IKEA BILLY’s BIRTHDAY BASH

It is someones 40th birthday and we are so happy to be part of the celebration!

Growing up, ‘BILLY’ was a household name as almost everyone had an IKEA’s BILLY somewhere in their house. The name, for once being not a typical unpronounceable Swedish one, allowed us all to refer to our shelving unit as a family member.

Already forty years ago, IKEA launched this set of flat packed shelves. Although officially named ‘Billy the Bookcase’, these shelves have been used for much more then just books.

The BILLY is a blank canvas for creativity. You can style it as you want and use it where you need it. Where 40 years ago it was a standard white version, BILLY now comes in a range of finishes and different sizes. Doors can be added, giving it a whole other look and feel. Even after all this time, the minimalist design allows it to fit in with every style.

We have chosen to celebrate BILLY’s 40th birthday by focusing on it’s versatility. A ‘who wore it best’ competition  where we worked with two differently styled BILLY cabinets. For both set ups we first created one cabinet from different units. As you can see, they have different widths and sizes. We deliberately choose to put the shelves on different heights to create a playful effect.

The first BILLY  shelf is an arty eye catcher in a living room. As the wall was already in a soft pink, we used the same color on the BILLY.  By leaving out the back side of the cabinet you get a sleek tone on tone effect. Some contrasting black, brown and burgendy accessories give the pink tones a bit more edge.  Furthermore you can pick and choose exactly which products you want to display. Our advise: Less is more.

The second cabinet is in a kids room. Again, we painted the BILLY in the same teal blue as the wall, leaving out the back side and playing around with the shelf hight. This blue goes so beautifully with natural colors and a rusty red. Add some storage basket, display some of their books and beautiful toys and you are ready to go

As you can see you can easily change the look and feel of the same BILLY by merely changing the color and playing around with the accessories. So now it is up to you to decide: Who wore it best?

Are you inspired to turn your BILLY into something unique? Play around with color and make a #shelfie. Tag @ikeauae for a chance to win an IKEA voucher of AED 350. The winner will be announced mid April on the @ikeauae Instagram page. Good luck!

You can find the article at Ikea BILLY BOOKCASEBILLY/ BOTTNA

Styling and Photography Live Loud Girl

 

LIVE LOUD GIRL – 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Blogs grow up so fast… I can’t believe it is already Live Loud Girls 5th birthday. A milestone that needs to be celebrated and we just happen to be very good at that!

When I started sharing my love for interiors on this blog in 2014 I had no idea I would be where I am today only five years later. And when people ask me how we did it, I can only say: I just started. And it involved a lot of instances where I thought: Oh… Ok!

Today Live Loud Girl is more than just a blog about me sharing my inspiration and love for interior design.
It has grown out to a hard working team where we manage multiple projects simultaneously. From styling to art direction, from single room to full home renovations. And I can tell you that we do not always know what we are getting ourselves in to. We have numerous ‘Oh… Ok!’ moments with every job. We have come to accept that it is part of our DNA.

We owe a lot of our success to social media, Instagram in particularly. It has not only been a place for us to share what we do, it has become a community. Via this channel we have also found and connected with a lot of our friends, fans and suppliers. From small start ups to established companies.

Zoe Rumeau is one of those incredible suppliers. The first time we worked with one of her brilliant products resulted in having one of our most Pinned photos ever!
And we understand why. Her art works add a touch of magic to any room which explains why we have been working with her pieces in many shapes and forms.

So we are incredibly happy and extremely honored to announce that Zoe has developed a product with us and for us to celebrate our 5th anniversary.
When we were deciding what we should do, we thought the ‘Oh… Ok!’, might sound like a weak spot but it actually became one of our strengths and is very appropriate.
It so describes the way we work at Live Loud Girl. We always have a plan yet the result is at it’s best when we need to use our spontaneity and creativity.

We invite you to come to our party on Instagram and enter this celebratory give away: an art piece by Zoe Rumeau which pretty much sums up Live Loud Girl’s character.
It took us 5 years with 315 blog posts and 3,316 Instagram posts and a gazillion emails and messages to get where we are today. Over that time our style has changed, the team has changed, I have moved twice, the office location has changed…
Yet our enthusiasm and motivation has not changed a bit.
On to the next 5!

PLEASE NOTE: If you want this piece of art on your wall and have no luck in the competition, send us a message on info@liveloudgirl.com as we have 5
EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITIONS OH OK of Zoe Rumeau  Live Loud Girl for sale too (€149 )

Stylist life is not always as you see it on the Blog and on Instagram… Please witness some of our many ‘Oh, OK!’ moments of the past five years

1. ‘The socket is under the bed’. ‘Oh, Ok!’ | 2. ‘For this  award shoot we would like you to hold a garden gnome in your Dubai Glitter outfit’. ‘Oh, Ok!’ | 3. ‘Flo, can you just stand here and hold the light until we are done?’ ‘Oh, Ok!’ | 4. ‘Why don’t we try and get one decent shot of the whole team’. ‘Oh, Ok!’ | 5. ‘Can you take the pillows to the office so we can shoot them later today?’ ‘Oh, Ok!’ | 6. ‘Bar, can you just wait here while I talk to that celebrity stylist?’ ‘Oh, Ok!’ | 7. ‘We would like to have you feature a Rusty Red wall in your house’. ‘Oh, Ok!’ | 8. ‘Shall we do a shot of this gorgeous Parisian staircase and pretend we had a long day?’ ‘Oh, Ok!’ |

 

 

 

 

 

PRESS TRIP VITRA – RELAUNCH FIBERGLAS CHAIR

I have had  a profound love for any Eames design for as long as I can remember. That explains how my  Eames Lounge Chair , the first piece of design furniture I bought for myself, always takes up the best place in our living room. After quite some years of also happily using Vitra products  in our styling, we were invited to come to the source: The Vitra Campus so in Weil am Rhein, Switzerland.

The Vitra Campus is simultaneously a fully operational production site and a field of experimentation for architecture and design. For design and architecture enthusiast like me, it is a place where you can drool all day. The architecture of every single building and sculpture is out of this world, making it one of the most creative and inspirational places I have ever seen.

It is a special time to visit this unique place as is reintroducing the Eames chair in it’s original material of Fibre glass. A truly unique design that has resisted going out of style. Fashion is quick, styles change yet a with good design you can grasp a moment and keep it for ever. It becomes timeless.
The fibre glass gives this piece the perfect touch of vintage. The irregular surface and functional form makes this chair charming. It is a piece with real character and one of my old time favorite pieces. It’s been launched in 6 original colors of which the elephant grey is on my wishlist.

Another highlight in a long range of them was the Furniture Archive. A space that is normally closed for the public yet was now open for the launch with Vitra Chairman Rolf Fehlbaum. To see so many valuable, treasured and relevant design in one room is a dream come true for us after almost five years of Live Loud Girl.

This is officially Design Heaven…

The content of this post is created in collaboration with Vitra who kindly invited me to visit the Vitra Campus. The words, experiences and photos are by Live Loud Girl.

PHOTOSHOOT: NOFRED HARBOUR BOAT LAUNCH

You might already know NOFRED from our styling projects. Remember that gorgeous Mouse Chair? Or the Toucan wall paper in the playroom? It is no surprise that we are fans of this Danish design brand that makes iconic, timeless and original interior products for kids. No wonder we were very happy to be asked to shoot and style the launch photos of their new item: the Harbour Boat.

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