Today’s post written by Angela

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Today I’m introducing to you my – and so many others! – very favouritest blogger in the whole wide world: meet Irene Hoofs from Bloesem and B:Kids blogs.

Irene’s finds are a constant stream of sublime artistic and creative artifacts that really warm the heart. I get so much enjoyment from both of Irene’s beautiful blogs: they are truly uplifting, gentle and inspiring – I can’t get by without my daily dose!

Formerly a graphic designer, Dutch-born Irene lives in Malaysia with her husband Rik, and 2.5 year old son Lode. In her spare time, Irene loves to knit, embroider and read books with her son.

You can buy beautiful handknits from Irene’s Shop, and do not miss her fabulous 2008 Gift Guide – a treasure trove of the best toys and gifts – great for Christmas inspiration across all budgets and inclinations, or as a gifting resource any time of the year.

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How long have you been running your blog, Bloesem Kids?

I started B:Kids in December 2007, one year after launching Bloesem.

What inspired you to start blogging about baby and kids products?

Seeing so many beautiful things for children everywhere, in shops, in magazines and on the internet and I just wanted to filter the pieces, labels and designs that I truly loved, like cherry picking. I have always been attracted to  crafty things and illustrations and it seems with children’s products these two dimensions often come together in the end product.

Good design is…

… from the heart, pure and innovative.

What are the trends you see coming through in baby and kids design?

Handmade items with many details. Imaginative play objects like a small kitchen, a big dollhouse or a castle preferably made by a family member. Vintage toys or replicas from toys that we as parents used to play with when we were young.

What are your 5 favourite products for babies and kids right now?

There are so many, but products that are high on my wishlist come from

Cushions or wallpaper from Famille Summerbelle

A big floor pillow, fabric or origami lamp from Tas-ka

Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life … I would love to read this with my son, he loves animals.

A soft doll from Le Train Fantome, a beautiful collectors item

City mini blocks from Fidoodle, I love that they are handmade and the illustrations are just great.

What are your favourite blogs?

NonchalantMom
Carina is such a talented children’s fashion designer herself and the topics she writes about on her blog are truly meaningful.

Babyccino
I just enjoy reading the little stories of the different women who live in different cities in the world.

Fawn&Forest Notes
What I like about this blog is getting a nice and short inside perspective of the people behind the labels and products.

Book-by-its-cover
This is just the best source for original books and I love books.

And of course KidStyleFile – a huge collection of labels, brands and products.

What advice would you like to give to others who would like to start a blog?

Just start … use one of the templates available online, follow your instincts and show only that what you truly like, write about your ideas and share information which you think others might find useful too.