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Some things I liked this week

Bloesem Living | Elle Norway

Two more nights and I will be handed over the keys to my new studio / shop / workspace in Singapore ... excitement, happiness is what I feel ... will it be just as beautiful and inviting as the picture above ... I hope so! I will do my best and starting next week I will take you with me on my decoration adventure in the new space ... no images yet but that will change soon ...  for now enjoy this atelier... 

Joanna is doing make-overs now too ... and I wish I could be next :)  

People Blocks

And who needs a calendar if you have this ... 

Jippi's pop up store ...

our magnetic tea-light advent calendar ... 

The cheapest and most creative house in the world ... 

we love wood too ... 

Hello, hello ... 

Personalised tableware you will like ... 

This eclectic home in Brussels ... 

You remember our free downloadable gift wraps by Jessica Nielsen ... well next week we are going to suprprise you with again a couple of gorgeous designs for you to download and use as your Christmas gift paper! So stay tuned ... but first I wish you a very good weekend. 


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Famille Summerbelle

Bloesem Living | Famille Summerbelle

{1. Maximilien et Ludo Mug 2. Paris Tray 3. clown mugs 4. Boom le clown and flower tea towels 5. Paris map 6. Paris mug}

This half Uk half French site, brings the best of both cultures in their products. With Julie creating the designs and Simon running the business aspects of Famille Summerbelle, they have created a great site for interior design and decoration. 

We love the colorful and bold prints they offer. The bright blues, yellows and reds from their kitchen line would make any kitchen immediately more exciting ... aren't we all guilty of being "too safe" sometimes... buying things that can "go with everything". But Famille Summerbelle will help us be more adventurous and step out of the box!

Starting today Friday 29th november until monday 2nd December you can enjoy a 25% off everything on their site!!


ps. All the products come beautifully wrapped and the tea towels and cushions are packed in a new Famille Summerbelle custom made foldable box.


.. Famille Summerbelle

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Line Dahy Ernst

Bloesem Living | Instagram Line Dahy Ernst

The faded and subdued colours are the name of the game for Copenhagen-based Line Dahy Ernst. Her instagram gives us a peek into the beautiful details she spots in her life, from magazines stacked on the side of a wall to a beautiful reflection in the shop window. Our favorite are the wonderful interiors and spaces she snaps.


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Orphan Socks

Bloesem Living | Orphan socks

{1. equilateral nails  2. brass pot stand 3. soki silhouettes necklace 4. book darts }

Today we shine the light on Orphan Socks. This brilliant website is an eclectic mix of items. It's Amsterdam-based and collects and sells unique and personal designs. 

Orphan Socks stands for exceptional ordinariness for simple design, but not without an air of cool elegance. They sell a balanced blend of modest and accessible design where craftsmanship and small brands are more important than transient trends and established names.

The site along with its products, give me the vibe of a really upscale flea market. Let me explain! It has this sense of mystery and excitement, like I am not going to expect what great finds are hidden within! Also I like how the designs are really different and "less mainstream" in "hipster talk". All in all, the experience of browsing through their site is more like a treasure hunt and less of a tab-opening-and-immediate-closing process i usually go through when online shopping.

If you are still wondering how they got their name...

"In the meanwhile we love big city urban life but can also smile about small domestic phenomena like that one sock piece in your laundry ..."

Bloesem Living | Orphan socks

{5. brass toolholder 6. to-mo-ni wrapwrap 7. concrete shaving set }


.. Orphan Socks



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Art tour in Nora her home

Bloesem Living | Art at La fete


Walking up the stairs in Nora's Amsterdam apartment is like walking into an art gallery. The home of this art director, mom and crafter is full with modern and contemporary art just the way I would like to see it in my own home. 

Nora and I met via Bloesem Kids ... when she wrote me about her love craft projects ... for the last year she has contributed many amazing and fun DIY tutorials. Last summer when I was in Amsterdam Nora and I met and she was just as wonderful as I had imagined her. 

But let's talk art / prints and where to find these kind of things online ... Nora gave me some info per picture and I hope you will find the info useful. 

Image above you see on top art by Dutch painter Bob Bonies and Nora bought it on the Dutch Craigs List called 'Marktplaats'. Below is a picture of Rome made by Nora her own mom who is a very creative and artistic person herself Nora told me.  

Take a little tour with me after the break. 

Bloesem Living | Art at La fete

Left: Hiroshi Harada at Gallery De Vierde Dimensie.

Right side: Lynn Forbes from the UK ... Nora bought it on Ebay

The little truck is by Han Bennink  at Gallery Kunst op Kamers.

Bloesem Living | Art at La fete

On the far left art above by Nora's mom and below from her father ... yes Nora is lucky to have inherited some creative genes. 

The famous 'Kannen' are by  Klaas Gubbels which she found via Steen Drukkerij in Amsterdam. And on the right is a woodprint by Arjenne Fakkel.

 Bloesem Living | Art at La fete

Left top art is by  Robert and Jeanne Schaap but unfortunately not more info to give ... The little frame below is by Andreas Brandt  and Nora and her husband bought it a small gallery Spielvogel  in Berlin. The print with green squares is by Gunther Tuzina and Nora got it via eBay. But Slewe in the Netherlands has some of artwork in their collection too. 


Just a vintage barometer Nora got form a family member but thought painting it red would make more sencse ... I love how it turned out, you too?

Bloesem Living | Art at La fete

Two by Noël Drieghe that they bought in Antwerp at gallery "kunst in huis". Below 'the table' is an illustration by Nora's mom again .. inspired by the work of Klaas Gubbels. 

And next to it is a lino=cut called " het thee builtje" van Beatrice Kluivers uit '78. 

Bloesem Living | Art at La fete

Above again Bob Bonies. and below 

And Nora's list of artist she admires goes on ... here just some more names and links to get you inspired too... Károly Keserü , Ko Oosterkerk and Paul van Rijswijk at Luycks Gallery. 

hanks you Nora for sharing all the info with us!! You definitely helped me to get started and hopefully soon I will be able to hang some artwork in our home.

What kind of art do you have in your home? Do you have any favorites. Please leave a comment and share your ideas, tips and suggestions with us!

Bloesem Living | Art at La fete


All images were taken by me, Irene.


.. Nora Vrba

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Anna See

Bloesem Living | Anna See

Since she started selling her work online in 2009, Anna See has been inspired to curate a selection that we now see on her new site. Of the wonderful selection, we have to commend Anna on the amazing pieces she has done herself!

Yes apart from curating pieces by guests artists, Anna herself is a talented artist and her shop features her very own artwork of hand-pulled linocut oil paint and ink prints of nature and fashion, birds as well as colorful hand drawn illustrations and digital prints. What a variety to choose from!

Bookmark this site, because whether its all natural soaps for mom, or Anna's very own illustrated art prints for a friend, a great place to shop for a gift this holiday season and use the following promo code when checking out to get 20% OFF all orders for Bloesem readers: BLOESEM20


Bloesem Living | Anna See.. Anna See 

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