BUILDING A BRAND

Just over a year ago, things shifted. Live Loud Girl had been evolving and finally we weren’t afraid anymore to say we were more then ‘just’ interior stylists with the focus on kids rooms. We see ourselves as a creative agency now. We have been allowing ourselves to get out there and take on bigger commercial projects. We focus more now on art direction, styling consultancy and building a brand.

Besides all this, my new business @fronteriors has been growing at the same speed as my kids. Together with my business partner @houseofhawkes I have been working around the clock to build a solid business. It has been all about finding a balance between following our gut feeling and doing what is commercially viable.

Although it was not intentional, both businesses complement each other. It is not possible (and not necessary) to draw a line between where one starts and the other one ends. Something that really came to show when I installed my own @fronteriors wall unit at home this week. Styling and furniture are two of my greatest passions. This passion and style have evolved over the years though.

Ingredients that changed my DNA

Traveling and living in different places in the world has definitely influenced my style, but also the way I do business. It allows me to push myself and be pushed by the people I have around me.
My Dutch roots give me guidance and keep things very clear (ask anyone from the Live Loud Girl or Fronteriors team…). My time in New York has taught me to stand out. And the Middle East gave me the opportunity to follow my heart and actually bring everything together. All these ingredients make it my own and – hopefully – unique. Even though I am genetically Dutch, I feel that these ingredients have changed my DNA.

The new focus

My focus at the moment is on entrepreneurship. It shifted from becoming a stylist to building a brand and running a company.
My dream and goal is to have @fronteriors grow into a healthy, confident brand which allows anyone around the world to welcome a piece of furniture into their home with a Scandinavian design feel.
Live Loud Girl is still my platform to tell my story about style. It will still be the place where we focus is on inspiring home owners to let their homes tell their story. On showing how to work with what you have, and sometimes adding that LOUD element. But with both businesses I want to focus on style. Untouchable, transformable, ever-changable style.

UPGRADE WITH @FRONTERIORS

my @fronteriors cabinet

We have been working around to clock to get my new business up and running. Yet, believe it or not, there has not been an upgrade with @fronteriors in my own house yet. Typical right?
It was time to make my own order to enable me to upgrade my existing IKEA BESTA cabinet. Because first of all, I was dying to finally bring those gorgeous cane doors into my living room. But I also wanted to see if it is really as easy as we say it is.
There was only one way to test my own product (and relationship…). And that was by asking my dear husband (aka @LiveLoudBoy) to take on this project.



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THE HIGHS & LOWS OF HAVING YOUR OWN BUSINESS

The highs and lows of fronteriors

As you might have seen, @fronteriors – the side hussle that I started with fellow stylist @houseofhawkes – opened her virtual doors last month. It was a dream of ours to make furniture. And with a long and colourful history of #ikeahacking, the notion of designing a unique and stylish collection of doors, tops and sides to fit IKEA furniture frames was the ideal business concept for us to pour our passion and creativity into knowing there would be highs and lows.



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@FRONTERIORS IS LIVE

Fronteriors

Six months ago I started the little adventure called fronteriors together with fellow stylist and friend @houseofhawkes. We both had a dream to design and build furniture. And so, without any big fat business plan, we decided over lunch to design a range of custom doors and tops to fit a selection of IKEA furniture frames that we work with a lot in our interior styling jobs. 

Over the last few months we have been selecting materials, colors and accessories. We had to get techie and design, build and test a website. The fun part was seeing the actual product come to life and doing the photo shoots. The less sexy side was tons of admin, calls, errors and hick ups. However: no rain, no shine… and we did it!



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