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Ideas For Creative Living + Building Community Online

Hello again lovelies! Welcome to the new-and-improved Lolalina ;) I forgot to mention something in my last post about the redesign…did you notice the new tagline above? Well, while I still loved my old tagline, “find your sweet life”, I wanted something fresh that would reflect more clearly the kind of content I regularly feature. So what do I love to feature most of all? Inspiring interiors, creative styling ideas, DIY and craft projects, and affordable art. The phrase “ideas for creative living” kept popping into my head and I decided that it fits my content and vision for this site perfectly.

Something else I spent time considering throughout this whole design process was why I got into blogging in the first place. I decided it was (and continues to be) because I wanted to feel like I was playing an active part in this amazing creative community of bloggers. I had been devouring blogs for years, at first quietly reading and bookmarking, and later commenting regularly on the blogs I love, before pulling up my own blank WordPress page and hitting publish for the first time more than two years ago. I love visiting my favorite blogs because it always feels like a little treat, like curling up in the living room with a good friend for a chat. My hope is that Lolalina can provide that kind of comfort and warmth and community to all of you as well.

I love the fact that I have “met” creative people from all around the world through their lovely blogs, and that I can always find someone, somewhere, willing to discuss the merits of pink paint or the best way to paint a floor white, no matter the time of day or night! One person who encompasses creative living is Yvonne Eijkenduijn of Yvestown, whose lovely home is pictured in this post. Her recent post on creating a room of her own is inspiring, you should go read it!

I just wanted to also take this chance to thank you for coming here to visit and read, whether you only have time to “eat and run” or if you stay longer and leave a comment or send me an email, I appreciate every one of you! xo Laura

(all images: Yvestown)

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  • Tina@FlyingHouse July 26, 2011, 10:36 am

    Your new design is so cute! I love it! And I love that you decided to jump in and add your own flavor to the blog world! I love your blog and am continually inspired by it!

  • Summer July 26, 2011, 11:03 am

    Your blog has inspired me to finally start my own blog! I love waking up every morning with toast and cup of tea in hand and sitting down to see what you have for us today. This post reminded me of how I finally decided to start blogging too. Thank you for making me smile every morning!

  • amy (mamascout) July 26, 2011, 11:33 am

    I love your new look. I have been reading your blog for just a bit, but really enjoy it. I too live in an old house and can really related about renovations. For us, it has been a decade and there is still stuff to do. But the charm and character make it all worth while.

    I look forward to following you!

    Have a great day…

  • Lauran July 26, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I really love your new design! And I like your approach to blogging too. Good job!

  • monica July 26, 2011, 8:30 pm

    Hi there! I just found your blog…and very happy I did! It’s beautiful!

  • Simply Harmony July 27, 2011, 11:42 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I must say that it is lovely! I like your approach to blogging. I, too, find so much creative inspiration in reading blogs written by artists and other creatives. I launched my blog in April and I am loving every moment of it – from designing to sharing. Happy blogging! I will be a regular reader AND commenter.


  • Laura July 27, 2011, 2:33 pm

    Hi Laura,
    I have just found your blog and love it! Your new design looks so professional and fresh and I really enjoyed reading about how it all began. I was amazed when I started blogging how quickly I made friends from all around the world, and it is always such a delight to take a few hours and check in with the amazing creativity all over the globe.
    Laura x

  • The Design Boards July 27, 2011, 7:31 pm

    Laura the new design looks great! I love it. You are so inspiring as always!

  • Anne July 28, 2011, 1:10 am

    Laura, I love your redesign. It’s fun, and I like the symbolism. The flowers on the left to me represent nature — a great source of ideas; the books on the right are so typical of the books most of us page through — looking for ideas from what others have done, and savoring what others have created. And the shoes under the table — kicking back, getting comfy, and just savoring ideas, colors, and possibilities. I like your new tagline too.

  • Tereza July 28, 2011, 7:53 am

    Hi, first time here, your blog is beautiful.
    Lovely post, I really like this delicate and light room.

  • Daniella July 28, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Love the new look! It seems cute AND fun; quiet with the colours AND dynamic with all the different patterns. Good for you!

  • Nina July 28, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Well done Laura! It’s turned out really great – unique, fresh and reflects you which is the most important right? Take care!

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