Monday, 7 April 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Please meet some of our creative neighbors ... The Choo Family!
Singapore photographer Franz (who we first introduced to you here) visited their wonderful home right opposite the Bloesem Creative Space. The great thing about the Tiong Bahru estate is that we are around all these other talents, we just love the atmosphere here. It's always a delight bumping into Pern, Innika and the most adorable Eadie Bo, while we are out in the neighbourhood grabbing supplies or lunch. They are such a sweet family!
Franz and his team, Melody, Hosanna and Gil are always looking for nice houses Singapore so feel free to drop them a line if you have any sugestions.
..The Choo Family
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
Monday, 3 March 2014 by Irene Hoofs
You've heard us go on and on about our love for young Singaporean talent, Rebecca Toh's photography, now we are proud to introduce to you, Franz. Franz along with his team (Melody, Hosanna and Gil) are the geniuses behind Lil Red Dot Folks. Interviewing creatives in Singapore and along with taking beautiful pictures of their home.
It's always nice to see the designer or artist in their "natural environment". Plus their houses always look so great, you just get inspired to whip yours into shape. We'll be featuring some of the people and houses that have been showcased on Lil Red Dot Folks here on Bloesem, and to start the ball rolling, we have the home of architectural and interior designer, Jonathan Poh and his home in Dakota Crescent, Singapore.
Franz also has a kinda, for a lack of a better word, epic, instagram feed that you have to check out.
.. Lil Red Dot folks
Friday, 6 September 2013 by Irene Hoofs
This cute little movie only shows again how super creative and talented Klaartje from Keecie really is! Together with photographer Sandy 'birds and dogs' are flying out of the bag!
The dark blue couch potato pad sleeve must be my favorite piece from their latest collecction but I still love using my 'mini me' for my business cards.
ps. would you like to see where Klaartje lives? Click here it will bring you to her gorgeous Amsterdam home.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 by Irene Hoofs
Last week I already shared some pics of our friends' studio home in Amsterdam. Just a couple more today to give you an even better impression of how incredibly stylish XandL actually are. Ever since they started designing interiors they stayed true to their inner voices.
No easy or quick trends have ever affected their work and still their work is very modern and new - but above all genuinely timeless... This for me makes them so unique and special. You do see very subtle changes in their creations and ideas - but it's always in the details, the craftmanship and the materials they chose...
In true XandL style, they prefer their privacy and shy away from too much publicity...or any publicity at all...! Although you see their work occasionally featured in the well-known magazines they almost always only allow this "under protest"...These pictures were not taken with a hidden camera of course but after I pleaded with Xander for some time to let me shoot some images to practice my skills...:) he eventually kindly agreed as long as I did not shoot any images of him...they are too modest! While I hadn't seen Xander in many years it didn't feel like this at all which is great when you meet old friends again...seeing Xander brought back fond memories of when I started out as a (then still young...) freelance graphic designer in Amsterdam - XandL were an inspiration to me then and I am sure they will continue to be...
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 by Irene Hoofs
By now you probably know that we spend the summer in our own Amsterdam apartment, what I haven't told you yet is that last year this apartment was completely redesigned ... we took out some walls and brought in new cabinets all designed by our dear friends Xander and Leon
. Or should I say XandL
... the name of their design studio.
I am not going to show you images of our new apartment ... saving that for a bit later ... no today I am going to show you some images of the XandL work studio
and atelier in Amsterdam so you understand why we always chose working with them ...
My husband and I are very much in love with everything these two creatives make and do ... just an impression of the houses they have turned into true can be found on their website.
I was smart enough to bring my camera when we visited them for a coffee ... the images you see are from their workplace ... I didn't do any styling or preparations, no need! I just took some pics from different corners in 15 minutes to give you, the Bloesem readers an impression. I know I am lucky to share them with you because X and L normally don't like having too much attention :)
ps. Monday next week I will share even more images ... !