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Before & After: renovations in our apartment

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

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)

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

 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.

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

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.

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 (probably the ugliest pic I have shared on Bloesem ever!) 

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

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.

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

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. 

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

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!

Bloesem Living | Before & After: Bloesem Apartment Renovations

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

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Jonna's kitchen

Bloesem Living | Jonna's Kitchen

Welcome to Jonna's kitchen, not exactly her's but a kitchen she designed. If you think interior architect, Jonna Klumpenaar sounds familiar, it's because we have written about her own lovely home before. You can have a quick look over here before continuing with this  kitchen.

The pictures below are of a kitchen Jonna has designed for a young family from Amsterdam. Working together with her clients, she tries to achieve the perfect atmosphere within the space. To her, being an architect means not only being the creative force but also being able to understand what the client wants and translating that into a design they will appreciate. 

Bloesem Living | Jonna's Kitchen

Bloesem Living | Jonna's Kitchen

 

 

It's alot about feeling out who you are working with and getting what they want even if they aren't able to specifically express it. A fan of bright spaces, Jonna loves the energy and peace such spaces eminate. The yellow-painted floor with olive green and white basic kitchen tiles also give the room a young and fresh feel.

Bloesem Living | Jonna's Kitchen

Bloesem Living | Jonna's Kitchen

Perhaps you remember Jonna her own home with the gorgeous chairs :) right here in the Bloesem archives you can read a short interview with her. 

Bloesem Living | Jonna's Kitchen

 

 

.. Jonna Klumpenaar

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Living in Antwerp

Bloesem Living |Luster Diane Hendrikx

The book you saw yesterday in Veronique her apartment is by publisher Luster ... it's about cool and interesting homes in Antwerp, Belgium. I haven't read the book myself but looking at some of the pictures makes me want to order it

It's not the first time photographer Diane Hendrikx is working for Luster. A whole series of interior books have her name on it. Glad to be able to share some inspiring pictures today with you. They give me a mad men feel ... what about you? ps. not all the images here are from the same book ... the post is perhaps more an ode to the beautiful work of Diane

Bloesem Living |Luster Diane Hendrikx

Bloesem Living |Luster Diane Hendrikx

Bloesem Living |Luster Diane Hendrikx

Bloesem Living |Luster Diane Hendrikx

Bloesem Living |Luster Diane Hendrikx

Bloesem Living |Luster Diane Hendrikx

Bloesem Living |Luster Diane Hendrikx

 

All images by Diane Hendrikx 

.. Luster 

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Guest Pinner: Kitchens by House of C

Bloesem Living | Kitchens

{1. String kitchen 2. via pinterest 3. Paul Raeside 4. Claudia's kitchen 5. Nordic feeling  6. via Coosje}

A little while ago I invited  fiends and bloggers to be a guest pinner for one of my boards ... Christine from House Of C starts this new guest pin series ... she added some crazy good looking kitchens to Bloesem's Kitchen board ... here just a few of my favorites but there are more than 150 pics to get ideas from.

I'm so glad Christine found the String kitchen for me .. I am a big fan of String and never thought of creating a kitchen with it. Such a simple but great idea ... and probably one of the most affordable solutions for a kitchen! Another plus ... you can bring this kitchen along with you whenever you deside to move house .... 


.. House Of C
.. Christine's pins
.. Bloesem at pinterest

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Black Kitchens

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While working on a styling job I was doing some research on kitchens ... should you go for white, colored or black ... today I show you my favorite black ones ... but just choosing the color is just a first step ... if you were to decide on black would you go for matte, gloss, wood, veneer or else ... 

 

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1234. 5. 6. 7. 8. ... now you have to let me know which kitchen in Black is your favorite??
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The beautiful kitchen of Emma Persson Lagerberg by Petra Bindel

Petra-bindel

Last month I saw this kitchen in the Elle deco UK and it blew me away ... I like everything about it. But the mint green color is just superb. I am sure I wouldn't dare do this but now I have seen it I would ... so keeing this pics in my private folder. Marble is already in my home, we have a big marble dining table so that would go well together :)

The home is of Emma Persson Lagerberg, a freelance writer and interior stylist and she often works with Petra Bindel who made these beautiful images. Click here to see more or visit Petra Bindel's website.             [MORE]

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 All images by Petra Bindel

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