Thursday, 19 December 2013 by Irene Hoofs
A few weeks back, we received a (very generous) package from SCAAPI, full of their christmas ornaments. They come in a range of colored wool that you thread through a wooden base. Simple, no too over the top and gives a really natural feel! It also comes in a few different designs, some of the wooden bases are circular and there are others which look like a leaf, or a star.
Like kids in a candy store, we laid out all the colors and started to pick out the few that we each loved the most. This was our first shoot in the studio with Sheng, a photographer, and also a friend of mine (= Zara), and he had a very strong bias for the blue wool which explains its appearance in 2 of the 3 photos.
With so many colors to choose from it's really up to your own style and preference as to how you would decorate with them. My favorite though, are the soft pink, brown and white ones. A soft and delicate palette that somehow reminds me of snow and the coldness we lack here in Singapore. Thank you SCAAPI for the gorgeous ornaments, not only were they a breeze to photograph, taking the photos also really got us in the mood for Christmas! (I mean if we could arrange for more Christmas-y weather here, that would be the ideal)
Images by Sheng Yang and Bloesem
Monday, 16 December 2013 by Irene Hoofs
Another home for us to drool over and gain some ideas for Christmas decorating from is the home of My Deer!
One major thing we spotted is how unlike most homes with just one big tree in the living room, Maaike from My Deer has a few mini ones, placed throughout the house. And they are all perfectly placed in different types of clear jars. Love the variation between those that have the tops of the trees out of the jar and those that have the entire tiny christmas tree in them. A great alternative for families or people who can't or prefer not to have a huge tree in their homes, that they have to lug home from wherever they have bought it.
Instead of a lot of ornaments, she has gone for using mostly natural elements to spread the christmas cheer. Like the clipboard with the note and dried flower, so simple and yet so beautiful.
We hope you got some ideas from My Deer, we sure did! (more inspiration and ideas after the break)
Friday, 13 December 2013 by Irene Hoofs
They look like stamps but these are actually adorable cookie stencils that can help jazz up your baked goods this Christmas.
Every picture on instagram is the same
Jeanine her new book!
More exciting than your average twine.
Holiday wrapping ideas we like too...
If you are in Singapore, cafes to visit this holiday season.
What are your holiday traditions?
We had a great week of posts featuring some true talents like the wrapping paper Jessica Nielsen designed for us that is free for anyone to download here.She also has a special design over on BKids.
Véronique's Word Catcher DIY could be a really personal Christmas gift
Or try try try ...
Christmas decoration inspiration at Beeldsteil.
Also an update of Bloesem LAB renovations.
Follow our instagram for more updates. We are so excited for the new year and the new studio space!
Expect another week of Christmas posts, inspirations and more to really soak in the Christmas cheer.
Ho Ho Ho! ~ Zara S.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 by Irene Hoofs
Just like last year, we have teamed up with our friend and graphic designer Jessica Nielsen from the Netherlands once again, to create a range of downloadable Christmas wrapping paper to spread the Christmas cheer!
We love the modern twist on Christmas wrapping, with her choice of brown and red instead of the usual red and green. But still keeping the iconic Christmas trees and other Christmas-y graphics to not stray too far from tradition. I mean Christmas is one of those times of the year that tradition really comes into play.
A gentle reminder to everyone to get all their shopping done as soon as possible, so you can avoid the mad rush on the last few days before Christmas. Also, if you like the wrapping paper, do download it and wrap you presents in it! It's almost like a Christmas present from Jessica and Bloesem to you... download pdf's after the break ...
Download BROWN free Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen for Bloesem
Download RED free Christmas Wrapping Paper by Jessica Nielsen for Bloesem
Jessica created one more pattern specifically for Bloesem Kids! We had a blast setting up the shoot with all the little toys. It really brought out the big kid in us.
Sheng Yang a super talented photographer from Singapore was kind enough to help us with the shoot ... hopefully we will share you many more images by him in the future for Bloesem but in the meantime have a look at his online portfolio ... or have a look at his instagram blog ... very entertaining!
Other images by Zara.S
.. Jessica Nielsen
.. Jessica's Etsy shop
Monday, 9 December 2013 by Irene Hoofs
So delighted to receive these photos taken by Wendy of the Dutch design blog, Beeldsteil, in her own home ... Wendy is showing us how she is decorating for the festivities this year... so let's start this Christmas week with this!
We love the subtlety of the decorations and ornaments. They fit so nicely in with the rest of her home's interior. Truly insipred by the Nordic countries ... and the current black and white themes we see flowing aroung the web ... we believe Wendy had added the exact amount of joy and cheer a home could even have all year round! hahahah ...
A 180 degree flip from the va-va-voom out there kind of green, red and gold decorations we see so often. It's always inspiring to see the different themes and colors used in everyone's homes. You love some you hate some, and if you are lucky you find the one perfect for your style and your home!
For more on lifestyle, interior design and photography with a scandinavian touch, check out Beeldsteil.
What colors will be your Christmas decorations this year?
(more pics after the break)
Tuesday, 3 December 2013 by Irene Hoofs
How quickly this year flew by! It's already December and before we know it, it's going to be Christmas and then New Years. Wow, 2014.
Okay now that we are over the shock of how our time is secretly being stolen from us... let's move on to Christmas, more specifically decorations!
I know some of you who are super excited about this time of year, must have already gotten all the decorations up by now, but for those who haven't we are here to share some of the decorations which have caught our eye recently. Maybe you can get inspired as well!
This year, we've been bitten by the plywood bug. We are loving everything plywood, including christmas decorations!
Nice little wooden ornaments around the house, or even an entire wooden tree, a great re-usable piece.
Love the neutral quality of the wood, you can add whatever accent color you would like, whether it's the traditional green and red or just some gold sparkle for some Christmas magic! What decorations are you loving this year? I know many families have a new theme every year, do you?
Image credit : 1. bedroom tree 2. DIY magnet fridge 3. Scaapi DIY Leaf ornaments 4. Triangle for your christmas cards 4. stacked tree 5. snug trio ornaments
Don't forget food! Food can be great decoration too, especially if look as good as this fudge cake in mason jars!