SWAP AROUND

Ok, it was definitely not the plan to do a make-over in the first weekend that we were back home from our holiday. Yet, most of the changes in-and- around my house are totally unplanned and spontaneous. And updating the boys’ room with this swap around is therefore no exception. With the new school year on our doorstep the timing could actually not have been better.

I landed the idea of changing ‘a few things around’ on the Friday evening which resulted in a full day’s work on Saturday. Luckily my hubby was on board. Because we soon realized that both beds did not fit through the door. So there was a lot (!) of unscrewing and re-screwing.
And have you ever tried moving a book case with all the books in it? Doesn’t work! Although the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos might look good, the ‘in between’ was a total chaos.

Work with what you have

You might know by now how we feel about kids rooms. We feel that it is important to invest in a few key pieces and create an environment that kids can grow into, not out of. We also believe that to create a new vibe, you do not have to go furniture shopping. Just shop around in your own house and find what you need. You will discover that working with what you have, just in another environment, can look great!

It helps if you can work with a good base and color pallet to begin with. For this swap around I didn’t invested in any new items. You probably know the Oeuf NYC bunk bed from a long time ago. And my grandmothers cabinet and table have been with us for a long time as well. You might even recognize some golden oldies like the artwork, the collection of storage units and cute accessories in these pics from the archive.
The point is that we do not pull out our bank card every time we do a make over. We love re-using items and re-purposing furniture that we once fell in love with.

One new item

The result of a days hard work for this swap around is that we have two different looking rooms again that make more sense for the boys. The only new item is the Surf Sign we developed in collaboration with Zoe Rumeau. Her works of art are also not new to us, we have worked with her many times before, yet this wall art was created with growing kids like mine in mind. And it is the cherry on the cake.

Spontaneous one-day make overs are the best! We are ready to start the new school year with this new vibe upstairs.

HOLIDAY HOME

Is there anything better than being on a holiday whilst staying in your own house? Being somewhere else yet sleeping in your own bed? Enjoying another country but sitting on the sofa you love?
When you have your own holiday home, I can tell you, you get the best of both worlds.

We finished the renovations of a small holiday home on the Dutch coast at the beginning of the year. The idea behind it is that it’s the place we stay at when visiting friends and family back home. Because there is only so much of suitcase living and sleeper couch sleeping you want to do on your well deserved holiday. Especially as a family of four.
So it is truly our home away from home and we wanted to give it that final finishing touch now that we had the chance to be there.

When it came to the interior, we wanted to work with many of our favorite brands and pieces, giving this home a signature Live Loud Girl look and feel. Yet a big part of the way we work is trying to make it personal. That is often done by adding small treasures and unique items to complete the design. As this is a beach house, we loved adding easy going neutral colors. The outdoor area, being a real extension of the home, got the same amount of attention with comfortable sofa’s, a large table and some cute accessories.

During our stay here, we were able to visit some of the flee markets in this area. We love to add a local treasure and a vintage element to a place. Have you spotted the wire fish in the bedroom?
And as a project is never done, we also made some changes to the house.
In the living room we created a bit more space by hanging the surf board and swapping some things around. We added new prints by Rowan Sterenbergs and on the last day, painted an old little table black.

We had a few incredible weeks at our home away from home. The weather was very kind to us, we stocked up on quality time with the family, Dutch treats and fresh air.

Would you like to spend a holiday or a weekend at our Live Loud Girl Stays? It is available when we are not there. So get in touch to book your home away from home trip at the Dutch coast!

MAKING THE MOST OF OUR HOUSE-ARREST

We are all spending much more time at home than we would normally do (and want). Yet in this whole ‘making the most of our house-arrest’ situation, we decided to spread some interior inspiration with quick home updates. We are not talking about big make overs that require us to go out to the shops of course. We mean some easy alterations with things we either already have at home or that we can order online. And the latter ties in with our shout out to all small businesses out there that can really use a boost right now.



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GOT MYSELF A QUOOKER

There used to be one corner in the kitchen that you would never see on my blog or Instagram account. Not a messy closet or an unorganised office, but the kitchen corner with our water dispenser.
As we can’t drink from the tap here yet do take hydration very serious, that 20 liter water bottle was just a part of our day to day life.
For boiling water we used an old fashioned kettle. Not an eye sore perse, yet a kettle that I would always put in the kitchen cabinet after use.
So for me, as a stylist and a clean countertop activist, the Quooker is one of those items from my kitchen dreams



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