Decorating my living room


I really felt like cleaning out some shelves and re-organise some things in our dining area. Perhaps the loss of my dad and all the sadness around it made me want to start fresh again … you recognise this feeling? Some people go out sporting or shopping I like to stay in my own home and find comfort in the things I cherish … so last Sunday while my boys were playing outside I gave myself some ‘me’ time .. while listening to some music I enjoyed moving my things around.


Usually I forget taking pictures but this time I thought let’s share it with you my dear readers, you have been so supportive of me lately … so I hope you like my small decoration ideas.

I always keep things simple in my home, group things together and try to give proper attention to even the smallest object.                            [CONTINUE READING]


Tin, copper and bras are my new favorites and luckily for me my mom had quite a collection and she was more than willing to pass them on to me. I like how the tinny things are grouped together in a more modern setting. It is probably the color that I like so much. And mixing old and new is I believe always a good idea.

I will mention some of the obeject you see in the pictures. The red bar stool is by Heidi Sebastian for established&sons. Rik and I bought it for our apartment in Singapore but with new tenants living their now we thought better to use it ourselves. I absolutely love the stool and just to let you know it sits very comfortably.


The shelves are by string from Sweden, but I guess you knew that already :) … a little vintage vase by Tapio Wirkkalla, square robot prints by Vorstin, Italian cotton threads by Carta inc., a ceramic pencil box by Dick van Hoff, blue ceramic pot by inkypots and the rest are thrift store finds.

Art on the wall is by Dutch photographer Anna Tiedink. Some trays by fog linen on the marble table, facemaker by miller&goodman the luxe edition and of course a little picture off my dad.



And the whole family likes how are our aereaware Cubot friend waves at us during diner …




All images by me, Irene. If you have any questions for me about decorating your home … please do leave a comment, I love to hear from you! ~ irene xoxo
Bloesem loves comments
  1. hayley southwood

    I have only just stumbled across your blog, and how pleased I am..I am in the early stages of discovering scandi/nordic design and i feel like my world just got a little bit brighter!! I am in total over haul mood in my housenow. We are planning an extension which has motivated me to look at our current style.
    i lost my mum nearly 4 years ago. She was only 53 and we miss her everyday. i can totally relate to your post xx I will read on….. xxx

  2. Martine

    Good to see that you manage to doo some things in your house. It maybe gives you peace. Wish you many strenght. Sweet greet Martine Vianen.

  3. irene

    Oh Hayley 53 is wayyy to young, I so understand you still miss her everyday. Thank you for the lovely words about Bloesem! ~ irene

  4. Souraya | Binti Home

    Wat een mooie post Irene, ik wens je heel veel sterkte toe. Mooi om te zien hoe je de emoties kan uitten in de styling van je woning. De shelves van String lenen zich erg goed voor een mooie presentatie, bij ons hangt hij in de keuken. Door de rustige stijl van String kan je eindeloos blijven stylen… veel succes en sterkte!

  5. Lisette

    Mooie post, en mooi resultaat van jouw ‘actieve meditatie’.

    Ik ben ook dol op (vooral de kleur van) tin en heb snode plannen om het huis van m’n ouders (met hun toestemming) te plunderen! 😉

    Veel sterkte nog, en als ik ergens mee van dienst kan zijn, hoor ik het wel van je…

    Liefs, Lisette

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