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A world of DIY ideas with Femke Pastijn


{images by Jeroen van der Spek}

Stylist Femke Pastijn has a huge talent for styling and coming up with very simple and creative DIY ideas for the home. Taking forward the neon trend she thought of a solution for both hanging your tea towels to dry and covering your windows in a unique way. The wall hook made using a ruler and some spools are fun and very decorative for every sewing room. (All published in Dutch magazine 101-woonideeen)

I'm sure you will enjoy browsing Femke her website ... so much eye-candy and not only DIY ideas, the houses she has styled for various photo-shoots are very nice to see. I would really consider calling her for adding some spice and ideas to my home too. Her contact details are right here.  


{images Louis Le Maire}


Images in the collage above are from a home in the Netherlands that Femke styled and were taken by Dutch photographer Jeltje Janmaat for again 101-woonideeen


.. Femke Pastijn

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Monday's quick start: ArtMind and Lila Ruby King


A ceramic artist and illustrator combined forces ... and see the lovely result. Mitsy Sleurs from ArtMind, who is living and working in Hasselt, Belgium and illustrator Lila Ruby King from the UK made these mugs, plates and bowls.  

I wanted to share with you my newest line of work, a collection of tableware made in collaboration with illustrator Lila Ruby King.

They named the collection Sea Level. For the imagery, they went with what they are calling a contemporary taken on Delfts blue. I really like them. 



ps. Mitsy shares many interesting tutorials on her blog about ceramics. My favorite must be 'How to apply a ceramic decal/screenprint to porcelain?



.. Art Mind

.. Lila Ruby King

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Mother's day Gift Tags from Bloesem for you


My sons came home today from school with self-made presents for Sunday ... Mothers Day that is ... the excitement on their faces and happiness to surprise me made me feel very special as a mom.

But I am still a 'daughter' too and feel very lucky to have my mom with me here in Singapore at the moment ... so in honor of my mom and my love for her I made these tags for her presents... something self-made too :) 

If you haven't had time yet to make something and want to use these tags too, please feel absolutely free by downloading the template  .... and print the files. 

Wish you a very lovely weekend and hope to see you back on Monday. ~irene xoxo






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on Pinterest: Mother's Day by sweet kiara

Mothersday{1. paper flowers in a box 2. bouquet 3. gift tag 4. strawberry on french toast 5. icing designs 6. pink rozes }

Some last-minute Mother's Day inspiration for you from Sweet Kiara's moodboard at pinterest ... flowers and breakfast perhaps the two most important things for a mom!

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DIY: new upholstery for my chairs


Today I would like to share a personal project with you that I finished last week. Two chairs that I bought a long time ago while living in Toronto ... vintage chairs in a beautiful shop on Queen street, not sure if the shop is still there? 

I never really liked the upholstery but last year I bought a whole roll of this retro fabric for only 6 euros and although I first imagined them as curtains in a perfectly white bedroom I decided to use them for these chairs instead.

The bedrooms here in our new Singapore apartment are a bit brownish already with all the wood used for the cupboards and floors so it was better to use white and light curtains instead. Not sure what I will do with the remaining fabric though :)

Upholstering chairs like these is actually quite easy. Just make sure you have the right stapler (you can buy in all the craft and hardware stores). Make sure you follow the patterns of the fabrics and stretch the fabric not too hard but strong enough so it doesn't wrinkle on the top. Corners are always a bit tricky but just experiment a bit and pretend you are wrapping a gift.

Good luck! ~irene xoxo







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Zodiac cards by Annemoon van Steen


Receiving a handwritten letter per mail is simply the best. I so enjoy it when people take the time to actually sit down and write you a personal note. It does help that Annemoon her handwriting is very beautiful I must admit :) 

Annemoon van Steen is a Dutch illustrator and graphic designer who recently created a set of very original zodiac cards. Based on her lucky charm dolls

The zodiac cards are currently only available in Dutch but I'm hoping Annemoon will consider making them in English too. If you would like to order them you can send Annemoon an email. 






.. Annemoon van Steen


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