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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.

17 november 2018

Fashion Photography: Polish folklore beauties by Ula Kóska (01)


While surfing on Pinterest today I saw these colorful fashion photos called 'Polish folklore beauties' lensed by photographer Ula Kóska. They are from the series Etno. The make-up art is made by Beata Bojda. So colorful and powerful as well! Be Inspired ........
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Photos: courtesy of Ula Kóska.
Sources: FUBIZ and ULA KOSKA

16 november 2018

ART: A rare Van Gogh painting belonged to Elizabeth Taylor goes to auction


What a beautiful painting from Vincent van Gogh! It's called 'Vue de l'asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy (1889). This rare Van Gogh painting belonged to Elizabeth Taylor and goes to auction. The work hung in Taylor's Bel Air living room for over 50 years. Be Inspired .......
Image by Pascal J Le Segretain. Courtesy of Getty Images.
"You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it." In addition to her many celebrated accomplishments as an actress, humanitarian and businesswoman, Taylor was and continues to be, renowned for her brilliant collection of jewels: necklaces, earrings, tiaras, bracelets and rings made from rare gems and precious stones. Hers has been heralded as one of the most important collections of jewels in America, inspiring fragrances, jewelry lines and a memoir. But in addition to the glimmering jewels, Taylor also had an eye and passion for collecting fine art. Among her assemblage of works by the greats including Degas, Matisse, Pissarro was one special work in particular, Vue de l'asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy, painted by Vincent van Gogh in the final year of his life. From 1963 until Taylor's death in 2011, the painting hung in her Bel Air living room before being purchased at auction in 2012 for nearly $16 million. Six years later, the work will be up for auction once more this May 15th at Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in New York where it is expected to fetch north of $ 35 million.

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15 november 2018

Interior Design: Stunning staircase design by interior designer Robert Kolenik

While surfing this morning on Facebook I found this stunning entrance with floating staircase. Designed by Dutch interior and furniture designer Robert Kolenik from Kolenik Eco Chic Design NL. What a Beauty to see! I am completely in love with this fantastic design as well as the chosen material of walnut for the walls. Be Inspired ......
More about the interior designer Robert Kolenik
Robert Kolenik (1981, Westervoort) is an interior designer and furniture designer with a warm, luxurious, international and timeless signature. He represents the new generation of Dutch designers who are respected and admired around the world. This is due to the high quality of their work, their businesslike approach and their unique design style.

What’s more, Kolenik combines all this with a huge amount of passion, a critical eye and an inspiring personality. His design studio is based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. From here, he creates a wide variety of interiors and design furniture. These range from villas to restaurants and from design chandeliers to sofas. The interior designer’s projects take him all over the world. He might be in London for a villa in Notting Hill one day and in Mauritius designing a beachfront home the next. The common thread running through all these designs is his rich, natural approach to design and production. Aficionados will recognise this design philosophy in the Eco Chic Awareness Label. Kolenik founded the label in 2014 and he is still passionate about it today.
Interior roots
After completing his marketing degree in 2004, Robert Kolenik started work at his father’s construction firm. This taught him all aspects of the job, from technical installation to plastering and carpentry. This early practical experience would turn out to be of crucial importance to his development as a designer. 

After the sudden death of his father, Kolenik took over the business in 2005 and renamed it Kolenik Interior renovations. After spending three years renovating homes and hospitality venues, Kolenik landed his first big design commission in 2008. This was for the interior design of the Demain cocktail bar in Nijmegen This year would mark the beginning of his career’s stellar growth, despite the serious financial crisis that had taken the world by storm.

Rising star
In 2010, the young designer set up his own design studio in Amsterdam under the name Kolenik Eco Chic Design. That same year, having taken part in a number of prestigious trade fairs, he won an award. At that point, his name was already established amongst a select group of fans of his warm, luxurious and minimalistic style.

Right from the start, Kolenik Eco Chic Design’s portfolio expanded rapidly and it includes an impressively diverse range of projects. These range from individual home interiors to a variety of corporate designs. He has also created a furniture range and designs for high-profile brands that are implemented under licence. His studio’s ability to translate brand values into appropriate designs for hotels, restaurants and bars means that Robert Kolenik is now a well-known name when it comes to hospitality design projects. Kolenik Eco Chic Design, which now boasts an experienced team of architects, designers and graphic designers, is rapidly spreading its wings all over the world.

Environmental focus
Driven by his passion for nature conservation, Kolenik decided to co-found Plastic Soup Foundation Junior in 2014. The foundation organises educational programmes to raise children’s awareness from a young age of the plastic waste polluting the seas. Later, Kolenik also started the Eco Chic Awareness Label, his sustainable design guarantee. This means that where possible, his designs – from furniture to lamps – incorporate rich, natural materials, chosen with the greatest care. And that’s not all: his pieces are also manufactured ecologically, as well as complying with the very highest quality standards.

Style and philosophy
Kolenik finds inspiration for his interiors in the natural world. His subtle use of colour is drawn from nature. So too are the materials that he lovingly uses in his interiors and designs. These range from luxurious woods and natural stone to shells. The carefully considered and consciously chosen balance between functionality and aesthetics creates harmony in every – unique – design and interior. Natural elements like living green walls and the spectacular boardroom aquarium are endlessly fascinating and unique. And that’s not forgetting his use of sophisticated technology to create optimal comfort, plus his eye for a perfect finish.

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Note: these photos have been placed with approval of Robert Kolenik.

14 november 2018

RUNWAY: RALPH & RUSSO F/W 2018 (01)

I guess you've noticed already that I love the elegant designs of Ralph & Russo. Below you will find Part 01 from the beautiful collection from the season Fall/Winter 2018 RTW. Be Inspired ........
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Source: Ralph and Russo

12 november 2018

Inspiring Coffee Table Books That Will Make Your Coffee Table Look Good

Cooking with Zac - Recipes From Rustic to Refined by Zac Posen via Amazon.com
Inside Haute Couture behind the scenes at the Paris ateliers by
Désirée Sadek & Guillaume de Laubier via Amazon
Mapplethorpe Flora - The Complete Flowers by Mark Holborn and Dimitri Levas via Amazon.com
Zaha Hadid by Philip Jodidio via Amazon.com

Valentino at the emperor's table by Garavani Valentino via Saksoff5th

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Source: ELLE