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The Ode Cup

Bloesem living | The Ode Cup by Jurianne Matter

In March last year, Jurianne Matter was one of the very first teachers to kick off Bloesem classes. She came all the way to Singapore from the Netherlands and taught us along with many other eager students how we can Decorate Like a Pro! Everything was so fresh and new and it could not have been a better idea to start the classes off with a friend and of course a designer that I admire. We had such a good time and it really marked a great beginning for the classes!

As an extra special present, while she was here, Jurianne gifted me with one of the two prototypes she had made for her line of ceramic cups, the Ode cup! (All images here except for the last one are taken of the prototype.) What an honour to have been able to already see this beauty before anyone else and I was very excited to see what everyone's reaction would be to the finished product. Finally the cups have arrived.. and want to cheers everyone to this gorgeous line of ceramic cups.

After falling head over heels for a teapot she found in Denmark by Jens Harald Quistgaard, Jurianne Matter's designed her latest range of ceramic cups as an ode to one of her favourite designers from the 50s and 60s.

With it's iconic embossed pattern and tapered shape, the Ode cup comes in 4 colours and is the perfect tea time companion, keeping your hot beverage toasty.

We have always been big fans of Jurianne's work with paper and we have as quickly fallen for her tea towels and ceramic cups. She's currently at ShowUP, a tradeshow for home products and gifts.

Is there a better way to honour a design idol than to create something so beautiful to share with the world? 

Bloesem living | The Ode Cup by Jurianne Matter

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Link Love

Bloesem living | Friday link love: White and copper at home

Such a refreshing sight to come home to..

Banoffee pie bites with a vegan option.

Shards of mirror.

Multifunctional furniture.. turn a basket into a tray or a cart into a table in no time.

This minimalistic coffee roaster.

A black wall!

Branding and packaging.. always a joy to browse.

Raw kiwi fruit and ginger cheesecake

This vase with a leather accent.. so simple and beautiful.

5 creatives show us the essential tools of their trade.

Xo, The Bloesem team

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Looking closer

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Recently artist and graphic designer Silke Bonde released her latest watercolour collection "Looking Closer", an extension of her "Blue Water" collection. As already huge fans of watercolour, we immediately took to her collection and you can't deny it's beauty when you see so many instagrammers across the world style pieces of the collection in their gorgeous homes. Silke herself has a top notch home and we love seeing how she styles her own work within the space. The lines and texture in this series has this calming effect and it's simply perfection!

Her feed is a great mix of her art, interiors and plants - the winning combination..

Oh and of course one of our favourites, Studio Oink did an amazing job of photographing and styling the collection!

#BinstaGood

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8 offices to inspire

Bloesem living | 8 office spaces to inspire

No. 1

Sometimes you just need a fresh start, or a space clean up/makeover.. just a little change to pump yourself up and get inspired and that's exactly what has happened in the Bloesem studio recently and of course we will share images very soon! But for now.. here at 10 offices we've pinned. A clear space is always a better place for thinking and working in, so get the clutter out and put in just some beautiful accessories or some trinkets on a shelf..

Bloesem living | 8 office spaces to inspire

No. 2

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Shades of white

Bloesem living | Interior photography by Sara Medina Lind

Starting with the basics and working your way up is always a great way to go about doing things, whether it's styling, decorating a home or even doing a project. What's more basic than a white canvas, a plain fresh start. You can hardly go wrong if you keep it simple.

Sara Medina Lind is a Swedish-based art director and photographer and with the use of a lot of white and some soft tones, her images always come out so soft (not literally but you know what we mean).  

Bloesem living | Interior photography by Sara Medina Lind

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Vonnegut Kraft

Bloesem living | Monday Quickstart: Furniture by Vonnegut Kraft

We always love starting our week with some fresh eye candy and who better to help us with that than Vonnegut Kraft. Brooklyn-based duo, Katrina Vonnegut and Brian Kraft strike the perfect balance between contemporary technological manufacturing and a tradition of hand-made craftsmanship with their range of furniture and lighting. 

How gorgeous is the colour combination of the crescent lounge? Lying on it would definitely chase our Monday blues away. Happy Monday everyone!

Bloesem living | Monday Quickstart: Furniture by Vonnegut Kraft

Bloesem living | Monday Quickstart: Furniture by Vonnegut Kraft

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Link love

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This table cloth..  

Etching wood is such a beautiful technique.

These fancy button clips..

10 DIYs to try this weekend. It's amazing how polished DIYs are getting, remember when they were all tape and glue and the end product only lasted a few days? 

Wouldn't have expected a cage for your bun to look so good. 

Play on textures and colours.

Packaging love: Chocolate fish rebranding

A gorgeous home in Berlin

We announced a special project we are really excited to be working on!

Hotel Henriette in Paris looks like the perfect getaway.. every room has it's own unique decor.

Xo, The Bloesem Team

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Keeping it fresh

Bloesem living | Instagrammer of the day @Daniirey

Dani must be in the business of creating beautiful imagery because that's all that we see on her instagram feed. The bold use of colours keeps things fresh and fun!

#BinstaGood

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10 fig recipes you have to try

Bloesem living | 10 fig recipes you have to try

No 1. 3 simple tartine recipes with figs 

Tis' the season for fig everything, fig cakes, fig crepes, figs on toast.. we're seeing figs everywhere and it's kind of hard not to get sucked in to the fig hype.. so let's make the most of this fig abundance and get our fig on. Here are 10 fig recipes (actually more than 10!) we've been drooling over! 

Bloesem living | 10 fig recipes you have to try

No 2. Buttered buckwheat crepes with honey thyme and fresh figs

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Sweet home styling

Bloesem living | Styling by Stephanie Maas

Oh how sweet and calm are these images styled by Stefanie Maas. A beautiful setting to come home to.. We love the neutrals and the subtle textures throughout all the images. At the end of the day, styling makes all the difference. These images are such great inspiration!

Bloesem living | Styling by Stephanie Maas

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Studio Klaer

Bloesem living | Home furniture and accessories by Studio Klaer

" To house and to hold" - Studio Klaer founded just 2 years ago by Jesse Van Durme designs and produces home accessories. The label's clean design and honest use of materials is what drew us to it. With all her designs made right at home in Belgium, Jesse is able to ensure the quality and durability of all the pieces in her collection. We're definitely looking forward to more of her designs but for now, the beautifully intricate Bind chair is stuck in our minds.

Bloesem living | Home furniture and accessories by Studio Klaer

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Link love

Bloesem living | Friday link love: Ceramics, working for exposure and much more..

How many of us are guilty of bringing home ceramic souvenirs from a trip?

An interesting guide to whether you should be working for exposure.

These mahogany beauties should be a wardrobe staple.

A perfect "shelfie" and we spy the fish poster!

Support this collection of the most beautiful kitchen essentials.

These pink thank you cards. 

Thinking of blue interiors?

Nordic elegance and a very satisfied sea lion.. you'll understand when you click through.

For handcrafted heirloom pieces..

Heart warming: Teens guiding seniors in the ways of the internet

Xo, The Bloesem Team 

 

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Mama shelter Paris

Bloesem living | Where to stay in Paris: Mama Shelter

How do you find a great place to stay in a great city like Paris? Word of mouth? That's how we'll do it. Our friend Anouk was in Paris last month for Playtime Paris and by the sounds of it, Mama Shelter is a good idea for place to rest your head after a day of travel. Just by the looks of it, we are pretty impressed! 

With a restaurant, shop and this guide to Paris, Mama is doing their patrons right. What can we say, Mama knows best.

Hop over to see the rest of the Paris hotspots to visit when you're in a time crunch..

Bloesem living | Where to stay in Paris: Mama Shelter

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DIY

10 home accessories to make

Bloesem living | 10 minimal home accessory DIYs to try

No 1. Wooden hairpin leg lap desk

Making your own home accessories is a great way to personalize your home, as well as do something different, that not anyone can go out and buy. Sometimes it can also mean saving a whole lot of ka-ching. We gathered 10 of our favourite home accessory DIY projects. You might notice a few themes running through all of them.. we seem to be pro-wood and copper, but who isn't! They are just gorgeous accents in a space.

Bloesem living | 10 minimal home accessory DIYs to try

No 2. Hanging hat rack

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Taking great photos

Bloesem living | What it takes to take a great photograph

Taking good photographs is way more than just having a fancy camera.. sometimes people forget that. You need to have that special talent of being able to capture a scene, frame it and shoot it and bring across an emotion through your photography. Understanding your subject and your camera are two big parts of getting a great shot (oh, don't forget styling, it's crucial!).

Earlier this year while Jennifer Young was in Singapore, she taught a Bloesem master class on understanding your DSLR. An introduction to everything you need to know about your camera and the rules to photography.. Since then, we've definitely been practising our skills (hopefully we're improving) but it got us thinking about Jennifer's photography again. It's the kind of images that gives you the feels, if you know what we mean.. and tells a story. Well, "a picture speaks a thousand words" definitely encapsulates Jennifer's photography..

She shoots lifestyle, portraits, food, travel.. we're blown away.

Bloesem living | What it takes to take a great photograph

Bloesem living | What it takes to take a great photograph

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Looking Yonder

Bloesem living | Yonder shop, handmade artisan pieces

As people who enjoy creating things ourselves, we truly appreciate the handmade pieces in Yonder. Along with her own series of ceramics, artist and founder of Yonder, Linda Fahey, curates a collection of pieces in the store, each with it's own story to tell. Located in Pacifica, California, visitors can find a cosy space filled with unique items gathered from a community of creators.

If you feel like the items you see here give you a relaxed and beauty feel then you are spot on! The artisan-goods at Yonder are inspired by the spirit of the northern beaches. 

Bloesem living | Yonder shop, handmade artisan pieces

Bloesem living | Yonder shop, handmade artisan pieces

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Happy 50th Singapore!

Bloesem living | Singapore turns 50, 50% off Bloesem shop

Happy Birthday Singapore! Congratulations on 50 amazing years! Image credits: @seaofknit
Let's celebrate this momentus occasion with a 50% storewide at the Bloesem shop. Just use the code SG50discount at checkout.

This genius brooch: Gatherer hands

Pasta in architecture.. we love pasta so much, why not use it to build stuff?

This has to be the prettiest nail salon in all the land..

DIY: How to make a leather magazine display.

Yes! More Bloesem class in Amsterdam and Singapore. Let's get back on the horse and learn some fun stuff post summer.

If you don't love drinking water, maybe fancy ice cubes can change your mind?

Fun fashion styling with flowers..

This clear sconce..

Stay with me in Copenhagen looks dreamy..

To all Singaporeans, we hope everyone has a great long weekend with family and friends! We can't wait to watch the National Day parade, bet we are going to have our socks knocked off ( might choose footwear that requires no socks then). And to all our international readers, hope your weekend is filled with fun and laughter and a piece of watermelon at least, because it was just International Watermelon Day a few days ago and if didn't have a piece then, this weekend is the perfect time to celebrate the beautiful red (on the inside) fruit.

Xo, The Bloesem Team

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5 Singaporean Instagrammers

In celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday, we have a very special edition of our weekly #B.Instagood column. Here's 5 Singaporean Instagrammers we think are doing Instagram right! If we were to say the words that came to our minds when we think about Singaporean instagrammers they would have to be food and fashion but these 5 definitely cover a bit of every category there is in terms of Instagram photography.

Bloesem living | 5 Singaporean Instagrammers

Bloesem living | 5 Singaporean Instagrammers

@Ardaisy_

Follow Cee for beautiful flatlays, she definitely knows what's she's doing when it comes to styling objects on the table. And we can always count on her for a great shot of the Bloesem Gazette!

 

Bloesem living | 5 Singaporean Instagrammers

Bloesem living | 5 Singaporean Instagrammers

@Henzydavid

Henzy perfectly captures the uniquely Singaporean architecture in his artistic shots. 

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Post-summer Bloesem class alert

Bloesem class | New Bloesem classes post-summer schedule: Classes in Singapore and Amsterdam

Sorry kids, it's almost back to school time.. but don't worry Bloesem classes are always tons of fun and are not test-able. We also do not send you for detention or home with a report card that is less than fantastic. We only hope you learn a new fun skill and fill your bellies with yummy food. So it's almost nothing like school! Oh but you do get to meet people with common interests and make new friends.. that part we love too!

So HOORAY! for new classes both in Amsterdam and Singapore. This is just the first update and we will definitely be adding more classes for our Singapore students so watch out for that. For our Amsterdam buddies, we'll be hosting Bloesem classes from the 10th to the 17th October, so we hope you'll be able to make it! Enough chattering, on with the classes..

Classes in Amsterdam from 10 to 17 October 2015

10 & 11 Oct: Modern handwriting class
13 & 14 Oct: #Instafood - Food styling and mobile photography class
16 & 17 Oct: Marketing for Makers

Classes in Singapore

19 Sept: We are making Candles

Bloesem class | New Bloesem classes post-summer schedule: Classes in Singapore and Amsterdam

Find your passions in Bloesem classes..

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Agata Bielen jewelry

Bloesem living | Agata Bielen minimalist jewelry

 

 

Bloesem living | Agata Bielen minimalist jewelry

 

It's a really rainy and chilly morning over here in Singapore and we can't help but feel that calm and serene feeling we get from these shots of Agata Bielen's jewelry. Minimal jewelry is all the rage now but doing them right in terms of photography and styling is not always the easiest but this time they hit the nail right on its head. So gorgeous we can't look away!

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