and Facebook presence. A prolific networker, Paul prides himself on his ability to connect people, ideas and brands. While no stranger to design shows, this will be his first time at the London Design Festival.

Stacey Bewkes

Stacey Bewkes is the creator and author of Quintessence, an upscale lifestyle blog, known for its rich, well-researched editorial content.  Its blogazine format presents daily style inspiration on topics ranging from interiors and fashion to art, architecture, travel, wine and film.  Her monthly BEHIND THE Q feature, entertaining and thoughtful video visits with select stylemakers, is a popular favorite.

For more than 17 years, Stacey was an art director at Simon and Schuster, responsible for the creation and printing of book jackets and covers.  This combination of style and substance and a lifelong passion for great design, prepared her perfectly for her current endeavors.  In addition to the blog and other writing assignments, new projects include creative direction of web sites within the fashion and design industries.  The orange "Q" can also be followed on twitter and Facebook.

Tim Bogan

Tim Bogan heads up Modenus in the UK.  An ex-journalist, communications specialist and plain English enthusiast he can be found wandering along the Brighton seafront, cooking unbelievably good risottos, eating ice cream and reporting back on the UK‘s vibrant furniture, decoration and interior design artisans and innovators.

Bob Borson

Bob Borson AIA, LEED AP, earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992, and is a Dallas based architect, speaker and writer.  During his time in school, he studied in Europe for 6 months having been selected for the London/Lugano Study Abroad Scholarship and is a previous recipient of the Dallas Chapter AIA “Young Architect of the Year” award.  Bob started the website Life of an Architect in January 2010 to learn how to use the new tools of social media to connect with people, create a casual forum to discuss design techniques and trends, and evaluate new materials and products.  Since its creation 18 months ago, his website has grown to become the 3rd most visited architectural blog site in the world.  Bob is an Associate Principal and Studio Designer in the firm Bernbaum Magadini Architects.

Life of an Architect can be found at, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Michelle Carangi

With over 12 years experience as an illustrator and graphic artist, Michelle Carangi has further extended her design capabilities by producing and art directing product photo shoots and national ad campaigns within the home furnishings industry.

Michelle is also a blogger focused on interior design at Holley & Gill, Style Director at Pure Green Magazine and a contributing blogger for Poppytalk and HGTV Canada.

Leslie Carothers

Leslie Carothers is the Chief Energizing Officer of The Kaleidoscope Partnership, a global social media agency headquartered in Houston, TX.

Founded nine years ago, Leslie has over twenty nine years of experience in the luxury design niche, and her company provides luxury furniture, design and lifestyle brands custom tailored social media strategies and execution capabilities.

She micro-blogs as @TKPLeslie and founded the Twitter chat #GetPublished, which brings together design editors and the design community to create dialogue and opportunities.  She curates helpful social media articles on

She is an international speaker and oft quoted source on social media and the writer of’s Retail Ideas blog.

In her spare time, she reads and collects books and indulges in photography and pancakes.

Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo

Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo (ABCD!) is a lifestyle expert who splits her time between New York City, and the hills of Litchfield, Connecticut.  Amy first studied fine art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, went on to complete a professional chef training program at The Natural Gourmet Institute, and then received a certificate in floral design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

Amy is an advocate for the slow home movement, whole foods, and shopping local for quality, not quantity.  She writes, a digital sketch book of inspiration for celebrating a life well-lived.  Here you will find ABCD's ideas about interior design, color, and building collections.  She also shares her recipes, tips on entertaining, and what‘s cultivating her creative spirit on any given day.

You can find Amy on Twitter @ABCDdesigns, and on  ABCD is also a co-founder of #DesignTV, a weekly chat on Twitter where they discuss the finer points of making your house a home.

Andie Day

Andie Day is an award-winning interior designer whose inventive solutions have been featured in the Washington Post, Boston Globe’s “G Style” Magazine, New England Home, Kitchen and Bath Ideas®, Design New England and in NECN’s inspirational television series: Dream House.

Andie’s Design for Life™ philosophy blends fashion with function to create spaces that are simultaneously alluring and practical.  An accredited member of NKBA and a certified aging-in-place specialist through NAHB, she earned her degree from Bentley College in Massachusetts.  Andie maintains an active blog and can be followed on Facebook and on Twitter @AndieDay and @AndieDayLLC.

Mae Hacking

Mae Hacking is a co-creator of Here in This House, a design blog where she captures the creative and artistic pursuits that she brings into her home. She is a design- and fashion-enthusiast and a retail strategist specializing in creating new businesses and developing brand strategies for iconic American brands. She currently resides in the greater New York City area with her husband and two lovely children.

Here in This House can be found at, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Meredith Heron

Meredith Heron made her mark by beginning Red Heron Essentials (now Meredith Heron Design Inc) and making her entry into the world of lifestyle television.  Meredith is a regular Host/ Designer on Restaurant Makeover on HGTV/Food networks, Love by Design (HGTV) and Design Match (HGTV/Fine Living USA).  Her work has been featured on House & Home with Lynda Reeves and Save Us From Our House (W Network).

In 2011, Meredith launched Sashay, a design blog that focuses on her design process and gives readers insight into the world of design as seen through a designer’s eyes - it’s sassy and a little bit irreverent just like it’s author.

Meredith Heron is driven, dynamic, and passionate, with a no nonsense edge, a great sense of humour and a sincere desire to inspire.  With a moxie and style that is inherently Meredith, she blends, creates, discovers, and designs that which can only be best described as personally yours.

Michelle Jennings Wiebe

Michelle Jennings Wiebe, ASID, is the President/Principal Designer of the premier interior design firm Studio M Inc., based in Tampa, Florida.  Studio M specializes in luxury residential design, but is also well known for their sleek commercial interiors.  Michelle thrives on taking any space and transforming it into both living artistry and functional desirability.  Her passion for interiors is to “develop livable works of art that are timeless.”  She is the editor of her firm’s inspiring design blog m{pression.  In addition, Michelle is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers.  She also serves as a Board Member of the International Academy of Design.  Michelle can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

Elise Jones

Elise Jones is a co-creator of Here in This House, a design blog focused on the creative and artistic pursuits we bring into our houses.  It is a place “where design meets reality”.  Elise, a wife and mom of two lovely girls, also serves as the social media director for the mom-community, babybites.  In her free time, she performs in theater, cooks and travels as well as serves on her local public arts council and community theater board.

Here in This House can be found at, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Jonathan Legate

Jonathan Legate has been a student of design from the age of eight, when he began funnelling his allowance into architecture and design magazines.

Driven not only by clients’ tastes and requirements, but by their personalities, Jonathan creates homes that express the essential natures of their owners.  It is an organic process that thrives on strong, long-term client relationships in limited numbers.

His work is both contemporary and traditional, often in a surprising yet seamless integration.  He has been featured in various media, and in spring 2009 was Canadian Home and Country’s first Nova Scotian cover in its 20-year history.

Jonathan's popular blog is a place full of inspiration, musings, travel and the pieces that come together to make a home.

Mollie Magill

Mollie Magill is managing editor of Robin Baron Simplifying Fabulous!, a design blog that inspires and empowers readers to create a home that they love.

After graduating from Fordham University in New York City with a degree in Communications and Journalism, Mollie was the Senior Associate Editor at Cottages & Gardens Publications, featuring regional design and lifestyle in the Hamptons, Connecticut, Palm Beach and Westchester.  She brings her love for writing, design, photography and social media to life with Simplifying Fabulous! and as a freelance writer for sites including AOL’s, and, the go-to online source for vintage furniture, antiques, art and jewelry from around the world.

Join in on the Simplifying Fabulous! fun on and Twitter @RobinBaron.

Veronika Miller

Veronika Miller is a lover of all things design, whose successful career paths in marketing and interior design led to the development of Modenus which she now heads up as Chief Eternal Optimist.  When not scouring the globe for gorgeous products and developing new design management tools she is building Modenus‘ communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and social media sites that probably haven’t been invented yet.

Carmen Maria Natschke

Carmen Maria Natschke is the creative force behind the upscale design digital publication, The Decorating Diva, which features content on design, luxury interiors, the decorative arts, creative inspiration, market reports, trends, modern art and architecture.

Carmen, a former Software Engineer turned Design Editor, has successfully expanded The Decorating Diva from a small, relatively unknown blog into a popular publication that is well-known and respected within the design industry for its interviews, articles and market reports, and is listed in the top one percent of all websites tracked by ALEXA and Technorati and resides in the top one percent on Twitter (@decoratingdiva).

Carmen’s dynamic personality and passion for design have made her a much sought after personality for design events.  Her most recent venture was an exciting design challenge for HGTV Home by Shaw.

Carmen is looking forward to sharing her design discoveries from the London Design Festival with The Decorating Diva’s international audience.

Tamara Matthews-Stephenson

Tamara Matthews-Stephenson is a NYC residential interior designer, freelance writer and author of lifestyle blog, Nest by Tamara.  She earned a BA in English from Castelton College, and later an interior design certificate from Parsons School of Design.  Tamara learned the ins and outs of the design business when working for various interior designers.  In 1999, she started her own design firm, and now merges her former experience in publishing with her design training by penning Nest by Tamara.  She writes for websites and magazines, including a weekly column called East End Nest for East Hampton magazine, Dan’s Papers.  Tamara’s been invited to take part in several events as a Lifestyle expert since she writes about design and entertaining with a trained and cultivated eye.

Susan Serra

Susan Serra, CKD, CAPS, author of and, is President of Susan Serra Associates, Inc., a kitchen and bath design firm, for 20 years.  Susan is an award winning designer and has served as a judge for national kitchen/bath industry competitions, a consultant to major brands, is Sears’ official “kitchen” blogger and a speaker on kitchen design in the US and abroad.  A go-to source for the media on kitchen design issues, Susan has been featured 30+ times in Meredith publications alone,, HGTV, NY Times, LA Times, Martha Stewart radio and many others.  Susan has just introduced her own collection of kitchen cabinetry, Bornholm Kitchen.