Let’s Get Personal in Malaysia with Irene Hoofs from Bloesem…


Let’s Get Personal with me, Irene, in my old house in Kuala Lumpur

D:: Dutch is … not easy to de-scribe, many things are going through my mind … but most important: reliable. Learning in school to think outside the box and allowed to ask questions!

E:: entrance, when entering my home you will notice… you have to take of your shoes. A typical thing from warm countries. I still have a love-hate affair with this tradition especially when wearing my party shoes and being asked at other people’s houses to take off my shoes too … but other then that I think it is a very smart thing to do.


S:: style, means… be yourself and dare to share your own taste albeit in the clothes you wear, the way you decorate your home or the way you approach life…

I:: interesting places in my city, … are KL Pac, ACME restaurant, Sundays, Wondermilk and the homes from Building Bloc.                                                                                          << Read More >>



G:: gardening is something … I would love to learn. One day I will live in a house at the sea with a beautiful garden.

N:: new, in my home is… this little Pollo vase by Tapio Wirkkala.


H:: hobby, I always make time for…

M:: magazines I love to read are… Elle decoration UK, Anthology, MilK, Inside Out, Frankie, Monocle and soooo many more, but to be honest buying mags have become a lot less with all the beautiful things I can find online.


O:: outfit, my favorite thing to wear is… probably my handbags.. i am a handbag addict.

E:: enjoy, I can’t live without… of course my family and Sun light.



Exactly one year ago Marjon Hoogervorst, a Dutch interior design photographer came to visit me here in Kuala Lumpur to shoot 5 amazing homes. And the home I was living in myself at that time. Right now Marjon is here with me again and yes we are working together on some new series for magazines worldwide, but today an impression of what we did last year.

I am proud to say that this home was featured in Anthology magazine last year!


All images by Marjon Hoogervorst .

Bloesem loves comments
  1. Elvera

    Wat een geweldig huis heb je… heerlijk die rustige uitstraling… en die foto vanaf de tafel naar je dressoir… Moooooi!!! Groetjes!

  2. Majka

    Wow, Irene! So many gorgeous personal touches! I LOVE your super cute dolls, especially the one on the right. Pray tell, where it’s from?

  3. Rachael

    Beautiful! I love the table lamps, the silver and the tan ones. Are they vintage? Where could I buy similar ones?

  4. Gris fleur

    Love your place a lot too !!! Moving to KL in three months and in the process of looking for a house, any help ? I love the website of the Sundays shop..and the idea of course, being myself a thrift shopper ! Maybe hope to meet you there ?

  5. nauli

    Beautiful pieces make a great composition together. Definitely a place to be happy and feel home!

Recently on Bloesem

Summer Bloom Weave

This cheery wall pattern is just perfect to stare at for hours while you dream up new projects for the summer! Pattern by Kristin Carter aka Olive and The Boy for KOEL Magazine Issue 6 for full...
Bloesem Living l Quick Start: Northernism


You know how amazing the feeling is when you meet someone who shares the same values, thoughts and ideals - whom you can talk to about everything and anything in the world about? No it doesn't necessarily...
Bloesem Living l Interiors : Going Spiral at Home

Going Spiral at Home

No. 1 If only there's more space in Bloesem studio to go spiral... There's something so captivating about spiral staircases don't you agree? Having found in churches and castles throughout...
Bloesem Living l Quick Start : Tribe Alive

Tribe Alive

With the growing culture of disposable clothing created by fast fashion, we admit we aren't spared as well from the lure of feeding this consumerism culture of more for less. But yes we are constantly...
Bloesem Living l Link Love: Bringing greenery indoors

Let The Greenery In

Refreshing take on how to bring the greenery indoors! A house built in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature... Moroccan meets Scandinavian for your home? Go minimal chic off duty this...