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Dried wildflowers and plants

Bloesem Living: dried wildflowers and plants giant hogweed

We just got back from our family vacation in the Netherlands and it was such a pleasure to be able to stay at our own little pied-a-terre in Amsterdam. Last year my husband and I decided not to rent out our Amsterdam apartment any longer but keep it as our own ‘retreat’ to enjoy some down-time with the boys and just to feel at home – like literally, on the couch! When you have lived abroad as long as we have, you sometimes start to feel ‘dislocated or out of place’ and having one spot on this planet that you really can call home brings back that so much needed balance in your life. So we go there as often as we can (and work allows…)..added benefit is of course that  it is very liberating not having to impose all the time on family or friends to stay in their homes for a couple of weeks (I am sure they feel the same way…). 

Both of us have a strong love for vintage contemporary furniture, so instead of giving each other Christmas presents we bought some collector items online. But more on this in a different post coming soon. Today I would like to share some images of the dried plants we keep in our place. As it it impossible to water plants remotely… I believe these dried flowers and plants are the perfect alternative. You simply dust them off upon your return… and they are great for decorating I think… 

What do you think? You like the dried giant hogwood? Or the grapes? The grapes are slightly unusual (and big…) perhaps but I really thought they looked kind of cool… 

Bloesem Living: dried wildflowers and plants giant hogweed   Bloesem Living: dried wildflowers and plants giant hogweed

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Here’s to new collaborations!

Bloesem Living : popup shop december 2014

Bloesem Living : popup shop december 2014

Looking back at 2014, Bloesem has so much to be thankful for. Importantly, for the first time in Bloesem’s history we now have a fully dedicated team with super talented and inspiring women, Zara and Mei, who have been shouldering an ever-growing number of Bloesem activities. Excellent work Ladies! And a special thank you to Anouk with whom we have been working closely on many exciting projects.

Yes, we have been very busy building the Bloesem businesses and brand – our concept store in Tiong Bahru has really taken off, the Studio is attracting very interesting freelance work and the Class is steadily growing its student numbers.  Our next quarterly Gazette will be out early January and something to look forward to we promise you. We remain very active on all social media platforms and, of course, we stay true to our roots: Bloesem blogs, where it all began almost a decade ago.

But most of all, we owe a big thank you to all of you! Dear loyal Bloesem readers at B:Living and B:Kids who make it possible that Bloesem continues to grow. It is absolutely wonderful to see that so many readers worldwide believe in Bloesem (and me...), enjoying our taste for style, design and crafts.

And somehow it feels like we're just getting started… in 2015 and beyond Bloesem will continue to evolve into a full-grown creative studio. Committed to the success of our clients and fostering deep relationships with their businesses. Lookbook Styling, Sponsored Content, Travel Reports, Facebook and Pinterest Campaigns, Instagram Opportunities and In Store Promotions. We believe in The Art of Visual Storytelling.

Here’s to new collaborations!

Happy New Year ... may all your dreams come true! xoxo Irene 

Bloesem Living : popup shop december 2014

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Countdown to 2015

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Bloesem Class: Are you ready for 2015?

Bloesem class | We reveal our exciting line up of teachers and classes for 2015  Class-collage

Bloesem Class: The Perfect Gift

To round up the gift giving, we thought we'd share with you the most thoughtful of all the gifts. A Bloesem Class. Purchase a Bloesem Class for a friend or loved one and let them learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby and enrich their lives in 2015! In the spirit of Christmas, buy a class for a friend and attend it together! We promise you a great time and maybe even a life changing experience.

It is going to be an exciting 2015 with our line up of teachers and classes next year! We've spent the past few months planning the classes for the coming year... we'll have new classes as well as some 2014 classes that are back by popular demand.. so if you've missed them last year, this is your chance to sign up! Expect lots of drool-worthy snap shots, fancy calligraphy and colorful weaving and macrame..

Read on for more of Bloesem Class 2015 ..

 

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Coming Soon: Bloesem Gazette Vol. 3

Bloesem Living | Coming soon: Bloesem Gazette issue 3 - would you like to be a partner?

We hope you enjoy reading the Bloesem Gazette as much as we enjoy creating it! We're currently working on a very exciting third issue (don't want to spill too much of the beans yet). Of course this time we will once again create an e-gazette for our international readers but for our Singapore readers, you will be able to get your hands on the Bloesem Gazette at many hotspots across Singapore. 

The Bloesem Gazette is Free and we distribute 3,000 copies around Singapore. We are looking for partners to make the Gazette the best it can be. If you would like to work together with us please drop us an email at bloesemads[at]me[dot]com.

Once again it will cover design, travel and lifestyle topics and we can't wait for you to get your hands on this copy!

.. View the entire 2nd issue of the Bloesem Gazette

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For the Home

Bloesem living | Gift guide - 25 Picks for the Home

25 Picks for the Home

 It's still not too late to get your presents online.. so we thought we'd squeeze a few more helpful gift ideas in! Watch out for more gift guides this week and we wish you the best of luck with finding the perfect presents.. Head over to Bloesem kids for our 25 picks for our favourite woman in the world..

.. Bloesem holiday gift guides

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