From Ottawa Canada, Shawna Liao from willow bloom home a mom who enjoys hanging out with her 3 boys, a piano teacher with a passion for music, and a talented interior designer. She loves decorating and organizing, a lot of her decor is hand made. As she continued her life by marrying her high school sweetheart and creating a family, what started as a hobby from the very young age of 12 years old turned into a career 25 years later. In this Brightech interview, we get to hear more about Shawna and her passion, and talent for interior design.
1. How many years have you been blogging?
I have been on Instagram for almost three years now but just launched my blog in January of this year. Instagram definitely provides a great platform for starting to explore my decor style and working with brands.
2. What is your favorite Interior Design project that you’ve ever done?
This is a hard question because I’m pretty attached to each project I do. However, I think our living room/dining room renovation is my favorite because it is something I had envisioned for so long and now we get to live in it every day. It was a labor of love that included painting my piano, installing board and batten, and reupholstering a vintage sofa that belonged to my grandparents.
3. Which project are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of my Master bedroom renovation because it was my first big project in our home and I jumped in even though I didn’t exactly how I would accomplish what I envisioned. I learned along the way and didn’t get discouraged.
4. What does a day in the life of an interior decor blogger look like?
It’s likely different for everyone, but as an interior decor blogger with 3 young boys, I set aside small blocks of time each day to work on product styling and photography. Evenings (after the kids are in bed) are spent planning and writing.
5. What kind of lighting do you have set up for your work?
I utilize natural lighting and ambient lighting. Having a good camera definitely helps too!
6. What is your favorite lamp or string lights that you’ve used for a project?
I love my string lights from Brightech Shop. They add just the right amount of light to enjoy evenings in our garden.
7. What is the greatest tip that you could give to our readers?
That’s easy- don’t put off decorating because you think decision making is too hard or there’s not enough time. Get some expert help or start a Pinterest board and get your ideas off the ground. You’ll never regret adding beauty and character to your home.
8. What is the hardest thing about interior design?
Hmmm, I have so much fun with interior design. I’d say it’s time management- finding the time to do everything I want to do is challenging.
9. If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I think I would have gone down the interior decor pathway earlier in life.
10. What do you think had the biggest impact on making your blog a success?
It started my blog at just the right time in my life and getting the technical support I needed.
Interested in learning more about interior design? Check out more articles by Brightech 5 amazing tips to expand small spaces and 10 Perfect Ways to Decorate with String Lights All Year Long