Tuesday, 22 July 2014 by Irene Hoofs
I first spotted this beautiful image on Justin Chung's blog and the caption simply said: " Truck Furniture, Osaka, Japan." That was not enough for me, this shot was far too gorgeous. Of course I had to get to the bottom of it and see if this one gorgeous image led to many more. And of course it did.
Truck is a furniture store founded just outside Osaka, Japan in 1997 by Tokuhiko Kise and Hiromi Karatsu. Their aim was to make furniture that was classic and that they would love to have for themselves.
Well they definitely acheived their goal.. and much more.
Image credits: Top image by Justin Chung, All other images via Truck Furniture.
... Truck Furniture
Thursday, 17 April 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Haji Lane in Singapore has changed massively since the last time I visited and a few weeks back Irene told me about a great shop she had visited there, so of course I had to take my wednesday off and go see it for myself. Well, she was right! Mondays Off is definitely one of my favorites on the street. Leyna, chief dreamer at Mondays Off, actually popped by Bloesem awhile back and it was so great seeing her again.
The store is beautiful both inside and out, don't you agree? That is one beautiful store display!
You can find a quirky mix of home and garden merchandize, as well as tons of cute things that make great gifts. The store is so colorful and full of items that you just want to take a closer look at, so i suggest you make a complete round before you decide which items are going home with you.
One of my favorite things that Leyna said while I was there was that, to her, the store is home. And I feel exactly the same way about Bloesem.
So the next time you find yourself with some time off, or around Haji Lane, make sure to visit Mondays Off at 76 Haji Lane, Singapore. I'm sure you won't regret it.
.. Mondays Off
.. Catch Mondays Off on Facebook
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 by Irene Hoofs
A couple of interior architects told me it was impossible to find chipwood here in Singapore or Malaysia ... of course I thought that was truly hard to believe but had to accept it ... so when I discovered this home today designed by Jonathan Poh (see his own home here, as beautiful as this one) i was happily surprised! We do have chipwood here!!
I love the way the chipwood is used in the kitchen, matching perfectly with the long white walls.
And if you ever get bored you could always paint the chipwood in a dark color, the texture of the wood will give the wall some character!
Credits: All photos taken from here.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 by Irene Hoofs
A house I would love to live in ... Christien Starkenburg can come over to Singapore at any time and decorate my home! Her use of color and texture in spaces is just perfect, it's really bold yet not overwhelming. Makes such a statement!
Christien is also art-director at Jan de Jong interiors ... a beautiful shop in the Netherlands and that is where I found these images. I believe christien and Claudy Jongstra another top talent from the low-lands are good friends ... I understand why they are, it truly enhances both their individual designs!
More gorgeous interiors after the cut..
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Another edition of Lil Red Dot Folks. This is Ann and James, animal advocates living in Yishun, Singapore. Their beautiful home is inhabited by themselves along with 7 other much furrier friends, Dasher the dog, Eet and Mathy the cats, Meatball and Mac Jr. the guinea pigs, and Effie and Appie the gerbils. (How they keep their home in such tip top shape is just baffling to me.)
We love how their house is not totally minimal and empty but everything has it's place and all thir things are so beautifully arranged, especially on the shelves.
For more homes to be jealous of, look here and here.
.. Lil Red Dot Folks
Thursday, 6 March 2014 by Irene Hoofs
A few weeks back we met Ping & Cheryl, a very friendly couple from Malaysia while they were in Singapore. After chatting for awhile, we found out that they are the owners of the cafe LOKL in Kualar Lumpur! (Love the name of the cafe!) They are also connected to BackHome hostel (pictures below), which looks like a lovely place to stay if you are ever visiting KL.
LOKL is a neighbourhood cafe in the historic heart of KL. They serve espressos and local coffee, hot sandwiches with a local twist, and cakes and pastries. It is housed in a bright airy space with an internal courtyard that’s shared with BackHome hostel.
BackHome is an award-winning boutique backpacker’s hostel located right in the heart of Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia. Located in the historic heart of Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find some of the city’s best attractions located within a stone’s throw away. They promise that you’ll get the same tender loving care as you do back home. That means personal attention, a good night’s rest and peace of mind.
BackHome is also home to the LOKL Coffee Co., it's own in-house café that helps sets a positive vibe for your stay in Kuala Lumpur.
Credits: All pictures by Loo Jia Wen ( i know her from Malaysia too ... bought ceramics from her! )