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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.

30 januari 2012

Gaultier HC Spring 2012: Tribute to Amy Winehouse

Jean-Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring 2012: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse.Beautiful haute couture. Love it! Quote: "The designer, who has always celebrated pop culture, decided to pay homage to the late Amy Winehouse, whose bold personality and rock and roll Barbie figure became an emblem of London. The clothes, like Winehouse, were a mix of femme fatale and street wear, merging silk, corsets, platforms, as well as giant hoodies, Fred Perry-esque polo tops and baseball jackets". Unquote: for the complete review please have a look at Fashionista.com, see enclosed hyperlink. 

Photos: Imaxtree

28 januari 2012


Earlier I bought this painting "The Ballerina", just as a present for myself. 
I love the atmosphere of Impressionism, although it's not a real one from this period. 
Photography: Irene Pouw

26 januari 2012

CHANEL SPRING 2012 HAUTE COUTURE: Nothing But Blue Skies

Gorgeous show, love it! And Karl Lagerfeld, what a great designer! The setting (complete with a skylight with blue sky and clouds above) emphasized a Spring couture collection imbued with the feeling of lightness. Just a short impression below, I could hardly choose which picture was my favorite :-)  For the total review just have a look at the enclosed hyperlink below.
Photos: Imaxtree

INTERIOR: Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel's Apartment

Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel's Apartment
I always like to read more about Coco Chanel's life. I am really inspired by her beautiful, elegant clothes and found this interesting review with pictures from her apartment. Hope you like it too? Love all these beautiful and elegant antique furniture combined with art. For more information please have a look at the website of The Coveteur, see the enclosed link below.
During the fashion shows, which took place down stairs, Gabrielle Chanel would sit on the staircase. Thanks to the mirrors she could see everything taking place, but no one could see her. She wanted to know the immediate reaction, if the journalists and clients were pleased with the collection. – Chanel HQ
Coco was photographed many times in this iconic white chair. The octagonal shape of the mirror on the wall was the inspiration for the cap of CHANEL No.5. It is also the same shape of the iconic Place Vendome, which Coco could see out of her window of her residence at the Ritz Hotel.
The camellia flower was also very important to Coco Chanel. It symbolized purity and longevity in Asia and was very prevalent in her designs.
Wheat symbolizes prosperity and can be seen throughout Coco’s apartment.

The top of these tables are black lacquer, but the first time they were marble. Gabrielle Chanel wanted to take off the marble and wanted to have the black lacquer. It may remind you of her make-up- black lacquer with the logo on top. – CHANEL HQ
Coco was a Leo and she incorporated it’s symbol, the Lion, into her personal space.

Japanese deer could be seen in pairs throughout the apartment.
In contrast to Coco’s personal space, the staircase had a heavy art- deco influence.


22 januari 2012


Special design from the Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek: 
a chair made of demolition metal tubes. 
Meer over Piet Hein Eek:
Quote: "Piet Hein Eek is groot geworden met zijn sloophouten design meubels, maar heeft ook altijd geëxperimenteerd met andere materialen. Zo hier met (sloop) ijzeren buizen waar hij stoelen van heeft gemaakt. Piet Hein Eek is één van de hipste Nederlandse designers van dit moment. Buizenstoel nummer 1 en 2 zijn te koop voor ruim 8.000 euro".

20 januari 2012

Decorating: Shabby Chic Chandeliers and other furniture

Today I was browsing on internet and found some interesting chandeliers: the Wine Barrel Chandelier. These chandeliers were originaly constructed from actual wine barrels. Rustic and elegant lighting perfect for any special area. They are available at French Country Furniture Direct.com (FL)
This company also has Shabby Chic furniture. This is an interior design style where age counts and comfort is the key. Old décor items are selected for the special charm and warmth they lend. You may have noticed how antique furniture seems to blend right in with any decor, be it a cosy home or a formal business location. It is this versatility of old furniture that shabby chic style lovers use to their advantage for creating warm and inviting decors. Also available: the London trunk crest and the London trunk Union Jack. All of their products are hand made in low volume production runs and no two items are alike. For more information please have a look at their website.

18 januari 2012

INTERIOR DESIGN: Inspiring company - Brabbu Design Forces

Brabbu Design Forces

This interesting Portuguese company makes design for living. They design and produce pieces that tell stories from the nature and the world through design. Beautiful products! Below you will find a short impression. For more information please have a look at their website (see enclosed hyperlink). Here you will also find an impressive video with beautiful pictures (see gallery). I read that Brabbu will be at Maison et Objet 2012 from the 20th to the 24th of January 2012 (Hall 7 - C95) with their new collection piece (see picture nr. 1). Just have a look there?
More about the company:
Quote: "BRABBU is a design brand that reflects an intense way of living, bringing fierceness, strenght and power into an urban lifestyle. They design and produce a diverse range of furniture, casegoods, upholstery, lighting, rugs, art and accessories that tells stories from the nature and the world. All these stories are written by the materials, textures, scents, flavours and colours that live inside the nature and inside the urban life. With BRABBU you will get more than a design piece, you will get a diversity of spaces fulfilled with memories and unique sensations in perfect harmony with your spaces and your personality. BRABBU design pieces are a gift for the senses. Everyday our tribe of designers and craftsmen search for the most innovative materials and techniques to bring the confort and function that your spaces deserve. Design and produce pieces that tells stories from the nature and the world through design".

Source: BRABBU
Note: these pictures have been placed with approval of Brabbu. 


A few weeks ago I took a look at the website of Jane Hornsby, textiles designer. As interiorstylist I was thrilled to see her gorgeous cushions. Earlier I wrote already a blog about her London cushions, her Statue of Liberty Stripes cushions and Love, So Important In Life. Today I show you some colourful red pieces. Are not they lovely? Would love to use these cushions for interiorstyling.

More information about the textiles designer: 

Jane Hornsby designs and makes a stunning range of unique cushions, soft furnishings and upholstered furniture. Many of her cushions and accessories are designed and made in her studio in Northumberland (England). Jane has many years experience within the Interior Design industry. Born from a necessity to produce individual and unique soft furnishings for her clients, Jane Hornsby's designs were created.  From her studio, Jane uses beautiful luxurious fabrics when creating her designs, taking inspiration from her love of all things traditional, patriotic and quirky to design timeless pieces which are entirely individual. Due to overwhelming demand her website was launched in 2008 and it has gone from strength to strength. Jane's designs feature in national newspapers, magazines and television. Her company is very successful and have had great press coverage, also in the national press.  


FURNITURE DESIGN: Great piece, the leather longchair Sheffield

Great piece this black leather longchair "Sheffield", especially the beautifully curved line of the chair, seen at Het Kabinet, the Netherlands. Is this your style too?