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.
With our summer holiday coming to an end soon, the list of projects that we would like to start on is growing. One of them can start as soon as we are home: the kids rooms. Updating the kids rooms always makes sense after a summer break and at the beginning of a school year as kids mature so quickly in their time away from routine, homework and school uniforms. As surfer boy Sam just turned 9, we have his room in mind to start with. He got his own room earlier this year (after sharing a room most of his life with Jack) and we were still working of the ultimate finishing touch.
Whether we are designing a commercial space or working on a room in our own house, we always try to make the furniture and accessories relevant for who ever will be spending most of their time there. Using wall art is great way to update or upgrade, and we had something specific in mind.
Working with Zoe Rumeau
You have probably seen us work with Zoe Rumeau before in our installations. We love her art and have used it in play rooms, kids rooms, nurseries and even in adult spaces. And what could be better than working with her art? Working with her to create a piece of art! So that is what happened at the beginning of this year. We bounced some ideas back and forth, quickly coming to the conclusion that this sign is a winner. In her atelier in Paris, she worked out what we designed together.
And now, (finally, after a little delay due to a pandemic that made shipping nearly impossible…) we have our hands on it. As it is a perfect fit with our holiday home at the coast, we have already put one up at Live Loud Girl Stays. When we are back home, the one in Sam’s room will go up and we will share the results with you of course.
The good news is…
But listen to this: it’s not a one-of-a-kind to make you jealous… We have a limited number of these beautiful surf signs for sale for €120 / AED 525 (excluding shipping). So if you are interested, please let us know. We ship to Dubai and Europe. So send us a DM or an e-mail to email@example.com if you are interested.
With our latest installation done and dusted, a break from the heat in Dubai and our current holiday back home to see family, it almost feels like things are back to normal. However, we are very aware that this is not the case. And although the COVID crisis is not perse something interior styling related, we have (had) a lot to do with it as entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs world wide, big or small, profitable or passionate, commercial or hobbyists, are suffering big time. So whilst people around us are now enjoying a restaurant visit and weekend away again, we do feel that we need to be aware of what is still going on in other parts of the world. And maybe more so; what is still to come.
After being stuck inside for what feels like a life time, we recently saw the restrictions ease up which allowed us to go out again. And we immediately grabbed the chance with both hands. Not only because we were all desperate to get out of the house. Or that we were we dying to do something other than homeschooling and hiding in our temporary home offices. The possibility to get back to work allowed us to instal a project that we started designing at the beginning of the year. And it felt really good to be back in the saddle.