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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

27 januari 2012

DESIGN: Dutch Design Chair - an unusual & strong design

Interesting piece: the Dutch Design Chair
Take a seat. These stools, available in various entertaining designs, can support more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds). This chair is not just stylish and inspiring, but also practical and environmentally responsible. The Dutch Design Chair is made from high-quality corrugated cardboard, is entirely produced in the Netherlands and extremely strong. The New York Times named this chair a 'standout creation'!
Note: these pictures have been placed with approval of Dutch Design Chair.

ART: Ton Schulten - Dutch painter of Consensusism

Several years ago, during holiday time, I stayed in the place Ootmarsum (NL) and spent quite some hours by looking at the colourful paintings of the Dutch artist Ton Schulten and the beautiful art they have. I can absolutely recommend you to visit this lovely Dutch village with interesting art. Below you will find more information about the painter as well as his paintings. I also wrote a blog about guest exhibitors from the Galerie Ton Schulten. 
Passion and enchantment: the world according to Ton Schulten.
Ton Schulten, a painter from Ootmarsum in the Netherlands, has been creating his distinctive and colourful landscape mosaics since the early 1990’s. In his work you will find the zest for life and optimism.
More about Ton Schulten: a painter of consensusism
In the early nineties, Ton Schulten (born 1938) decided to start concentrating on his painting. This decision marked the end of a successful career as an advertising agent. He exchanged his hectic life as a director/owner of an advertising agency in Ootmarsum, for a life of dreaming away the days in colour and form, and recording these dreams on canvas with a merciless rhythm - as if he was making up for lost time. Ton Schulten had enough of 'playing the manager', as he calls it himself. He felt he had become alienated from the creative process that is inherent in creating advertising campaigns. In painting, he rediscovered what he had 'lost' in the advertising world.  
Very soon he emerged as a true colourist: he started, as it were, living with colour. He allowed the colours to direct him, even decide what he did on the canvas, and he always said that 'it was a joy to paint'. This is how Ton Schulten regained his artistic freedom and became a painter. 
The work of Ton Schulten cannot really be described in one word. It has expressionist overtones, yet is in a class of its own. This is what Ton Schulten intended right from the start: he wanted to paint in a style that had not been seen before. He builds up his compositions using broad, vertical bands of colour. Like a child playing with building bricks, the artist Ton Schulten systematically builds his mystical mosaic landscapes which, admittedly, only exist in his mind, but are always inspired by the repoussoir landscape of Twente. To him, red is the colour of warmth; green is about nature and its wonderful scents. Yellow and orange stand for joyfulness - the sun! Ton Schulten says: 'I let things happen, things that are impossible but have a fascinating effect. This makes for an ongoing new, creative process'.
Ton Schulten has now become one of the most successful artists of our time. He is best known for his mosaic landscapes. The colourful canvases were inspired by the repoussoir Twente landscape with its distinctive lateral moraines, its 'essen' - rolling raised stretches of agricultural land - and its solitary trees and clusters of shrubs.
His work, consisting of canvases, screen prints and reproductions, can be seen at 'Chez Moi Ton Schulten Galerie International' and in the Museum Ton Schulten, both in Ootmarsum. For more information please have a look at their website, see enclosed hyperlink. 

Note: these pictures have been placed with approval of Ton Schulten.

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.