Friday, 23 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs
It's as easy as ply! (For more plywood, this way to the Bloesem apartment..)
Water purification at it's chicest..
this amazing Tottenham loft has been on my mind..
a very blue table setting.. Foodies this way please..
these copper vases just look better with time..
Grid is so on trend, makes sense that it looks amazing as a store interior.
this low wire storage unit from Loaf..
Love stumbling on blogs through pinterest.. Found Peeta's Raw design blog..
Erin, Ken and Bee (their adorable daughter) have arrived! Still some planning and class detail settling to be done but we are sure it's going to be a fun week with them at Bloesem. If you are interested in upping your social media, blogging or film making game then we welcome you to join us in class! Cheers, Irene + Zara.
Thursday, 22 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Not only does Gemma make beautiful rope baskets, she is also a baker of amazing cakes, including her own wedding cake which you can see in the 3rd photography in the collage. Can you believe Gemma baked her own wedding cake? And it looks this amazing?? I love how simple and not over done it is. Her instagram gets me in the mood to go make something or paint something and just cross my fingers that it turns out as beautiful as something she made. Oh Gemma we can't wait for your rope vessel making Bloesem class!
.. Follow Gemma on instagram
.. Bloesem and Zara S. on instagram
.. Sign up for Rope Vessel Making class
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs
This weekend my juniors at my alma mater, National University of Singapore, will be having their Graduation show at The Plaza, National Library of Singapore. The graduating batch of students will be displaying their works, as well as some other works done by students and the department. It's scary how time flies, it feels like just last month that I was frantically running about with the rest of my classmates to get ready for our graduation show, but that was one whole year ago!
Another year, another bunch of fascinating works. If you are interested you should pop by and have a look! Alot of people have asked me over the years, " What's industrial design?" or " do you design industries?" (one of the worst) or " do you design factories?". Well this exhibition will be a great way to find out what we actually do, and no we do not design industries.. Maybe you will even find yourself inspired to design something!
Enough talk! On to the actual design part, let me share some of the works with you. A sneak peek if you will.. but of course you will head down this weekend to find out more about all the projects right?
Haikal designed Fix, a travel wallet for backpackers.
Corina and her team helps us get organized with Stitx.
Luma was a hit with all the students when Lim Kim and his team mate presented it.
For all the cycling enthusiasts, Seth's nifty invention, Transit Lock, comes in handy both as a carrier as well as a lock.
For all those pesky unwanted house guests, Min Hwee has developed Nimblyclean!
Hopefully I have wet your palette enough, all these works and much more will be showcased this weekend at the Graduation show. These kids (not literally because a kid would not have survived that many sleepless nights to get all these projects done) have put alot into their designs and I am so proud of them. Great job guys! Xo, Zara
.. NUS DID Graduation Show 2014
Monday, 19 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Class Alert: From Felt to Flowers with Rubyellen Bratcher
Bloesem Classes are not only a great way to pick up a new skill, it's also a great chance to meet the bloggers and personalities you have been following online and never thought you would have a chance to come face to face with and learn from them!
A few months back, a customer came into the store and was enquiring about the upcoming classes. She told us she really wanted to attend our classes but she was just waiting for Rubyellen of Cakies to teach a Bloesem class. And Tah-dah! It is happening! Rubyellen will be teaching us how she creates these fabulous felt creations!
Rubyellen Bratcher is a maker and a doer, author of the new book Let’s Sew Together (congratulations Rubyellen!), and pens the popular lifestyle/craft blog Cakies. In addition, she contributes craft and party styling for various blogs and magazines. She has been featured in Family Fun Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Babiekins, Mollie Makes, Apartment Therapy, Design for Mankind, and many other print and online venues. A former elementary school teacher, she is a mom to four girls: True, Brave, Soul, and Glow. Rubyellen and her family live in Southern California and you can follow her daily chronicles and makings at www.mycakies.com.
This will be creative workshop designed to teach you how to create gorgeous blooms from wool felt. These blooms made from felt can be used to transform a bag, used as an accessory to spruce up an outfit, added to a vase, or bundled together into a bouquet, wreath, or wall hanging, the possibilities are endless! After the class, your mind will be spinning with all the fun creations you can make with your felt flowers. You will get several patterns to take home to keep working on your craft, ideas on where to look for more floral inspiration, and how to use your new skill to create flowers using other materials.
Of course all the materials needed for this 3 hour flower making fun are included, plus an extra goodie bag to continue making flowers, bouquets and other beautiful things at home. Accompanied with some nice food and drinks, it will be a fun time of using your hands to create and engage with others who love creating just as much as you.
We make sure we don't miss out on all her great DIY projects with her fun instagram sneaks! Here are some of our favorites, but we suggest you hop over there and start picking your own favorites..
We get excited everytime we line up new classes with all our great teachers, but what's even better is the delighted comments from students when they know someone they really admire will be teaching a class.
.. Sign up for Felt flower making..
Friday, 16 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs
I need to make these too!!
Rubyellen Rratcher is our next teacher in our all star lineup! She'll be teaching a Bloesem class on Felt flower making. You can sign up for class here or read more about her and the class over here.
We love our Bloesem customers.. We met Victoria when we first opened and she popped by again this last week. Always great to meet new people with similar interests.. Plus she wrote this great blog post about us. Thank you!
More to come next week: My juniors from NUS division of Industrial design will be having their graduation show from the 23rd of May to the 25th and I will be telling you why you should go check it out.
This looks like a super fun weekend activity for you and your best friend.. knitting with supersized needles..
Grace gives us the scoop on BKLYN Designs 2014..
To selfie or not to selfie.. that is question that Clementine Daily is discussing.
(Did you know Erin Loechner of Clementine Daily and Design for Mankind is coming to teach a 2 Bloesem classes? A class on social media and another about blogging. But of course you knew that already;)
A great diy to get the husbands involved with over the weekend.
Fashion meets interiors.. The Olsen twins and The Row Flagship store..
Will you be heading to Blueprint this weekend?
Lisette has arrived! Our screenprinting guru was in the Bloesem studio yesterday and we are pumped for this weekend of classes. Not forgetting some of her new stationery she brought along, you'll be able to see them on Bloesem.co very soon. Xo, Irene + Zara
Thursday, 15 May 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Welcome to our 8 Rodyk apartment in Singapore.... not that we are actually living there ... no we bought the place a long time ago but it became too small to live with a family of four so we are renting it out at the moment. I thought you might like to see what we have done with the space a couple of years ago to make the space look more modern and functional ... a little face lift today!
Rik and I wanted to open up the space so we could get more use out of the apartment. The apartment is about 98 square meters, which might sound big ( don't get me wrong i agree), but a big part of it is used for the balcony which is perfect for a warm weather country. Perfect apartment for a young couple with small kids! (Click here to see the kids room in the apartment and how I used vintage pieces to make the kids room feel more cosy)
This way to see perhaps the ugliest picture ever posted on Bloesem ..
The first thing we saw when we walked in was floor to ceiling glass panels that closed up the kitchen which is more suitable for hard core cooking which is very common in the Asian culture. The glass panels help keep the smoke and smells of cooking within the kitchen. Since neither Rik nor myself are hard core cooks, we decided there was no need for the glass panels. Removing the panels immediately opened up the flow from the door into the kitchen and then into the rest of the living room.
And this what the open kitchen looks like after our make-over. By putting plywood on the little wall below the window we created a small sitting area. Simply adding some pillows and ta-da ...
There also used to be a little outside patio which also acted as a laundry room to house the washing machine and dryer. Instead we decided to build plywood cabinets to house all the items we thought were slightly unattractive but still necessary. The plywood cabinets are a recurring feature in the apartment, we used it for storage as well as display in the kitchen and the living room too.
(probably the ugliest pic I have shared on Bloesem ever!)
And this is what you see now ... the garbage shoot and laundry machine hidden in this plywood cabinet ... don't you agree that looking at vintage ceramics make much more sense! A very tiny detail which you perhaps can't see very clearly but we used copper rings for the little holes in the doors, this gives it a quirky and nicer effect.
The kitchen being side by side with the living room makes the apartment a great place for hosting dinners and having guests over. You can still talk and interact while guests sit in the living room.
In the master bedroom, we took out a glass wall that looked directly into the bathroom ... built in a shelf that made the space feel much bigger with the light flowing through the bathroom and into the bedroom. The shelf also gave us extra space for decoration and display. Here I placed some vintage ceramics from the Netherlands.
Another detail i like is giving the walls a banner from the bottom up to half meter a off white color throughout the enitre house also the bedrooms ... it connects the rooms and gives a good flow!
I hope you liked our little tour today! Over at BloesemKids I'm sharing the boys bedroom from this apartment! Irene xoxo
If you have any questions about the interior styling or decoration just send me an email!
Image credit : Marjon Hoogervorst aka Vorstin