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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.

16 april 2012

Fashion: the Chanel Boy Bag Collection

Chanel Boy Bag Fall 2011
For Fall 2011 Chanel designed the Boy Bag Collection, beautiful design. This bag is based on a hunting cartridge style originally carried by Coco Chanel herself. The Chanel Boy bags are made to embody the androgynous charm the designer was known for. “Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses. She had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel,” Karl Lagerfeld explains of his inspiration. For more information please have a look at the enclosed link below.
Chanel Boy Bag Fall 2011

15 april 2012

Fashion: unieke tassen ontworpen door Omar Munie


Omar Munie Tassen

Omar Munie is een rijzende ster aan het firmament van Nederlandse tassenontwerpers. Zonder tas zijn wij vrouwen nergens. Favoriet is zo’n ruim exemplaar van echt leer met een mooie voering en vooral veel vakjes en ritsen. Zodat je moeiteloos al jouw spullen kwijt kunt. Tassendesigner Omar Munie snapt goed wat wij vrouwen willen. Voor zijn tassen maakt hij gebruik van één van de beste leersoorten en voeringstoffen. Bovendien zijn zijn ontwerpen zeer exclusief: van elk exemplaar worden slechts 25 stuks gemaakt.
Wil je een echt uniek exemplaar? In zijn atelier in Den Haag geeft Munie clinics “Tassen Ontwerpen”. Je kiest een model dat je daarna samen met de ontwerper mag customizen. Je bepaalt dus zelf welke kleuren, voering, ritsen en sluiting de tas krijgt. Na afloop van de clinic maakt het atelier je tas verder af en krijg je hem binnen vier weken thuis gestuurd. Resultaat: een echte Omar tas die nergens anders ter wereld te vinden is. Zijn tassen zijn o.a. te koop bij Maison de Bonneterie, Macy’s in New York en sinds november ook in de nieuwe Omar Munie Flagship Store in Rotterdam. Voor meer informatie: zie de bijgevoegde link van zijn website.
Source: Omar Munie + artikel in Magazine Jansen, editie dec./jan. 2012

08 april 2012

INTERIORSTYLING: Industrial look, Iron & Steel

For interiorstyling I really love to use iron/metal furniture to create that industrial look. Below you will find some examples of iron/metal furniture, which are available at several Dutch interiorshops. Good idea: in case you can't find thát special piece, just let make some iron pieces at the smith.
Right: brown metal locker: Fens Decor NL
Left: iron bed, used as relax couch: Combitex NL
Right: gorgeous brown metal work table: Combitex NL
Right below: small metal cabinet, earlier available via VT-Wonen.nl

Sources: VT-Wonen.nl, edition March 2009. Some Dutch shops for industrial looks or metal/steel furniture: Combitex NL, Neef Louis NL, Transvorm NL, Andera NL
Collages made by Irene.

07 april 2012

Quick Pic: Happy Easter!

INSPIRATION:





Source: Kepguru Hungaria, Kepguru-Easter1

OUTDOOR FURNITURE: Sweetch 18 Red de Luxe

Suitable for outdoors or in, French Designer Benoit Lienart’s Sweetch 18 epitimizes the concept of multifunctional design and furniture’s relationship to its space. Raise the center of the table and it becomes an armchair, lower the back and it transforms into a table. Reminiscent of Gerrit Rietveld’s 1928 classic Red and Blue chair, the melamine and steel chair/table was selected for its innovative new design by the prestigious L’Observeur du Design 2011.
And here’s the functional in multifunctional: the wide arm rests are large enough to comfortably place your coffee cup or glass of wine. Set two of the chairs on a small terrace or balcony. Then transform them into a long low table for Japanese style dining. Add a few outdoor cushions and serve up some sushi al fresco.
Really got space issues? Move the Sweetch indoors as it is happy inside or out. Handmade in France, the standard model is available in several combinations of materials. Also with a large choice of colors, including violet, anthracite, taupe, blue marine, chocolate, turquoise, pistachio, and white - while the deluxe model is available in 50 colors.

Lienart is the mastermind behind Cerekapery, a Paris-based “innovation lab” whose philosophy stems from the belief that the creative process must work hand in hand with design, purpose and innovation.

Sources: Urban Gardens and Cerekapery

06 april 2012

FURNITURE DESIGN: Couture in the office - Katakana Writing Desk

Katakana Writing Desk - Dare Studio (UK)
 Gorgeous writing desk, very elegant design! The Katakana Writing Desk exceeds in simplicity. The leather writing pad makes the writing desk a luxurious eye-catcher at the office and at home. The desk is made of solid American black walnut or white oak - available in a choice of colours. Hard wearing wax oil finish.
More about the company:
Dare Studio is an award winning British Design Company producing contemporary furniture and lighting products for luxury domestic interiors and high specification contract environments. Established by Sean Dare in 2009, Dare Studio is a family run company championing the skills of the finest craftsmen setting a benchmark for the very best in contemporary design and manufacture. All their pieces are hand made to order with an acute attention to detail. They use a combination of sophisticated techniques and the finest, carefully selected materials making each and every piece special.
Sources: Residence.nl and Dare Studio UK

Fijne Paasdagen - Happy Easter 2012!

Wens mijn lezers fijne en gezellige Paasdagen toe.
To all my readers: Happy Easter 2012.




Source: Kepguru Hungaria, Kepguru/Easter

05 april 2012

YES, WE LOVE JEWELRY!



In case you hadn't noticed, we love jewelry! Stunning and glamorous Morganite and Diamond Ring. No outfit is complete until you have something shiny on your fingers. But buying pieces that are fine jewelry at prices we can afford is something we dream about. This Morganite and Diamond Ring features an oval morganite surrounded by brilliant diamonds and complemented in 14k rose gold. For more information please have a look at Blue Nile/Morganite Diamond Ring.



Sources: FashionEtc. and Blue Nile/Morganite Diamond Ring
Photo: Courtesy of Blue Nile

03 april 2012

Time to celebrate the energetic colour Orange!



Orange as Colour of the Year for 2012: Tangerine Tango. You may have already heard that Tangerine Tango has been singled out as the 2012 color of the year - the one color expected in the next 12 months to have the strongest impact on fashion and home decor. Tangerine Tango provides the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenalin rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy. Orange helps us to restore our energy reserves and gives us a much needed boost in the new year. Tangerine Tango is a spirited reddish orange that is both provocative and attention grabbing.




Orange has already proven to be gaining in popularity with fashion designers and in the beauty industry, but 2012 will see this vibrant colour making its way into our homes, helping us to bring a sense of energy into our interior spaces. From furniture, kitchen appliances and lighting, to flooring, kitchens and bathrooms, using this high-impact hue will add spice to any room. And luckily for us there is no shortage of products for the home in this dynamic colour.


What do you think of this vibrant, energetic colour? Will you be using it in your home this year?

Jonathan Adler pillows: the Positano Helix Pillow










Sources: Freshome/Tangerine Tango and Jonathan Adler

02 april 2012

DECORATING: COLOURFUL CUSHIONS

Lodsh Amsterdam

Lodsh is een nieuw interieurmerk van Ten Cate Houstex. Het merk omvat een prachtige collectie lampen, meubels, glaswerk en accessoires en haalt inspiratie en producten uit de hele wereld. Zij hebben vier collecties, deze vier collecties zijn geïnspireerd op de kleuren van India, de dynamiek van New York, de authenticiteit van Indonesische vissersdorpjes en de romantiek van de Franse Provence. Lodsh richt zich op mensen die open staan voor invloeden uit de hele wereld en van het leven genieten op een bewuste wijze. Lodsh wil de wereld verrassen met bijzondere artikelen met een unieke geschiedenis. Bijna elk product heeft een verleden, vandaar ook de slogan: 'There's a story in everything'.


Lodsh Amsterdam

LODSH is werelds, een beetje landelijk, maar vooral stoer. In dit blog zijn diverse soorten kussens weergegeven. Lodsh heeft echter nog veel meer mooie artikelen. Voor meer informatie en verkoopadressen verwijs ik u graag naar de bijgevoegde link van LODSH.COM.


Lodsh Amsterdam

Lodsh Amsterdam

Lodsh Amsterdam

Lodsh Amsterdam

Lodsh Amsterdam

Lodsh Amsterdam

Source: LODSH.COM
Note: deze foto's zijn met toestemming van Lodsh/Rogier Uivel geplaatst.