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.
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
The best thing about installatios is seeing things come to life. All the thought we put into the choice of materials, the color pallet and finding unique items to make it a whole are just thoughts on paper up to the moment they are put into place. Where we usually do this for clients, this time around the istallation was for my own holiday home: Live Loud Girl Stays. A little three bedroom home near the Dutch Coast.
You might have seen some of the things we had put on the wish list. And slowly but surely we found all the right items. Some were bought in vintage stores (who would have known this lamp would look so amazing), other items were carefully selected from some of our favorite brands and local Dutch stores.
Every project starts with inspiration (Pinterest, magazines, Instagram…). For the mood board we will choose items we want to use to see how they work in combination with the chosen colors. It then all comes together with the actual installation where you will find us on a latter hanging a lamp or applying the wall paper.
There are a few items that really make this place special for me. I can’t hide the fact that I’m a huge fan of cane webbing. I love it for chairs, stools, cabinets…you name it. So when the Dutch supplier NLXL launched their new range, I could not wait to get my hands on it. A statement wall does not get more statement then this! I am giddy as a goat to have not one, but 2 designs of this wall paper making their appearance in the home. One as backdrop for the pink cabinet in the living room, the other as a headboard in the master bedroom.
The kitchen had a make over thanks to these new cabinets from De Oude Interieurbouw. I might be biased choosing this supplier (yes, my brother is also into interiors…) but they are honestly incredible. We kept the base of the kitchen and changed the sink, the cabinets doors and the kitchen counter top to black.
For the bathroom we (read: I) went a bit bolder. Yet the gorgeous pink Design Tegels will make you feel like you are showering on a pink cloud. The finishing touch here is the Finnish Woodio wash bassin. The washbasin is 100% waterproof wood composite that consists of real wood chips. And did you see the stunning &tradition Journey wall lights next to the mirror. Talking about finishing touches!
For the soft styling there were also some items on my wishlist like the table and Flowerpot pendant from &tradition. And how I love this amazing chair from rattan chair in the living room. It contrasts beautifully with the softer tones of the sofa and accessories.
Just before the end of the year we finished up this cozy holiday home on the Dutch coast. We will be staying here when we are back home, yet it is also available to rent! If you are interested, get in touch! We would love to host you and give you the full Live Loud Girl experience during your stay!
We often write about how we love creating spaces that kids grow into, not out of. When it comes to our own homes we obviously try to do the same. Jack and Sam have been sharing a room for quite some time now. Basically it was because I fell in love with the Oeuf NYC bunkbed before I even had children. Luckily it was also to their liking. As they grow up (so fast) we felt that we wanted to upgrade their room with some small changes, making it perfect for starting the new year.
It has been a while since we installed a kids room. Not that we have been bored. On the contrary. We have been working on large hospitality and residential projects, as well as my holiday home. Kids rooms is however what we started with five years ago so this project is a nice way to end this year.
Some new items…
I came across these beautiful Magic Linen olive green curtains, making me immediately want to change the color scheme of this room. This color is a bit bolder yet works surprisingly well with many color schemes. The material lets through the light beautifully but has a nice heavy hang. Like with any installation, sometimes things don’t work our precisely how we planned it. The curtains ideally should generously touch the floor. That however requires a drill… And we were too impatient and wanted to share the result with you. So there is still a tweak to make.
We did another little upgrade to the daybed. With the kids being 8 and 9 now, we felt that it could use some large cushions to make it the perfect place for reading. Besides that, to bring in some color we went for this funky hotdog rug. Adding texture to a sleek floor makes a room look warmer, and the design was obviously approved by the boys.
So with these few small changes, we have upgraded the room so that it coincides with the age, style and recommendations of the kids again. The basics remain the same, it is just a matter of changing around, mixing up and adding some new colors into the equation. As you can see below, make overs like this don’t take a lot of time. So in the holidays, when you have an hour, update & upgrade a room in the house. It’s easy!