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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.

31 oktober 2018

Zang Toi's Fall 2013 Runway - Opulence en Vogue and on Display

I am completely in love with these fantastic designs by the Malaysian-born fashion designer Zang Toi. I am a huge fan of his glamorous, elegant and feminine couture designs. Below you will find the link to Zang Toi's Fall 2013 collection. Here he brought the opulence of Imperial Russia to the runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. Toi was inspired by a trip to Saint Petersburg where he was fascinated by the Peterhof Palace's Grand Ballroom. Toi's runway look exuded luxury and class. His models wore Zang Toi precious jewels by Amee Philips inspired by the Faberge egg, made from 18K gold, amethyst and emerald. The jewelry brought a hint of seduction and glamour to an already impressive collection, filled with tones of sapphire, emerald, amethyst and plenty of gold. Be Inspired ...... I wrote MORE BLOGS about Zang Toi.
More about the fashion designer:
Zang Toi is a renowned Fashion Designer who has built a tradition of elegance for over 20 years. Coming from humble beginnings, Zang was born and raised in a small village, Kuala Krai in Kelantan, Malaysia. He was the youngest of seven children of a local grocer. Zang landed in New York City at the age of 20 where he studied at the distinguished Parsons School of Design. In August 1989, he opened his atelier and soon after, U.S Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour featured Zang in March 1990 issue and was one of the first Asian designers championed by the renowned editor. 
In 1990, Zang was awarded the Mouton Cadet Young Designer of the Year which recognizes the top, young, U.S. designer of the year. In a Newsday article published in 1991, Frank De Caro enthusiastically noted of the Malaysian-born designer and his success, “If anyone is THE NEXT BIG THING, it’s him.” (Newsday, New York, 29 April 1991). Since that time, Zang's work has been featured in major publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Financial Times, etc. Not only has he dressed Hollywood celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Farrah Fawcett, Kristie Alley, Patti LaBelle, Gong Li, Eva Longoria, Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) and Heather Graham, but has also created luxurious wardrobe for philanthropists and royalty including Melinda Gates and Saudi Princess Haifa Bandar Al Saud. 

Along with his passion for glamorous fashion, Zang has been an avid supporter of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG) and has raised over USD $700,000 to help in the effort in finding a cure for cancer. He was recognized by the foundation in 2008/2009 when he was presented with the Lance Armstrong Foundation Top Fundraiser Award. Zang's continued success was most recently recognized by VividMagazine where he was named as one of the Top 8 most influential Chinese Americans (June/July 2011 issue). Today, the world continues to recognize Zang's passion for timeless beauty as he builds on a strong tradition of elegance.
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Source: You Tube/IB Times TV.

Decorating Idea: Digital marbled wallpaper 'Milano' from Graham & Brown

While surfing on internet today I found this beautiful digital marbled wallpaper 'Milano' from Graham & Brown. What a great and stylish effect! It looks almost real marble. Be Inspired ........
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Sources: VT Wonen NL and Graham & Brown

28 oktober 2018

Color Ideas: Perfect Bedroom Color Scheme (01)

What a perfect bedroom color scheme! Love this combination of colors for an elegant and peaceful atmosphere in the bedroom. The colors are: Sweet Grape, Boysenberry, Mauve Shadows, Oyster Mushroom. Be Inspired ......
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Source: LuxDeco
Photo credit: Finchatton.

26 oktober 2018

Kitchens: 11 white kitchen cabinets to brighten up your cooking space

While surfing on internet this morning I saw these beautiful white kitchen designs and could not resist to share these ones with you. See below 11 white kitchen cabinets to brighten up your cooking space. From sleek to country chic. Be inspired ........

Open up hallways with bright white cabinets & shelving. Design Reynolds Architecture.
 Opt for contrasting bottom cabinets for a unique style by Architecture Randall Architects Inc
Create a striking contrast with black & white cabinetry. Design Laura Michaels Design.
Anchor white cabinets with classic wood ones beneath. Design S.B. Long Interiors 
Accessorize your kitchen with plants for added natural beauty. Design Corey Klassen Interior Design.
Add mirrored cabinets to the mix, rather than glass, to keep storage hidden. Design Reynolds Architecture.
Open up your kitchen space with a pass-through kitchen bar. Design Marianne Simon Design
Add crown moulding for more style. Design 2to5 Design.
Style colored chairs for a vibrant accent. Design by Kathy Marshall Design
All-white decor and stainless steel appliances. Design by Kara Cox Interiors.
Opt for an all-white backsplash for a clean & seamless look by Period Architecture

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Source: ELLE DECOR

Stunning fashion cover for Creative Feel April 2018 by Justin Dingwall

The Art of Photography. Creative Feel‘s stunning April cover 2018 is taken by acclaimed photographer Justin Dingwall as part of his latest solo exhibition, Fly By Night. Be Inspired ......
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24 oktober 2018

Digital Art: Fly By by artist Catrin Welz-Stein (03)

Beautiful digital art by the German artist Catrin Welz-Stein. In 2009 Catrin started to create digital images by collaging old illustrations and photographs. At the same time she discovered online social networks and her private images were then open to the public. The positive responses Catrin got there were her motivation to go on with her art until now. I wrote MORE BLOGS about her beautiful work. Be Inspired ......
Fly By by digital artist Catrin Welz-Stein
More about the artist
Tell us about You - your philosophy and the experience in visual arts
As a child I loved to draw and liked to be creative. I almost was born with a pencil in my hand. I knew I wanted to do something related to arts. I have graduated from Graphic Design in DarmstadtGermany and then worked for different advertising agencies in GermanyUSA and Switzerland.
The artist, Catrin Welz-Stein
I stopped working in agencies after becoming a mother and after a short time of being self employed I decided to quit work until my children grew older. Because of my children (4 and 6 years old) I can go through childhood again and I can enjoy the world of fantasy and fairy tails. I like to look at childrens books and let them inspire me. „Where the wild things are“, from Maurice Sendak is a favourite book of all of us. Through the children books I rediscovered the love to illustration again.

As a professional graphic art designer I often had to make compromises for the clients. There were a lot of rules in visual communication and I often felt that I could not express my whole creativity. Now I enjoy creating art that does not explain itself from the beginning. My images have a dreamlike and surreal quality. They speak from inner feelings which we often hide in our daily life.

What are your greatest inspirations?
My inspirations are: fantasy, children stories, medieval, Jugendstil, Folklore and Surrealism. I am inspired by the work of Nicoletta Ceccoli, Kelly Rae Roberts, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Olaf Hajek, Maggie Taylor, Natalie Shau, Colette Calascione and Nazario Graziano. Well, there are so many great artists around!

How did you gain so much knowledge in this area?
As a graphic art designer I worked a lot with digital images.

What creative mediums do you prefer the most and why? 
My images are all digital made. I collect old images and illustrations and put them new together in Photoshop. The working process is based on combining and the division of photographs, with removing, filling and retouch. Using digital medium I have far more creative possibilities and I can work much faster then on the Canvas. Perhaps, my skills have been formed during the long years of working in front of my computer. Thanks to all that I can create my art best in digital.

Your art world is …
My art world is Otto Dix, Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Gustav Klimt, Magritte and Boticelli.

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Sources: Blog Catrin Welz-Stein and Junique

22 oktober 2018

Color Trends 2019: Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019 - Metropolitan

Benjamin Moore reveals its 2019 Color of the Year - Metropolitan AF-690. A silvery gray that adapts to its surroundings. Love the quiet and serene atmosphere by using this color! Below you will find some photos in this Metropolitan color, like a living room, a dreamy bedroom, a paneled wall, the wall of a kitchen, all painted in the color Metropolitan. And on the last photo, you can see deep shades of green combined with the color 'Metropolitan'. Be Inspired .........
A living room painted in Metropolitan and trimmed in Decorator's White features furnishings in layered shades of gray.
A dreamy bedroom coated in the Color of the Year 2019, Metropolitan.

Are there certain colors it works best with?
The color Metropolitan goes well with soft pinks and blush tones but it really accommodates any gesture of color - greens show up a lot in the palette of Benjamin Moore. You see nature softening the more sturdy, raw, man-made materials. It’s a great backdrop - it can stand alone - but it can also be punched up as most neutrals can. 
Metropolitan AF-690, Benjamin Moore's 2019 Color of the Year, is shown here on a paneled wall.
In a rustic-meets-modern kitchen, cutting boards lay against a wall of Metropolitan.
Deep shades of green - like Hunter Green, shown on the wall here - work well with Color of the Year Metropolitan.

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Photos: Courtesy of Benjamin Moore.

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20 oktober 2018

House Tour: A Monochrome & Minimalist Masterpiece in Culver City, California


One of the most striking examples of modern minimalism can be seen in this Culver City, California house, where Julie and Matt Stephenson used black and white's drama-inducing powers to design a dynamic house that is bold and exciting. Be Inspired .........
 
Thanks Matt, Julie and Van!
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Image credit: Jessica Isaac

18 oktober 2018

THE BEAUTY OF ANIMALS (01)

Such a beautiful and majestic animal! It's a male Kudu, a species of antelope with beautiful spiraling horns. Photo made by passionate wildlife photographer Licinia Maria De Matos Machado. Be Inspired .......
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