Hannah takes a bite out of the 'Blog' Apple!
ONE of Britain's top bloggers has been flying the flag for Grimsby at an international convention in New York.
As reported, Hannah Coleman, 36, was one of just two UK bloggers to be included in a poll of favourite blogs – conducted leading online design resource Modenus.com – even making it into the top three.
The mother-of-one, who owns wall-covering company Dreamwall and writes the Dreamwallstyle blog, is one of only 15 bloggers worldwide to have been lucky enough to be selected to attend the all-expenses paid trip to the Big Apple.
During the six-day event, organised by Modenus to bring together selected design and lifestyle bloggers, she met with pottery expert Jonathan Alder and Emily Peck and former features editor of Ideal Home magazine.
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She was also able to check out almost 350 exhibits, attend design seminars, presentations, cooking demonstrations and show tours organised by the event's sponsors.
However, her efforts to report back on the latest trends to her followers around the globe were hampered, when her trusty iPhone broke.
Hannah said: "My phone let me down for two days – I couldn't take any pictures of designs which was a pain.
"However, the trip was an amazing experience. I had never been to New York before and it wasn't what I expected.
"It was very chilled out compared to London and there wasn't much difference in trends between New York and the UK's capital.
"We watched Jonathan Alder's pottery being produced in Soho.
"It was magical watching him in his studio and all the work and effort he puts into it.
"Jonathan has a flagship store in London and has been on television shows such as Oprah Winfrey.
"I'm a big pottery fan, and to watch him work makes you appreciate why a piece of his costs £250."
Hannah also revealed that her online success had started from very humble beginnings.
She said: "I started blogging about three years ago, as it was a great way of marketing my company. It just evolved from there and I now write three blogs; a personal one, one for the business and a general design blog."
It was these world-wide connections that brought Hannah's blogs to the attention of Modenus. com, a leading online design resource, and organisers of the Blog Tour.
She said: "That in itself was kudos enough just to be recognised, but then Modenus dropped the bomb and announced that I had secured a place on the tour.
"The other 15 bloggers who joined me on the trip were from places like London and California – we all got on like one big family.
"I'm sure I have put Grimsby on the map over there – I suggested that we should have a blog tour in our town!"
"For me as a design blogger, it gave me amazing exposure. I learnt so much from the trip and I am so lucky to have had the opportunity!"