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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 april 2013

Crowning of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima (NL) at 30-04-2013

Inauguration King Willem-Alexander I and Queen Máxima on 30th April 2013 in the Netherlands at New Church in Amsterdam. Royal dress designed by Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminiau. 
Congratulations to our new King Willem-Alexander I and Queen Máxima.
The dress for Queen Máxima, designed by the Dutch fashiondesigner Jan Taminiau.

 Photo by Peter Dejong - Pool/Getty Images.

Real animal love by photographer Marina Cano

One look through Marina Cano‘s exquisite portfolio and the viewer is convinced that the bounds of love are not bounds at all, but rather a shared experience among beasts of all shapes and sizes, extending from the photographer herself to the very creatures who images she captures so beautifully. 
From the delicate portrait of a mountain gorilla gazing at her newborn infant to the intimate trunk nuzzling of African elephants, Cano’s animal photography elicits from its audience a sense that, in nature, love is the very core of existence. 
Cano, based in Cantabria, Spain, is an award-winning photographer whose work, published worldwide, includes landscapes and a striking collection of wildlife in a variety of environments. Inspired to pick up a camera by her photography-loving father, Cano started her wildlife series not in the dry expanse of Africa but much closer to home: at the Cabárceno Wildlife Park just twenty minutes from her home. 

Quote: "I have a special commitment with the planet and their threatened wildlife and hope my work can touch people’s hearts. Photographers usually say that they ‘capture’ images, but for me the opposite is true. Animals have captured me.”

Marina Cano Shares Her Love of Animals through the Lens


Máxima - June 26th, 2006.
On 30 April 2013 Queen Beatrix will abdicate her throne to make way for her son Prince Willem-Alexander. Then Willem Alexander will become our new King and Máxima our new Queen. Below you will find some beautiful pictures from our queen Máxima from her fashionstyle over the years.
Máxima - June 18th, 2010.
Máxima - November 19th, 2005.
Máxima - May 22nd, 2004.
Máxima - April 16th, 2003.
Máxima - December 22nd, 2007 with their 3 daughters.
Máxima - February 1st, 2008
Máxima, June 6th, 2009.
Máxima - December 12th, 2012
Weddingday princess Máxima and prince Willem-Alexander, February 2nd, 2002.
Source: I Love Fashion News
Images: Bruno Press

21 april 2013


Dog Mansion 'Cubix'
And you thought your dog was spoiled? I’m not sure if this is more for the owner or dog, but these dog houses from Best Friend’s Home are pretty snazzy. With this design they pay hommage to Bauhaus. Clear lines, puristic colours, glass cladding. Following the connotatively Bauhaus architecture spacious cubix offers lots of light and room for small and big dogs. The apparently free floating roof is a special highlight. For more information please have a look at the enclosed links below.

Dog Mansion 'Cubix'

19 april 2013


Heracleum II by Bertjan Pot powered through Electrosandwich by Marcel Wanders. Heracleum II is an interesting design that includes a new LED that allows endless technical possibilities, making this new version much more efficient while providing unique and sparkling illumination. For more information please have a look at the enclosed links below. 

16 april 2013

INTERIEUR: Inspiratie Oost & West

De culturen, de ambachten en de mystiek uit het Verre Oosten boeien ons westerlingen al eeuwenlang. Tenslotte leerden we van de Chinezen hoe we Delfts Blauw moesten maken, ligt de oorsprong van de Italiaanse pasta daar en zouden we zonder de Japanners hoogst waarschijnlijk geen sushi hebben gekend. In 2011 was het Verre Oosten actueel in interieurtrends. Wil u de inspiratie uit Oost & West Woonmodetrend 2011 tóch laten zien vanwege de prachtige invloeden. Indigo blauw, origami-achtige vormen, symmetrie en orde waren belangrijk. Voor meer informatie zie de bijgevoegde link beneden. 

02 april 2013

FASHION: Look-a-Like Louis Vuitton S/S 2013 dress



Marc Jacobs liet met zijn Louis Vuitton collectie voor Spring/Summer 2013 zijn modellen in jaren ´60 geïnspireerde jurkjes de roltrap afkomen. De jurken in de show hadden drie lengtes, mini, midi en maxi. Op internet vond ik leuke inspiratie van een Look-a-Like Louis Vuitton jurkje via I Love Fashion News. Is het geen enig jurkje? Voor meer informatie zie de bijgevoegde links.

Sources: ILFN/Look-a-Like Louis Vuitton dress S/S 2013  and Asos.com

01 april 2013

INTERIOR: Porta Romana - very elegant interior designs

The Dutch company Co van der Horst sent me in December 2012 their newsletter with beautiful pictures from the UK Porta Romana collection. I checked out their website and I was really astonished, such elegant designs with a timeless beauty and magnificent craftsmanship! On December 16, 2012 I wrote already a blog about their beautiful Lighting/Blog 1

Of course, I couldn't resist to write a second blog about this company. Besides lighting Porta Romana also offers furniture, mirrors & accessories. The Dutch company Co van der Horst is working together with Porta Romana. If you would like to have a look please find the enclosed links below.
Giovanna Console Table - Conker Gloss with Antiqued Brass Feet
Porta Romana - front photo
Porta Romana - Rhomboid Console Table
Honeycomb Side Table - Decayed Gold with Dark Fumed Oak top
Whirl Side Table - Decayed Gold with Dark Fumed Oak top