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Welcome! Thank you for visiting my weblog. I am Irene, Elisabeth Pouw, a Dutch fashion- and interiorblogger. As blogger I am connecting my readers with beauty, style, quality, craftsmanship and harmony in colors for interior / design / architecture, haute couture, photography, art, antiques etc. I love decorating & bringing beauty and harmony into interiors. I created this blog to share my passion for decorating as well as the many other things which inspire me. From time to time I am also highlighting certain interior designers, decorators, architects, stylists, photographers etc. I hope you enjoy your visit. Feel free to give a comment on my blogs. I will react back as soon as possible. Best regards, Irene Pouw from Holland.

22 september 2019

Food: Wedding Cakes Inspired by Works of Art

Wedding cakes are designed to be put on display, but these edible masterpieces take exhibition to a whole new level. Inspired by famous paintings both old and new, each of the following confections is a study in good taste. 
Post-Impressionism Wedding Cake
Inspiration: "Sunflowers" series, by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, 1888 to 1889
Designed by contributing editor Wendy Kromer, a cake maker in Sandusky, Ohio. The floral motif on this cake will brighten any reception -- from the eclectic to the more traditional in style. Kromer used a golden color palette (both inside and out) and oven-dried piped meringue petals to channel van Gogh's cheerful blossoms. To mimic his textured brush strokes, she painted on the buttercream frosting with a brush.
French Post-Impressionism Wedding Cake
Inspiration: "The Basket of Apples," by Paul Cezanne, circa 1893
Also designed by cake maker Wendy Kromer. This lemon cake was frosted in meringue to echo the original work's draped fabric. Finished with marzipan peaches and pears filled with nuts, dates, and figs. 
Inspiration: The shimmering backgrounds in Austrian artist Gustav Klimt's figure paintings, early 1900s
Like the artist himself, Kromer's opulent caramel cake is all drama. The textured gold finish was made by pressing rectangles of edible gold leaf onto fondant. Decorative cord anchors each layer; the cake's cut-off corners allude to the artist's love of unconventional geometry.
Abstract Expressionism Wedding Cake
Inspiration: The poured canvases of American painter Jackson Pollock, 1947 to 1952
Designed by assistant food editor Elizabeth Colling. A chic urban wedding calls for a conversation piece like this cake. To re-create the artist's famous dripped, flung, and poured style, Colling drizzled melted white, milk, and dark chocolate onto tempered milk chocolate panels with a spoon. Then she fitted the panels onto a rich chocolate cake covered in fondant.
Dutch Golden Age Wedding Cake
Inspiration: The hyper-realistic botanical still-life paintings of Dutch artist Rachel Ruysch, circa 1685 to 1750
More than one guest will do a double take at the sight of this cake, which looks like a lush floral centerpiece. Custom-made sugar flowers, created by Amy DeGiulio of Sugar Flower Cake Shop in New York City, were planted in a bed of chocolate-fondant-covered cake, which was set in a large gold urn. Fill the cake's layers with rosewater buttercream to call out its blooming adornments.

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Sources: Martha Stewart Weddings.com and CULY.NL

16 september 2019

Bedlinen: Arabesque, a gorgeous Moroccan-inspired collection by Thread Design

Thread Design, creators of beautiful NZ-made bedlinen, have launched on June 25th, 2018 a new collection. It's called 'Arabesque', a gorgeous Moroccan-inspired collection. Striking the perfect balance for contemporary interiors, Arabesque offers an inviting sense of calm enlivened by gentle patterns and rich color. Designed to reflect the mosaic tile work and traditional geometric motifs characteristic of Moroccan architecture. The range consists of pillowcases, cushions and throws presented in a mix of linen and velvet. Be Inspired .......
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Images courtesy of Thread Design.
Photography by Flash Studios

15 september 2019

Eleganza at the Dolce & Gabbana runway show F/W 2019 (01)

Be Inspired by these elegant designs from the couture collection from Dolce and Gabbana for their season Fall/Winter 2019. So beautiful! I am completely in love with these stylish suits with elegant hats as well as the beautiful coats.

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13 september 2019

Wall Painting: Dusty colours by Norwegian paint manufacturer Jotun

Painting a wall is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to revamp your interior. It is perfect for a quick update and to create a new look for Fall. Love these beautiful soft, dusty hues from the collection of Jotun (from 2015), a Norwegian paint manufacturer. The rooms were designed by Krakvik & D’Orazio. Photos by Margaret M. de Lange. Be Inspired ......

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Source: Nordic Design

12 september 2019

Fashiontrends: The Biggest Themes & Runway Moments for F/W 2019

Can you believe Fall is finally almost upon us? It's time for warmer clothes to wear. Take a look below for the biggest themes & runway moments for the season Fall/Winter 2019. From fashiontrends like 'Back to Bourgeoisie', 'Dark and Stormy', 'Greens', 'Knitty by Nature', 'Decorated for Duty' to 'Houndstooth' and 'Party Girls'. Be Inspired .......
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10 september 2019

Runway: 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S 2020 RTW

Some selections of the fashionshow from 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S 2020 RTW. Be Inspired ....... 
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Source: VOGUE

DESIGN: Armchair by Marcel Wanders inspired by Piet Mondrian's painting

Inspired by Mondrian’s painting, designer Marcel Wanders has developed some products for the Dutch brand Moooi, one of them being this armchair. The cool, primary colored cushions can be switched out to create different interpretations of the artwork. Isn't it a great and colorful design?
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