One account that I always check during a coffee break is @bartsboekje. Maartje’s Dutch humor on her Instagram Stories makes us laugh. Her realistic way of photography makes us drool. Her destinations want us to pack our bags and go. Yet most inspiring is her drive for building this business from scratch. Like many entrepreneurs we admire, Maartje did not follow a straight road to become a travel influencer. She discovered her passion and talent whilst doing different jobs and created her own space along the way. To get a better understanding about how @bartsboekje got where it is today, we asked Maartje about her journey.
It has been a good summer. It has been a long break. Slowly things are getting back to normal and we are very ready for it. Our holiday was filled with family time in France and catch-ups with friends. Long lazy days outdoors were compensated by some (very appreciated) Disneyland madness. Besides our French adventures we had time to work on our Live Loud Girl Stays holiday home. We did some incredible sourcing and got inspired in some of our favorite newly discovered stores.
As stylists, we are all about getting some inspiration during the vacation. We love traveling, finding new materials, styles and trends. And we can’t keep ourselves from visiting interior shops and markets when we are abroad. Our holiday plans most always include staying in a capital city where our carefully planned lunch address (with a beautiful interior) is just coincidentally around the corner from a store that has been on the ‘must visit’ wishlist. Yes, gathering inspiration during our vacation is of a high priority.
The Milan design week has just come to an end and we are very happy that we could visit it once again. We traded in office mornings and dates with our laptops for wandering the streets of the design and fashion capital of Italy. Spending a week here, spotting trends, seeing so many installations and speaking to suppliers got us so inspired that we can’t wait to start creating again ourselves.