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Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

If you are a stationery lover (like us!), you will seriously fall in love Present and Correct, an independent stationery store, home to carefully curated supplies that evoke a certain classic vibe. In the recent issue of the Bloesem Gazette, we spoke with its founder, Neal Whittington, about the emotions he hopes to bring to customers through his products.

If you could choose a type of stationery to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?

Definitely some kind of paperclip, because it attaches itself to ideas and clings on.

How do you constantly keep yourselves inspired to create such fun stationery?

We are big fans of the internet! There is so much good stuff online, particularly old design archives, full of things to inspire. Also other people making stationery inspires in that it spurs you on to do your own thing. Travelling to markets and collecting as we go is another great source of inspiration. We have a drawer full of old ephemera, which we always look through for ideas.

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

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Kulor

Bloesem living | Kulor ceramics

The simplicity, colours and forms have got us head over heels for these handmade ceramics by Kulor. Plus, some of the gorgeous photography is by our favourite, Studio Oink. We always enjoy when 2 amazing talents collaborate, magic is created.

Bloesem living | Kulor ceramics

Bloesem living | Kulor ceramics

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Link Love

Bloesem living | Welcome to the weekend Link love

Photography love: Annette o'brien

This sleek bathroom makeover..

These leather wrap wallets are genius..

The High Line in New York City

This classic waxed backpack..

Shop Berlin: Silo

NoA side table made of cork.

A lovely little post about our food styling class.. written by a student. Thank you Honey!

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

Xo, The Bloesem Team

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Lemon Meringue Tart

Bloesem living | Lemon Meringue Tart recipe

First off.. we want to wish our readers and customers a very happy Chinese New Year! We're always pro sugary delights, but around special occasions our sweet tooths start to act up abit more than the usual so we thought we'd share this Lemon meringue tart recipe that was featured in the latest Bloesem Gazette. It's not exactly a Chinese New Year treat, but who can pass up a great lemon meringue tart?

Dessert always does the trick, whether it’s to complement a hearty conversation or alleviate an awkward silence. What’s better than a zesty lemon meringue tart after a rich meal. After all, there’s always room for dessert don’t you agree? Whip up this all-time favourite to serve during friendly catch- ups!

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Bloesem living | Lemon Meringue Tart recipe

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First or Second

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with April and May

Being avid fans of April and May blog, we were delighted to speak with the authors this interior design blog, Jantine Vaartjes and Vivian Hoebe, on their newest endeavour. Just last year, they opened a physical concept store, First or Second, in The Netherlands featuring beautiful furniture and even a cafe. It was clearly visible that the concept of the store was closely related to their online blog and greatly fitted the April and May feeling. We jumped in and got some insights into their inspirations behind the stunning store in our latest issue of the Bloesem Gazette

Why a store? and why now?

In the beginning of 2014 we were asked if we were interested in working on a new store concept for an existing store in the city, Alkmaar. The owner of the store wanted a new and different concept and a completely different atmosphere. We decided to create a new concept for the store and added a new collection of brands and products to the existing collection. Not only did the interior change, but also the name and branding changed into First or Second (design choices). The project was a challenge because of the size of the store with approximately 2000 square meters and the time issue where we had to finish the concept, restyling and new collection within 4 months. But we managed and the result is a completely new store that breathes a totally different atmosphere and experience.

What is your inspiration behind 1 or 2 Store? How does the blog translate into the store?

We wanted to create more than just a store, somewhere you can experience products and brands in a different way. A place where first experiences lead to second moments. A combination of design, vintage design and products (first or second). We divided the store into different areas with a 1or2 cafe, 1or2 villa, 1or2 art and 1or2 kids spread over almost 3 levels. With the 1or2 villa you can experience products in a real villa and be inspired to use them in your own home. We have a kitchen in the villa that is used for cooking sessions and workshops. Just like with our blog, we wanted people to get inspired in a different way compared to how stores usually present their collections.

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Class Alert: Write it in Gold- Calligraphy class

Bloesem Class Alert | Gold Foiling calligraphy for beginner - 5, 6, 7, 8 march 2015 Tiong Bahru Singapore

Class Alert: Basic + Gold-foiling calligraphy

* Weekend classes in March are all sold out, limited spots remaining on Thursday and Friday's classes. We are opening up more weekend classes in April. Visit our website for more updates!

Do you fancy handwritten calligraphy quotes that are trending on Instagram or Pinterest? Want to learn this amazing skill but fear that your handwriting just does not make the mark? Well, in this new class we will give you the right tools and skills to kickstart your journey to writing beautiful strokes and lettering even if you think that you have barely legible handwriting. And to top off the modern sophistication of calligraphy, this very unique Bloesem Class will teach you how to work with gold foil elements to give your lettering a lush and festive look! 

Join us for a morning of learning the skill of modern calligraphy and gold leaf application with teacher, Veronica Halim. Truly for beginners, Veronica will go over the basics of calligraphy including assembling your pen, dipping your pen nib in ink, holding your pen at the right angle, applying pressure for different stroke thicknesses, as well as tracing basic lower case alphabets and capital letters. You will also learn gold leaf application techniques to give your lettering a pop of metallic golf foil! With all these basics at your fingertips, you will then learn to write your name or a favourite quote to design your very own print! We are very sure that after this class, you will be adding sweet and personal touches to birthday wishes, wedding invites, scrapbooks, notes and more! Having taught many workshops in Indonesia, Veronica is the perfect person to learn this art from.

Bloesem Class Alert | Gold Foiling calligraphy for beginner - 5, 6, 7, 8 march 2015 Tiong Bahru Singapore

Bloesem Class Alert | Gold Foiling calligraphy for beginner - 5, 6, 7, 8 march 2015 Tiong Bahru Singapore

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