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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 december 2017

Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2018!

Happy New Year! With New Year's Eve just around the corner I wish my readers a Healthy, Wonderful & Fabulous New Year filled with Love, Joy and Happiness!
Gelukkig Nieuw Jaar! Wens mijn lezers een goede Oudejaarswisseling toe en een Gezond, Liefdevol en Sprankelend 2018!
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Art Deco exhibition - The Roaring Twenties by Paul Poiret at Gemeentemuseum The Hague

While surfing on internet this afternoon I found this interesting information about the Art Deco exhibition from Paul Poiret at Gemeentemuseum The Hague (NL). Step into the world of the roaring twenties or les années folles by Poiret, Le Magnifique. 
Couturier Paul Poiret was among the greatest innovators in early 20th-century fashion. But his influence was not limited to fashion. He aspired to create ‘total works of art’ and surrounded himself with artists, designers and architects. His world included figures like Raoul Dufy and Man Ray and the work of Brancusi, Robert Delaunay and Kees van Dongen. He is rightly regarded as the founding father of Art Deco.

Paul Poiret created a unique style that would be a major influence on the western art world. This style and that of the artists around him, would provide the seedbed for Art Deco. Poiret can therefore rightly be hailed as the father of Art Deco.

Art Deco – Paris will be an interdisciplinary presentation combining art, fashion, decorative art, photography, music and film and bringing to life the decadence and opulence of the Art Deco period, which still holds great appeal today. Visitors will enter the world of the roaring twenties, Les Années Folles, personified by Paul Poiret, Le MagnifiquePeriod: 14 October 2017 till 04 March 2018. Be Inspired .....

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28 december 2017

Hollywood Icon: Marlene Dietrich - In Memory of her 116th Birthday

Marlene Dietrich, the German actress of Hollywood's Golden Era, is being celebrated. She was born on 27-12-1901Yesterday would have been her 116th birthday. The iconic star is still remembered today for her style and influence. 
Marlene Dietrich and Rolls Royce Phantom 1

Marlene Dietrich gained success in Germany during the 1930s and was in Germany’s first talking picture, Der Blaue Engel. Marlene Dietrich also found success in the United States, starring in notable films including MoroccoShanghai Express and The Devil Is a WomanDietrich also performed as a USO entertainer during World War II and was awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom and France’s Légion d’HonneurIn memory of her birthday we are showing some lovely photos from her. 
Marlene Dietrich, husband Rudolf Sieber and daughter Maria
Marlene Dietrich as Madeline or Shanghai Lily in the film 'Shanghai Express', directed by Josef von Sternberg
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Sources: TIMEMashableBiography and Google

Editorial: Lovely vintage magazines cover from the past (03)

I guess you've noticed already that I love vintage fashion photos and covers. Below you will find a vintage Vogue cover from February 1961. What a lovely photo! Be Inspired ......
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Source: GOOGLE

27 december 2017

Kitchen Inspiration: Pantone names Ultra Violet as Color of the Year 2018 (03)

With 2018 just around the corner, Color company Pantone has chosen a vibrant purple shade, named Ultra Violet, as its color of the year for 2018. The Ultra Violet color is described by Pantone as "a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade". Below you will find examples of how to decorate your kitchen with this inspiring color Ultra Violet. I wrote more blogs about Ultra Violet, Color of the Year 2018 Be Inspired .......
Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet - Kitchen Inspiration via KitchenAid
More about the Ultra Violet, the Pantone Color of the Year 2018
Ultra Violet, or Pantone 18-3838, is a complex, celestial shade of purple, veering toward the cooler end of the color spectrum, that calls to mind the vastness of the galaxy, the power of spirituality and creative expression in all its forms. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, tells that purple has rich, transcendent associations, noting," It's often associated with mindfulness practices. So it has that spiritual or mystical quality that's attached — a little bit of magic that's inferred in the color." 

Certainly, purples of every shade are deeply evocative. Purple has been associated with royalty, wealth, complexity, craftsmanship, ecclesiastical power and counterculturalism. Eiseman describes it as "nonconforming." It's a potent and resonant hue. Still, it's wonderfully — surprisingly — accessible. 

Its worth noting that purple has a tendency to come into vogue at important turning points in history. Also that turbulent times are often, in their turn, crucibles for artistic expression. Purple was a favorite color of the Fauvists in the revolutionary first decade of the twentieth century. It had a heyday with musical artists like Jimi Hendrix in the late 60s and early 70s, at the apex of the Countercultural movement. 
Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet - Kitchen Inspiration, Coasters via Barneys
Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet - Kitchen Inspiration via Amazon
Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet - Kitchen Inspiration via Crock-Pot
Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet - Kitchen Inspiration via Farberware
Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet - Kitchen Inspiration via Amazon
Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet - Kitchen Inspiration via Le Creuset
Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet - Kitchen Inspiration via Urban Outfitters
Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet - Kitchen Inspiration via Wayfair
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26 december 2017

Editorial: Hanaa Ben Abdesslem for Harper's Bazaar Arabia

What a beautiful editorial photo from Hanaa Ben Abdesslem for Harper's Bazaar Arabia. Be Inspired ......
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Source: BOFPhoto: Michelle Ferrara.

25 december 2017

Bathrooms: Book-matched marble in the bathroom of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent

Be Inspired by this beautiful book-matched marble bathroom of the Manhattan penthouse of interior designers Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent. What a Beauty! 
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See also my Pinterest moodboard 'Bathrooms'

24 december 2017

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to You All!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2018 to you all. May your 2018 be filled with Love, Peace & Prosperity.

Wens je hele fijne Kerstdagen toe en de beste wensen voor 2018! Dat 2018 gevuld mag zijn met Liefde, Vrede en Voorspoed. 
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Ph. found on Google, source unknown.

22 december 2017

Runway: Georges Hobeika F/W 2017-18 Couture

Be Inspired by these chique and elegant couture designs from the Georges Hobeika F/W 2017-18 collection. I guess you`ve noticed already that I am a huge fan of his stunning designs. I wrote earlier some other blogs about his inspiring work, see VARIOUS BLOGS
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Source: VOGUE FR

20 december 2017

Lighting Design: Creative geometrical 3-d pendant lights by Lampshapers

While visiting recently a Christmas Fair, I saw these beautiful 3-D geometrical pendant lights from the company Lampshapers. Aren't they beautiful? Lampshapers is a team of two TU Delft (NL) industrial design graduates who design lamps with passion (Angelique Schouten and Willemine Biemond). 

Bicycle Lamp by Lampshapers
Bicycle Lamp by Lampshapers
Bicycle Lamp by Lampshapers
What they write about themselves:
'After an intensive search for stylish, inspiring lamps we decided to start designing ourselves. We combined our love for lighting with our passion for patterns in order to create living environments where you feel at home. We found out that people from all cultures are attracted to (geometrical) patterns – from the Western World to the Arabian World and Asia. Also many people love the interplay of light and shadows. We hope our lamps will enlighten many spaces around the world'. Be Inspired .......
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Sources: Lampshapers and Facebook
Note: these photos have been placed with approval of the designers. 

Wishing You A Wonderful Holiday Season & A Fabulous New Year!

With Christmas just around the corner I wish my readers a wonderful Holiday Season and a fabulous New Year!
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Source: By Elisabeth NL/Christmas

19 december 2017

Be Inspired: Interior photography by René van Dongen (10)

Be inspired by these stunning interior photos from the company Herman Peters Interior Design, lensed by Dutch interior photographer René van Dongen. This residential project is a luxurious penthouse in Moscow, Russia. Herman Peters Interior Design designs and develops worldwide luxurious architectural and interior design projects for houses, penthouses and commercial properties including the surrounding gardens and outdoor areas. Additionally, he is responsible for the entire design process, from creating the first sketches to managing contractors and from the aesthetic guidance to the selection of art, furniture and lighting. Earlier I posted some other blogs about René's photography work, see Various BlogsMore photos from this interesting photographer will follow later on. 
More about the photographer René van Dongen
René has been an independent, full-time photographer since 1994 with an expertise in interior photography, architecture and advertising. He is trained in photography, graphic design as well as graphic design techniques and has a tremendous amount of experience in this field. 

René always goes for the best result for the client and has a great eye for details and a passion for delivering quality. He analyzes his objects thoroughly: color, structure and above all light/shadow are leading in this. He is working for architects and interior designers, as well as a wide range of businesses that provide products in the interior design industry.

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©photography: René van Dongen and Interior Design: Herman Peters Interior Design
Note: these photos have been placed with approval of the interior designer and the photographer.

Colorful Abstract Artwork by Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga (05)

Sacred Flame, 1975 by Kazuo Shiraga. Lyrical Abstraction
Be Inspired by this colorful abstract artwork from the Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga (1924–2008). His painting method involves dripping paint onto canvas instead of using a brush and painting strokes with his feet while hanging from a rope. His work exhibits an incomparable feeling of power and speed and stands as one of the monumental landmarks in the history of Japanese avant-garde art. Love his free, creative and expressive way of making art. Would love to make artwork like this on my feet like Kazuo did do before. :-) I wrote more blogs about his interesting work, see THIS LINK
More about the artist
Kazuo Shiraga was a Japanese artist best known for his performative painting practice. Shiraga’s gestural style was influenced by American Abstract Expressionism and indicative of his participation in the Gutai avant-garde movement. The object of Gutai was to allow action and everyday life into the creation of dynamic artworks. The artist would suspend himself over his canvases, swinging back and forth, creating marks with his feet, creating a unique texture and thickness to his abstract swirls and splatters. 
Kazuo Shiraga in his studio, 1960. Ph. courtesy of Amagasaki Cultural Center
“I want to paint as though rushing around a battlefield, exerting myself to collapse from exhaustion,” the artist once proclaimed. Born on August 12, 1924 in Amagasaki, Japan, he graduated from the Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting in 1948 and joined the Gutai group in 1954. 
In a seminal early work, Challenge to the Mud (1955), the artist explored the gesture of sculpting clay by throwing himself and contorting his semi-naked body in a pit of mud. Through the following decades, Shiraga continued to work on activating art through moving a body in space. He died on April 8, 2008 in Amagasaki, Japan. Today, the artist’s works are included in the collections of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Hiroshima City Museum of Art among others.

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Sources: ArtnetPinterest and Google