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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.

25 september 2020

Memories of Haute Couture (03) - Simonetta Gianfelice in Thierry Mugler, 1995

The coming months I will post several old fashion photos as a memory of the beauty of Haute Couture. Below you will find a photo from fashion model Simonetta Gianfelice in Thierry Mugler, Fall/Winter 1995 couture.
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Source: VOGUE
Photo: Daniel Simon/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

24 september 2020

Glassware: Murano Magic - Colourful glassware by Nason Moretti

Be Inspired by this dandy glass collection designed by Nason Moretti. Below you will find a short impression. My favorite one is the orange glass jug. Is this your piece too? For more information just have a look at the website of Nason Moretti below.

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Source: Nason Moretti

22 september 2020

Kitchens: An Industrial modern kitchen in a Loft at Bloemgracht, Amsterdam

What a beautiful industrial modern kitchen with exposed wooden beams and gray cabinets. It's from a renovated loft in a canal house at the Bloemgracht in Amsterdam (NL). Originally built in 1752, the loft served as a sugar refinery before it was transformed into a residential unit and spread across 150 square metersIts latest revamped version blends its past and present ever so elegantly. Completely renovated by Standard Studio, the loft apartment today serves the needs of a young stock broker and does so with refined flamboyance. Be Inspired by this beautiful renovation .......
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Sources: Decoist and Standard Studio

16 september 2020

Furniture Design: The Yose-gi Stool by Japanese designer Yoshiaki Ito

While surfing this morning on internet I found this beautiful piece of furniture. It's the Yose-gi stool by Brooklyn-based Japanese product designer Yoshiaki Ito, a piece inspired by a traditional Japanese Shinto kumi-ki puzzle. What a creative design! Yoshiaki founded his own studio, Tamen, where he’s producing work that’s inspired by traditional Japanese designs and techniques. Be Inspired .......
The complex stool was designed using the Japanese inlaid wood technique Yosegi, which results in beautiful surface designs, while the underside is cut to form geometric patterns. The stools interlock like a puzzle when the legs of two stools come together, thanks to the Japanese joinery technique called Tsugite. So, if you own two of the stools and need more space, join them together to form a single stool. It’s like a furniture puzzle that’s also functional!
More about the company Tamen and Yoshiaki Ito
TAMEN embodies the meaning of creating pieces inspired by the many facets of life. Each piece exhibits its own story and the ability to adapt to each occasion. Having adopted traditional Japanese craftsmanship, Yoshiaki Ito designs limitless pieces which exhibit many surfaces and moods and sets the tone for different scenes and purposes. Each piece is crafted in Japan; every attention to detail produced by a master craftsman.

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Sources: Design Milk and TAMEN

15 september 2020

Suzy Parker in a red dress by fashion designer Norman Norell

Beautiful photo from Suzy Parker in a red dress designed by American fashion designer Norman Norell, Life September 1952. Cover by Milton H. Greene
More about the fashion designer
Norman Norell was an American fashion designer famed for his elegant gowns, suits and tailored silhouettes. His designs for the Traina-Norell and Norell fashion houses became famous for their detailing, simple, timeless designs and tailored construction.

Norell was born Norman David Levinson, in Noblesville, Indiana, on 20 April 1900, the son of Harry and Nettie Levinson. As a child his attention to fashion derived from his mother's style of dress and her collection of fashion magazines. His father's haberdashery store in Indianapolis and his early interest in clothes, interiors and the theater. At the age of 18 Norell went to New York City to attend the Parsons School of Design. Norell's relationship with the school developed with his success and Parson's claimed Norell as one of its illustrious graduates. Following a year spent back in Indianapolis opening a batik shop, Norell returned to New York to study at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. At this time Norell created a new name for himself by combining the first syllable of his first name with the sound of the initial letter of his surname.

The work of Norman Norell belongs within the exciting forefront of American fashion. From his first Traina-Norell collection in 1941 to the designer's death in 1972, Norell worked within a design vocabulary that presented his vision of the well-heeled American woman. While other American designers such as Claire McCardell presented an American sensibility primarily by redefining sportswear, Norell took a different approach in his career. He is credited with appropriating the quality and workmanship of French couture and applying these features to clothes produced on Seventh Avenue. Norell put an American twist on his highly sophisticated suits and dresses by adding polka dots, sailor collars and schoolgirl bows. Fashion reports during Norell's career often claim that as an American designer Norell created certain styles, such as culottes and high-waisted dresses ahead of his French contemporaries. Norell was a masterful fashion designer who used Seventh Avenue as the unlikely venue for his precisely made and wildly expensive clothes.
Fashiondesigner Norman Norell. Source: Indianapolis Monthly

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