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Another sale not to miss: 20% discount on the Tas-ka cushions in the Bloesem online shop

And have you heard? The 3rd Bloesem Gazette is out! Lots of inspiring interviews from our favourite creatives inside... grab a copy or read it online here

Here's are some links we love this week:

Top 15 Interiors Trends of 2015 

Mini Fruit Cakes... a clever twist on the traditional fruitcake

Take a look at how an old factory in Berlin gets transformed into a beautiful living space... We are in awe!

Learn to diy this sleek and minimal mirror hanger

We love the mix of rustic & modern furniture in this gorgeous home

If you are always fumbling for dropped cables when charging your phone... this night cable is the perfect solution to your frustrations. 

Keen on taking artfully styled food photographs? Join us for our #Instafood class next week with photographer and food stylist, Trisha Toh! 

Xo, The Bloesem Team

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Face to Face: Catch up with Mae Engelgeer

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

In the latest issue of the Bloesem Gazette, titled "The Converation Issue", we wanted to delve into the minds of our favourite talents from around the world. Having had a long time crush on her work, we got in touch with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer, again after we last interviewed her in early 2012. 

Hi Mae, the last time we talked was in May 2012, has a lot changed since then? We’d love for you to update us.

Yes a lot has changed. I think the last time we spoke I had just moved into my first studio space. We were busy developing the ISH. Collection and our presentation for Milan 2013. I think since Milan things went into a more vivid flow, but now (2.5 years later) it’s not quite like that anymore, which of course is a good thing!

What is the first thought that crosses your mind when you wake up?

Is it morning already? And then I think about the things that are on my list for the day, and of course my daughter, getting her ready and to school. Then coffee, I love coffee!

What are your recent designs inspired by? How difficult is it to keep coming up with new collections?

We are working on a more minimalistic collection now. And (I am) very excited, there are a lot of collaborations in the works and I am even working on furniture fabrics! Something that has been on my list for a long time.  

I always have new plans for new collections and I am always thinking of what is next before I present new work, so no. I think at this moment we have a lot of projects running at the same time, so there is always something to continue with or to finish. During the process of one design or collection I easily pick up new directions to continue with. So one project slowly goes over in the next collection. It is a continuous flow from one to the other.

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

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Sweet Somethings for Valentine's

Bloesem Living | Sweet Gifts for her this Valentine's Day

{ 1. Deckle & Hide candle ; 2. Keecie bird keyrings ; 3. &Klevering marbled tealight holder ; 4. Babe Body Souffles (available in our brick and mortar store) ; 5. Mossery weekly planner ; 6. Keecie Clutch }

Our sweetest picks from the Bloesem store to give to her this Valentine's day! It doesn't just have to be for your girlfriend, these make the perfect gifts to show the other special ladies in your life that you love them. Get something for mom, or for your bestie, we know they'll love it. Pair it with a heartfelt note and you're all set.

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Bloesem Gazette Volume 3

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Gazette Volume 3 - read it online!

It has arrived: Volume 3 of the Bloesem Gazette! This issue is all about conversations as we we speak to some of our favourite creatives from around the world- from getting to know their personal lives to their work and dreams for the year. Take a peek into the life of textile designer, Mae Engelgeer, and her upcoming collections; be inspired by the story of our Bloesem Class teacher, Natalie Miller; get expert forecast from Studio Oink on interior design trends of 2015 and so much more!  And of course, this issue is not complete with a travel guide of 3 cities in Europe by Trisha Toh and also a delectable dessert recipe for you to whip up at home! 

Also in the Gazette: All the latest information about our upcoming classes -

4 - 7 Feb: Food styling and mobile photography

5 - 8 Mar: Gold foiling calligraphy for beginners

28 Mar: Marketing for Makers

8 - 11 May: Tapestry weaving

12 - 13 May: Macrame

You can grab a copy of the new issue at the Bloesem Studio or cafes in Tiong Bahru, Robertson Quay, Holland Village and more to come... For our international readers, we haven't forgotten you so here's our online version of the Bloesem Gazette for you to enjoy!  Also, if you would like us to drop of some gazettes at your establishment feel free to leave us a comment on our social media or even and email and we'll be right over with the gazettes..

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Gazette Volume 3 - read it online!

Bloesem Living | Bloesem Gazette Volume 3 - read it online!

We would like to say a huge thank you to the following sponsors for being part of Issue 3: The Ordinary CoWhimsigirlScout, Enerfloyd, Woolf Works and Ohpopdog. And not forgetting Wit & Folly for the lovely illustration!

We are starting to look for partners for our next issue, if you would like to work with us please drop us an email at bloesemads[at]me[dot]com.

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By May

Bloesem Living Quick Start | By May

If you are a patterns lover, you are sure to fancy this new Swedish brand, By May. Created by designers Johanna Örn and Maria Bergström, this brand features unique home interior products with strong emphasis on pattern design, colours and variety of materials. Their gorgeous collection include wallpapers, cushions covers and window films that will make playful additions to any home decor. The pattern that caught our eyes got to be the confetti series that looks oh so lovely on a cushion cover. We are already a big fan of their upcoming collection of Watoji Notebooks and can't wait to get our hands on them!

Bloesem Living Quick Start | By May

Bloesem Living Quick Start | By May

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Sophisticated and clean interior by Mim Design.

Give your phone a make over with this diy marbled phone case tutorial. 

If you are thinking of your next wanderlust.. here's 10 reasons to travel

Going crazy with these geometric shelving... 

Vintage-inspired Bathroom

Gorgeous Macrame Planters.. You can learn to make them in our Knots and Ropes Class with Natalie Miller coming in May! Don't miss this!

Raspberry and Limoncello Ice Cream

Pretty pastel-coloured ceramics 

Printable Valentines Cards to give your sweeties. 

Xo, The Bloesem Team

 
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Dainty & Simple

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{1. Twisted ring ; 2. Button rings ; 3. & 4. Label necklaces ; 5. Petit pois earrings }

Minimal jewelry is so on trend right now and it's no surprise, they are simply gorgeous. So feminine and adds a little something to every outfit. Plus they go well with everything, so you don't really have to change up your jewelry from day to day.

Eva Schreuder hand makes these gorgeous gold and silver pieces that are just a bit out of the box. A favourite of ours has got to be the label necklace. So understated and delicate, looks perfect layered up!

.. Eva Schreuder

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The Working Capitol

Bloesem living | Around the Globe: The Working Captiol, Co-working space in Singapore

Dubbed the sexiest new working space in Singapore, The Working Capitol is a real stunner. We are in awe of the beautiful photography done of the space and we'd love to go down and have a look for ourselves! Singapore has so many up and coming spots to check out.. next time you start to think the place you live in is getting boring, we suggest you have another look around. There just might be something new that will inspire you.

Bloesem living | Around the Globe: The Working Captiol, Co-working space in Singapore

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In the Raw

Bloesem living| Not.a.sponge* natural cleansing

A best seller in the Bloesem shop, this nifty little sponge packs a punch when it comes to cleansing our skin. You guys are familar with Not.A.Sponge* since we last introduced their 3 different sponges. Their konjac sponges also come in 2 different sizes, a round one for the face, a perfect fit in the palm of your hand and a rectangular larger one that's for the body. 

We loved doing the styling for this shoot because of how much we enjoyed the previous styling assignment and also because we got to try working with a model that as you would know is something a little different on for Bloesem.. but we are always game to try new things and of course also work together with new companies! add it the list of resolutions.. to step out of the box and try as many new things as possible (take that with a pinch of salt, don't go off and try dangerous things). 

We also used some props from the Bloesem shop.. like the gorgeous &Klevering tealight holders..

Many more pictures after the break... 

Bloesem living| Not.a.sponge* natural cleansing

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The Finnish charm..

http://design-milk.com/louise-knoppert-proef-eating-tools/

Pencils turned into vases

Beautiful packaging is half the battle won.. Soul Sunday.

Do you still read actual books? Or are books becoming a thing of the past?

Valentine Cheesecake

Our calligraphy class has been included in a list of 50 romantic things to do in Singapore, so won't you come and bring your partner along too! 

10 Ways to Jazz up a boring Hallway 

Gorgeous Loft Space

Xo, The Bloesem Team

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Slow down Sarah!

Bloesem Living | B.Insta good with Sarah Sherman Samuel

Slow down Sarah, because we're trying to catch up! This lady is truly an inspiration.. Other than looking absolutely beautiful and getting ready to welcome a baby into the family, her instagram has everything from style to food to home decor.. seriously, anything you look for in a great instagram feed, she's got it.

#BinstaGood

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New in the Bloesem Shop

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A new year calls for a brand new look for the Bloesem Shop. And not forgetting new goodies that we think are great and that you will love them too. Whether it's beautifully designed stationery for you to pen down every precious moment of 2015, sleek home accessories to give your home a new look or must-have staples to spice up your kitchen.. we have got something for everyone. We hope to see you swing by our Bloesem Store to pick out your favourites... For our overseas fans, you can check out the new collection on our online shop. 

One of our favourites are these terrariums from KL-based concept store, Snackfood. They come in a myriad of different sizes and shapes and will be a beautiful addition to your home or work desk. Create your own indoor garden of succulents or cacti in them and you don't have to worry about watering everyday, just some dribbles between the week and they will add some freshness to your space. 

If you have any items you loved to get last year but couldn't get them in time before they flew off the shelf, we brought back items from some of our bestselling labels in the Bloesem shop for you. From our favourite homeware label, &Klevering, we have added more stock of their dainty marbled tea light holders and a new lovely yellow colour to the collection. If you like their animal wall hooks, you can add a zoo of animals on your wall with our new designs. 

Marble and stone notebooks... and more products from our collection after the break.

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Class Alert: Food styling & Mobile Photography

Bloesem Classes | New Class - Food styling and mobile photography with Trisha Toh and the Bloesem Team, 4 - 7 february 2015

Class Alert: #Instafood - Food Styling & Mobile Photography

Have you seen tons of food photographs on Instagram that made your mouth water and thought to yourself: " How do they do it?!" Well, this class is exactly what you need to up your food styling and photography game! Together with Trisha Toh a well-known instagrammer, the Bloesem team will teach you how to artfully style your food and take Instagram shots that will make your followers drool all over.

9 reasons why this is the class for you:

1. Learn the basics of mobile photography - learn to make the most of whatever phone you are using.

2. Pick up technical skills on how to capture the perfect food shot - technical concepts, lighting, angles, framing & composition of a shot.

3. Find out all the best mobile apps to edit the photos you've taken.

4. Basic techniques of food styling will be at your fingertips after this class.

5. Get to know what food styling tools you can use to help you. (yes there are tools.. all behind the scenes)

6. Learn how to choose backgrounds and props to complement the food item you are photographing.

7. Learn how to craft a food story through images you've captured.

8. We'll share the tips and tricks of community building and a successful instagram account

9. Actually style and shoot your own food shots during the class itself and get immediate feedback from Trisha and the Bloesem Team. 

WHEN

Wednesday 4 February 2015, 10.00 am to 1.30 pm

Thursday 5 February 2015,  10.00 am to 1.30 pm

Friday 6  February 2015, 10.00 am to 1.30 pm

Saturday 7  February 2015,  12.00 pm to 3.30 pm
 
WHERE 
Bloesem Creative Space in Singapore 
77 Seng Poh Road #01-81 Singapore 161077

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Bloesem Classes | New Class - Food styling and mobile photography with Trisha Toh and the Bloesem Team, 4 - 7 february 2015

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Hübsch

Bloesem living | Hubsch's 2015 Tendencies collection of Interior accessories

Danish Interior label, Hübsch's, Tendencies 2015 collection is an absolute dream. Gorgeous pastels, muted tones and simple designs.. They have created a whopping 500 new designs with a range of colours, materials and shapes. If you've already been an avid fan, we're sure you will find many great new pieces, but if this is your first time, get ready to be hooked!

Bloesem living | Hubsch's 2015 Tendencies collection of Interior accessories

Bloesem living | Hubsch's 2015 Tendencies collection of Interior accessories

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Snowpuppe Online Sale!

Bloesem living | Snowpuppe origami lights online sale

First sale of 2015: A crazy discount on the Snowpuppe lamps in the Bloesem online shop. How gorgeous are these pendant lamps, such a statement in any room of the house!

and now on to links we love this week:

New year, new look!

Vintage-inspired metal plant stands

Tokyo pastel coffee set

Lovely white home office

Inspiring vintage fashion photography... blast from the past.

Boston museum opens Paul Reveres time capsule

How much does your outfit really cost?

Google search hacks to make you love google.

Do you listen to podcasts? Here are some reccomendations now that Serial has ended.

Xo, The Bloesem Team

 

 

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Ada & Ina natural linen

Bloesem living | spotlight: Ada and Ina natural linen

{1. pillowcases , 2. duvet cover , 3. black pearl linen , 4. heidi berry linen , 5. linen napkins}

It's no suprise that one of our favourite materials is linen (we know many of you feel the same way) .. Ada and Ina is the perfect place for natural linen, it comes in so many different patterns and colours for all styles of homes.. If you like the minimal look go for the natural plain linens, like this duvet cover .. it will give the room a calm and ease to it. There are also many patterned linens to choose from if you are pattern lovers like we are!

.. Ada and Ina

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dried wildflowers and plants

Bloesem Living: dried wildflowers and plants giant hogweed

We just got back from our family vacation in the Netherlands and it was such a pleasure to be able to stay at our own little pied-a-terre in Amsterdam. Last year my husband and I decided not to rent out our Amsterdam apartment any longer but keep it as our own ‘retreat’ to enjoy some down-time with the boys and just to feel at home – like literally, on the couch! When you have lived abroad as long as we have, you sometimes start to feel ‘dislocated or out of place’ and having one spot on this planet that you really can call home brings back that so much needed balance in your life. So we go there as often as we can (and work allows…)..added benefit is of course that  it is very liberating not having to impose all the time on family or friends to stay in their homes for a couple of weeks (I am sure they feel the same way…). 

Both of us have a strong love for vintage contemporary furniture, so instead of giving each other Christmas presents we bought some collector items online. But more on this in a different post coming soon. Today I would like to share some images of the dried plants we keep in our place. As it it impossible to water plants remotely… I believe these dried flowers and plants are the perfect alternative. You simply dust them off upon your return… and they are great for decorating I think… 

What do you think? You like the dried giant hogwood? Or the grapes? The grapes are slightly unusual (and big…) perhaps but I really thought they looked kind of cool… 

Bloesem Living: dried wildflowers and plants giant hogweed   Bloesem Living: dried wildflowers and plants giant hogweed

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Here’s to new collaborations!

Bloesem Living : popup shop december 2014

Bloesem Living : popup shop december 2014

Looking back at 2014, Bloesem has so much to be thankful for. Importantly, for the first time in Bloesem’s history we now have a fully dedicated team with super talented and inspiring women, Zara and Mei, who have been shouldering an ever-growing number of Bloesem activities. Excellent work Ladies! And a special thank you to Anouk with whom we have been working closely on many exciting projects.

Yes, we have been very busy building the Bloesem businesses and brand – our concept store in Tiong Bahru has really taken off, the Studio is attracting very interesting freelance work and the Class is steadily growing its student numbers.  Our next quarterly Gazette will be out early January and something to look forward to we promise you. We remain very active on all social media platforms and, of course, we stay true to our roots: Bloesem blogs, where it all began almost a decade ago.

But most of all, we owe a big thank you to all of you! Dear loyal Bloesem readers at B:Living and B:Kids who make it possible that Bloesem continues to grow. It is absolutely wonderful to see that so many readers worldwide believe in Bloesem (and me...), enjoying our taste for style, design and crafts.

And somehow it feels like we're just getting started… in 2015 and beyond Bloesem will continue to evolve into a full-grown creative studio. Committed to the success of our clients and fostering deep relationships with their businesses. Lookbook Styling, Sponsored Content, Travel Reports, Facebook and Pinterest Campaigns, Instagram Opportunities and In Store Promotions. We believe in The Art of Visual Storytelling.

Here’s to new collaborations!

Happy New Year ... may all your dreams come true! xoxo Irene 

Bloesem Living : popup shop december 2014

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Countdown to 2015

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Bloesem Class: Are you ready for 2015?

Bloesem class | We reveal our exciting line up of teachers and classes for 2015  Class-collage

Bloesem Class: The Perfect Gift

To round up the gift giving, we thought we'd share with you the most thoughtful of all the gifts. A Bloesem Class. Purchase a Bloesem Class for a friend or loved one and let them learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby and enrich their lives in 2015! In the spirit of Christmas, buy a class for a friend and attend it together! We promise you a great time and maybe even a life changing experience.

It is going to be an exciting 2015 with our line up of teachers and classes next year! We've spent the past few months planning the classes for the coming year... we'll have new classes as well as some 2014 classes that are back by popular demand.. so if you've missed them last year, this is your chance to sign up! Expect lots of drool-worthy snap shots, fancy calligraphy and colorful weaving and macrame..

Read on for more of Bloesem Class 2015 ..

 

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