About Me

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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.

24 februari 2020

Bathroom Inspiration: Crocodile Leather Black Walls

While surfing this morning on internet I found this inspiring bathroom design. Provided its waterproof, you can go for bold in a bathroom space. Below you'll find a crocodile black skin embossed vinyl with brass fittings to create a glamorous, masculine, nightclub vibe in the bathroom. The crocodile leather black walls are by Osborne & Little. The brassware is by Waterworks. Be Inspired .......
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Source: Ideal Home UK

23 februari 2020

STYLISH & ELEGANT HAT DESIGNS (07)

Beautiful Black and White fashion photo

Long time readers of my webblog discovered already how I love elegant, stylish hats. I shared already quite some designs with you. Wearing a hat can really make a difference for your appearance! Today I decided to write a series of 8 separate hat design blogs. So take a look at these stylish hat designs below. Aren't they beautiful? For more inspiration see also my label HAT DESIGNS or take a look at my PINTEREST MOODBOARD 'HATS' Hope you like them too. :-)  
Hat Inspiration & burgundy lipstick
Dita Von teese at the races in a Philip Treacy hat
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22 februari 2020

Christian Dior S/S 2018 Haute Couture, seen at PFW (Part 01)

Be inspired by these flashbacks from the Christian Dior couture collection for Spring/Summer 2018 by Maria Grazia Chiuri and presented at Paris Fashion Week. See our favorite looks from the catwalk to discover below. For the three other blogs I wrote about her fantastic work, see HERE.
 
 
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Sources: Arc Street Journal and DIOR

20 februari 2020

Art: Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park, Chicago by Anish Kapoor

While surfing on internet tonight I saw this inspiring sculpture. It's the Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park, Chicago by the artist Anish Kapoor. The Cloud Gate sculpture, also known as "The Bean" is one of the highlights of Millennium Park. Designed by the artist Anish Kapoor, the Bean sculpture is made of 168 highly polished stainless steel plates - giving the appearance of liquid mercury. Up close, the highly reflective nature of the sculpture captures the beautiful skyline of Chicago. What a beautiful and impressive piece of art! Be Inspired .......
More about the artist
Anish Kapoor (Bombay, 1954) has lived in London since the early 1970s where he began his distinguished career as a student at Hornsey College of Art and Chelsea School of Art Design. Over the last 20 years, Kapoor has emerged as one of the most prolific and respected sculptors in the world. In July 2004, Kapoor unveiled his first-ever site-specific installation in the U.S. with a monumental work that anchors Millennium Park. 
Anish Kapoor

The internationally-acclaimed Anish Kapoor has had solo exhibitions of his work in venues such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Kunsthalle BaselReina Sofia in Madrid and CAPC in Bordeaux. He has also participated internationally in many group shows at the Whitechapel Art GalleryThe Royal Academy and Serpentine Gallery in London; Documenta IX in Kassel; Moderna Museet in Stockholm; Jeu de Paume and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Public collections of Kapoor's works are on view at a broad range of international cultural institutions.  


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18 februari 2020

Haute Couture from the Old Days (01)

I guess you've noticed already how I love beautiful haute couture images from the past. Women look so elegant and stylish here in black and white. Below you will find some pictures for inspiration.
Legroux Soeurs Hat - 1952 Norman Parkinson
Beautiful lady 1952
1950's Coco Chanel
Balenciaga hat, 1954, photo by Henry Clarke
Antonio Castillo for Lanvin dress 1957
Chanel 1930
Dior 1957
Dior 1953
1960
Chanel
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Pictures are from Pinterest/Vintage Fashion
Sources: CHANEL, DIOR, LANVIN and BALENCIAGA

17 februari 2020

Art: Beautiful artwork from abstract expressionist artist Jared Boyd (01)

While surfing on internet today I saw these beautiful paintings from the abstract expressionist artist Jared Boyd from Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. I had immediately a connection with them. Love the beauty, brightness, freshness and harmony he is showing in his work. Beautiful also to see all the layers he used in his artwork. I am really touched by his refined artwork. Take a look below at these 3 paintings. Aren't they gorgeous to see? The 2nd photo is a detailphoto from the 1st one. Will write 2 more blogs about his inspiring artwork. Be Inspired .......
More about the artist Jared Boyd
What Jared wrote about himself:
My name is Jared Boyd. I earned a degree in mechanical engineering after serving in the Marine Corps. After graduating I quickly learned that I needed a hobby to occupy my extra time. I was at a local art festival in 2015 when I discovered a particular artists work that really moved me. I couldn't stop thinking about how her art made me feel. I visited her the next day and asked if she would mentor me. That began my artistic journey.
Artist Statement
My process is to create many layers and marks on the canvas as to reveal the history of a piece. My intent is for the layers and mark making to illustrate an emotional and colorful journey on the canvas that is both visually appealing and balanced. It's my belief that art brings special meaning to life. It's my hope that others can find special meaning in art as well.

My art is a response to the environment around me. The intention of my approach to painting is to be gestural, intuitive and thoughtful. The sources of my inspiration are many and include emotion, thought, meditation, music, nature and life. I utilize a variety of mediums including acrylic paint, graphite, charcoal, gesso and oil pastels.

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Sources: Jared Boyd ArtInstagram and Saatchi Art 
Note: these photos have been placed with the approval of the artist himself.

16 februari 2020

Art: Beautiful painting from Piet Mondrian - Two chrysanthemums

While surfing on Facebook today I found this beautiful painting from the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian called 'Two chrysanthemums' (1899 - 1900). What a great coloruse! Earlier I wrote MORE BLOGS about his inspiring work. Be inspired ...... 
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Sources: PIET MONDRIAN and GOOGLE

14 februari 2020

Fashion: Elegant hats from the UK

While surfing on internet I found these beautiful & elegant hats, designed by James Lock & Co. Ltd. Aren they lovely to see? Be Inspired ..........

About the company
James Lock & Co. is founded in 1676. Lock & Co. is a family owned business in London, providing ladies' and gentlemen's quality headwear and a high standard of personal service developed from over 300 years of experience. Ask any London taxi-driver for "Lock's" and without question he will take you to Number 6, St James's Street, S.W.1, the home of James Lock & Co., Hatters. A postcard from abroad was once promptly delivered there, although it was addressed simply to 'The best hatters in the world, London'. Established not later than 1676 to wait upon the Court at St. James's the business now serves customers from all corners of the earth. Its survival is the consequence of progressive conservatism, of confidence in quality and a demonstration of the effectiveness of persistent personality and individuality in an increasingly mass-minded world. For additional information please have a look below for the direct link.
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Source: Lock Hatters UK

12 februari 2020

RUGS: Beautiful abstract rugs by Jonathan Josefsson (02)

Hand-tufted rugs inspired by patterns found in biology. 
Abstract art isn’t always found on the walls. For Swedish artist Jonathan Josefsson, it’s also found on the floor in the form of rugs. Completely tufted by hand, Josefsson’s rugs are the result of experimenting with colors, free forms and patterns, while being reminiscent of patterns found in biology (think intestines and human cell formations). Just take a look below for inspiration. 
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10 februari 2020

WEDDING INSPIRATION: LAZARO BRIDAL SPRING 2012 (01)

Be inspired by this beautiful bridalwear collection from Lazaro for Spring 2012 with gorgeous wedding dresses.
More about Lazaro:
Lazaro’s collection is a sumptuous mix of dreamy romance, timeless elegance and just a sprinkle of diva glam. Designed to enchant and seduce, Lazaro creates frothy ball gowns to sculptured trumpets. Goddess gowns in luxurious fabrics shimmer and bedazzle, as modern florals with botanical motifs capture a brides love for the romantics. Metallic gowns that sparkle under shimmering net and layers and layers of luscious lace for tempting textures. Lazaro creates perfection for a bride’s evening under the stars, an opulent ballroom bathed in golden light, or a magical destination far far away. 

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Images are from my Pinterest moodboard Wedding Ideas 
Source: Lazaro Bridal