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More than a sponge

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Like the name suggests, Not. A. Sponge* is actually so much more than a sponge. Made of the konjac vegetable, it is an all natural means to cleanse, wash and exfoliate your face and body. At first touch, it is firm but once water hits the surface, Not.A.Sponge* becomes so soft and gentle and glides on the surface of your skin without tugging or being too rough on your skin. 

100% natural, Earth and skin friendly, it is also biodegradable as it is made fully out of the konjac vegetable. A great solution for those with sensitive skin, this natural product can be used as a substitute to your soaps and other cleansers. 

The Bloesem Team has had the Not. A. Sponge* in the store for awhile so of course we were curious and had to try it for ourselves after the rave reviews our customers came back to us with. And the verdict is: We love it! Gentle and natural, Not.A.Sponge* feels good on the skin and gives us a clean finish without any added chemicals.

many more pictures after the break... 

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin  Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Not. A. Sponge* comes in 3 variations for the face (bun shaped) - In the Raw (white) , Volcanic Power Puff (red), Bamboo Charcoal (black) all with their own added benefits. It also comes in a larger rectangular shape for the body.

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Bloesem Living | Not.A.Sponge - the all natural means to wash, cleanse and exfoliate your skin

Photography and Styling by the Bloesem Team. Would you be interested in a Life & Style post please sen an email to Zara

.. Not.A.Sponge

.. Also available at Bloesem.co

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Coveting cushions

Bloesem Living | Coveting Bococo cushions

Home accessories like cushions can help bring a little sunshine into your home. Whether it's a cushion with a bright color or a pattern, all you have to do is find a style you enjoy. For us, we found these screen printed Bococo cushions.

The patterns are reminiscent traditional patterns and designs of textiles but with a contempary method such as screen printing, the cushion has a fresh look! They come in a variety of colors - the nudes and black and white ones are easy to match and neutral, while the bright colors like blue and yellow remind us that it's Summer time!

Bloesem Living | Coveting Bococo cushions

Bloesem Living | Coveting Bococo cushions

Bloesem Living | Coveting Bococo cushions

Bococo also has a range of handwoven cushions and tote bags with similar prints. All made with a similar high quality and attention to detail.

Bloesem Living | Coveting Bococo cushions

Bloesem Living | Coveting Bococo cushions

Styling and photography by Bloesem.

.. Bococo 
.. Bococo cushions also available atBloesem.co
.. Papillionaire bicycle courtesy of Style Bikes Asia

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The simple things in life

Bloesem living | Shop Frank: The simple things in life - Home and kitchen design goods and accessories

Hasami mug

It's the simplest of things that we find beauty in. Attention to detail in craft or design is usually what stands out for us even in the most basic of items. While we have had these lovely pieces from Shop Frank in the Bloesem space for awhile, it finally came the time to photograph their beauty and share them with the rest of you.

We love how every item is so well crafted and just fits right in with the rest of the items we have in the space. One thing I remember so vividly from my time at school was my lecturer always repeating " form has to follow function". He would repeat that over and over and though at the time it sounded unnecesary to keep harping on that, it truly makes sense. When you get rid of all the extra details and go back to the basics, you get the true essence and beauty. It all sounds like airy fairy talk, but trust us when we say the beauty is in the details.

below: Maailman synty teatowel 

Bloesem living | Shop Frank: The simple things in life - Home and kitchen design goods and accessories

Bloesem living | Shop Frank: The simple things in life - Home and kitchen design goods and accessories

 Twist a twill blanket 

More everyday items we love after the cut..

Shop Frank curates pieces from designers who they admire, both for their works and the way they work. The Bloesem Team too has found some treasures that we have grown very fond of from the collection (cough, Hasami teapot, cough). 

Bloesem living | Shop Frank: The simple things in life - Home and kitchen design goods and accessories

Bloesem living | Shop Frank: The simple things in life - Home and kitchen design goods and accessories

Pyotocan large ; Pyotocan small Oak tray Walnut serving board

  Bloesem living | Shop Frank: The simple things in life - Home and kitchen design goods and accessories

Hasami teapot

Bloesem living | Shop Frank: The simple things in life - Home and kitchen design goods and accessories

Other items photographed above: Bulb beaker , Brown vintage apothecary jar, Tas-ka tea towel, Bookhou linen clutch (all available at Bloesem.co)

Styling and photography by Bloesem.

We suggest you Shop Frank..

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Deckle & Hide

Bloesem Living | Deckle and Hide Leather goods and candles

When we first got our hands on these Deckle and Hide candles, we fell in love with the amazing scent it filled the studio with. (Everyone who entered told us it smelt like a spa!) Originally it was just for our smelling pleasure but then we realised even people from the other stores in the street wanted to get their hands on the candles so we decided to start selling them in the Bloesem shop too! We wanted to share the wondrous smells with everyone and so far the candles have been a hit. 

Besides their lovely candles, Deckle and Hide also carries a range of locally (in Australia) hand crafted leather goods. Many of their products are made-to-order. (Saw a beautiful back pack they made specially for a customer on their instagram!)

Very much inspired by the natural concept behind Deckle and Hide's products, we went back to nature with this shoot! And Zara did an amazing job styling and photographing the Deckle and Hide collection. I'm so blessed to have her in my team!

Bloesem Living | Deckle and Hide Leather goods and candles

Bloesem Living | Deckle and Hide Leather goods and candles

Bloesem Living | Deckle and Hide Leather goods and candles

Their leather goods are made from full grain, vegetable tanned bovine hide and kangaroo leather laced detailing for strength and durability. Then they are conditioned with natural oil and finished with beeswax. The leather develops its own unique, aged patina through use as they are not dyed.

Bloesem Living | Deckle and Hide Leather goods and candles

Bloesem Living | Deckle and Hide Leather goods and candles

Bloesem Living | Deckle and Hide Leather goods and candles

Bloesem Living | Deckle and Hide Leather goods and candles

Other than their stress-relieving scent, they are made from 100% natural ingredients! Anne and Luke first realised that burning many candles you see in stores could be detrimental to health because of all the toxic chemical in them so they decided they come up with their own line of 100% botanical candles that they would be able to enjoy without causing any harm to the little ones in the family. 

 

Photography and Styling by Zara S.

 

.. Deckle and Hide

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Nala and bloesem styling

Nala moooi

{lamp by Moooi, art on the wall by maditi, pillows by Nala}

You might have seen these images over at Decor8 last week ... Holly was so super kind to introduce Nala design and my first official styling job to her readers.

Just before Christmas a photo shoot took place in my home here in Kuala Lumpur for  Nala Design, a stationery and home decor line from Malaysia founded by my friend Lisette Scheers.

It was a fun day and I have to give a special thanks to Tian Xing and Sammie from Show Up Pictures, they are fantastic to work with and I would definetly hire them for any photography job. 

Hope you don't mind me letting you be with just the images today ....and I do hope you visit Nala's webshop.  

Nala_pillows

Nalapaer

 

Nala_green Nalabook  Nalajournal  Nala_collection  Nala_pillows_2

Nala_present

Nala_green

Nalabook

Nala_collection

Nalajournal

Nala_pillows_2

..Nala design

All images by Tian Xing from Show Up Pictures and Styling by me, Irene Hoofs

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The Props Corner

Scaapi_bloesem

When this beautiful... beautiful mohair throw with a name like African Bright Stripes by Hinterveld came in the mail, we literally melted by it's colors and softness. Not to mention delicate. Thank you Scaapi for sharing with us this beautiful product. I can't stop saying the word beautiful..because it is just that!

We are doing something new here on Bloesem today... how exciting.. we would like to introduce you to 'The Props Corner'

Be our guest! and be a part of this new column. How you might ask? Well, if you are a shop or an online store this is for YOU. Share with us a product that we both love and we will feature it here in 'The Props Corner'. We will make our own images and let your product live in the Bloesem Home. 

Just like Scaapi, a new  webshop that specializes in selling wool products from South Africa, who mailed us their Mohair throw, an felted ipad case and some cute egg cozies... we dedicate this first opening post to you.    [CONTINUE READING] 

Scaapi2

Ipad.scaapi

Scaapi

Eggcozies

Based in the Netherlands, Scaapi also brings other wool products like soft handmade ipad and tablet covers. Be sure to check out their webstore... maybe it's not late to hint to someone for your Christmas gift.  

~ ARE YOU INTERESED IN FEATURING YOUR PRODUCTS IN BLOESEM'S PROPS CORNER?

JUST SEND US AN EMAIL ~

{what is a Prop}


Scaapi.blanket

All images by Irene from Bloesem


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