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DesignHome BB+++ UnRaveled :: answers by Kellie Smits

Dutch:: I (=Kellie Smits) think in designing: down-to-earthiness, simplicity, conceptualize, form follows functionality, openness are very Dutch.
Entrance:: when entering my home you will notice? A big long Grey mdf closet wall which divides BB+++ from our private home and which is filled with a lot of BB+++ garments. And at the end our black mdf  ‘Anne Frank’ closet and the great yellow Dots of Tveit & Tornøe for hanging our jackets.

Style:: means? When one has style or taste I think that’s because one had developed his own vision by first being passionate  then imitating, criticize and finally developing its own mix or vision. So I think style is a product of being passionate and active.

comes from? Inspiration is everywhere, but depends on what you are interested in and open for.  You can read a book several times in a certain interval of time and every time you read it it can inspire you on a different matter.

Gourmet:: is necessary because? It is cosy to fry all those small pieces of food in such a small pan yourself at the table and to experiment with it! And it is easy to prepare ;-)
BB_keuken New:: in my home is? I think more then 50% of all objects in my home are new, because we just moved from a very small apartment to a 3 floor house with garden. I designed almost all furniture myself and let it be made by a carpenter. But most proud I am on my new kitchen, which I did not design myself. It is the newest B2 model of Bulthaup and it is fantastic in its design!

Hobby:: I always make time for? Having dinner with friends (at home or in a restaurant). I think this is the most relaxing activity I can imagine. I love wine and food!!! And I love talking with my friends!

Outfit:: my favorite thing to wear is? At the moment I have bought two great dresses of the Dutch label Dutch-ess, which is the label of my friend. She creates great dresses, which are very wearable in daytime, but also very special!

Make:: I start creating when? When I didn’t do for a certain time or when I have finished my daily activities. So when there is space in my head I automatically start designing.  It is not always easy with a busy life with kids and a company to work out all my ideas and work them out perfectly like I imagine them in my head, but they say it is good enough ;-)

Enjoy:: I can't live without? My kids and husband!Buisjesbeugels
Above images of the latest collection designed by Kellie Smits for her own fashion brand Buisjes En Beugels+++.

............Thanks Kellie from Buisjes En Beugels+++............

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...with Dutch Designers...I asked them to unravel their own Design Home for us by asking them to finish the following sentences and show images of their own homes...the next few weeks Bloesem will share their answers with you...

Dutch is
Entrance, when you enter my home
Style means
Inspiration comes from
Gourmet is important because
New in my home is

Hobby, I always make time for
Outfit, I love to wear
Make, I start creating when
Enjoy, I can't live without

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Dear Bloesem,

3 years...Happy Birthday Bloesem… time to get personal!

I promised myself not to be too sentimental about Bloesem’s 3rd anniversary… seems I simply cannot help myself though… not that 3 years is a magic number to me but somehow this anniversary feels very different (I will try to further explain below… bear with me…)… so, here I am, very happy, proud and grateful for everything that happened since this first “welcome” to Bloesem post on 17 December 2006… blogfriends, magazines, newspapers and sponsors… and thankful to so many readers who find Bloesem a place worth visiting every day... I cannot express in words how much it means to me… Bloesem is so much a part of me… I guess Bloesem is just the perfect way for me to (sensibly) express my own feelings about things I love and touch me deeply… positive things that is, Bloesem ignores negativity, yep… quite convenient perhaps but blogging to me is about sharing positivity, in this case expressed in design… and believe me, I am normally not that well organized putting my feelings into words… basically, tears first, reason later…
Bloesem is also about sharing my honest feelings with you, my readers and sponsors… giving artists the exposure they deserve and helping starting entrepreneurs market their businesses…. if you ask me what defines Bloesem, I believe Bloesem is an open book, nothing to hide, good or bad…. no grey areas… whatever you think of Bloesem… I believe Bloesem is always about something… and that also defines me as a person… at least that is what I ‘d like to think…

Still a piece missing on Bloesem… not quite sure what 2010 has in store for Bloesem… inevitably Bloesem will change as I have changed over the last 3 years… something to do with giving more depth to the things I do… more challenging, less conventional perhaps…?

So what better way to test these ideas with some fellow Dutchmen and women… Dutch Designers… actually, they are in a league of their own, or so they think…(we’ll be the judge of that J…)… these Dutch designers don’t get excited easily… nor do they feel easily offended… quite cool-headed and talented actually, not easy to impress or get a foot in the door (especially not in their personal lives and homes…)… getting their attention might prove a challenge… and this is exactly where Bloesem would like to go… getting a bit more personal….not only showing their work to you, their designs, but rather only showing the work when we know a bit more about the person behind the work.

To give this idea a jump-start I invited  a whole bunch of well-known Dutch designers, most of them I have already written about in the past, to share with us some snapshots of their homes, what they like to surround themselves with. I also asked them to finish a short interview, just some keywords and their thoughts and so you wonder, did they open up or were they holding back? … I am sad to say most…but not all did hold back at least a little (some who held back completely I simply will not post… how is that for unconventional…), to be fair, a selected few really opened their doors and for that I am truly grateful… and I hope you will welcome them with open arms, write about them, show their work on your blogs… as these designers understand how blogging connects all of us …

2010 …blogging…getting more personal is this where Bloesem is going? I hope so…here is a start…my background being Dutch…going Dutch…the Dutch getting personal…Let’s Get Personal…tomorrow two Dutch designers are opening their homes hope to see you then! And YES I will get more personal too, starting with some images of our own new home in Kuala Lumpur during the next few weeks…{ps. I would love to hear your thoughts, Like Holly was saying : Talk it out!}

Love, irene xoxo
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Giveaway Week on BloesemKids


The whole week I will be posting great Giveaways on Bloesemkids, really super-nice things you can win by just leaving comments...today I started with the Dwell Elephant Bookshelf from SpunkySprout and an Olli&Lime gift set...tomorrow stationery from Sarah Jane and a doll from Wendi Gratz and many giveaways will follow until Friday!!! (sorry for those who already commented, but you have to leave the comment over at B:Kids to be a possible winner)

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A shop that I really like to visit online is Japanistic...perfect gifts...funny apple tree banks, lovely ceramic bird dish, beautiful washi paper trays and happy notebooks...Bird Dish

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I just got an email from Suzanne Shearer she is one of the artists from a collective of contemporary Shetland  textile designers and they call themselves Text-Isles...I immediately fell in love with their work...you probably understand when seeing the images above from Andrea Williamson...and below from Suzanne Shearer her printed textile designs...Phatsheep ...


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