We are all for keeping blogging and social media interactive. That is why we love receiving questions from followers who feel inspired as there is nothing more rewarding then that.
For anyone who has outstanding questions, we have worked out the mostly asked ones that we receive on the blog and Instagram. Keep ‘m coming though, we always love hearing from you!
1. How did you start your business?
Well, I can only say one thing and that is that I just started. It was a regular week day, between taking care of two young kids, having no idea how to blog, write, or be social on media. I mean, did you see my first blog post?
Yet that awkward post was the beginning of what you have in front of you now. I started sharing inspiration, photo’s of my own home and this eventually led to my first project. And now I am one of those lucky ones that can say that my passion is my full time job.
2. Where do you get your products from?
Everywhere! Each project requires something else. The Live Loud Girl signature look is based on mixing it up. Scandinavia meets Manhattan with a touch of my Dutch roots you could call it. Combining old with new, vintage with IKEA making interior styling accessible and affordable, creating an atmosphere with attitude.
I am never secretive about what products I use so check out my Instagram account to see who I tag.
3: What is on material did you use for your floor at home?
As this house had brown tiles when we moved in, we decided to bring in white laminate to make it lighter and more our own style. Since this is a rental, it is an easy and affordable solution. If I could choose in my own home, I would go for a concrete floor.
4. Where did you buy the dip dye curtains from the boys bedroom?
Ssst, don’t tell anyone but we made them…. It was a little DIY project. You can easily do the same, just follow the simple instructions from the blog post. If you decide to try this at home, share the result with us by tagging #liveloudgirllove
5. What filters / apps do you use for your pictures
For all of my photos I use VSCO cam. I mostly brighten them so that the white in the photo will be completely white. Luckily we have enough sun light here in Dubai so I rarely have to do much more.
6. Where did you buy the daybed from the boys playroom
One of the best things in interior styling is customising furniture to your liking. It does not have to be complicated, just another cover or some different legs can go a long way. That is what we did with an IKEA bed for the play room to make it a comfortable reading lounger.
7. Does your home always look so tidy?
Of course! My kids are not allowed to touch anything!
Just kidding of course…
A home, and especially one with young children, should be practical and fun yet for me it shouldn’t turn into a kids playground. So in our home we have some areas where they have their toys and some areas where I have mine. Having enough storage makes all the difference. We use baskets, boxes, and bags.
8. How can I change my house without breaking the bank?
Your home should always tell a story, even if it is a rental. Life is too short to live in a space that does not feel like home.
Rule number 1: don’t be afraid of change. Change makes your house a dynamic place. With a little creativity you can come a long way. To change the look and feel of a room, you will not need to buy new furniture. Shop around in other rooms of the house for some new items. Adding a statement wall is a very easy and affordable way to bring in some color. And add green, it’s so on trend!
9. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Instagram is a huge source of inspiration for me. I follow many fellow designers, stylists, bloggers and entrepreneurs and read their blogs. There are so many creative people out there that keep me on my toes or new suppliers that I want to reach out to. This is how I try to always keep surprising my own followers.
My daily dose of inspiration comes from Yara Michels (Chapter Friday), Ruffled Snob, ensuus, Geraldine (who you might know from being Guest on the Blog), the ladies from M Word mag, Peek and Pack (we love their products), minimockspetra, madebylon, miniwalla, Chloe Uberkid (and many more….)
10. Do you need a kids playroom?
If you have the space, a separate playroom (with a door that you can close) is great. Having said that, it is so easy to create a nice play corner in the living room with for example some funky furniture and a cool rug.
A children’s bedroom is for peace and quiet and long, long nights. So we prefer to keep a bedroom calm and clean.
For kids rooms in general, keep in mind that they grow up so its not worth spending a fortune. We like to create spaces that they can grow into, that can easily be changed around according to their liking and needs.
I know we said ’10 most asked questions’ but here is a bonus:
Top photo, my home with white laminate floor, Ikea lights and statement wall. Photo by Louise Shrigley | 1. DIY Dip Dye curtains | 2. Single bed became a Reading Lounger | 3. Storage for toys | 4. Statement wall in Sam’s room | 5. Boys Playroom | 6. Boys Bedroom, photo by Natelee Cocks