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We had some renovations...

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We all need some renovation once in a while I had mine when opening the Bloesem Space and typepad did last week ... they were attacked by a hacker which caused both my blogs and many others in the world to be down for almost a week ... all they could do was put some serious kit on their server walls!! And it worked ... we are all live and on our feet again.

We get lots of questions about the displays and furniture in the Bloesem Creative Space. So here's a little about them. There was alot of doing-it-myself, especially for the shelving in the studio. I spotted this bag of small wooden sticks in the art store one fine day and thought they would create an amazing display and create some kind of dimension to otherwise boring planks of wood. A bottle of wood glue, a plank of wood and a few bags of wooden dowels later.. tah dah! We have our one of a kind shelves and wooden displays we use throughout the Bloesem space.

Don't these trays from Fine Little Day look wonderful on them!

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Another DIY project (and now product, which you can find on Bloesem.co) are the leather straps together with our trusty wooden dowels (aka. wooden rods). They have come in very handy both for display as well as storage. Other than hanging items, we have used them to secure mats so that they don't all fall down and create a big mess. 

Our display tables are held up by our favorite master and master trestles we have mentioned here.

And our shelves are none other than the well-known ikea ekby shelves. We love the clean look they give and also how they some what match our trestles.

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 Vintage copper from the Netherlands that I used to collect when in Amsterdam. Ideal for props in photo-shoots ... if you want to see more pop by our space in Tiong Bahru! It would be lovely to meet you ~ Irene xoxo

 

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Time Out here's some Chocolaad!

Bloesem living | TimeOut Singapore Bloesem feature

So this little package with the most delicious chocolate is on it's way to the TimeOut Singapore head office - why? - because they gave us some really nice press coverage in their latest issue. I'm of course thrilled  and as a long time reader of 'TimeOut Anywhere' and understanding I think the kind of content they are after I feel it as a huge compliment they like our space too!

To be honest ever since we moved into our space in Tiong Bahru we have been getting so many nice responses from people just visiting and obviously also for the press. 

So thank you Singapore for welcoming the Bloesem Creative Space so warmly to your city! 

Bloesem living | TimeOut Singapore Bloesem feature

Bloesem living | TimeOut Singapore Bloesem feature

Bloesem living | TimeOut Singapore Bloesem feature

I couldn't think of a better way to thank Benita Lee, the author of our little press coverage then giving here some delicious and gorgeous looking chocolate, homemade in the Netherlands.

Van der Burgh Chocolaad was founded in july 2011 by Joyce and Richard van der Burgh as a result of an extensive search for handmade chocolatebars. They are convinced that chocolate must be created from only Fairtrade cacaobeans, but also that, for reaching the ultimate taste of chocolate, the process of making great chocolate has to be done in small quantities ... and I belive that too and that's is why we are happy to say Bloesem is stocking these gorgeous bars in our space ... come over and get one before my husband eats them all! 

ps. of course it was the packaging that made us want to try these bars!! ans we can tell you the inside is just as perfect :)

Bloesem living | TimeOut Singapore Bloesem feature

.. TimeOut Singapore
.. Van der Burgh Chocolaad

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Styling class with Jurianne

Bloesem Living | Decorate Like A Pro with Jurianne Matter

Our second class since we launched Bloesem Class, let's recap Decorate Like a Pro with Jurianne Matter from The Netherlands! Jurianne is the paper jedi behind all the lovely paper flowers and ornaments that brighten up our studio. But this time instead of paper, she was teaching us the art of interior styling and home decoration. 

Each student was asked to bring their favorite interior accessory to class. We loved all the different items we saw during the class. It really told us alot about each student and was also the key item that guided them while they learned how to construct their own moodboard. With her years of experience, Jurianne was able to guide everyone and read each moodboard to understand each individual. She helped her students sieve through the mountains of inspiration they found in all the magazines provided. 

* We interrupt this post for an #OOTD: The beautiful Jurianne wears a dress by COS and necklace by Bloesem. *

Bloesem Living | Decorate Like A Pro with Jurianne Matter

Bloesem Living | Decorate Like A Pro with Jurianne Matter

Bloesem Living | Decorate Like A Pro with Jurianne Matter

Jurianne showed the class some moodboards and they had to guess the type of person that moodboard would fit. A great way to get an idea of what a moodboard should look like, and what kind of important details you most definitely should include in one so that it can be considered a good moodboard.

An important thing Jurianne said was that if you can read a moodboard properly then it is a well made moodboard. The point of a moodboard is about being able capture the essence of a space or a person (whatever you are making a moodboard for) using key visuals. 

Bloesem Living | Decorate Like A Pro with Jurianne Matter

Bloesem Living | Decorate Like A Pro with Jurianne Matter

Bloesem Living | Decorate Like A Pro with Jurianne Matter

Bloesem Living | Decorate Like A Pro with Jurianne Matter

Bloesem Living | Decorate Like A Pro with Jurianne Matter

The final activity of the class, as seen in the images above, was a practice of interior styling. Students got up and were asked to place, shift or remove an item in the setting Jurianne had prepared.  It was a fun little exercise that allowed the students to practised the skills they had just learnt from Jurianne. There is no right and wrong in this exercise and Jurianne helped with suggestions.

We haven't included any photos of the catering but we defintely fed our students some super yum lunch and treats by Make my day Zoet. You can have a look at the post we did about Maybelle's calligraphy class for an idea of the delicious goodness we enjoyed.

.. Bloesem Class 

 

 - PS. we just uploaded a new Bloesem Class : Learn how to screen print with Lisette Scheers -

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ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

It's been a very rewarding two weeks here at Bloesem's Creative Studio. We kicked off with our very first Bloesem Classes! ABC's of Calligraphy and Decorate like a Pro and after 5 days of workshops we are more convinced that inviting international teachers to Singapore is what we LOVE to do. It is so much fun to learn from these experts in totally different fields and getting to know so many interesting and friendly students from Asia.

Today we would like to share some highlights of the ABC's of Calligraphy, with the wonderful Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls. It truly feels like the first step of an amazing journey. We couldn't have asked for a better way to start off this new Bloesem venture!

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Maybelle came to us after spending a few days teaching in Japan. We are lucky that Maybelle is a very experienced teacher. We definitely picked up a few things while watching her during the class itself. 

Her impressive calligraphy portfolio is enviable ... wedding invites for stars, projects for Martha Stewart's magazine, have all been checked off Maybelle's to-do list. We got a glimpse of her projects which she talked briefly about during the class. Our favorite was one of her first projects for Martha Stewart, a beautiful map for her magazine editor's wedding. Maybelle shows us calligraphy is more than just pretty writing for wedding invites, she even had some tea towels screen printed with gorgeous calligraphy. The potential for calligraphy is extensive! 

 Maybelle brought along personalized kits for every student (all 3 classes!). In the kit you can find a bottle of ink, a pointed tip pen, a special Maybelle-designed practise book and the best part, a pen and ink holder made personally by Maybelle's husband.

We realized that we were getting alot of enquiries about the kits and whether we sold them, so after some discussion, Maybelle kindly agreed to send over some kits. We will soon be selling the kits right here at Bloesem!

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Along with the class, our students enjoyed some snacks and drinks while they were busy practising their new skills. Maybelle demonstrated then walked around and helped everyone. It was fun to see everyone enjoying themselves, talking and getting to know each other. And when they needed a little break, they stood up, walked around and looked at all the Bloesem.co merchandise in our showroom. Or they could grab a piece of lemon cake and some coffee or tea. 

Doing calligraphy feels as relaxing as practising yoga ... we noticed ourselves when we got a private session one night after clearing the studio and making sure we were all set for the next full day of classes. 

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

Bloesem Living | ABCs of Calligraphy with Maybelle

Of course a class in Singapore isn't a complete experience without good food ... I sometimes joke how Asian people talk about food like we talk about the weather ... so it was a must for Bloesem to make sure we catered delicious food for our guests.

After class, we all sat down for some homecooked nasi lemak lunch and prosecco. So yummy and a great way to end the class. It was a nice relaxing thursday morning and some of our students even made their way back to the office once the class was over! All the catering, from cookies to cake to lunch, was courtesy of Make my day Zoet. Definitely one of the best parts of the class was the scrumptious munchies we had through out the day. We know it's not just us who have fallen in love with the food because everyone was reaching for the fudge spoons and lemon cake, so that's feedback enough for us!

We hope everyone who came had as great a time as we did organizing it. We want to thank Maybelle for being such a joy and being an awesome first teacher, you for joining us for the class, and thank you to all of you who were here in spirit, supporting us through instagram! All you kind words really put a smile on our faces after all the preparation and planning paid off.

Fun to see how much instagragm became a part of this class everyody wanted to share ... So do continue to keep up with us on our instagram feeds, Irene at @bloesemblogs and Zara at @zaaras to see what we're up to! It's always great to hear your feedback and hopefully you get to join us in one of our future class. We have so many plans for classes already!

We are so sorry to everyone who couldn't get a space in the 3 classes and to everyone who emailed us hoping to get a space. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We have some very good news for you ... We will be organizing more classes with Maybelle here in June and probably in Amsterdam in October.. so make sure you stay tuned!

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Class ALERT: Calligraphy with Maybelle Imasa

Bloesem Living | Maybelle Calligraphy

 

How wonderful is this ... we had such an overwhelming response to our first two Calligraphy classes scheduled for 11 March that they sold out very quickly .. so together with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls we decided to add an extra class on March 6! ... we definitely should make the most of it while this calligraphy expert is visiting Singapore don't you think.

 

Bloesem Living | Maybelle Calligraphy

Me personally I'm so looking forward to this class and be able to learn this beautiful skill myself too. I have tried at home several times but know I can use some help. 

Think about the endless possibility you can use this skill for ... writing down recipes for a friend to make it a bit more special, send a warm and kind letter to someone special, add a little gift tag to a present or just start using your new handwriting skills in a journal ... makes it all the more special. 

More information about this Bloesem Class or the other ones please visit BLOESEM.CO our new website and online shop. 

Bloesem Living | Maybelle Calligraphy

 

.. Sign up now for ABC's of Calligraphy on Thrusday 6 March.

.. Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls 

 

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This is Paper

Bloesem Living | This is paper magazine

"Simplicity is king in everything we do. Fashion isn't." ...  according to Alexander + Zuzanna. The founders of the ThisisPaper shop and the creative brains behind the gorgeous artsy magazine that was founded in 2012. 

I ordered the magazine for our creative space here in Singapore and hope the SIngaporeans will enjoy this magazine just as much as I do. It really encourage us to have a look at the simple and basic things around us... appreciate and treasure them. 

Bloesem Living | This is paper magazine

Bloesem Living | This is paper magazine

Bloesem Living | This is paper magazine

Isn't it super cool that each magazine is numbered and there are only 1000 copies available in the whole wide world! We have 10 copies in the Bloesem Space ... come down soon and get your number!

 

..This is Paper magazine
.. bloesem.co

 

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