Thursday, 16 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
The Otherist in Amsterdam reminds us of an old school apothecary, a place you'll be able to find all kinds of interesting and unexpected items. With a focus on unique and handmade pieces, the store gives a sense of treasure hunting where you'll never expect to find items you can add to your own collection. Definitely a spot worth dropping by if you are in the vicinity.
Thursday, 9 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
There could not be a more appropriate name for this store.. The Fine Store is located in the Hague in the Netherlands and is filled with conscious and responsibly-made goodies. Well, we'll let the pictures do the talking.. and if you are ever in the neighbourhood, drop in and see it for yourself..
We loved these journals so much we just had to have them in the Bloesem shop too!
.. The Fine Store
Wednesday, 1 October 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Everytime we have new items in store, we feel it is a need and also a public service to share the goodies. Whether it's buying a gift for someone else, or for yourself (we all deserve a treat now and again.. all the time..), we try to stock the Bloesem store, both off and online with items that we ourselves would buy or think are perfect gifts for friends and family.
After our last batch of egg press cards flew off the shelf ( nice cards are hard to come by nowadays so eggpress is our go-to) we ordered a whole new batch, including cards for Halloween and these social preparedness kits. A great gift for the stationery lover, the set comes with 4 thank you cards and 4 blank cards, which they say " equals 8 opportunities to make someone's day". We couldn't agree more.
Another brand new in store is &Klevering, bringing us their beautiful dainty tea light candle holders. They come in a range of designs and can also be used as cups or even to put small plants, we put some cactuses in them and tweeted a picture. Another item from their collection are the animal wall hooks, perfect for the kids room or by the door to hang coats and bags.
Tea light Candle Holders ... and more products from our collection after the break.
2 graphic cloth table lamps from &Klevering, great sources of light that dress up your table at the same time.
Porcelain Animal Hangers and Tas-ka Felt Woolfelt Cushions with button
If you are a regular reader of the blog, you would know that we have a love affair with Tas-ka. We already have quite a number of their items in store (it's mini Tas-ka shop in Singapore) but this time we also brought in their felt cushions which are a dream.
Eggpress Social Preparedness Hourglass Cubes Zipper Pouch; Eggpress Social Preparedness Hourglass Pencil Pouch and Social Preparedness Card set
2 pouches in the Social Preparedness line from Eggpress. Sturdy and great for your pens and other stationery or maybe even a small notebook.
Online shopping at BLOESEM.co -
Thursday, 25 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Featured in our Amsterdam city guide in the second edition of the Bloesem Gazette, Human Beauty is both a boutique and a salon and is descibed by it's founder, Jessica Wichers, as ' A complete beauty and wellbeing experience'. I know what you're thinking.. Sign me up for one of those please. Am I right?
The beautiful store sells everything from ceramics to skin care and it also houses the in-house salon where you can pamper yourself and get a facial or an eye treatment, just to name a few of the treatments they offer. Here's some more pictures so you can virtually visit the store. But remember to bookmark it and if ever you find yourself in Amsterdam, we hope you'll pop into this must-see spot.
Images by Irene Hoofs.
.. Human Beauty
.. For more on the Amsterdam City Guide, download theBloesem Gazette vol.2
Thursday, 18 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
On wednesdays when I am not at Bloesem I try to spend some time exploring parts of Singapore I have not seen. One wednesday, a friend invited us to the The Tiny Roaster, a little cafe his sister had just opened. The loveliest little coffee studio it was to spend an afternoon in. They offer artisan hand brews, as well as roasted coffee beans, for you to get your caffeine kick at home.
Located in Clementi, Singapore, it is tucked away between some of the blocks of houses but it is definitely worth visiting. Have a look at the photos yourself! You just know they put their heart and soul into everything, from the coffee to the decor. (I was told the beautiful door handle was made by the dad of the owner. ) Xo, Zara.
Friday, 11 July 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Let us take you on a tour of The Kitchen Table - bakery by day, restaurant by night - with pictures courtesy of Trisha Toh and The Kitchen Table's website. Though it would be ideal to visit the place ourselves, and of course we would if we found ourselves in the Kuala Lumpur area anytime soon, but for now these photographs are more than enough to wet our appetite both for food and this beautiful interior!
Their large tables allow for communal eating, such a departure from the restaurants we are used to but it also means a whole new experience of eating and interacting with others.
During the day, their backery favourites include soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon buns. Yum! But as dinner time draws near, the table is set and diners enjoy their popular dishes such as buckwheat fried chicken and red snapper ceviche.
Image credits: Location photography by Trisha Toh, Food photography by Adrian Yap
.. The Kitchen Table